Born and bred in Yorkshire to parents Stephen and Patricia, at aged 12 Sarah joined the infamous Oldham Theatre Workshop, the birth place to many of the UK's top soap and movie stars.
She also went on to study fashion design at Manchester Uni's Toast Rack, but had hopes of working in television which she succeeded at in 1996 working under Kelvin McKenzie for Live TV in Canary Wharf.
But it was in 1993 that assisted her career in TV after a chance meeting with Texan Billionaire Charles Burnett III.
Sarah started racing offshore powerboats under his restaurant brand 'Los Locos' and this is how Sarah was spotted by TV producers in 1995, being interviewed for a TV show about powerboats when they realised she would probably be just as entertaining on the other side of the microphone, being the one to ask the questions rather than answer, and here is how here presenting career started in 1996 at 'Live TV.'
Sarah later went on to present three of her own extreme sports shows for Granada Sky Broadcasting under the brand 'Men & Motors' and later worked with Simon Vigar and Nick Knowles at Meridian TV based in Southampton on their 'H2O' show for three seasons.
In 1998/99 Sarah was requested by EON Productions, the makers of the 007 Movies to work with 2nd unit stunts, working on the Thames boat chase pre-title sequence alongside Pierce Brosnan on 'The World Is Not Enough' and then moving into Pinewood with the rest of the stunt team.
Sarah had a bad racing crash in 1999 in Venice, Italy immediately after finishing at Pinewood studios leaving her on a life support machine, but it didn't stop her love for extreme sports and stunts. Later Sarah also worked in Venice doubling Angelina Jolie in The Tourist as her 'hero driver' and the rest they say is history.
But Sarah's life isn't just TV and Powerboats, she has crammed enough for several lifetimes into every moment saying that life is a gift we shouldn't waste.
International offshore powerboat champion, speed record holder, marine conservation advocate, PADI rescue diver, author, journalist and marine biologist in study. Sarah is a busy lady.
As well as winning a series of titles, including UIM Class III, 2ltr European Championships, and the American APBA One-Design National Powerboat Championship, she has also doubled for and other ‘A’ listers such as Denise Richards and Pamela Anderson and has worked with legends such as Robert Carlyle, Jon Claude Van Damme and close friend John Cleese.
Sarah was nominated as a 'Woman of Achievement' at 'Woman of the Year' She held the 'Lady of the Lake' speed record title achieved on Windermere and is officially the longest standing female offshore powerboat racer in the world being nominated, ‘Woman of Achievement’ at the world-famous ladies luncheon ‘Woman of the Year’ in London
A marine conservation advocate she is currently qualifying as a Marine Biologist. Her passion is working as a volunteer across the world as a Marine Conservationist helping maintain the health of our oceans, corals and endangered species and hoping for a balance above and below our waters.
Sarah collects water samples and helps monitor marine life and underwater ecosystems .
Sarah was proud to have been shortlisted by Steve Fossett’s team to attempt a land speed record of 800mph in the jet powered land speed racer after meeting him some years earlier on the Bonneville Salt Flats, however Sarah admits to never telling her parents about the series of tests prior, with the shortlist eventually being made public and her mum not taking the news too well...
When on dry land, Sarah is a respected sportswoman, a former track and field athlete, she has won the World Tri-Fitness title twice and is qualified not only in diet and nutrition but also as a strength and conditioning coach and sports masseuse working with celebrities and sportspersons
Sarah’s other roles include hosting motorsport shows alongside Tiff Needell, as well as hosting Top Gears former side-kick, ‘Top Gear Waterworld’ on the BBC .
She also appeared with her UIM Championship winning boat on BBC1’s ‘They Think It’s All Over’ with Jonathan Ross and has spent time presenting motorsport shows at Daytona Raceway in the USA.
Sarah was the 1st female to sit on the judging panel at the 'British Nautical Awards' presenting prestigious awards alongside Nigel Mansell... This was only a few months after coming off life-support from her racing crash in Venice, Italy.
She says it was an honour to present alongside a true motorsport legend. She was also the 1st woman to test drive a Class 1 powerboat in Dubai, jumping in with good friend, the late Luca Nicolini in ‘Qatar 95’
Sarah also recently worked part time for a maritime and shipping lawyer who is passionate about sustainability in shipping by reducing the environmental impact and carbon footprint. Sarah states, ‘because 90% of the worlds trade is done on waterways, moving such weight requires a huge amount of energy sourced from fuel reserves, so using fuels that produce less pollutants and greenhouse gasses is the way forward if we want to reduce shipping emissions.’ Sarah has a keen interest in both electric cars and boats and before the pandemic was working towards setting a world electric speed record. This opportunity since the pandemic is no longer possible, but it doesn’t stop her from wanting to promote electric powered boats and promoting a better carbon footprint in motorsport which is her passion.
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