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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.
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.
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.
The singer's net worth is estimated to be around £22 million.
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.
Her audition was named the most watched video of the year in 2009, having clocked up 120m views.
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’.
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.
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.”
In 2012 Plácido Domingo recorded a duet of Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment On’ with Susan for his album Songs.
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.”