Samantha Barks Biography
Samantha Barks nicknamed for her original name Samantha Jane Barks is a Manx actress and singer for her all time profession till the end. To date, she has notably performed both on stage and screen and also in television. Her name came in to highlight after being third in the BBC talent show, which had a theme of television series I’d Do Anything in 2008. In 2012, she had starred alongside Jonathan Bailey in the Disney Channel series Groove High. She has also received many nominations to date, which includes nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble. As well, she won the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer and shared in the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast.
Samantha was born on October 2, 1990 in Laxey, Isle of Man to to Ann, a teacher, and Richard Barks, a building surveyor as Samantha Jane Barks. She attended Laxey Primary School in Laxey and also St Ninian’s High School in Douglas before moving to London to study A levels at The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick. She had been very keen to dance from her very young age. She used to dance from her age of 3 and later she also got training in Ballet, Modern and Tap dances. She had taken training with Dancers Barre, then Stagecoach Isle of Man, Theatrix, Stage One and the Manx Ballet Company. In April 2007, Barks released her debut album, Looking in Your Eyes, which sold around 600 copies. The album featured several songs which she co-wrote herself and was released on the independent label Brunswick Studios. Later she also got chance to perform at the Peel Bay Festival in June 2007 supporting Matt Willis and the Sugababes, which also saw appearances by Madness and The Who. In December 2007, Barks represented the Isle of Man in the Maltese International Song Competition where she won the main prize of €2000 and the title of Best Foreign Singer. She sang the song "Nothing Else" from her album and "Play On", a hit song in Malta.
In 2008, Samantha competed in I'd Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver!. After the program, Samantha became a theater actress in West End, where she received many accolades for her performances. But still her big shot was in 2011, when she won the legendary role of Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, which was her first movie. On 11 February 2013, Barks won Best Breakthrough Performance at the Elle Style Awards. Barks performed with her co-stars from the film Les Miserables at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on 24 February 2013. Immediately after the Oscars, Barks flew to the Isle of Man to begin work on her second film, The Christmas Candle. Successfully Barks also played the role of Velma Kelly in the 2013 production of Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl from 26–28 July 2013. In late 2013, Barks starred as the romantic lead in The Devil's Harvest, a film scheduled to be released in 2014 and co-starring Max Irons and Barry Pepper. In 2014, Barks was cast in the ensemble drama A Hundred Streets and announced she would be returning to West End theatre in the revival of City of Angels directed by Josie Rourke with musical direction by Gareth Valentine and choreography by Stephen Mear.
Talking about her personal life details, at present time she has been dating an English actor and musician Richard Fleeshman. Though she is dating Richard, is still focused on her career. Till the date she has aleardy bagged many nominations and awards. She has still her mind set to be something in coming future.