Sarah Preston

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Sarah Preston
BornSarah Jane Preston
Middlesbrough, England
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (3 years)
Years active1994–present
Known forHolby City, Extras, Steel River Blues, Eastenders

Sarah Preston (born in Middlesbrough), is an English actress, who is best known for playing Karen Newburn in Holby City, Amanda Parry in EastEnders[1] and the Make-up Woman, whose name no-one can remember in Extras II with Ricky Gervais.

Early life[edit]

Preston is the daughter of Madge Preston and Arthur Ernest Preston and has one brother and one sister.

Acting career[edit]

Preston started her career on stage at the age of five in her native Northeast of England. Some of her early acting experience was with Stockton Youth Theatre where she performed in acclaimed productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweet Charity alongside Mark Benton and Marcus Bentley.

She continued to be involved in many theatre and independent productions until she left for London where she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for three years and gained a diploma in acting.[2]  Classmates included Andrew Lincoln and Stephen Mangan.

During her time at RADA she developed skills in stage fighting.[3] She excelled in this, earning high qualifications and the coveted John Barton Prize. One of her first jobs after leaving RADA was in the feature film The House of Angelo, where she was stunt double for the leading lady (played by Sarah Woodward) and the only woman on the film's fight team.[4]

The first major TV role was playing Karen Newburn[5] in the BBC's flagship drama series, Holby City. She played the straight-talking, no-nonsense Ward Sister who clashes with ex-husband and cardiothoracic registrar Nick Jordan, played by Michael French. They battled throughout the first two series and their tempestuous relationship became one of the leading story-lines.

Other regular appearances include EastEnders, In Deep with Stephen Tompkinson, Steel River Blues and Extras with Ricky Gervais.

Preston has guested in a number of other shows including Vera with Brenda Blethyn, The Last Detective alongside Peter Davison, Where The Heart Is and Doctors.


Preston founded the female-centric production company, Bamboo Media Productions Ltd which currently has 3 projects slated. The latest of which is a TV serial: a psychological, naturalistic sci-fi thriller written by Preston.


  1. ^ "Sarah Preston Interview –". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ "RADA: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – Student". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Sarah Preston". Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  4. ^ "About". Sarah Preston. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Karen Newburn –". Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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