Hannah Louise Spearritt (born April 1, 1981) is an English actress and former pop star.
She got her start on the stage, performing with the National Youth Theatre in productions of Annie, Bugsy Malone, Pendragon and Tin Pan Ali. She also managed to get appearances on Blue Peter and a Made-for-TV Movie called The Cater Street Hangman. But that's probably not what you know her for.
Hannah rose to international fame as part of the musical septet S Club 7. As part of the group, she released four albums, starred in four seasons of a TV spin-off, four additional Made For TV Movies to tie in with the series, a feature film (playing a fictionalised version of herself) and a documentary series about S Club's search for their individual endangered animals (Hannah was the only one not to find hers - the Monk Seal). S Club decided to split in 2003 but Hannah kept it going with acting - and has had some of the most solo success of the group.
She managed significant roles in Seed of Chucky and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London but eventually found her feet as Abby Maitland in the sci-fi series Primeval. She has also made appearances on Eastenders (of which she had been a big fan beforehand). And of course the occasional reunion with S Club 7.
- The Cater Street Hangman (1998)
- S Club 7:
- Miami 7 (1999)
- LA 7 (2000)
- Hollywood 7 (2001)
- Viva S Club (2002)
- S Club: Seeing Double (2003)
- Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
- Seed of Chucky (2004)
- Primeval (2007-2011)
- Casualty (2016)
- Eastenders (2017-present)
Tropes associated with her work:
- A-Cup Angst: She's become a spokesperson for Petite Pride after health problems caused by getting breast implants.
- Actor Allusion:
- In the sitcom Blessed she plays a member of a Girl Group.
- In the Season 4 premiere of Primeval, Abby plays S Club's "Don't Stop Moving" to distract a dinosaur.
- Actor-Inspired Element: Right before Seeing Double was filmed, she spontaneously coloured the tips of her hair red. Director Nigel Dick liked it and had her keep it in for the film.
- Billing Displacement: She is billed second in the film Utopia, despite being less prominent than the other Afghan characters.
- Boyish Short Hair: She sported short hair for the first three seasons of Primeval playing the tomboyish Abby. Averted when she had short hair for the Hollywood 7 period (presumably because Jo was already filling The Lad-ette role). Hannah decided to grow her hair out after Season 3 - which gets justified by Abby spending a whole year trapped in the Cretaceous Period - and Abby got a slight Girliness Upgrade as a result.
- Break Up Breakout: In terms of acting, she's had the most success of S Club - though Jon did become a West End star, and Rachel had some solo success as well.
- Contractual Purity: As she had a family friendly image during her time with S Club 7, she attempted to shake it off by taking a role in the horror film Seed of Chucky and providing a more Fanservicey image in Primeval.
- A Day in the Limelight: She gets to sing lead vocals on the S Club songs "Dance Dance Dance" and "Hey Kitty Kitty", and shares lead vocals with Tina on "Stand By You".
- The Ditz: She portrayed herself as one for the S Club TV series.
- Dye Hard: Naturally blonde but had platinum blonde hair for Primeval. The dye ruined her hair and she had to go brown briefly - which explains her Spiky Hair in Season 3.
- Old Shame: She's been rather open about the fact that she'd like to not go back to music, admitting she's not much of a singer, and she much prefers acting. Whenever S Club have reunited, the only time she was part of it was for the BBC Children in Need telethon in 2015.
- Playing Against Type: Having either played ditzes or Action Girls, she went against type by playing a drug dealer in Casualty.
- Romance on the Set:
- She dated fellow bandmate Paul Cattermole while in S Club 7.
- She was engaged to Andrew Lee Potts during Primeval - while their characters were an item too.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: In The New '10s, she has moved away from comedies and sci-fi to star in Soap Operas as well as her turn in the Afghan film Utopia - a gritty drama about a Muslim woman who tries to get IVF, and was nearly an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Vocal Evolution: Early in her career, you could hear hints of her original Norfolk accent - particularly in the S Club TV series when she said words like "cow" or "about". Since then her accent has simply faded to a more typical RP dialect.