U. K. singer-actress Samantha Barks was chosen over a wide and varied array of name talent, from Scarlett Johansson to singer Taylor Swift, to play Eponine, the doomed young heroine of "Les Misérables...
British actress/singer Samantha Barks has moved in with her boyfriend, actor-turned-singer Richard Fleeshman. The Les Miserables star was first linked to Fleeshman late last year (13), and now she has revealed the romance has already turned serious as the pair is living together.
Speaking ahead of Friday's (14Feb14) Valentine's Day celebration, Barks told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Actually, we've just moved in together and I'm looking forward to spending the day (Valentine's day) with him."
Barks previously dated model David Gandy and Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson.
Maybe we're a bunch of crotchety old people, but the new trailer for I, Frankenstein, looks nothing like the 19th century gothic horror classic that we all pretended to read in high school. We certainly don’t remember Frankenstein's monster surfing on top subway trains (or maybe that Sparknotes summary had more holes than we thought).
At least there's a logical reason for these disparities: I, Frankenstein draws from the graphic novel that it's based on rather than Mary Shelley's original novel. Kevin Grevioux, the author of the graphic novel, also wrote the screenplay for the film.
This continuation of the Frankenstein lore features a handsomely scarred Aaron Eckhart, stitched together with various parts of murdered Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue models, fighting off gargoyle monsters that explode into fiery tendrils. He also found time, in between the monster vanquishing to go to the nearest Hot Topic and buy the perfect hoodie that symbolizes all of his immortal angst. One that he takes off quite frequently to show off that hot bod.
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Former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts has struck up a romance with actress Samantha Barks' TV star ex. The Les Miserables beauty called off her romance with Welsh presenter Matt Johnson earlier this year (13) and quickly moved on with hunky model David Gandy.
Johnson has since revealed he was "devastated" by the rejection, but he's now dating Roberts, who has been living and working in the U.K. since starring in reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year (12).
The pair was spotted enjoying an intimate night out together at London hotspot Mahiki on Wednesday (02Oct13).
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "They were being really flirty and playful all night. It was obvious by their relaxed body language that they're really comfortable with each other.
"They were dancing together one-on-one, before stealing a kiss."
U.K. TV host Matt Johnson has told of his heartbreak at discovering his movie star ex-girlfriend Samantha Barks had moved on with top male model David Gandy just weeks after their split. The Les Miserables beauty called off her romance with the Welsh presenter earlier this year (13) and was subsequently linked to Dolce & Gabbana hunk Gandy.
Barks' brief relationship with Gandy reportedly finished last month (Jul13), but Johnson admits it was tough for him to see the actress in the arms of another man.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "Sam and I cared for each other and the decision to break up was hard. When you genuinely have love for somebody it is hard to walk away. But it hurt when she upgraded to David Gandy. F**k Gandy!
"They were photographed together about three weeks after we split up, which was difficult to take. That's why it's a closed door between the two of us.
"My first reaction was to go: 'Get off her'. Then I was just thinking: 'Not Gandy'. I've seen his adverts - the man's got abs of steel. Anybody who is honest would think: 'He's a handsome man, I get it.' But it still burns, it really does."
Johnson goes on to reveal the reasons behind his split from Barks, adding, "Sam is amazing - she is so talented, gorgeous and sweet. But she's at a point of her career when she's just got to go for it and strike while the iron is hot. And it gradually got a bit more stressful because we never saw each other. We finally made the call to end it while drunk in a restaurant at 3am. It was really sad."
The night is dark and full of terrors, particularly for Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson as he joins the cast of Universal's Dracula. Samantha Barks, who starred as Eponine in Les Miserables, is joining the cast as well.
Dracula will be an origin story about history's most famous vampire (played by Luke Evans). We will see the story of a Transylvanian prince who risks eternal damnation to save his wife from a Turkish horde.
Parkinson will play Dracula's son — this kid really has a thing for taking on characters with dead dads. Barks will take on the role of a baba yaga, which, in Eastern European folk tales, is a beautiful woman who turns into a savage witch.
Icelandic star Thor Kristjansson is also onboard. He will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy who is now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army.
The new cast members will join Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon, as well as director Gary Shore. Production is set to begin in August in Belfast, and the film has an August 8, 2014 release date.
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Les Miserables star Samantha Barks has split from top male model David Gandy after a brief romance. The singer/actress reportedly began dating the British hunk in May (13), but Gandy, who previously romanced The Saturdays pop star Mollie King, has now confirmed he is single again.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I am single at the moment. This summer I am going to L.A. and then New York. Samantha's gone to L.A. now and if I see her in L.A. then I see her in L.A. I am not going to go out of my way to see her, but if I bump into her, I bump into her."
The split is the second this year (13) for Barks, who parted from Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson before she started dating Gandy.
Ashlee Simpson is to reprise her stage role as Roxie Hart in Brooke Shields' Chicago spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. The singer/actress will join Stephen Moyer, Lucy Lawless, Samantha Barks and Drew Carey in the upcoming production, which will run for three nights at the fabled Los Angeles venue at the end of July (26-28Jul13), according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Simpson made her professional stage debut as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago in 2006. She reprised the role for her Broadway debut.
Shields, who also starred in Chicago on the London and New York stages, will make her directorial debut by taking charge of the show.
Melissa Etheridge, Trey Songz and songwriter Valerie Simpson were among the musicians honoured at a special gala in New York City on Thursday night (27Jun13). The trio was applauded at the New York Chapter Recording Academy Honors, staged to celebrate the East Coast's dedication to the arts, and other honourees included violinist Joshua Bell and the lyricists/composers behind hit stage show Les Miserables, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
Songz, Simpson, Michael Bolton and Ne-Yo were among the performers at the event, while British actress Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 movie adaptation of Les Miserables, performed a song from the musical.
Speaking at the ceremony, Boublil jokingly thanked Scottish singer Susan Boyle for releasing the production's stand-out track I Dreamed A Dream after performing the song on U.K. reality TV show Britain's Got Talent.
He says, "I would like to thank Susan Boyle for giving us a Billboard No. 1 hit without knowing what she was doing."
Pianist Peter Cincotti honoured late producer Phil Ramone by talking about his memories of the famed hitmaker and performing an original composition, Rocket 88, as a dedication to the star, who died in March (13).
He revealed, "I met him when I was 17 and I saw him up until a month before he passed away. We were quite close. He was a rare breed. It was an honour to know him."
Simpson, who formed songwriting/production team Ashford & Simpson with her late husband Nickolas Ashford, was thrilled to be honoured at the event and performed a medley of the duo's biggest hits, including I'm Every Woman and Aint No Mountain High Enough.
She told The Hollywood Reporter, "It says to me that the body of work that Nick Ashford and I have created is a living legacy that will go on and on and on and it makes my heart feel good."
Melanie Griffith, Jason Biggs and Samantha Barks were among the stars who pushed themselves to the limits for The 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles on Saturday (22Jun13). The stars were among a group of actors, writers and directors challenged to come up with a script and prepare it for the stage in just 24 hours as part of the popular charity theatre project, which has also taken place in both New York and London.
The Los Angeles event on Saturday also involved Seth Green and Wilmer Valderrama.
After the event, Les Miserables star Barks gushed about her involvement in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Had one of the most creative days of my life!! 24 Hour Plays is amazing and... is such a great cause!!"
Brits Stephen Moyer and Samantha Barks will be heading back to America's prohibition days when they take to the stage for a three-date run of Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles next month (Jul13). The True Blood star will take on the role of lawyer Billy Flynn while Les Miserables beauty Barks will play seductive murderess Velma Kelly.
In a post on Twitter.com, the actress writes, "Very excited to announce that I will be playing Velma Kelly in Chicago at this year's Hollywood Bowl!! I'm so excited!"
Drew Carey will play hapless husband Amos Hart, while Lucy Lawless will star as prison warden Mama Morton. The actress who will be playing Roxie Hart will be announced at a later date.
The production, which will run at the huge venue in Los Angeles from 26-28 July (13), will be directed by Brooke Shields, who has graced the stage in both the Broadway and West End versions of the hit show.
Starred as Éponine in London production of "Les Misérables" at the Queen's Theatre
Began dance training at three
Made film debut reprising Éponine in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper
Released debut album Looking in Your Eyes
Competed on BBC reality series "I'd Do Anything"; placed third overall
Chosen by Cameron Mackintosh to play Éponine in 25th Anniversary Concert of "Les Misérables" at O2 Arena
Represented the Isle of Man at Maltese International Song Competition; won competition and named Best Foreign Singer
Cast in lead role of Sally Bowles in U.K. tour of "Cabaret"
U. K. singer-actress Samantha Barks was chosen over a wide and varied array of name talent, from Scarlett Johansson to singer Taylor Swift, to play Eponine, the doomed young heroine of "Les Misérables" in the 2012 film version of the famed musical. Prior to her ascent to fame, she was largely unknown outside of her native Isle of Man, save for her participation in the competition series "I'd Do Anything" (BBC, 2008- ), on which she placed third in a talent search for an actress to play Nancy in the musical "Oliver"! Though she did not win the series, she enjoyed steady work in U.K. musical theater for the next few years before being selected to play Eponine. The worldwide anticipation for the film "Misérables" put Barks in the enviable position of playing one of modern theater's most beloved roles, which would invariably boost her profile across the globe.
Born Oct. 2, 1990 in the village of Laxey on the Isle of Man, Samantha Jane Barks began dancing at the age of three and made her stage debut in a school production the following year as Snow White. She soon became a staple of amateur theater on the Isle of Man, amassing an impressive collection of credits that included "Sleeping Beauty," "Guys and Dolls" and "Grease," as well as several ballets. In 2007, she released her debut album, Looking in Your Eyes, which featured the single "Nothing Else," a song she co-wrote and later performed in the 2007 Maltese International Song Competition. Barks captured top honors in the contest, as well as the title of Best Foreign Song.
In 2008, Barks was a featured contestant on the reality competition series, "I'd Do Anything," which sought to find an unknown performer for a West End production of "Oliver!" Barks reached the first week of the final round before placing third in the competition, which was judged by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others. The Isle of Man was redubbed "the Isle of Sam" on April 29, 2008 by its tourism bureau in support of Barks' success on the series, but more significantly, the exposure afforded by the program led to roles in the U.K. tour of "Cabaret" in 2009 and a 2010 production of "Les Misérables," in which she played Eponine. In 2011, she finally took over the role of Nancy in a U.K. tour of "Oliver" which ran through 2012. During the curtain call at one performance, Barks was informed by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the original stage version of "Les Misérables," that she had been cast as Eponine in Tom Hooper's 2012 film version of the much-anticipated musical drama. That same year, she provided one of the voices for "Groove High" (2012- ), an animated series for the Disney Channel.
By Paul Gaita
"I would love to maintain a healthy balance between stage and film. But my ultimate dream is to be a Bond girl - a bad-ass Bond girl." - Barks quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 11, 2013