Frankie Sandford

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Frankie Sandford
Frankie Sandford - The Saturdays.jpg
Sandford performing in Brighton on 25 June 2009.
Born Francesca Sandford[1]
(1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 25)[2]
Havering, London, England[1]
Residence London, England
Occupation Singer, dancer, model, songwriter
Years active 2001-present
Spouse(s) Wayne Bridge (m. 2014)
Children Parker Bridge (born 2013)
Musical career
Genres Pop, R&B, dance, pop rock
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels Fascination, Polydor

Francesca "Frankie" Sandford (born 14 January 1989) is an English pop/R&B singer-songwriter, formerly a member of S Club Juniors and currently a member of girl group The Saturdays, signed to the Fascination and Polydor labels. The group has had huge success, releasing sixteen singles so far, of which thirteen have reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, including one UK number-one single, "What About Us". In addition, the group has had four Top 10 albums on the UK Albums Chart, which have all gained a certification from the British Phonographic Industry.

Sandford was previously a member in band S Club 8 and has released seven singles, six of them charting in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and five of them charting in the Top 5. She also appeared in the children's television programme I Dream with them before they disbanded.

Sandford released a solo song with Calvin Goldspink, Dreaming, which was a hit. She later featured on Kids in Glass Houses song Undercover Lover. Sandford later went on The Dirt Tour with them. Glamour Magazine regularly publishes "Get Frankie's Look" showing how to get Sandford's style. In 2011, Sandford had two awards from the Glamour Awards. She won Best Dressed[3] and went on to win Band of the Year with The Saturdays.

She has been heavily involved with charities including taking part in The Door. Sandford has had a number of sponsorship deals including Veet, Impulse and Nintendo 3DS game, Nintendogs + Cats. Sandford's personal life has been a staple of the tabloids especially her relationship with McFly's Dougie Poynter.[4] When the pair split up, she received death threats from his fans. She is married to Wayne Bridge, with whom she had her first child, a son, Parker Bridge.[5]

Early life[edit]

Frankie Sandford was born in Upminster, London to Kevin and Viv Sandford, and has an older sister, Victoria.[6] After school hours Sandford attended a private dance school. After leaving school Sandford went to a stage school in nearby Romford and studied musical arts. She also expressed an interest in going to the BRIT School.[7] Sandford previously worked in a bar in her local town during the week and had a Saturday job as a sales assistant at an AllSaints concession in House of Fraser, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex.[8][9]

Career history[edit]

2001–2005: S Club 8[edit]

S Club Juniors were formed in 2001 through a reality television show, known as S Club Search.[10] The auditions were aired on CBBC. S Club Juniors' appearances was considered a success and consequently 19 Entertainment, the management company that had created S Club 7 and auditioned S Club Juniors, decided they should perform as a support act at all of the venues on the tour.[11] The band released their first single "One Step Closer" where it charted at number two in the UK, selling roughly 52,000 copies in its first week. "Automatic High" was released as the second single from the band's first studio album, and also debuted at number two. Sandford was the only member of the band to get a solo in every chorus of the song. A third single was released from the album, "New Direction" and again charted at number two in the UK.[12][12] The Juniors released their debut album Together on 21 October; it reached number five in its first week of sale and sold 40,000 copies.[12] A fourth single, "Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride", was released on 9 December 2002.

In early 2003, the Juniors began working on their second studio album, Sundown The second single released, the album title track, also reached number 4 in the UK.[12] A third and final single was released, "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", which charted at number 9.

The group went on to I Dream for 19 Entertainment. Unlike the S Club 7 shows which focused upon the band's fictional exploits, I Dream saw S Club 8 as members of a larger ensemble cast. I Dream revolved around the summer school Avalon Heights, run by Professor Toone (played by Christopher Lloyd), where the characters tried to improve on their talents in the performing arts. The show prominently featured songs and dances, with normally two songs per episode. S Club 8 split up in early 2005.

2007–present: The Saturdays[edit]

The Saturdays at V Festival.

Since 2007 Sandford has been a member of the girl group The Saturdays. The group has enjoyed thirteen Top 10 hits, and four Top 10 albums.[13][13][14] The girl group released their debut single "If This Is Love" in July 2008, and it peaked at number eight in the UK.[15] The girlsreleased a second single "Up" which charted at number five in the UK[15] and later the song was given a Silver Disc in the United Kingdom.[16] In late October 2008, the group released their first studio album Chasing Lights. It charted at number nine in the UK, and went platinum according to the BPI.[16] The band released a third single from the album, Issues, which also went silver.[16] The Saturdays released a cover of Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode. The song debuted at number two in the UK, behind Flo Rida's "Right Round". The fifth and final single from the album was "Work", which was the first single by the group to fail to reach the top 20. The group later went on a tour titled The Work Tour.

In October 2009, the group released a second studio album, Wordshaker, which charted at number nine and was given a silver certification by the BPI.[16] The first single, "Forever Is Over", charted at number two in the UK. The Saturdays appeared in advertisements for several products including a brand of deodorant, tampons,[17] mobile phones, an operating system, and hair removal products.[18] But in early 2010, the girls released a second and final single from their second album, "Ego", which charted at number nine.[15] Although the song became the second lowest single to chart by the group, it became one of their highest selling singles[specify], after getting a certification of silver by the BPI.[16]

In summer 2010, the Saturdays released their first mini album (their third album overall) Headlines!,[19] which charted at number 3 in the UK and number 10 in Ireland.[15] The band released their eighth single, "Missing You", which charted at number three in the UK and number six in Ireland.[20] Rochelle Wiseman confirmed that the second single from the album would be "Higher"[21][22] After Flo Rida beat the group to number one for the second time, the American rapper offered to do a collaboration with the band.[23] It was later confirmed, by the band's official website that Flo Rida had recorded vocals for "Higher".[24][25] On Your Radar was the girls' third studio album, reaching a disappointing number 23 in the UK and spending only three weeks in the UK Top 75, but featured the top-ten hits, "All Fired Up" and "Notorious" as well as single, "My Heart Takes Over". In December 2011, Sandford and the other The Saturdays members went on their first headlining arena tour, All Fired Up Tour!.

Solo releases and appearances[edit]

In November 2008, along with her other bandmates from The Saturdays, Sandford appeared in the Channel 4 Hollyoaks spin-off Hollyoaks Later.[26][27] They performed the song Issues in the 10 minute BBC drama Myths in January 2009, in the episode 'A Syren's Call'.[26] In FHM's Sexiest Women poll Sandford was ranked 17 in 2009, fourth in 2010 and dropped to 22 in 2011.[28][29] Zoo magazine's readers declared Sandford to have the "best bum".[30] Sandford took part in TV series The Door. Sandford is a guest vocalist on Kids in Glass Houses's second album Dirt, appearing on the track "Undercover Lover".[31]

Other endeavours[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

On 22 September 2004 I Dream, a children's musical television comedy programme aimed at and mostly about teenagers, was broadcast. It was set at a performing arts college near Barcelona, Spain, and focuses on thirteen teens, one of them Sandford, who are invited to enroll at the college, Avalon Heights, over the summer. Christopher Lloyd was also in the setting.[32] The show was created by Simon Fuller who is responsible for the Idol series. In late 2008, Sandford appeared in late-night teen soap Hollyoaks Later, where she was credited as herself.[33] The Saturdays were giving their own reality TV series The Saturdays: 24/7, which followed herself and her band to their day-to-day life styles on promoting their new album [at the time] Headlines!.[34] The programme was sponsored by watchmakers Sekonda.[35] The programme also featured exclusive performances by Sandford and her band.

Of rumours about tension in The Saturdays, she said, "You always see in the papers, that me and girls are always arguing, we really don't and there is no bitching at all."[36] In the first episode of The Saturdays: 24/7 the band were shown gigging around the UK, without King, after she was taken ill after being bitten by a horse-fly and Sandford had to learn new lines of their song "If This Is Love" after she stated she didn't know all the song's lines.[37]

She also took part in the paranormal television programme titled Ghosthunting with..., where she appeared with Vanessa White, Mollie King, Rochelle Wiseman and Una Healy. On the programme the band investigated purported paranormal activity in three different haunted locations in Wales. The show aired on 8 November 2010.[38] They were accompanied by host Yvette Fielding when she took them to visit three locations within the Welsh mountains: the clock tower, the manor and the kitchen block. In each of these areas there have been countless reports of strange phenomena including the sounds of chatter coming from empty rooms, cooking smells coming from an empty kitchen, and reported ghostly sightings.[39] During the time in the first location, Sandford said that she could smell someone cooking, although no one was in the kitchen.[39] She also experienced a ghost throwing marbles at her, when there was no one there. When she was about to leave the haunted location the spirit of the little girl apparently threw marbles at them.[39]

She appeared in The Door. The point of the show was to pass through a series of doors and take on a number of tough challenges. The last star standing claims a cash prize for their chosen charity. Sandford was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the show after she could not put her hand in with spiders to get the key to the door to pass through to the next level. The show, which was hosted by Amanda Holden and Chris Tarrant, was eventually won by Keith Duffy. Sandford commented, "It's funny because I know when I watch it that I'll look like I hate every second of it but I absolutely loved it. I wanted it to keep going."[40]

Sandford was in talks to become a judge on The X Factor after Cheryl Cole left the panel but was adjudged not to have a "high enough profile" and declined to appear on rival BBC show The Voice UK because of her "busy schedule".[41]

Merchandise and sponsorship deals[edit]

Sandford contributed to the book The Saturdays: Our Story an autobiography with her The Saturdays bandmates, released on 25 October 2010. The book was written by a ghostwriter and published by the Transworld imprint Bantam Press.[42][43][44] Sandford and her band also began a book signing on at WH Smith in Bluewater.[44] The book gives an insight into the world of Sandford, where she explains her success with her band, The Saturdays and her ex-band S Club 8. She also talks about her love life, her friendships within the band and personal insight into her life before finding fame. She also gives fashion and beauty tips throughout the book and gossip accompanied by photos from her own collection.[45]

As a member of The Saturdays she became of new face of hair removal product, Veet. In the photoshoot to promote Veet's new collection, the band models a range of micro mini-skirts and body con dresses to show off their hair-free legs.[46] She and her band later became the new faces of major campaign of Impulse women's deodorant. The band recorded a television ad dubbed The Impulse Diaries. The TV content, which involves a sponsorship package on Channel 4, will show the girls in various settings including a hotel room, a tour bus and backstage before a gig. This first aired on 23 October.[47] She and her band became the face of Nintendo 3DS game, Nintendogs + Cats, which the band recorded a number of TV adverts to promote.[48]

Musical style[edit]

The Saturdays onstage.

Sandford gained a record deal in 2002 with band S Club 8 and the band released pop song, "One Step Closer" which Sandford sings the solo parts in every chorus and backing vocals in the end of the song. All of the band's songs were pop-based music. After the band split up, Sandford remained signed to Polydor Records and uploaded a R&B song titled "Bored" onto MySpace.[49] She later uploaded another track titled "Swallow" which was a pop rock song.[50] She later became a member of The Saturdays and recorded a song titled "If This Is Love," featuring elements of synthpop and new wave.[51][52] Sandford's style has also been described by music critics as "obligatory fluffy summery pop," "pure uplifting pop," "an 80's throwback" and "an electro-soul number."[52] In 2010, she went on to release another solo song with Kids in Glass Houses called "Undercover Love", which was released from their 2010 album Dirt.

The Sun reported that Sandford "flirts her way through the song" with her vocals.[53] She later released a new song with The Saturdays, "Missing You" and then "Higher" where the band have made use of auto-tuning on their vocals.[54] The production of "Higher" was described as "hectic"[55] "yet very catchy."[56] Sandford was criticised by press after the release of "Missing You" after she used Auto-Tune on some of her vocals. Many artists have expressed views in collaborating with Sandford including Bruno Mars and Flo Rida who stated he would like to work with Sandford as a solo act.[57]

Personal life[edit]

Sandford dated McFly bassist Dougie Poynter for two years.

Sandford has a tattoo of a star on her wrist and another on her back under her neck which says "Sunshine 'n' Showers", inspired by her grandmother, who used to call her "Sunshine and showers".[58]

Sandford began dating McFly bassist Dougie Poynter in October 2008.[59][60][61][62][63] However, the pair split for a brief period in March 2010 before reuniting the following month[64] but split up again in November of the same year. Poynter has stated that they will not be getting back together for the third time.[65][66][67][68]

Sandford has been dating footballer Wayne Bridge since December 2010.[69][70] On 8 April 2013, Sandford announced on Twitter that she was engaged to Bridge.[71] She gave birth to their son, Parker Bridge, on 18 October 2013.[5] The couple married on 19 July 2014 in private ceremony.

Sandford has been battling depression since early October 2011 and doctors ordered her to take time off from the group so that she would be well enough to perform during the All Fired Up! Tour.[72] She confirmed in early December 2011 that she was starting to get well again. Sandford revealed in late 2011 that she had sought treatment in a clinic for an undisclosed medical condition, but did say it was not related to alcohol, drugs or an eating disorder.[73] She later revealed that she battles with depression and panic attacks since she was 15.[72][74] Sandford has been a prominent supporter of the Time to Change mental health anti-stigma campaign.[75]


Main article: S Club 8 discography

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak
2010 "Undercover Lover"
(Kids in Glass Houses featuring Frankie Sandford)
62 Dirt


With The Saturdays[edit]

  1. The Work Tour
  2. The Headlines Tour
  3. All Fired Up! Tour

As solo supporting act[edit]

  1. The Dirt Tour (with Kids in Glass Houses; selected dates)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2008 Virgin Media Awards Most Fanciable Female[76] Nominated
2009 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World #17 Sexiest Woman in the World[77] Won
2009 Virgin Media Awards #2 Hottest Female[78] Won
2010 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World #4 Sexiest Woman in the World[29] Won
2011 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World #22 Sexiest Woman in the World[79] Won
2011 Glamour Awards Best Dressed[3] Won


Year Title Role Notes
2001 S Club Search Herself TV series
2002 Viva S Club Fan
2002 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 2002 Herself With S Club Juniors
2002–2003 Top of The Pops Herself Five performances with S Club Juniors
2004 Smile Herself
2004 Ministry of Mayhem Herself
2004 Top of The Pops Saturday Herself One performance with S Club Juniors
2004 I Dream Frankie
2008 Hollyoaks Later Herself Series 1, Episode 3
2008 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Herself TV series (Episode 22.2)
2008 Big Brother's Little Brother Herself
2009 Myths Syren
2009 The Xtra Factor Herself
2009 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Herself
2009 Something for the Weekend Herself
2010 Impulse Into Glamour Presents: A Diary of the Saturdays T4 Special Herself
2010 The Door Herself ITV1 Celebrity game show
2013–present Chasing the Saturdays Herself TV series


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