Screen Time: 90%
Age: 13 years old
Rating: 8 (2 votes)
Current Age: 25 years old
Current Age: 25 years old
Sydney White's BiographyNot many twelve year olds are described as ‘definitely a star in the making’ by The London Times - but Sydney White is no ordinary girl. She’s already starred in hit shows such as Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Woman In White, appeared in front of audiences of up to 44,000 and performed alongside legends including Tina Turner, Michael Crawford, Olivia Newton-John, Wayne Sleep, Michael Ball and Juliet Stevenson.
Sydney was born in London on November 30th 1991, and has always loved singing and acting. She first attended Broomfield House School in Kew and bullied her somewhat sceptical parents into taking her to the renowned children’s agency Young’uns. They took her on and following her very first audition she was offered the role of Cosette in Les Miserables. The following year she undertook four performances per week at London’s Palace Theatre, fitting schoolwork around them. Sydney then auditioned for the world-famous Sylvia Young Theatre School, and was thrilled to win one of the few precious places, starting in September 2002.
To her delight, she was then offered the role of Jemima in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and went on to act alongside Michael Ball, Jason Donovan, Gary Wilmott, Russ Abbot, Wayne Sleep, Anton Rodgers and many others. Sydney was then invited to return to her first theatre, the Palace, to perform in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical The Woman in White. She was especially thrilled not only to be asked to perform her role on the opening night, but also on the original cast CD recording with Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford.
Following these successes, early in 2003 she was asked to record the lead soprano role of Gerda in a newly-written musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy story The Snow Queen, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In fact writer Paul K Joyce was at his wits’ end trying to find a leading lady until she came along. The CD was a great success, as were stage performances at the Barbican and Cadogan Hall in December, narrated by Sydney’s favourite actress Juliet Stevenson. The London Times said Sydney was ‘impeccably professional, but happily had none of the coy affectation of many child performers. Instead she was entirely natural, her face wonderfully expressive, her voice soaring and pure.’ A special performance in Copenhagen to commemorate Andersen’s anniversary attracted her largest ever audience, including the Danish Royal Family, and in May Sydney starred in a lavish celluloid version, shot in Canada. The film is a mixture of CGI and live action, and contains the same breathtaking mixture of music, poetry and narration as the stage production. The film is set to be screened by the BBC this Christmas, and many predict it will enjoy similar success to The Snowman.
Somehow Sydney has also found the time to model on GMTV, record voiceovers and language tapes, perform at the Proms In The Park, feature in a BBC documentary series about the Sylvia Young School (which aired in the summer of 2004) and undertake charity work for the Shooting Star Foundation, helping to raise £50,000 in one gala evening alone.
Sydney lives in Chiswick with her parents (Ray and Amanda), two older brothers (Paul and Adam) and two younger brothers (Cameron and Spike). She also has a pet rat called Enjolrat and a dog called Digger. Her hobbies include drawing, swimming and playing the guitar (her favourite bands are Blink 182 and Green Day), and some of her favourite films are The Princess Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas (she’d love to work with Tim Burton one day!) She won a prestigious LAMDA Award in 2003, and admits she’s keen to win an Oscar… so watch this space!