Sarah Harding: The Girls Aloud singer’s life in pictures – from Pop Stars: The Rivals to chart-topping star | Ents & Arts News


She rose to fame as one of the five members of Girls Aloud in 2002, a reality TV pop band that made the leap to become global stars.

In her memoir, Hear Me Out, released earlier in 2021, Sarah Harding said she had lived a “wonderfully full and colourful life”.

Here, we take a look back at the photographs showing her career following her death from breast cancer, aged just 39.

From left to right; David Wheeler, 23, from Droylesden, Manchester, Bryan Nisbet, 19, from Dundee, Sarah Harding (sitting), 20, from Hazel Grove, Stockport and Emma Dean, 18 from Skemersdale go through to the second round during open auditions for Popstars - The Rivals at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester. Auditions have been held in Manchester all week and anyone aged between 16yrs - 24yrs is invited to try their luck.
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Whole Lotta History: Sarah Harding’s rise to fame started at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel. Here she is pictured with fellow hopefuls after making it through the first round for Pop Stars: The Rivals – blowing a kiss to the judges as she did so
The group from 2002 promoting the new single. Left to right; Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Tweedy and Nadine Coyle.
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Buy girls, bye boys: Harding made the final five girls with Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Tweedy and Nadine Coyle, and Girls Aloud was born. Pitted against boy band One True Voice, their debut single Sound Of The Underground came out on top
Nadine Coyle (L), Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh (R) from Pop Stars - The Rivals winners Girls Aloud performs at Capital FM presents O2 in the city at Greenwich, London.  The fifth member of the band Cheryl Tweedy was unable to attend due to an illness.
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Singles including No Good Advice and Life Got Cold followed in 2003, as well as the band’s cover of Jump, by the Pointer Sisters, which promoted the film Love Actually – and famously featured Hugh Grant (aka the PM) dancing in the video
Girls Aloud arrive for the Disney Channel Kids Awards 2004, held at the Royal Albert Hall, central London.
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What Will The Neighbours Say? Girls Aloud released their second album in 2004. The Show was the first single, but follow-up Love Machine became one of their biggest hits
The Prince of Wales meets Girls Aloud backstage.
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Something Kinda Ooooh! The girls met Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Performance in the same year
Sarah Harding is launched as the new face and body of Ultimo Underwear at Debenhams in central London in 2006
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As well as her singing career, Harding was also a model – and was launched as the face and body of Ultimo Underwear in 2006
Girls aloud in 2007, with Harding second from left
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By the end of 2007, Girls Aloud had another number one single – a cover of Aerosmith and Run DMC’s Walk This Way with Sugababes, released for Comic Relief – and their fourth album, Tangled Up, featuring singles Call The Shots and Sexy! No No No…
Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud arrives for the BRIT Awards 2008, at Earls Court in central London.
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Girls Aloud were up for best British group at the Brit Awards in 2008, but lost out to Arctic Monkeys
Sarah Harding, centre, with the rest of Girls Aloud in 2009
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They won their first Brit the following year – best single, for The Promise. ‘It’s about time!’ Harding said on stage as they collected the prize
Girls Aloud perform on stage, during the BRIT Awards, at Earls Court, central London, SW5.
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They performed the chart-topping song – which beat the likes of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and Adele’s Chasing Pavements – at the ceremony
Nicola Roberts (left) and Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud arriving for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 at the 02 Academy, Brixton, London
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Harding was also a fan of the NME Awards, and is pictured here with bandmate Roberts at the 2009 event
Sarah Harding arriving for the UK premiere of St Trinian's 2 - The Legend of Fritton's Gold at the Empire, Leicester Square, London
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Girls Aloud took a break after the release of singles The Loving Kind and Untouchable in 2009, and Harding branched out into acting. Here she is pictured at the UK premiere of St Trinian’s 2 – The Legend of Fritton’s Gold
HTC undated handout photo of Sarah Harding launching the matte-black HTC Incredible S, which is available exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.
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Harding was known for her blonde hair, but experimented briefly with brunette for this phone ad in 2011
Sarah Harding arrives at the World Premiere of Horrid Henry, at the BFI in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Picture date: Sunday 24th July 2011. Photo crdeit should read: Ian West/PA
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Bandmate Walsh also moved into acting, and Harding supported her at the world premiere of Horrid Henry in London in 2011
Girls Aloud backstage at the Capital Radio Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 arena.in London in 2012
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Girls Aloud released their second greatest hits album, Ten, in 2012
The singer was part of the Girls Aloud who was part of a performance at the Royal Variety show in 2012
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They performed at the Royal Variety Show that year, and even met the Queen
Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding of girlband Girls Aloud live on stage during BBC Children In Need, London.
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There was a Children In Need performance in 2012 too, before they announced it was over the following year after their last tour
Sarah Harding is seen on the catwalk at the Lingerie London fashion show and gala at the Old Billingsgate Market in London
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Pictured on the catwalk for a lingerie show in 2012
Denise Van Outen (left) and Sarah Harding arriving for the UK film premiere of Run For Your Wife, at the Odeon Leicester Square, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Harding starred in British comedy film Run For Your Wife alongside Denise Van Outen (pictured) and Danny Dyer in 2013
Sarah Harding arriving at the 2013 Pride of Britain awards at Grosvenor House, London
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Pictured at the Pride Of Britain Awards in 2013
THIS IS NOT THE WINNING CAT.Sarah Harding with Hudson the cat during a competition by O2 to find a new cat for their advert at Pineapple Dance Studios in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Harding. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
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Harding was an animal lover, and took part in a search by O2 to find a cat for an advert in 2015
Singer Sarah Harding supporting a charity day at the London offices of Bloomberg Tradebook, where the broker is donating the day's commission to 15 good causes.
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She also used her celebrity platform to help good causes, and in 2015 supported a charity day at the London offices of Bloomberg Tradebook
Sarah Harding attending the Jean-Pierre Braganza Autumn/Winter 2015 London Fashion Week show, at the BFC Courtyard Show Space in Somerset House, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 20, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Attending London Fashion Week in 2015
Sarah Harding reacts to winning during the live final of Celebrity Big Brother, at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
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She won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, appearing on the reality show alongside stars including Amelia Lily, Derek Acorah and Shaun Williamson
Sarah Harding went public with her cancer diagnosis in August 2020. Pic: @sarahnicoleharding
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The star announced her cancer diagnosis in August 2020, and later said that she hoped going public would encourage more people to get their breasts checked. Pic: @sarahnicoleharding
Singer Sarah Harding from British band Girls Aloud the Brit Awards 2009 ceremony at Earls Court exhibition centre in London, England, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/MJ Kim)
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Following her death, Harding’s mum Marie said she wanted her daughter to be remembered as ‘a bright and shining star’. Here she is at the Brits in 2009, the year of Girls Aloud’s win – one of her greatest achievements. Pic: AP



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