Childhood & Early Life
Sarah Alexander was born Sarah Smith, in Hammersmith, London, England, on January 3, 1971. Her father, Frank Smith, worked as a TV producer and a director and was best known for working in the series ‘Panorama.’
Owing to her father being active in the entertainment industry, Sarah became fascinated with the industry as a child. She always dreamt of becoming an actor. However, her father wanted her to take care of her academics before venturing into the entertainment industry.
Sarah attended ‘Godolphin and Latymer School’ in her hometown of Hammersmith. She performed quite well in academics. After her high-school graduation, her father wanted her to continue academics at the university. Despite getting a spot at the ‘University of Manchester,’ Sarah preferred a career as an actor and left home at the age of 19 to attend the ‘Edinburgh Festival Fringe.’
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In 1992, Sarah made her acting debut after she earned the role of ‘Melanie’ in the series ‘Kappatoo.’ She appeared in seven episodes of the series and thus had a great start in the industry.
During the 1990s, she also did many theatrical plays to hone her acting skills. In 1996, she appeared in a key role in the play titled ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter,’ which was performed at the ‘Gate Theatre Studio.’
She also appeared in many other plays from time to time. The most popular ones among them were ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ ‘Hand in Hand,’ and ‘The Secretary Bird.’ Additionally, she was also given a chance to play ‘Lady Macbeth’ in a production of William Shakespeare’s classic play ‘Macbeth.’
In 1992, she appeared in the guest role of ‘Ann-Marie’ in the series ‘Natural Lies.’ She then did more small roles, in series such as ‘You, Me and It,’ ‘Lovejoy,’ and ‘Covington Cross.’
In 1993, she made her film debut with a small role in the romance drama ‘Piccolo Grande Amore.’ The film was a colossal disappointment at the box office and was also panned by critics.
In 1994, she continued playing small roles, in series such as ‘Drop the Dead Donkey.’ The same year, she played a lead role in the low-budget comedy film ‘Seaview Knights.’ The film remained unknown to a large extent, and Sarah’s first lead performance, as ‘Jackie,’ went unnoticed.
In 1997, after appearing as the queen of Camelot, a guest character, in the series ‘Red Dwarf,’ Sarah appeared in multiple roles on the TV show ‘The Armstrong and Miller Show.’ It was her foray into comedy roles, which became her specialty later.
The same year, she began her stint with the popular sketch show ‘Alas Smith and Jones.’ She appeared on the show in 1997 and 1998 and made 12 appearances overall, portraying many characters.
The 1998 sketch show ‘Smack the Pony’ featured her as a writer and an actor. The same year, she also appeared in a single episode of the series ‘Midsomer Murders.’
2000 turned out to be a major year for her. She appeared in a supporting role in the series ‘The Strangerers.’ She also appeared as a co-host of the final series of the satire show ‘The 11’o Clock Show.’ The same year, she also made her debut in the comedy series ‘Coupling,’ as ‘Susan Walker.’ The series became one of her best works.
In 2004, she was offered the role of ‘Dr. Angela Hunter’ in the series ‘Green Wing.’ She played the role for 13 episodes.
In 2006, she played the pivotal role of ‘Alice Fletcher’ in the series ‘Teachers,’ and the next year, she appeared in one of the lead roles in the romantic comedy ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman.’
Of late, she has appeared in series such as ‘Me and Mrs Jones,’ ‘Marley’s Ghosts,’ ‘Undercover,’ and ‘Jonathan Creek.’