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Sharon D Clarke

Sharon D Clarke is a British theatre and television actress and singer.

She is most popularly known for her role in the BBC medical drama Holby City in which she played Lola Griffin, a doctor with ancestors from Ghana. Other notable television roles include the character of Gran'Ma Flossie in the CBBC show The Crust. In 2008, she sat alongside Russell Watson as a judge on the BBC talent show Last Choir Standing. Sharon's other TV... Read more >>

Sharon D Clarke

Sharon D Clarke Overview

Sharon D Clarke is a British theatre and television actress and singer.

She is most popularly known for her role in the BBC medical drama Holby City in which she played Lola Griffin, a doctor with ancestors from Ghana. Other notable television roles include the character of Gran'Ma Flossie in the CBBC show The Crust. In 2008, she sat alongside Russell Watson as a judge on the BBC talent show Last Choir Standing. Sharon's other TV credits include: Waking the Dead, Soldier Soldier, Broken Glass, Between the Lines, Children's Ward, Stop, Look & Listen Mary Seacole, Past Caring, The Singing Detective, Eastenders, The Bill and Where's Boo. In May 2011, Sharon starred in the BBC drama The Shadow Line as Mrs Dixon appearing in episodes 2 and 3. She voices the character of Treetog in the Cebeebies series Tree Fu Tom.

Clarke is also noted for her West End theatre work. She has played many roles, including General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (1996), Joanne Jefferson in Rent (Shaftesbury Theatre, 1998), and Miss Sherman in Fame (1999). She played Rafiki in The Lion King from 2000-2002 at the Lyceum Theatre and in 2004 played the character of Matron Mama Morton in Chicago. Clarke originated the role of Killer Queen in the Ben Elton/Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. In 2008, Clarke made her pantomime début in the Hackney Empire's Mother Goose. She starred in Once on This Island at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Sharon played Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

2011 saw Sharon take the lead role of Oda Mae Brown in a musical adaptation of the film Ghost, premiering in Manchester at the Manchester Opera House. The show transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End in June 2011.

Sharon has also worked as Musical Director on Meridan.

Sharon D Clarke achieved chart success with the FPI Project's remake of Going Back to My Roots and in Nomad with the singles (I Wanna Give You) Devotion and Just a Groove, the latter of which sold over two million singles worldwide. Clarke was also part of the female vocal group Sixchix, formed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. They came second in the UK selection with the song Only the Women Know written by Katrina and the Waves member Kimberley Rew.

She recorded the title song on Terry Pratchett's Only You Can Save Mankind the Album alongside other West End stars including Kerry Ellis, Ricardo Afonso and Daniel Boys.

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