British born, in Cheshire, North West England, Sara studied for her acting career in her home county and in London. She acquired a front credit on her first feature, National press attention when co-starring with a British comedy legend at Pinewood Studios and an award nomination for a powerful stage role that would colour the rest of her acting career. From the age of 8 Sara mixed ballet and modern dance within her formal schooling. She also studied piano, taught herself acoustic guitar and studied drums with jazz drummer Geoff Riley. Sara continued with academic and practical Drama and Film Study courses in college where her dramatic ability impressed tutors who encouraged her to train as an actress. Sara built up a unique portfolio of disciplines from various institutions and academies as well as privately, with both British and American tutors. This diverse training experience usefully honed her existing talent and prepared her for a varied performing career. Sara’s engaging voice and vibrant personality launched her as a presenter and voice artist on TV and radio. Her destiny changed when she was asked to report for the BBC ‘Cinema 2’ radio programme; Sara met an American Director and was offered her first screen-acting role. While this short was still in production she was recommended, cast and given a front credit in her first feature film, ‘Chasing Dreams’. Sara’s reporting work made her a welcome guest at the major UK studios and she found a ‘home’ at Pinewood. Her industrious enthusiasm attracted support from many stalwarts there including the Oscar winning Sound Editor, the late, Don Sharpe who became a mentor and friend. Sara also met comedy legend Sir Norman Wisdom and was chosen to be his British co-star in his screenplay ‘Adam & Evil.’ A year of National Press attention began. During this time a TV producer recommended Sara to director Bob Keen who cast her as ‘The Broadcaster’ in his movie ‘Jim’s Gift’. Broadcast on Sky and UK’s Channel 5, this feature became Sara’s television acting debut. When ‘Adam & Evil’ was shelved, Sara was again recruited to work along side Sir Norman Wisdom in the star-studded spoof 1950’s sci-fi film, ‘Cosmic Brain Suckers,’ arguably making Sara Dee his last leading lady. Sara’s Cannes debut was a starring role in the 35mm film ‘Cafe D’ Paris.’ Sara was whisked away to the festival on Quantel’s private Lear jet to celebrate the premiere, together with top personnel from Fuji, Lee Lighting, Panavision and Technicolor. It was Sara’s portrayal of a powerful dominatrix, ‘Mistress Angel,’ in the unpublished play ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed,’ that earned her a ‘Performance Artist Of The Year Award’ nomination. This made Sara a desirable option for casting in formidable women roles, like her ruthless journalist, ‘Margaret Rawlins’ in Lynda La Plante’s ITV (UK) drama series, ‘The Commander’, directed by Charles Beeson. A chance remark brought Sara to The Royal Court Theatre. She deflected some praise for her work with the quip, “All I need now is one line in a West End play”. This was overheard by a casting assistant, Sara was then contacted by Artistic Director Ian Rickson and she appeared at The Royal Court in ‘The Night Heron’, a Jez Butterworth play with an all star cast. Being an admirer of Director Andy Wilson’s work, Sara was thrilled to be chosen by him to play ‘Lady Hysteria’ in his opulent BBC feature ‘Riot At The Rite’. An interesting role in Jim Groom’s theatrically released movie ‘Room 36’ and a plethora of starring roles in many short films followed, including a return to a Dominatrix role in ‘Zombie Office’, a highlight on the distributed ‘Horror Vault 3’ compilation DVD. Martin Pavey’s highly acclaimed thriller ‘Flash Back’, offered, what she considers her ‘most natural role to date’, and also provoked BAFTA luminaries to suggest Sara as a candidate for ‘The Rising Star Award’. Written by Andy Davie, this film also marked her Hollywood debut screening. Sara came to the attention of, British award winning Director, Ben Wheatley and she was very pleased that her work on his gritty gangster film, ‘Down Terrace’ encouraged him to recruit her again for his disturbingly dark, ‘Kill List’ and subsequent features. Sara excels at encouraging others to let their creative talent shine. She is a committee member of the Media Lunch Club and one of the founders of the Short Circuit, Film Writers Competition. Sara Dee is proud to have been given the ‘Performance Artist Award’, by The Tree Of Hope Children’s Charity and continues to work on film, stage and television.
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