While it may have taken her longer than the typical Hollywood star to become a household name, it is rare to find one who hasn't heard the remarkable story of Susan Margaret Boyle. Born on April 1, 1969 Boyle didn't make it big until the age of 48…more
Susan's first album became "Amazon.com's" best-selling album in pre-sales shortly after it became available, beating out artist Whitney Houston.
Although highly predicted to win, Susan actually finished in 2nd place on the third series of Britain's Got Talent behind the dance group Diversity.
Growing up Susan took voice lessons from voice coach Fred O'Neil.
Susan has been singing since age five. She found solace through singing when her fellow peers would make fun of her because of her learning disability.
Susan spent a brief amount of time during the 90's studying at the Edinburgh Acting School.
Susan suffered from oxygen deprivation at birth, which later on resulted in her having a learning disability.
Susan aspires to be as successful as her favorite musical artist Elaine Paige.
Susan auditioned for Britain's Got Talent as a way to honor her late mother, who had encouraged her to try out for the show before her passing.
Susan has a ten-year old cat, as of 2009, named Pebbles.
Susan is an active volunteer for the "Our Lady of Lourdes" church in Blackburn, Scotland. As part of her volunteer work she visits elderly members of the congregation at their homes.
Susan has been dubbed "The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell."
Susan is the youngest out of her four brothers and six sisters.
Susan Boyle: (about Elaine Paige) If I could be even half as good as Elaine ,I'd be happy.
Susan Boyle: (about judge Piers Morgan) I love Piers, I think he is really nice. I unfortunately didn't get to speak very much to him on the day, but he said some really complimentary things. He's such a gentleman, and very professional. He's honest too which I like. I definitely have a soft spot for him, I'll need to do well in the competition so I can see him again!
Susan Boyle: (about the judges' reaction to her audition) I was shocked by their reaction actually. My mouth was just wide open when they said all the nice things they did – I honestly thought there must have been bribe money under the table for them or something. I had been practicing for a couple of weeks before, at least an hour a day, and it paid off.
Susan Boyle: (about her initial audition) I know what they were thinking, but why should it matter as long as I can sing? It's not a beauty contest.
Susan Boyle: (on her mother's death) It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realized I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show.
Susan Boyle: (on possibly receiving a makeover) For now I'm happy the way I am - short and plump. I would not go in for Botox or anything like that. I'm content with the way I look. What's wrong with looking like Susan Boyle? What's the matter with that?
Susan Boyle: (about her cat Pebbles) I live myself with my cat Pebbles. She isn't enjoying the attention as much as me - she ran off up the stairs as soon as the film crew for the show came into the house. She didn't come down for hours.
Susan Boyle: (on living with a disability) I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability.