Few soap actors can claim to have such a wide and varied career as Sandy Walsh. She is probably best known for playing the matriarch Frances Marsden in Emmerdale but her guest roles in TV dramas including Doctors, Holby City, Peep Show and Coronation Street have also kept her busy.
Her work for BBC Radio Drama has been extensive and she is a well-known voice on many documentaries, corporate recordings and commercials including Medicins Sans Frontiere, Wella, Ariel, Huggies, Barclays and her own personal favourite Za Za the cat in the Virgin commercials.
Her series Children of Courage, Artists in Faith and the programme A Day in the Life of Heathrow are currently being aired on BBC Sounds.
She has played leading roles at many prestigious theatres throughout the country including The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Victoria Theatre, Stoke Birmingham Rep and The Everyman Cheltenham. Sandy is an extremely accomplished singer and played both roles of Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnston in the award winning show Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour. Sandy was delighted to be given recognition as an actress when she was awarded a coveted Fringe First for one of her one woman shows in Edinburgh.
Sandy is also a journalist and presenter and has fronted high profile programmes on the BBC World Service interviewing many well-known celebrities including the late Baroness Barbara Castle, Terry Waite and Benjamin Zephaniah, to name just three. She was awarded a coveted Sony Award for co-presenting with Robin Lustig on the programme Newstalk (BBC World Service).
For a time acting and journalism ran parallel to each other but Sandy soon found a way of making the two careers converge in her fourth one woman show “Correspondent,” which Jon Snow (Channel 4) said every news editor should see.
Her many one woman shows have been a sell-out success in both London and Edinburgh and she has performed at The Hilton Gatwick, Pizza Express, the prestigious Spice of Life in London and The Crazy Coq at Zedel.