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Sarah Brightman is a popular British actress, classical crossover soprano, dancer and a songwriter

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BirthdayAugust 14, 1960
NationalityBritish
FamousSoprano, Singers
SpousesAndrew Lloyd Webber
SiblingsAmelia Brightman
Known asSarah Brightman
Universities
  • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
  • Elmhurst School for Dance
Birth PlaceBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Height166cm
GenderFemale
FatherGrenville Geoffrey Brightman
MotherPaula Brightman
Net Worth$55 million as of Jan 3,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Famous asSoprano

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Who is Sarah Brightman?

Sarah Brightman is a celebrated British soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. From the age of three, she began taking dance and piano classes and started performing in local competitions, contests and festivals. She made her first on-stage debut at the age of thirteen with the musical drama I and Albert at London Piccadilly Theatre. Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip and went on to star in several Broadway musicals. After her retirement from stage, she began the second innings of her music career as a classical crossover artist. She has established herself as the world's best-selling soprano of all time. Brightman is the lone artist to have been invited to perform at two Olympic Games - first at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and later at 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has also starred in a few notable movies including ‘Brokedown Palace’, ‘Granpa’, and ‘First Night’, which made her a household name in England. She is the Brand Ambassador of UNESCO as Artist of Peace.

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Childhood & Early Life

Sarah Brightman was born to businessman, Grenville Brightman and Paula Brightman in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

She, along with her five younger siblings, was brought up in Little Gaddesden village located near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

She showed great interest in music, dance and piano from a very young age and at the age of three she began learning piano and dance.

She attended Arts Educational School in Tring Park, London, which was also attended by Actor Nigel Havers.

She made her first on-stage debut at the age of thirteen in the musical drama, ‘I and Albert’, at London Piccadilly Theatre.

Career

In 1981, Sarah auditioned for composer Andrew Webber’s musical Cats for the role of Jemima. A year later, she played the role of Tara Treetops in the play Masquerade and appeared in the title role of Charles Strouse’s Nightingale.

In 1984, she appeared in Andrew Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera, Song and Dance, and Mass Requiem’.

From 1985 to 1990, she worked in numerous albums including The Trees They Grow So High, The Songs That Got Away, and As I Came of Age .

After 1990, Sarah embarked on her solo career and in 1992 she made an appearance in Barcelona Olympic Games with the theme song, Amigos Para Siempre.

In 1997, her international hit, Time to Say Goodbye was released which earned her The Guinness World Record for best-selling German single.

In 2000, she made an appearance in the German feature film, Zeit der Erkenntnis. By the end of 2000, she had a sales record of more than Rolling Stones and Elton John, making her America’s top-touring and highest-selling British artist.

The Billboard Magazine announced her as most successful crossover artist in UK in 2001.

Later, from 2006 to 2008, she made appearances in various other singles and duets including All I Ask of You, Running, Snowbird, Abide With Me. Her single Symphony, released in 2008, became the highest ranked single on Billboard’s Charts.

From 2009 to 2010, her popularity was all-time high in the Asian markets. Around the same time she acquired American citizenship.

In 2011, she made a final guest appearance in The Phantom of the Opera.

She was made UNESCO Ambassador as the Artist of Peace in 2012.

Her much awaited album, Dreamchaser was released in April 2013.

Major Works

She is best known for her appearance in Andrew Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Song and Dance, and Mass Requiem.

She is well-reputed as world’s number one selling soprano with record sales of over 30 million records and 2 million DVDs.

Awards & Achievements

She is the winner of over 180 Platinum and Gold awards in 34 different countries across the globe including Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Mexico.

She holds a Guinness World Record for her best-selling German single ‘Time to Say Goodbye’.

She won the UNESCO Hand-in-Hand Award in 1998.

She has also earned for herself the Golden Key to the city of Chicago and Istanbul.She has won the ‘Goldene Europa Award’ and the Arabian Music Award as the Best Female Artist.

Personal Life & Legacy

She married Andrew Graham-Stewart in 1978 but the marriage did not last long and they got divorced in 1983.

She got married to Andrew Lloyd Webber on 22nd March 1984. The couple got separated in June 1990.

She is a master of several languages including Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Latin, English, German, Italian, Japanese, and Occitan etc.

Trivia

She is popularly called as the ‘Angel of Music’ by her fans and followers.As a teenager, she worked as a model for popular brands like Vogue, Dior and Woolworth Jeans.

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Sarah Brightman awards

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1998Goldene Europa Award for Best Female Artist
1998Guinness Book Entry for Germany’s Best-Selling Single of All Time
1998Grammy Taiwan Award for Best Selling Record
1998UNESCO Hand-in-Hand Award
1999Czechoslovakian Grammy Award for Singer of the Year
1999The Point Trophy for Highest-Grossing Ticket Sales
2000IFPI Europe Award for Album sales exceeding one million copies in Europe
2001New Age Voice Music Award for Best Vocal Album
2003Media Control Award for Biggest Hit of All Time
2004Arabian Music Award for Best Collaboration
2004Arabian Music Award for Best Female Artist
2005First Prize for Music Documentary by New York Film Festival
2005Third Prize for Music Video by New York Film Festival
2007The 21st Japan Gold Disc Award for Classic Album of the Year
2009The 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award for Classic Album of the Year
2009The 24th Japan Gold Disc Award for Classic Album of the Year
1996 - RSH Gold Award for Best Female Artist
1998 - Echo Award for Best Song
1998 - Golden Lion Award for Best Live Performance

Sarah Brightman biography timelines

  • // 14th Aug 1960
    Sarah Brightman was born to businessman, Grenville Brightman and Paula Brightman in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
  • // 1978 To 1983
    She married Andrew Graham-Stewart in 1978 but the marriage did not last long and they got divorced in 1983.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, Sarah auditioned for composer Andrew Webber’s musical Cats for the role of Jemima. A year later, she played the role of Tara Treetops in the play Masquerade and appeared in the title role of Charles Strouse’s Nightingale.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, she appeared in Andrew Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera, Song and Dance, and Mass Requiem’.
  • // 22nd Mar 1984
    She got married to Andrew Lloyd Webber on 22nd March 1984. The couple got separated in June 1990.
  • // 1985 To 1990
    From 1985 to 1990, she worked in numerous albums including The Trees They Grow So High, The Songs That Got Away, and As I Came of Age .
  • // 1990 To 1992
    After 1990, Sarah embarked on her solo career and in 1992 she made an appearance in Barcelona Olympic Games with the theme song, Amigos Para Siempre.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, her international hit, Time to Say Goodbye was released which earned her The Guinness World Record for best-selling German single.
  • // 1998
    She won the UNESCO Hand-in-Hand Award in 1998.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she made an appearance in the German feature film, Zeit der Erkenntnis. By the end of 2000, she had a sales record of more than Rolling Stones and Elton John, making her America’s top-touring and highest-selling British artist.
  • // 2001
    The Billboard Magazine announced her as most successful crossover artist in UK in 2001.
  • // 2006 To 2008
    Later, from 2006 to 2008, she made appearances in various other singles and duets including All I Ask of You, Running, Snowbird, Abide With Me. Her single Symphony, released in 2008, became the highest ranked single on Billboard’s Charts.
  • // 2009 To 2010
    From 2009 to 2010, her popularity was all-time high in the Asian markets. Around the same time she acquired American citizenship.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she made a final guest appearance in The Phantom of the Opera.
  • // 2012
    She was made UNESCO Ambassador as the Artist of Peace in 2012.
  • // Apr 2013
    Her much awaited album, Dreamchaser was released in April 2013.

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Sarah Brightman's FAQ

  • What is Sarah Brightman birthday?

    Sarah Brightman was born at 1960-08-14

  • Where is Sarah Brightman's birth place?

    Sarah Brightman was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England

  • What is Sarah Brightman nationalities?

    Sarah Brightman's nationalities is British

  • Who is Sarah Brightman spouses?

    Sarah Brightman's spouses is Andrew Lloyd Webber

  • Who is Sarah Brightman siblings?

    Sarah Brightman's siblings is Amelia Brightman

  • What was Sarah Brightman universities?

    Sarah Brightman studied at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Elmhurst School for Dance

  • How tall is Sarah Brightman?

    Sarah Brightman's height is 166

  • Who is Sarah Brightman's father?

    Sarah Brightman's father is Grenville Geoffrey Brightman

  • Who is Sarah Brightman's mother?

    Sarah Brightman's mother is Paula Brightman

  • What is Sarah Brightman's sun sign?

    Sarah Brightman is Leo

  • How famous is Sarah Brightman?

    Sarah Brightman is famouse as Soprano