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Hannah Spearritt
Born Hannah Louise Spearritt
1 April 1981 (1981-04-01) (age 28)
Great Yarmouth, England
Origin England
Genres Pop
Occupations Former singer, actress
Years active 1994-present (actress)
1999-2003 (singer)
Labels Polydor Records
(UK);
Interscope Records
(US 1999–2001);
A&M Records
(US 1999–2001);
Polydor Records
(US 2002);
Universal Records
(US 2002)
Associated acts S Club
S Club 8

Hannah Louise Spearritt (born 1 April 1981 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk) is an English actress and former singer. She was previously a member of the successful pop group S Club 7, and is engaged to her Primeval co-star Andrew-Lee Potts as of December 2008.

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Personal life

Spearritt was born in Great Yarmouth, the youngest of three children and is the younger sister of former model and fashion designer Tanya Spearritt, and Stuart Spearritt. Her uncle, Eddie Spearritt,[1] from Lowestoft was a professional football player who played for Brighton and Hove Albion in the 1960s. In December 2008 while Hannah was acting for the ITV series Primeval one of her fellow actors Andrew-Lee Potts proposed to her. The pair are currently engaged and will be married in 2011 after finishing Primeval series 5.

Early career

At the age of 3, Spearritt modelled in a Mothercare catalogue. When she was 12, she landed a part in the Great Yarmouth Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society's production of Annie. Thereafter she successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre, and became part of the company. While with the NYMT she met future S Club member and boyfriend Paul Cattermole, as well her friend and future flatmate, actress Sheridan Smith. She appeared in the NYMT's productions Pendragon (1994–1995) — performing in New York and Hong Kong, Tin Pan Ali (1996), and the West End musical Bugsy Malone (1997) — she was a member of the original cast.

In 1998 she got a part in the television film The Cater Street Hangman, playing the part of a maid who gets murdered. She had also made appearances on the National Lottery Show and Blue Peter. While Hannah 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.

S Club 7

S Club 7 had a brief but successful career in pop music, scoring hits with songs such as "Bring it All Back" from their first album and a Brit award for Best Newcomer. They continued to please the public with singles such as "Reach", "Natural", "Don't Stop Movin'" (for which they achieved a Brit Award for Best Single). They also filmed four TV series, "Miami 7", "LA 7", "Hollywood 7" and "Viva S Club". At the end of their time together S Club filmed a movie called Seeing Double which got mixed reviews. In May 2003 the group announced that they would be splitting up after they had finished their current tour. Whilst Hannah was a member of S Club she was a regular pin-up in dozens of magazines and was a regular in the FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women polls between 2000 and 2004.

Acting career

In the last week of S Club's existence, Spearritt's management claimed she was at home in bed with the flu. She was actually in Los Angeles to audition for a role in the film Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, a fact that Hannah revealed at the UK premiere of the film on 2004-03-24 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 Seed of Chucky, a movie which was seen by some as an attempt to distance herself from her squeaky clean S Club image.[2] 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 canceled just three weeks into its run because of poor ticket sales - one show managed to attract an audience of only two people.[3]

In February 2006, it was revealed that Hannah had landed a lead role in a brand new ITV series called Primeval. Hannah 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.

In late 2006, Hannah began filming for ITV1, for a guest part in Agatha Christie's Marple television mystery series.[4] The episode, entitled At Bertram’s Hotel, was broadcast on 23 September 2007.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Seeing Double Hannah (Herself)
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Emily Sommers
Seed of Chucky Joan
2007 Little Lilly in Chapter 1: Colour Blind Little Lilly Short film
Little Lilly in Chapter 2: Fish Little Lilly Short film
2008 Little Lilly in Chapter 3: U Turn Little Lilly Short film

Television

Year TV Show Role Notes
1998 The Cater Street Hangman Lily TV film
1999 Miami 7 Hannah Spearritt (herself) S Club 7 TV Spin-off series 13 eps
2000 L.A. 7 Hannah Spearritt (herself) S Club 7 TV Spin-off series 13 eps
2001 Hollywood 7 Hannah Spearritt (herself) S Club 7 TV Spin-off series 13 eps
2002 Viva S Club Hannah Spearritt (herself) S Club 7/S Club TV Spin-off series 13 eps
2005 Blessed Girl Thing member Ep. 4, Ep. 6 and Ep. 7
2007-2011 Primeval Abby Maitland Main cast member
2007 At Bertram’s Hotel Tilly Rice

Musicals

Year Musical Role Location
1994-1995 Pendragon Various (including New York)
1996 Tin Pan Ali Various (UK)
1997 Bugsy Malone Louella West End
2005 Snow! The Musical Jilly West End

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