Early life

Sarah Brightman was born on August the 14th, 1960 in the small village of Berkhampstead, England to her parents Paula and Grenville – she is the oldest of six children. Sarah always had a passion for dance and took ballet lessons from the age of three. She went on to appear in her first West End musical  ‘I and Albert’ at 12 years of age.

Sarah continued dancing and went on to briefly join ‘Pans People’ who were a dance troupe that were famous for appearing on ‘Tops of the Pops’ in the ’70’s. From there she joined the raunchier ‘Hot Gossip’ dance troupe who were regular performers on ‘The Kenny Everett Television Show’. Sarah’s first record came out at this time – ‘I lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper’.

Sarah landed the role of Jemima in ‘Cats’ where she met Andrew Lloyd Webber during rehearsals. She became his second wife in 1984 and they enjoyed a creative relationship that exists to the present day. Sarah appeared in Lloyd Webber’s ‘Song and Dance’ and also ‘Requiem’. Andrew then wrote ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ – probably his most famous and successful musical. The main soprano lead was written specifically for Sarah and it launched her as a household name across the globe. Sarah and Andrew’s marriage didn’t last and ultimately in 1990 they divorced.

Solo Career

Sarah floated around for a while and was living in LA when she was offered a record contract after appearing on a live TV show. At that time she was inspired by the work of Enigma and so she met up with Frank Peterson who had been involved with ‘Enigma’. They worked together and the result was ‘Dive‘. [Pullout: Sarah Brightman – Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Diva. ]
Sarah has continued her musical relationship with Peterson to this day who writes, co-writes and produces most of her music. Dive was followed by a succession of successful albums like Fly, Eden, La Luna and Harem along with global sell-out tours which secured Sarah as a global superstar.

She has appeared twice at the Olympic games – singing with José Carreras at the closing ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games – which was watched by an estimated 5 billion people around the world.

Sarah also has a blooming acting career and is currently is appearing in several movies. She appeared in the horror rock-opera “Repo: The genetic opera” in which she plays one of the lead roles, ‘Blind Mag’. She appears singing in the Japanese movie ‘Amalfi’ and she has the lead role in upcoming romantic comedy ‘Cosi’ alongside Richard E Grant.



Sarah enjoys a colourful and varied career and has worked with a hugely diverse collection of people from Classical Tenors like José Cura and Placido Domingo through to rock legends like Andrew Eldritch (The Sisters of Mercy) and Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) , see this page for some of the people who Sarah has worked with to date.