Sharon D. Clarke

Sharon Delores Clarke, professionally known as Sharon D. Clarke was born in Enfield, London in 1966. She has since established herself as a television and stage actress.

Clarke has performed in notable West End shows such as Guys and Dolls in 1996, playing the character of General Cartwright at the National Theatre, alongside Imelda Staunton, as Joanne Jefferson in Rent at Shaftesbury Theatre in 1998 and Miss Sherman in Fame at in 1999 which later toured Sweden and other countries. In the early naughties Clarke appeared in Flymonkey’s production of The Wiz, playing the role of Glinda at the Hackney Empire. She later performed as part of the original cast in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, starring as the Killer Queen opposite Alexander Hanson. For this role she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. In 2008 Clarke returned to the Hackney Empire in her first pantomime role in Mother Goose. Other Hackney Empire appearances include playing Davina the Diva Harp in Jack and the Beanstalk, Carmina the Camel in Aladdin and the one off show Sonds Like Hackney alongside Clive Rowe. In 2010 she starred in the hit musical Hairspray in its closing months, playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle alongside Phil Jupitus at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Following this, later that year she performed as a guest performer in the Apollo Victoria Theatre’s 80th anniversary alongside stars such as Wayne Sleep. Recent notable performance Clarke has appeared in include Ghost at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2011, where she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, Soho Cinders at the Queen’s Theatre in 2011, Porgy and Bess at Regent Park's Open Air Theatre and Everyman at the National, Olivier Theatre. She also appeared in The Amen Corner at the Royal National Theatre in 2014, a performance which won her Best Supporting Actress at the Laurence Olivier Awards 2014 and recieved rave reviews.

Outside the theatre Clarke is best known for her role as Lola Griffin in BBC’s Holby City. Other television credits include The Bill, Between The Lines, Waking the Dead, EastEnders and The Singing Detective.

In 2016 Clarke received much acclaim for her performance as title charcter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National, Lyttelton Theatre which ran from January 2016 until May 2016, recieving 4 star reviews.

As Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2016

As Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at Dominion Theatre in 2002

Selected London & West End Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Ma Rainey Lyttelton 2016 Review
Everyman Mother Olivier 2015 Review
Porgy and Bess Mariah Open Air 2014 Review
The Amen Corner Odessa Olivier 2013 Review
Ghost, the Musical Oda Mae Brown Piccadilly 2011 Review
Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle Shaftesbury 2009  
Chicago Mama Morton Adelphi 2004 Review
We Will Rock You Killer Queen Dominion 2002 Review
Stepping Out- The Musical Rose Albery 1997 Review
Guys and Dolls General Matilda B Cartwright Olivier 1996 Review


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