Sara Sugarman (born 13 October 1962) is a Welsh actress and filmmaker whose work includes Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) and Very Annie Mary (2001). She has also appeared in films including Dealers (1989) and Those Glory Glory Days (1983).
|Born||13 October 1962|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
(m. 1992; div. 1994)
Sugarman was born in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales, into a Jewish family. As a young teenager, she played in a punk outfit called The Fractures, managed by local musician Mike Peters. During this period, she played the rebellious SAG (School Action Group) leader Jessica Samuels in the children's drama TV series Grange Hill (1978–1979).
In London, Sugarman attended both the Arts Educational School and then Barbara Speake Stage School in Acton. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1986 to 1989, where she won the Best Actress medal. In 1992, she married the actor David Thewlis. They divorced in 1994.
In 1994 she won a place at Bournemouth Film School and scripted and directed three short films, nominated for a BAFTA, BAFTA CYMRU and won twenty three International film festivals. She won International Film maker's prize at the Sundance Film Festival and HBO film maker prize at HBO comedy festival and the Orange Prize for screenwriting.
As of 2010, Sugarman was living in Los Angeles. In 2012, Sugarman wrote and directed Vinyl, a British comedy film based on the true story of Welsh musician Mike Peters of The Alarm who in 2004 released the single "45 RPM" under the name of a fictitious band "The Poppy Fields". Much of the film was shot on location in Sugarman's hometown Rhyl.
- Save the Cinema (2022)
- Midas Man (2022; director, replaced Jonas Åkerlund)
- Save the Cinema (2022; director)
- House of Versace (2013, director)
- Vinyl (2012; writer, director)
- Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004; director)
- Very Annie Mary (2001; writer, director)
- Mad Cows (1999; director)
- Mr. Nice (2010)
- Anthrakitis (1998) (short film)
- Dealers (1989)
- Straight to Hell (1987)
- Escape from Sobibor (1987) (TV)
- Sid and Nancy (1986)
- Those Glory Glory Days (1983)
- "The return of Sara Sugarman". thejc.com.
- Sara Sugarman at IMDb
- Greenstreet, Rosanna (16 June 2001). "Q & A Sara Sugarman". Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
- "Filming starts in Rhyl on movie based on band's hoax". BBC. 8 August 2010.
- Williams, Kelly (26 September 2012). "Vinyl film puts Rhyl on the map". Daily Post (North Wales). Retrieved 15 March 2013.