Hannah Louise Spearritt, the youngest of three children of Jenny and Michael Spearritt, was born on April 1st 1981 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. She has a sister called Tanya and a brother called Stuart. At the age of three she modelled for a Mothercare catalogue. At school Hannah loved P.E. lessons and swimming, while running and tennis became her favourite hobbies. Her dream professions at that time were a tennis player, a fitness trainer, a teacher or a nurse.
At the age of 12 Hannah got a role in the local theatre production Annie, which started her interest in performing. A year later she succesfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre, where she met her best friend Sheridan Smith and her future band mate and boyfriend Paul Cattermole. During 1994 – 1995 they were a part of the production of Pendragon and performed in New York and Hong Kong.
Soon more roles followed: Tin Pan Ali in 1996, the West End musical Bugsy Malone in 1997 and her first television part in The Cater Street Hangman, where she played a maid who gets murdered.
She also advertised holiday camps and cars (Mercedes Benz) and was seen at Blue Peter and at the National Lottery Show.
S Club 7
Around 1997 and 1998 ex-Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller was in the process of creating a new pop band. He held auditions for over 10,000 candidates and one of them was Hannah. In addition to Hannah, six other members were chosen to form the new group called S Club 7: Rachel Stevens, Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee and Bradley McIntosh. The band shot to fame with their TV series Miami 7 in 1999. The show was followed by four studio albums (‘S Club’, ‘7’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Seeing Double’), 11 singles, tours, many more television series and a movie called Seeing Double.
In 2002 Paul decided to leave the group and they changed their name to S Club. Next April, after four succesful years, the band members decided it was time to move on and they accounced the split during a live performance. Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh, Paul Cattermole and Tina Barrett have been touring under the name S Club 2/3/4 since October 2008 in various line-ups.
In November 2014 S Club 7 reunited for a Children In Need performance. Following the success of it the band announced a reunion tour ‘Bring It All Back’, which took place in May 2015. They performed in sold-out arenas and also rereleased BeSt: The Greatest Hits of S Club 7 compilation album.
In 2003 Hannah landed a role in a film called Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, for which she had auditioned when S Club was still together. In the following years she had roles in a horror film Seed Of Chucky and in BBC sitcom Blessed.
In 2007 she had a role in an Agatha Christie television movie At Bertram’s Hotel where she played Tilly Rice. In addition to S Club 7, she is best known for her role as zoologist Abby in ITV hit series Primeval, which ran from 2007 – 2011.
She has also starred in various short films, including the Little Lilly trilogy and Little Larry.
In 2013 Hannah joined her ex-Primeval cast mate Ben Miller in an episode of BBC’s Death in Paradise. In the same episode was also James Murray, another Primeval veteran.
During 2013 and 2014 she worked with two films: The Goob and Utopia. They were released in 2014 and 2015/2016 respectively.
In December 2015 it was announced that Hannah would join BBC’s Casualty as Mercedes Christie.
In February 2006 it was announced that Hannah had landed a leading role in a new ITV series Primeval. Hannah played Abby Maitland, a zoologist who becomes a part of a special group who investigates mysterious anomalies, doorways to the past and future. The show got positive reviews from critics and also had international success. In May 2009, after three series, it was announced that the show would be cancelled due to financial issues. However, a few months later a deal between ITV, BBC Worldwide, Impossible Pictures and ProSieben was put into action and two more series were produced. It also got a North American spin-off Primeval: New World.
Hannah’s theatre career began in 1995 when she had a role in Pendragon. During the following years she also played in Tin Pal Ali and Bugsy Malone. She returned to the stage in Snow! The Musical in 2005.
Six years later, in 2011, she played Lady Frances in The Belle’s Stratagem. The play was last performed in the 1880s and got a positive reception from critics as well as from the public. The following year Hannah joined the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors. According to Telegraph, her role as Pauline is “one of the funniest and dumbest blondes it has been my privilege to encounter”. Her most recent theatre role is Poppy in The Armour, which was played at Langham Hotel in spring 2015.
Hannah & Paul
Hannah and Paul had met at the National Youth Theatre in 1994 when Hannah was 14 and Paul already 17. Hannah fancied him right from the start but she knew she had no chance as Paul always had lots of girls around him. For him she was a little girl who kept following him with her best friend Sheridan.
In May 2001 S Club 7 started their first tour around the UK, S Club Party Live. During the tour Hannah and Paul, who had become very close friends, fell in love. At first the pair kept their relationship secret and wanted to see how it would work out. When they knew it was serious, they decided to tell the rest of the band but to still keep it between themselves.
Only after a kissing scene in Hollywood 7 in autumn 2001 it was made public. Their love survived Paul leaving S Club, the final split of the band a year later and three more years after that. They broke up in summer 2006 after having been together for five years.
In 2015 Hannah and Paul got back together. The news of their rekindled relationship broke in June, after the S Club 7 reunion tour ‘Bring It All Back’. They decided to continue as friends around September 2015.
Hannah & Andrew
Hannah and Andrew met for the first time in 1997 through a mutual friend Sheridan. They dated for two weeks but because Hannah was busy with S Club 7 and Andrew with Band Of Brothers, they decided to let it go. They met again almost ten years later as they both got a role in ITV’s Primeval. During the filming of the first series they fell in love. The couple got engaged in 2008 after Andrew’s proposal in Mallorca. They also have a King Charles spaniel called Stanley. In October 2013 Hannah and Andrew announced on their Twitter accounts that they have decided to end their relationship.