Samantha Barks

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 Misrables" in the 2012 film ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1990 in Laxey, , IM

Filmography

Actor (6)

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart 2014 (Movie)

Miss Acaia (Voice)

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Devil's Harvest 2014 (Movie)

Natalka (Actor)

The Christmas Candle 2013 (Movie)

Emily Barstow (Actor)

Les Misérables 2012 (Movie)

Eponine (Actor)

Biography

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.

Milestones

2012

Made film debut reprising Éponine in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper

2010

Starred as Éponine in London production of "Les Misérables" at the Queen's Theatre

2010

Chosen by Cameron Mackintosh to play Éponine in 25th Anniversary Concert of "Les Misérables" at O2 Arena

2008

Competed on BBC reality series "I'd Do Anything"; placed third overall

2008

Cast in lead role of Sally Bowles in U.K. tour of "Cabaret"

2007

Released debut album Looking in Your Eyes

2007

Represented the Isle of Man at Maltese International Song Competition; won competition and named Best Foreign Singer

Played Snow White in a school production

Moved to London, England for A-level studies

Began dance training at three

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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