What’s Susan Boyle’s net worth, what did she sing at her BGT audition and where is she from?

4 June 2019, 12:41 | Updated: 4 June 2019, 12:46

Susan Boyle shot to fame with her jaw-dropping audition for Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. Here’s everything you need to know about the singer

Susan Boyle was born on 1 April 1961 and is now aged 57. She became a global star with her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

  1. Where does Susan Boyle come from?

    Susan Boyle
    Susan Boyle. Picture: Getty

    Susan is from Blackburn in West Lothian and is the youngest of four brothers and five sisters. She has spoken about being bullied as a child.

  2. Before Britain's Got Talent

    Susan Boyle
    Susan Boyle. Picture: Getty

    Before her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan had lessons from a vocal coach, attended Edinburgh Acting School and sang with her local church choir. The singer went on to win several local singing competitions and her mum encouraged her to enter Britain’s Got Talent.

  3. Susan Boyle's net worth

    Susan Boyle
    Susan Boyle. Picture: Getty

    The singer's net worth is estimated to be around £22 million.

  4. The Britain's Got Talent audition

    Posters supporting Susan Boyle's Britain Got Talent appearances
    Posters supporting Susan Boyle's Britain Got Talent appearances. Picture: Getty

    When Susan auditioned in front of the judges at Clyde Auditorium Amanda Holden said her performance was the “biggest wake-up call ever”. She performed ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables and is even credited with boosting ticket sales for the Vancouver production of the musical.

  5. YouTube's most watched video

    Her audition was named the most watched video of the year in 2009, having clocked up 120m views.

  6. Susan Boyle's debut album

    Susan Boyle with her album 'Standing Ovation'
    Susan Boyle with her album 'Standing Ovation'. Picture: Getty

    Susan just lost out on winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 – dance troupe Diversity won the competition. But her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream became the UK’s best-selling debut album of all time. It included the singles ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Wild Horses’.

  7. Susan Boyle: husband?

    Susan Boyle
    Susan Boyle. Picture: Getty

    Susan Boyle has never been married and she lives in the family home in which she grew up in Blackburn (with her cat Pebbles!). Despite her global fame, she still volunteers at her local church.

  8. The follow-up album

    Susan Boyle – The Gift
    Susan Boyle – The Gift. Picture: Getty

    She released her second album The Gift in 2010. Producer Steve Mac said: “ With Susan it’s very important she connects with the public and the public connect with her. She doesn’t want to sing anything that hasn’t happened to her or she can’t relate to.”

  9. Singing with Plácido Domingo

    Placido Domingo In 'Gianni Schicchi'
    Placido Domingo In 'Gianni Schicchi'. Picture: Getty

    In 2012 Plácido Domingo recorded a duet of Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment On’ with Susan for his album Songs.

  10. Susan Boyle on America's Got Talent

    America's Got Talent: The Champions - Season 1
    America's Got Talent: The Champions - Season 1. Picture: Getty

    In January 2019, Susan competed on America’s Got Talent: The Champions and was rewarded with a golden buzzer from judge Mel B (meaning she goes straight through to the finals). Fellow judge Simon Cowell said: “I cannot think of any other contestant who has defined this show better than you. You are the one. You made a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives and I am absolutely thrilled you are here.”