Since coming third in BBC1's I'd Do Anything in 2008, Samantha Barks has enjoyed success that she could once only dream of.
After the show she has starred as Nancy in the touring production of Oliver!, appeared in the stage and film versions of Les Miserables, and has recently started dating David Gandy.The 22-year old spoke toGlamour Magazineabout her rise to fame, and revealed that her life changing moment came when she was least expecting it.
'I was on stage playing Nancy in Oliver! and the producer announced to a live audience that I’d got the part in Les Mis. My life changed forever, right there,' she says.
Triple threat: Samantha Barks poses for Glamour Magazine in a pair of tiny satin shorts
Samantha went on to play Eponine in the stage version of Les Miserables, a character described as having "the form of an unripe young girl and the look of a corrupted old woman; fifty years joined with fifteen; one of those beings who are both feeble and horrible at once, and who make those shudder whom they do not make weep."The Isle of Man born actress did such a sterling job at portraying the hateful girl that when the famous musical got the Hollywood treatment, she was cast.
Dating: David Gandy is Samantha's latest beau, here they are pictured at the Glamour Awards
'The roles are so iconic; I’d played Eponine in the stage version for almost a year, so I wanted to do her proud,' she says.Samantha also reveals that for future roles, she's ready to be more physical on set.'I passed my cycling proficiency last week, so I could do my own stunts,' she says.
Glamorous couple: Samantha and David at the TAG Heuer Host 2013 Monaco Grand Prix Party in Monaco
Last week, Samantha was honoured at the Glamour Awards, where she was escorted by her handsome new boyfriend, David Gandy.
The male model, 33, barely left her side all evening, and was seen protectively placing a hand on the petite actress' back as they posed for photographs.
The dapper male model and actress of the moment were clearly enjoying their new found romance so much that they barely left each other’s side all evening, looking utterly ‘smitten’ as they partied the night away at London's Berkeley Square Gardens. And even when women were approaching the Dolce & Gabbana model,33, the 22-year-old starlet made sure she was close by to keep an eye on her man.A source at the event, which was held in association with Pandora, told the MailOnline: ‘David and Samantha didn't leave each other's sides all night.‘They were very affectionate and obviously wanted everyone to know they were a couple.Lots of girls were approaching him for photographs but Samantha was there the whole time. They looked absolutely smitten.’Not only were they inseparable throughout the evening but David also presented Samantha with the Pandora Breakthrough award.However while they are clearly delighted with their new romance, it seems one guest wasn’t over the moon.The event, which served drinks supplied by DISARONNO and Tia Maria, was also attended by David’s ex Mollie King, who according to a source couldn’t take her eyes off the pair.
Read the full interview in Glamour's July issue
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