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Sarah Jayne Dunn (born 25 September 1981) is an English actress best known for playing Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks.


Sarah was born in Leigh, Greater Manchester and educated at Lowton High School, excelling in drama and performing arts, and a part time career as a model. When the school changed its name and became a college for sport, Sarah returned to formally open the college with the then headteacher, Mrs Susan Crosdale.



Sarah first appeared on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks on 12 September 1996, walking into the video shop in the forty-third episode. Mandy came into the village at the tender age of 14 as a "wannabe supermodel" and quickly formed a friendship with Ollie Benson. Sarah stayed on Hollyoaks for a decade leaving in 2006. Sarah has returned to Hollyoaks twice.

In February 2007 for a two episode stint for the funeral of Mandy's best friend, Becca Dean (Ali Bastian). Also June 2008 for six months leaving in December after the disastrous wedding of Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas) and Louise Summers (Roxanne McKee).

Other Television

In 2007 Sarah appeared in single episodes of the BBC One series The Innocence Project, BBC Three series Drop Dead Gorgeous and It's Adam and Shelley also for BBC Three. She also appeared in nine episodes of Doctors for BBC One. She has also appeared in an episode of Big Brother's Little Brother. In January 2010 Sarah appeared with Helen Noble on Ready Steady Cook.

Brookside DVD

In 2003 Sarah played a supporting role in the Brookside DVD Unfinished Business

Hollyoaks Dance Workout DVD

In 2004 Sarah appeared in the fitness DVD Hollyoaks Dance workout with Ali Bastian (Becca Dean) and Jodi Albert (Debbie Dean)

Acting School

In September 2007, it was announced that, along with her former Hollyoaks colleague Helen Noble and theatre actor Graham Tudor she would be teaching students at a new acting school in Liverpool.


In 2007 Sarah had lead roles in the Short Films Northern Cowboys. and Betting In Bars. Sarah had a brief role in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight.


Sarah played Gloria in the UK regional tour of the comedy play Boeing, Boeing. This tour started at The Liverpool Playhouse on 18 December 2008 and finished at the Birmingham Rep on 25 April 2009.

Sarah appeared on tour in The Vagina Monologues which started on the 7th September 2009 at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley and ended on the 8th December 2009 at The Jersey Opera House.

In 2010 Sarah will be appearing, as Sally, in the UK regional theatre tour of When Harry Met Sally which started on the 3rd February at The Theatre Royal Wakefield, and ended on the 26th June at The Sheffield Lyceum Theatre.

When Harry met Sally then played at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin Ireland for one week ending on 3rd July 2010.


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