SARAH HARDING rose to fame and fortune as part of global superstar pop group Girls Aloud.
But tragically she lost her battle with breast cancer on September 5. Here's what we know about her.
Who was Sarah Harding?
Sarah Harding was a singer and actor who found fame in legendary pop band Girls Aloud.
She sang alongside Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, but the group split in 2013, just a year after they reunited for their ten year anniversary.
She has also had roles in St Trinian’s in 2007 and BBC television film Freefall.
She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street in 2015 for a few episodes playing Joni – the wife of returning character Robert Preston.
Sarah has made guest appearances on TV shows such as Tumble, Celebrity MasterChef, Dating in the Dark and Celebrity Juice.
Away from the screens, she has also modelled including for Ultimo lingerie.
How did she die?
On August 26, 2020, Sarah made the heartbreaking revelation on Twitter that she has breast cancer and it has advanced to other parts of her body.
She explained that she dismissed a lump on her breast as a cyst during the pandemic, and only went to doctors when her skin began to bruise realising that something was seriously wrong.
She was rushed to hospital with sepsis and a failing kidney and liver, only saved by a medically induced coma.
She posted a photo of herself from her hospital bed and said she is "fighting as hard as I possibly can" and tweeted: "Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body.
"I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can."
And on September 5, her mum, Marie, posted on Instagram: "It's with deep heartbreak that today I'm sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.
"Many of you will know of Sarah's battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.
"She slipped away peacefully this morning. I'd like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved.
When did Sarah Holding join Girls Aloud?
She rose to fame late 2002 when she successfully auditioned for the ITV reality series Popstars: The Rivals.
The programme announced that Harding had won a place as a member of the girl group, Girls Aloud.
What TV shows and films did she appear in?
Alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates, Harding made a cameo appearance in St. Trinian's in 2007.
She took on her first major acting role in 2008, appearing in the low-budget thriller Bad Day. Harding wore a brunette wig for the role of Jade Jennings.
During Girls Aloud's hiatus, Harding decided to focus on her acting career. "Singing was always my main ambition, but acting was something else I wanted to achieve," Harding said.
Harding appeared in Freefall aired on BBC Two in July 2009. Harding portrayed Sam, the beautician girlfriend of Dominic Cooper's character.
Later that year, Harding returned to the St. Trinian's franchise with a starring role in St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.
Despite her age, Harding portrayed teenage rebel Roxy, a new student at St. Trinian's School.
In December 2009, Harding appeared on MTV's Sarah Harding in 24 Hours. To promote this, she also made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Moyles.
Harding and her then-boyfriend, DJ Tom Crayne, also launched a new nightclub named Kanaloa.
Harding has recently finished filming Run for Your Wife in which she plays one of the wives of the lead character, John Smith. The film was released on 14 February 2013.
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