Sarah Brightman (born 14 August, 1960) is an English soprano and actress. She debuted with disco singles, achieved worldwide fame as a musical theatre performer and partner of theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and then established a position as a chart-topping classical crossover artist with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson.
Brightman was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire to Paula and Granville Brightman, the oldest of six children. Her ambition to be an artist was apparent from an early age; she took ballet lessons starting from age three and was an excellent student. At age eleven she attended a boarding school for stage; although she disliked the school, she remained enrolled. Brightman auditioned for London's Royal Ballet a few years later but was rejected.
At age sixteen, in 1976, Brightman joined the dance group Pan's People. She later went on to lead Hot Gossip, a mixed dance act who appeared regularly on The Kenny Everett Video Show. The group, who were somewhat more 'raunchy' than Pan's People, had a chart-topping disco hit in this year with "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper", wherein she first discovered ...