Sarah: The arts were a big part of my childhood. We went to the theatre and opera a lot as a family. We were not at all wealthy, but it was at a time when the arts were publicly funded and there were free tickets available. For someone like myself who wasn't that academically inclined, it was a great escape. For some reason when I was quite young I began to read about castings in the newspaper and wanting to go to to them. I suppose I found the whole thing quite magical at that age. So I started auditioning, because I didn't see any reason not to. We are not particularly confident or ambitious people in my family, but there were a lot of us in the house and it was a great escape for me. I found it a way to distinguish myself from seven other siblings. I became less interested in school. I still went, but I didn't choose to develop any other skills apart from drama. In the end I didn't really have any other choice.