Sarah Harding the Rivals to chart-topping star

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding said in her memoir, Hear Me Out, that she had lived a “wonderfully full and colourful life”. Here is a look back at her showbiz career in pictures.

She rose to fame as one of the five members of Girls Aloud in 2002, a reality TV pop band that made the leap to become global stars.

In her memoir, Hear Me Out, released earlier in 2021, Sarah Harding said she had lived a “wonderfully full and colourful life”.

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Here, we take a look back at the photographs showing her career following her death from breast cancer, aged just 39.

Personal life

Harding was in an on and off relationship with Calum Best  from 2005 to 2006. The pair always remained friends.

Harding was engaged to DJ Tom Crane during 2011. She was also in a two-year relationship with DJ Mark Foster from late 2012 to late 2014.

In October 2011, Harding entered a rehab center in South Africa, citing alchohal dependence and depression. She did not stop drinking alcohol altogether, but “reined it in. On 16 April 2013, Harding received a six-month driving ban and was fined £605 after police officers caught her talking on her mobile phone while she was driving through central London. Harding had nine penalty points on her licence for speeding prior to the incident.

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Harding wrote a memoir, Hear Me Out, which was published in 2021.

Illness and death

On 26 August 2020, Harding stated that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had advanced to “other parts” of her body. In October 2020, it was reported that Harding was living with her mother in Manchester upon undergoing treatment. In March 2021, she said that the disease was terminal and that she did not expect to “see another Christmas”.

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Extended plays

TitleEP details
ThreadsReleased: 7 August 2015Label: Underdog Management LimitedFormats: digital download


“Wear It Like a Crown”2021Non-album single

Other appearances

Real Wild Child2008Wild Child (soundtrack)A cover of Johnny O’Keefe‘s song.
“Too Bad”2009St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (soundtrack)
“Make It Easy”
Boys Keep SwingingA cover of David Bowie‘s song.
(Roger Sanchez and Far East Movement featuring Kanobby)
2011Free WiredHarding provided uncredited guest vocals. She also appeared in the music video.


2002Popstars: The RivalsHerselfContestant[73]
2005Girls Aloud: Home TruthsHerselfDocumentary[74]
2006Girls Aloud: Off the RecordHerselfDocumentary[75]
2007St Trinian’sSchool Band MemberCameo[28]
2007The Sunday Night ProjectHerself/Co-presenterChristmas special[76]
2008Bad DayJade JenningsSupporting role[77]
2008The Passions of Girls AloudHerselfDocumentary[78]
2008The Girls Aloud PartyHerself/Co-presenterITV Music Special[79]
2009FreefallSamTelevision film; supporting role[80]
2009St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s GoldRoxyMain role[81]
2009Sarah Harding: In 24 HoursHerselfTelevision film; documentary[82]
2011Dating in the DarkPresenterGame show[83]
2012Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the TopHerselfDocumentary[84]
2012Run for Your WifeStephanie SmithMain role[85]
2012Dont stop me NowGuest judgeEpisode 7[86]
2014The Voice of IrelandHerselfBressie‘s adviser during “battles” round; series 3[87]
2014TumbleHerselfContestant; runner-up[88]
2015Celebrity MasterChefHerselfContestant; series 10[89]
2015Coronation StreetJoni Preston5 episodes[90]
2016The JumpHerselfContestant; withdrew[91]
2017Celebrity Big Brother 20HerselfWinner[92]