Sara trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On television, she was Jean Shales in Fresh Meat, Stella in the Emmy Award Winning series Sugar Rush, and most recently appeared in the hugely successful BBC dramas Doctor Foster and The Night Manager.
Her numerous film credits include Face of an Angel, Philomena, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sightseers and the latest Transformers film.
Her extensive work on stage includes productions at The National Theatre, RSC, Donmar Warehouse, the sell-out tour and West End run of Hay Fever, Dinner With Friends at the Park Theatre, Jumpy at the Clwyd Theatre Cymru and, most recently, Contractions, at the Sheffield Crucible. In 2017 she played Martha in Rapture Theatre’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to great acclaim, and starred in Trump’s Women at the RADA Festival.
Her most recent television credit was the second series of BBC’s hugely successful drama Doctor Foster.
Sara is currently playing Lyubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard at the Nottingham Playhouse, for which she is receiving raving reviews.
The Cherry Orchard Reviews
Reviews for The Cherry Orchard are in:
- “Sara Stewart excels as the charmingly vivacious but wilfully unrealistic Ranevskaya, with a slightly theatrical presence, who proudly refuses to let the famous cherry orchard be cut down and ends up losing the whole estate”Neil Dowden, The Stage
- “There’s much complexity within each character, but the main thrust of the piece focuses on Lyubov Ranevskaya, played by Sara Stewart, returning after years away to her estate and her beloved cherry orchard” James Willstrop, What’s on Stage
- “Stewart is an unusually sympathetic Ranevskaya, the debt-stricken landowner incapable of accepting that, to save her beloved childhood home, she must auction off its magnificent cherry orchard.” Metro
- “Sara Stewart is imposing yet vulnerable as the newly returned estate landowner who is a damaged personality and also clueless with money, namely, Madame Lyubov Ranevskaya.” East Midlands Theatre
- “Sara Stewart as Madame Ranevskaya excels only when the realisation that she has to leave her home finally sinks in. In the first half of the play she does not seem irresponsible enough when she fails to grasp the enormity of the situation facing her. The narcissism of the character has been replaced by an indifference to the changing world around her.” British Theatre Guide
Sara Stewart in 'Casualty'
Sara Stewart to play a guest role in BBC’s Casualty.
Sara Stewart in 'Trump's Women'
Sara Stewart is currently starring in the satirical play Trump’s Women, at the prestigious RADA festival.
Six Stars for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
The Scottish Tour of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Sara Stewart as Martha received six stars from the Edinburgh Evening News:
“Whether braying, growling, hissing, spitting, bitching or sniping, Stewart as Martha is as bewitching as she is imposing. Relishing the psychotic nature of her character, she delivers a career-defining performance.”
“It’s an unflinching performance and together, [Kingsland] and Stewart are a blistering combination, an explosive double-act just waiting for one or the other, or indeed an outsider, to light the touch paper and step back”
Reviews in for Sara Stewart 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'
The first reviews are in for Rapture Theatre’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Michael Emans.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is touring all around Scotland until 3rd June.
The press on Sara:
- “Stewart’s braying, vulgar Martha displays the casual arrogance and unpredictability of the functioning alcoholic. It’s a performance which doesn’t need a plunging red dress in order for her to command the stage.” Three stars, Thom Dibdin, The Stage.
- “What is immediately striking as soon as Sara Stewart’s blousy Martha and Robin Kingsland’s George stumble through their front door is that, beyond the sparring, there is a deep-rooted affection between them. […] For all Martha’s attention-seeking fury, in Sara Stewart’s mercurial interpretation, she too only wants to be loved.” Four stars, Neil Cooper, Heralds Scotland.
- “Sara Stewart is a gloriously compelling Martha, clever, beautiful and wrecked.” Four Stars, Joyce, The Scotsman.
- “Sara Stewart is exceptional as Martha, ranging from a fun and flirty beginning to a complete meltdown she seems to cover every human emotion throughout the duration of the play.” Four stars, Natalie O’Donoghue, Broadway World.
'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
Sara Stewart will play Martha in Michael Eman’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, touring the UK from 3rd May 2017.
Sara Stewart in 'Doctor Foster'
Sara Stewart is to reprise her role as Susie Parks in the BBC’s hugely successful Doctor Foster.
Sara Stewart in 'Transformers: The Last Knight'
Sara Stewart joins the cast of Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by Michael Bay. The highly anticipated film stars Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg, and is due for release in 2017.
'The Night Manager' nominated for 12 Emmy Awards
The Night Manager, in which Sara Stewart played Barbara Vandon, has been nominated 12 times at this year’s Emmy Awards, including Best Limited Series.
Fantastic reviews for Sara Stewart in 'Contractions'
Reviews are in for Contractions, starring Sara Stewart, alongside Rose Leslie, at the Sheffield Crucible.
Sara plays The Manager in Contractions, written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Lisa Blair.
The press on Sara in Contractions:
- “As the HR manager, as poised as she is chilly, Sara Stewart reminded me of Cate Blanchett – high praise.” 4 Stars, Mark Shenton, The Stage
- “Lisa Blair’s impeccably paced production fully brings out both the blackness and the comedy thanks to two intelligently restrained performances. Never a hair, a phrase or a forced smile out of place, Stewart wisely makes the Manager not an ogre, but a set of company memoranda in a smart suit.” 4 Stars, Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage
- “Stewart has the less showy role, but her cold-as-ice, impassive, dead-eyed performance is arguably even more impressive.” John Murphy, Exeunt
- “the Manager, played by Sara Stewart, whose pale beauty and absolutely perfect composure reminded me of Meryl Streep.” 4 Stars, Ann Trenemen, The Times
- “Sara Stewart maintains a frankly terrifying carapace of corporate impermeability as the Manager.” Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
- “Both actresses…are compelling in their interpretation of the roles. Sara Stewart has arguably the harder part: As the stony-hearted company clone who politely puts Emma on the corporate rack, she is pure Baked Alaska: Surface warmth with a heart of ice. Only the occasional raised eyebrow or the merest hint of a sneer troubles her well-starched surface.” 4.5 Stars, Jim Gillespie, Reviews Hub
- “The Manager, played with a steely nonchalance by Sara Stewart.” Alan Payne, Derbyshire Times
Contractions runs at the Sheffield Crucible until 16th July.
Sara Stewart stars in 'Contractions'
Sara Stewart will star in Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, directed by Lisa Blair, at the Sheffield Crucible.
The play, which also stars Rose Leslie, will play from 24th June – 16th July 2016.
More information on the production can be found here.
Reviews in for Sara Stewart 'Jumpy'
Stellar reviews are for Jumpy at Theatr Clywd, starring Sara in the leading role of Hilary.
Jumpy, by April de Angelis played at Theatre Clywd, directed by Lisa Spirling from March 15th – April 2nd 2016.
The press on Sara:
- “Stewart is simply astounding. Right from the start she manages to portray someone the audience can relate to, or at least sympathise with. Hilary is a well-written, expertly played woman with all three dimensions firmly in place” – Steve Stratford, Art Scene Wales
- “The audience…are treated to an exceptional performance by Sara Stewart as Hilary” – Eryl Crump, Daily Post Wales
- “Sara Stewart is outstanding in the central role of Hilary” – Roger Foss, The Stage
- “Rendered in vivid Technicolor by the fantastic Sara Stewart” – Charlie Senate, Reviews Hub
'Doctor Foster' nominated at the BAFTA awards
Doctor Foster in which Sara Stewart played series regular Susie Parks, is nominated for 3 awards at the BAFTA awards 2016, including the award for best mini-series.
Sara Stewart in 'The Night Manager'
Sara Stewart played Barbara Vandon in episode 3 of the BBC’s highly acclaimed adaptation The Night Manager.
Sara’s episode aired on Sunday 6th March, 9pm on BBC One.
4-Star Reviews for 'Dinner With Friends'
Sara Stewart starred in Donald Marguiles Pulitzer prize-winning play Dinner With Friends. The play, ran at the Park Theatre at the end of 2015, directed by Tom Attenborough.
The press on Sara:
- “There’s a strong quartet of performances, especially from Stewart’s Karen, whose no-nonsense exterior conceals a warm and beating heart.” – Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
- “Dooley and Stewart superbly demonstrate how unnerving this breaking of the pact is for complacent Gabe and silkily patronising Karen” – Marianka Swain, The Arts Desk
- “A late scene between Dooley and Sara Stewart as…Karen is brilliantly played in the dim bedroom light.” – Stewart Pringle, The Stage
- “Both Shaun Dooley…and Sara Stewart as Karen are delightfully convincing…Dooley and Stewart gave them enough layers and subtlety that my heart clenched a little…” – Roz Wyllie, London Theatre1
- “Sara Stewart (Karen) and Shaun Dooley (Gabe) are brilliant…” – Claire Roderick, Fairy Powered Productions
Sara Stewart in 'Doctor Foster'
Sara Stewart played Susie Parks in the BBC’s hugely successful drama Doctor Foster.
The series aired on BBC One in September 2015.