Hannah Spearritt

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Hannah Spearritt
Hannah Spearritt 2013.jpg
Spearritt at the 2013 MCM ComicCon
Born Hannah Louise Spearritt
(1981-04-01) 1 April 1981 (age 33)
Great Yarmouth, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present

Hannah Louise Spearritt (born 1 April 1981; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk)[1] is an English actress and former singer. She is an original member of the pop group S Club 7 from 1999 until they split in 2003, but she never released any solo material. Spearritt is also known for playing the role of Abby Maitland in the drama Primeval.

Early life[edit]

Spearritt was born in Great Yarmouth to Michael and Jenny Spearritt. She is the youngest of three children. Her sister is former model and fashion designer Tanya Spearritt. Her uncle, Eddie Spearritt, from Lowestoft was a professional football player who played for Ipswich Town in the 1960s.[2] At the age of three, Spearritt modelled in a Mothercare catalogue.


1998–02: Stage and television[edit]

When she was 12, she landed a part in the Lowestoft Players amateur dramatics society's production of Annie. Thereafter she successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre, and became part of the company.[1] While with the NYMT she met future S Club member and boyfriend Paul Cattermole, as well as her friend and future flatmate, actress Sheridan Smith. She appeared in the NYMT's productions Pendragon (1994–95)—performing in New York and Hong Kong, Tin Pan Ali (1996), and the West End musical Bugsy Malone (1997).[1] In 1998, she got a role in the television film The Cater Street Hangman,[1] playing the role of a maid who gets murdered. She had also made appearances on the National Lottery Show and Blue Peter. While Spearritt was studying mathematics, performing arts and media studies at college in Great Yarmouth, she auditioned for S Club 7 after seeing an advert in a magazine. In the last week of S Club's existence, Spearritt's management claimed she was at home in bed with the flu.

2003–05: Films and Blessed[edit]

In 2003, she was in Los Angeles to audition for a role in the film Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, a fact that she revealed at the UK premiere of the film on 24 March 2004 in London. She got the role and three days after leaving S Club, she began filming. In March 2004, Spearritt successfully auditioned for a minor role in the horror film Seed of Chucky, which was seen by some as an attempt to distance herself from her squeaky clean S Club image.[3] Shortly after completing filming, Spearritt decided to take a break from show-business to travel and spend time with her family. In early November 2005, she made her acting comeback in the BBC's Blessed, an eight-part sitcom. In Blessed, she played a minor role, appearing as a member of a fake girl band in two episodes. December 2005 saw Spearritt appearing in the unsuccessful West End musical, Snow! The Musical, at London's Sound Theatre. The musical was cancelled just three weeks into its run because of poor ticket sales - one show managed to attract an audience of only two people.[4]

2006–present: Primavel and sucess[edit]

In February 2006, it was revealed that Spearritt had landed a lead role in a brand new ITV series called Primeval. She plays the role of Abby Maitland, a reptile enthusiast who gets mixed up with time travelling Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) after discovering a species of reptile she had never encountered. The series began on 10 February 2007. It paused for over three years before its fourth series aired on ITV in February 2011 with a group of new actors. Series five was viewed on Watch and was shown in early 2012 on ITV1. In late 2006, Spearritt began filming for ITV1, for a guest part in Agatha Christie's Marple television mystery series.[5] The episode, entitled "At Bertram's Hotel", was broadcast on 23 September 2007. In 2010 she made a cameo appearance in a short film, Bubble Wrapped produced by her partner.

In late 2011 she performed The Belle's Stratagem where she played the role of Lady Frances. In March 2012, Spearritt will take over the role of Pauline in a play called One Man, Two Guvnors in the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Personal life[edit]

Spearritt met Andrew-Lee Potts in 1997 and they dated briefly. In 2006, they were both cast in Primeval and began dating again.[6] Potts proposed while they were on a holiday in Mallorca in 2008.[7] The couple once owned a home in London, where they lived with their dog, Stanley.[8][9] However, they split in early 2013, as confirmed by Potts. In addition to Primeval, the couple have collaborated in several Keychain Productions shorts and appeared together at 2013's Midlands Comic Con.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Miami 7 Hannah Main role
2000 L.A. 7 Hannah Main role
2000 S Club 7 Go Wild! Herself Reality television for World Wide Fund for Nature
2001 Hollywood 7 Hannah Main role
2001 S Club Search Herself / Judge / Mentor
2002 Viva S Club Hannah Main role
2005 Blessed Sarah Main role
2007–11 Primeval Abby Maitland Main role
2009 Strictly Come Dancing Herself / Guest judge "Round 2: Ballroom" (Season 7, Episode 3)
2013 Death in Paradise Lily Shaw "A Dash of Sunshine" (Series 2, Episode 6)
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Cater Street Hangman Lily Television film
1999 Back to the '50s Herself Television film
1999 Boyfriends & Birthdays Herself Television film
2003 Seeing Double Hannah Co-lead role
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Emily Sommers
2004 Seed of Chucky Joan
2007 Marple: At Bertram's Hotel Tilly Rice Television film
2014 The Goob Mary Post-production
2015 Utopia Lucy Post-production

Stage work[edit]

Year Title Role
1997–99 Bugsy Malone Louella
1997–04 Pendragon Lana
2005 Snow! The Musical Jilly
2011 The Belle's Strategem Lady Frances
2012 One Man, Two Guvnors Pauline

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2007 TV Quick & TV Choice Awards Best Actress Primeval Nominated [11]
2008 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program
(with Mathieu Vig, Antoine Birot, Simon Thistlethwaite and Kevin O'Sullivan)
Primeval Nominated
2012 National Theatre's Five Star Awards Best Comedy Actress One Man, Two Guvnors Won [12]


  1. ^ a b c d Gregory, Andy (2002) International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Europa, ISBN 1-85743-161-8, p. 478
  2. ^ "Eddie Spearritt". The Pride of Anglia. 9 July 2007. 
  3. ^ 3am (23 March 2004). "Han's Evil Spearritt". The Daily Mirror. 
  4. ^ Victoria Newton (December 2005). "That's Snow-biz". The Sun. 
  5. ^ Liz Thomas (13 November 2006). "McCutcheon to star in next Marple drama". The Stage. 
  6. ^ Mirror.co.uk (14 August 2011). "Our Guide to the couples who will be heading up the aisle next". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  7. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (9 November 2011). "Eight British Couples Who Met On-Set". BBC America. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Eng, Joyce (5 November 2008). "Primeval's Andrew-Lee Potts Geeks Out Over Time Travel and Dinos". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "HSpearritt Twitter". Twitter. "Stanley, Pottsy and I are fundraising for Cancer Research UK using @JustGiving. Stanley's charity power-walk Stanley Spearritt-Potts is fundraising for Cancer Research UK" 
  10. ^ Bentley, David (30 January 2013). "Primeval's Andrew Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt join Star Wars Boba Fett at Midlands Comic Con". The Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hannah at the TV Quick & TV Choice Awards". Viva S Club. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hannah Spearritt and Jodie Prenger join Award-winning Comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors". Stage Won. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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