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Jo O'Meara
O'Meara in 2008
O'Meara in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJoanne Valda O'Meara
Born (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 45)
Romford, London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • television personality
  • actress
Years active1996–present
Member ofS Club
Formerly of

Joanne Valda O'Meara (born 29 April 1979) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. She has been a member of the pop group S Club between 1999 and 2003, which has currently reformed since 2023.[1][2]

O'Meara was a contestant on the Channel 4 reality show Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, where she was involved in the Big Brother racism controversy.[3]

Early life


O'Meara was born in Romford,[4] Greater London, to parents Dave and Barbara. She has a brother and sister, Shane and Julie. She grew up in Collier Row, a suburban housing estate in the north of Romford in the London Borough of Havering. She was educated at Clockhouse Junior School and Bower Park School. O'Meara was given a full scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she excelled in music, acting and dance – receiving a standing ovation by the heads and principals for her rendition of the song "Summertime".[5]





At age 16, O'Meara joined the earliest incarnation of girl group Solid HarmoniE and flew out to Sweden to work with record producer Max Martin. She'd return to Essex and performed open mic nights until she was spotted by the S Club 7 team in a country and western bar.[5] Prior O'Meara was also a member of a German rap/hip hop group 2-4 Family which was formed in 1998.

1998–2003: S Club


The group rose to public prominence by appearing in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, in 1999. Over the five years they were together, S Club 7 had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, a string of hits throughout Europe, including a top-ten single in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Africa. They recorded a total of four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over fourteen million albums worldwide. Their first album, S Club, had a strong 1990s pop sound, similar to many artists of their time. However, through the course of their career, their musical approach changed to a more dance and R&B sound which is heard mostly in their final album, Seeing Double.

The concept and brand of the group was created by Simon Fuller, also their manager through 19 Entertainment; they were signed to Polydor Records. Their television series went on to last four series, seeing the group travel across the United States and eventually ending up in Barcelona, Spain. It became popular in 100 different countries where the show was watched by over 90 million viewers.[6] The show, which was a children's sitcom, often mirrored real life events which had occurred in S Club, including the relationship of Hannah Spearritt and Paul Cattermole, as well as the latter's eventual departure from the group. As well as the popularity of their television series, S Club 7 won two Brit Awards—in 2000 for British breakthrough act and in 2002, for best British single. In 2001, the group earned the Record of Year. S Club's second last single reached number-five in the UK charts and their final studio album failed to make the top ten. However, on 21 April 2003, during a live onstage performance, S Club announced that they were to disband.[7]

2004–2007: Relentless and reality shows


In 2004, O'Meara signed with Simon Fuller as her artist manager and began recording her debut solo album, planned to be released between September and December.[8] The album would be focused on R&B sound and Fuller described O'Meara as "the next Christina Aguilera".[8] In December 2004, Fuller dropped O'Meara when they failed to sign with Polydor Records and had creative conflicts – he proposed that she record music from famous songwriters as Xenomania, but she wanted an authorial album.[8] In 2005, O'Meara returned to studio as an independent artist to record a new material, focused on pop rock style and produced by Richard Carpenter, and recorded songs like "Taxi Cab", "Lovely" or "Don't Wanna Let You Down".[8][9]

In July 2005, O'Meara signed with Sanctuary Records and on 26 September was released her debut solo single, "What Hurts the Most", a version of Mark Wills's 2003 song. The song peaked at number 13 on the United Kingdom and 26 in Ireland.[10] On 3 October she released her debut album, Relentless; the album peaked at number 48 in UK and was described by music critics as "polished", "well constructed" and "better than other former boy/girl band" albums and O'Meara's Voice as "strong".[11][12] In November, Sanctuary planned to release "Relentless" as the second single, but O'Meara decided to leave the label.[13]

In February 2006, O'Meara took part in the BBC reality show Just the Two of Us. Her singing partner was Chris Fountain, actor on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. The pair came third in the competition, failing to attract enough votes to make the final after their performance of "Never Had a Dream Come True". In January 2007, O'Meara appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Along with Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd, O'Meara was accused of racist and bullying behaviour toward fellow contestant Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, resulting in a record number of complaints to Ofcom, national and international media coverage, and condemnatory statements from the British and Indian governments.[14]

2008–2020: S Club 3 and S Club reunion


In November 2008, O'Meara, Bradley McIntosh, and Paul Cattermole formed the spin-off group S Club 3 and had been performing in nightclubs, universities and Butlins holiday camps around the United Kingdom.[15] On 12 November 2008 a bottle was thrown during their performance in Bradford. It struck O'Meara, leaving her with a cut to the head requiring hospital treatment. A 20-year-old man was arrested and it was suggested the attack was linked to her Celebrity Big Brother appearance where she was accused of racially aggravated bullying.[16][3]

O'Meara featured in a cover of the Python Lee Jackson song "In a Broken Dream" on The Popes' 2012 album New Church, her first released recording in seven years. She also appeared on stage with them performing the song. In November 2014, all seven original S Club 7 members reunited to perform a medley of some of their greatest hits on BBC Children In Need. They performed a reunion tour, Bring It All Back 2015, in May 2015.

Following the S Club reunion Jo continued to tour with Tina Barrett and Bradley McIntosh performing as S Club 3.[17] In 2017, the trio released a single titled "Family" for charity but failed to chart in the UK.[18]

In August 2020, O'Meara announced that she would no longer be performing as S Club 3 to focus on her upcoming second studio album.[19] She was replaced by former S Club 8 member Stacey Franks, with the group renamed as "S Club Allstars".[20]

2021–present: Solo career return and second S Club reunion


In April and May 2021, O'Meara released unplugged renditions of "Don't Stop Movin'" and "Relentless," respectively. Those songs would go on to be included in her second album, With Love, was released on 27 August 2021, and featured twelve tracks.[21]

In 2022, O'Meara signed a new management deal with Saga Entertainment with Jack Corbyn as her personal manager. This year also saw O'Meara taking to the stage at the London Palladium after releasing a cover of Radiohead classic "Creep".[22][23]

In September 2022, O'Meara joined The Celebs to mark the 40th anniversary of the Michael Jackson classic album Thriller and raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, with a new rendition of the title track, which was released on the independent record label Saga Entertainment and produced by Grahame and Jack Corbyn.[24]

On 13 February 2023, it was announced that S Club were to reunite for a second time for a new arena tour in October, to mark the 25th anniversary since their original formation. The tour would consist of 10 shows in the UK and one in Ireland, before moving on to Canada and the US in 2024.[25]

Personal life


In 2008, O'Meara gave birth to her son, after separating from her partner Bill Slate.[26]



Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Relentless 48 56
With Love
  • Released: 27 August 2021
  • Label: Metrophonic
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"What Hurts the Most" 2005 13 26 11 Relentless
"On the Surface"[29] 2021 With Love
"Sweet Surrender"[29]
"Missing You"[29]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

Title Year Album
"Creep"[30] 2022 Non-album singles




Year Title Role Notes
2003 Seeing Double Jo Main role


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Miami 7 Jo Main role
Back to the '50s Television film
Boyfriends & Birthdays
The Greatest Store in the World Herself
2000 L.A. 7 Jo Main role
S Club 7 Go Wild! Herself
Artistic Differences Jo Television film
Christmas Special
2001 Hollywood 7 Main role
S Club Search Judge
2002 Viva S Club Jo Main role
2006 Just the Two of Us Contestant Series 1
2007 Celebrity Big Brother Series 5


  1. ^ "S Club to Split". NME. 23 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2008. Rumours of an impending split have dogged the band since member Paul Cattermole left S Club 7 last year, and recently when lead singer Jo O'Meara revealed she had a debilitating back condition.
  2. ^ "Big Brother accused of racism". The Guardian. London. 16 January 2007. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2008. Over the weekend, former beauty queen Lloyd and O'Meara, ex-lead singer of S Club 7, poked fun at Shetty's accent.
  3. ^ a b Randell, Louise (29 August 2021). "S Club 7's Jo O'Meara 'lost everything' after Big Brother but baby son saved her". mirror. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  4. ^ Michelle Archard and Deanne Blaylock (11 January 2007). "Essex girls battle it out in Celebrity Big Brother". Essex Chronicle. Essex Chronicle Series Ltd. p. 27. Jo, 27, was born in Romford and grew up in Collier Row. She attended Clockhouse Junior School and Bower Park School in Havering North Road.
  5. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: S Club star Jo O'Meara on coping with teen stardom and why life is easier after 40". Sunday Post. 8 August 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  6. ^ "S Club reach for the top". BBC News. 18 June 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  7. ^ "S Club to split up". BBC News. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
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  9. ^ "News Express". Monrezo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ "2005 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
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  14. ^ Taylor, Joel (17 January 2007). "Big Brother backlash". Metro. Retrieved 27 November 2010. |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110522124540/http://www.metro.co.uk/news/33530-big-brother-backlash
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  16. ^ "Former S Club Singer O'Meara Injured After Bottle Thrown". contactmusic.com. 14 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  17. ^ "S Club 7 reunite for Children in Need". BBC News. bbc.com. BBC. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  18. ^ "S Club 7 reunite for Children in Need". SClub7.Com. SClub7.Com. SClub7.Com. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Jo announces her departure from S Club 3". Jo O'Meara Source. Jo O'Meara Source. Jo O'Meara Source. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  20. ^ "I've got some news! I'm joining @realtinab1 & @BradleyMcIntosh to bring you #SclubAllstars". 25 November 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  21. ^ Logan, Philip (27 June 2021). "Jo O'Meara Drops Brand New Single 'On the Surface'". CelebMix. United States. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Jo O'Meara signs with new management". Wfmz.com. United Kingdom. 14 July 2022. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  23. ^ "Jo O'Meara signs with new management". Yahoo.
  24. ^ "Jo O'Meara celebrates the 40th anniversary of 'Thriller' with a spooktacular take". Prunderground.com.
  25. ^ "S Club 7 reunion: Bringing back 'joy and positivity' on 25th anniversary comeback tour". BBC News. 14 February 2023.
  26. ^ "Jo O'Meara gives birth to son". NOW. 15 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
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  28. ^ "Jo Chart History". aCharts. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  29. ^ a b c "jo omera solo music". Retropop Magazine. March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  30. ^ "COMING SOON !! So many of you have enjoyed my version of this song at my live shows ! So I've decided to release it on all platforms for you all". Facebook. April 2022. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  31. ^ "Jo O'Meara shares cover of Michael Jackson classic 'Thriller'". Retro Pop Magazine. 2 October 2022. Retrieved 5 November 2022.