Sarah Murdoch

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Sarah Murdoch
Sarah Murdoch.jpg
Born Sarah O'Hare
(1972-05-31) 31 May 1972 (age 42)
Croydon, South London, United Kingdom
Years active 1989–
Spouse(s) Lachlan Murdoch (1999–present)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Dress size 4 US/ 34 EU
Manager Room 329 Productions – Sydney, AU

Sarah Murdoch (born O'Hare; 31 May 1972, in Croydon, South London, England) is an English-born Australian model, actress and television presenter.

Career[edit]

Brought up in Sydney, Australia, Murdoch attended The McDonald College of the Performing Arts, a performing arts school in Sydney, where she studied ballet.[1] After being told by the ballet master, Alan Alexander Cross, that she was too tall and would never make it as a ballerina, she changed direction.

As a fashion model she appeared in campaigns for Bonds (clothing), L'Oréal, Revlon, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and Estée Lauder, as well as the 1999 and 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues.[2][3] Her magazine covers includes Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, GQ and Harper's Bazaar in countries like Australia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

Sarah filled in for Jessica Rowe on the Australian version of the popular morning news and interview show, Today. Rowe was taking four months maternity leave.[4] On 26 March 2007, it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that Murdoch would finish up her hosting duties on Today as of 30 March 2007.[5] Nine News presenter Kellie Sloane replaced Sarah until May 2007, when Lisa Wilkinson took over as the new co-host on Today. Murdoch returned as a guest host on the 4 October 2007 episode, alongside Karl Stefanovic, to raise awareness about Breast Cancer as she is a patron of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

On film, Murdoch starred, with fellow supermodel Shalom Harlow, in the romantic comedy Head Over Heels. She also appeared on an episode of popular sitcom, Friends (S07E07).

Australia's Next Top Model[edit]

Sarah Murdoch replaced Jodhi Meares as host of Australia's Next Top Model after Meares infamously blundered her way through the third season's live finale in 2007 and flat-out refused to appear in 2008's finale. In addition to hosting Top Model, Murdoch also inked a deal with Foxtel to create documentaries with her production company, Room 329 Productions. She experienced media scrutiny during the 2010 Australia's Next Top Model Grand Final for announcing an incorrect winner.[6][7] In 12 December 2011, Murdoch announced that she is leaving Top Model after three seasons.[8]

Sarah Murdoch's Pride of Australia[edit]

Screened in November 2009, Sarah and her production company Room 329 Productions, along with Foxtel produced 4 episodes of Sarah Murdoch's "Pride of Australia" which was inspiring for fellow Australians and along with people from all over the World. With Sarah as host, they tell the inspiring stories of everyday Australians, exhibiting acts of great courage, love and determination when faced with adversity. The stories were taken from thousands of people nominated to News Limited papers across Australia.[9]

Everybody Dance Now[edit]

Murdoch hosted the Network Ten reality dance programme Everybody Dance Now in August 2012, however due to poor ratings, the series was axed after just four episodes.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Murdoch is engaged in assisting not-for-profit arts and charitable bodies, where her name and connections add gravitas and fund-raising capacity. She was appointed International Ambassador of the Australian Ballet Company in 2004 and joined The Australian Ballet Board of Directors in 2006.[citation needed] She is also ambassador of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and a member of its development board. The Institute was established in 1986 by her husband Lachlan's grandmother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and is the largest child health research institute in Australia.

Murdoch is patron of Australia's National Breast Cancer Foundation,[11] and addressed the National Press Club of Australia about the activities of the foundation on 4 October 2006 and again on 24 December 2008. The addresses were televised Australia-wide by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1999, she married Lachlan Murdoch, son of Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The couple live in Sydney, Australia and have two sons, Kalan Alexander (born on 9 November 2004) and Aidan Patrick (born on 6 May 2006), and a daughter, Aerin Elisabeth Murdoch, born on Monday 12 April 2010.

Murdoch is a keen rugby league fan and supports the Manly Sea Eagles.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah Murdoch: How I stay real". Life etc. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "SI Swimsuit Collection: Sarah O'Hare". Time Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "SI Swimsuit Collection: Sarah O'Hare". Time Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to fickle world of a career in television". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  5. ^ "Rowe's return date unknown". Smh.com.au. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  6. ^ Meade, Amanda (29 September 2010). "Local". "Wrong model announced as contest winner". The Australian. p. 3. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Shears, Richard (29 September 2010). "Australia's Next Top Model host announces the WRONG winner". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Hardie, Giles (2011-12-12). "Murdoch leaves Model". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Murdoch hosts Pride of Australia". Courier Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ Know, David (21 August 2012). "Axed: Everybody Dance Now". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "NBCF Patron and Ambassadors". National Breast Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  12. ^ "Sarah Murdoch, Kate Ritchie, Sami Lukis support Kangaroos". Courier Mail. 22 October 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sarah Murdoch at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Jessica Rowe
Today
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

11 December 2006 – 30 March 2007
Succeeded by
Kellie Sloane