Sara Sugarman was born in Rhyl, Wales and studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (where she won the Best Actress Medal), becoming an actress in theater, radio, television and film, most notably in Sid and Nancy (1986). Although she has continued to act, she became interested in directing. Sugarman studied film at The American Film Institute and Bournemouth Art School, where she wrote and directed three short films that won 23 awards at major film festivals worldwide before shooting her first feature Mad Cows (1999).
In 2001 Sugarman wrote and directed Very Annie Mary, winning the Film Discovery Jury Award at the US Comedy Arts Festival and the NHK Award at the Sundance Film Festival. That success led Disney to sign her to direct the musical comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) starring Lindsay Lohan. It took several years before she could make her next feature, the award-winning Vinyl (2012) about former members of a punk band who use a younger band to act as a front to get their music on the charts. Her latest film, Down the Caravan (2018), won the Gold Award at the 2019 Virgin Spring Cinefest.
Mad Cows (1999)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Down the Caravan (2018)