Sarah Harding: The Girls Aloud singer’s life in pictures
Written by Hitmix News on 6 September 2021
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.
Image: 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 Image: 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 Image: 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 Image: 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 Image: Something Kinda Ooooh! The girls met Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Performance in the same year Image: As well as her singing career, Harding was also a model – and was launched as the face and body of Ultimo Underwear in 2006 Image: 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… Image: Girls Aloud were up for best British group at the Brit Awards in 2008, but lost out to Arctic Monkeys Image: 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 Image: They performed the chart-topping song – which beat the likes of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and Adele’s Chasing Pavements – at the ceremony Image: Harding was also a fan of the NME Awards, and is pictured here with bandmate Roberts at the 2009 event Image: 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 Image: Harding was known for her blonde hair, but experimented briefly with brunette for this phone ad in 2011 Image: Bandmate Walsh also moved into acting, and Harding supported her at the world premiere of Horrid Henry in London in 2011 Image: Girls Aloud released their second greatest hits album, Ten, in 2012 Image: They performed at the Royal Variety Show that year, and even met the Queen Image: There was a Children In Need performance in 2012 too, before they announced it was over the following year after their last tour Image: Pictured on the catwalk for a lingerie show in 2012 Image: Harding starred in British comedy film Run For Your Wife alongside Denise Van Outen (pictured) and Danny Dyer in 2013 Image: Pictured at the Pride Of Britain Awards in 2013 Image: Harding was an animal lover, and took part in a search by O2 to find a cat for an advert in 2015 Image: She also used her celebrity platform to help good causes, and in 2015 supported a charity day at the London offices of Bloomberg Tradebook Image: Attending London Fashion Week in 2015 Image: She won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, appearing on the reality show alongside stars including Amelia Lily, Derek Acorah and Shaun Williamson Image: 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 Image: Harding’s mum Marie said she wanted her daughter to be remembered as ‘a bright and shining star’. Here she is with Girls Aloud at the Brits in 2009, the year of their win – an achievement she described as one of the biggest moments of her life Image: The girls pictured on stage with their award Image: Sarah Harding: 1981-2021