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Louie Anne Batley[1][2] (born 2 January 1987 in Chorley, Lancashire) is an English actress, singer, and dancer best known for her role in Hollyoaks as Sarah Barnes. She attended Rivington Primary School[3] and Westholme Upper School in 1998 to 1999, but left due to dance commitments.

Loui Batley
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Louie Anne Batley

(1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 32)
Spouse(s)Simon Lawson (m. 2013)



Batley had minor roles prior to her role in Hollyoaks, including a part as Angus Deayton's young girlfriend in the second series of Julia Davis' award-winning black comedy Nighty Night.

She played the role of Sarah Barnes on Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She played the role from 2005[4] until 2009.

Loui was due to appear in the second series of the BBC show Just the Two of Us, but was dropped after her professional singing partner Russell Watson quit the show due to health problems. She also performed the opening act/song on 2007's BBC Children in Need, along with co-stars Kevin Sacre, Gerard McCarthy and Summer Strallen.[5]

She currently sings in the band Verity and Violet alongside her friend, Jessica Dolman.[6]


Year Show Role
1995 Jake's Progress Portia
2005 Nighty Night Natalie
2005-2009 Hollyoaks Sarah Barnes
2008-2009 Hollyoaks Later Sarah Barnes


Year Title Role
2010 Following Footsteps Maria White
2012 Tower Block Amy


Year Title Notes
2012 Clover Advert


Year Show Role
? Broadway Theatre Project Soloist
? Submerged Soloist
? The Waltz Medley Soloist
? Six Feet Under Soloist
? The Nutcracker Sugar Plum Fairy


Year Type Designers
2007 Catwalk Nolita
? Catwalk Pimlico
? Catwalk Oska
? Catwalk Woom Xoom
? Catwalk Shirin Guild


  • Won
    • British Freestyle Champion
    • Lyrical Section
    • European Theatrical Stage Dance
      1st Place
    • Carlton TV - Britain's Best Dancer
  • Nominated
    • IDTA Tap & Ballet Awards
    • Le Classique de Danse Awards
  • Representative
    • NATD in the Grand Finals

Personal lifeEdit

Batley and Simon Lawson, who played Simon Crosby in Hollyoaks, have set up an acting workshop for up and coming talent.[7] In 2009 they took on the lease of a public house, the Princess Victoria, in London's Earls Court Road.[8] It was announced via Verity and Violet's Twitter account that Batley and Lawson had got married in July 2013.[9]

Her brother, Tobias Batley, is a professional ballet dancer.[10]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984-2004 list name at birth as 'Louie Ann Batley' there is also another listed with the same details and name but the middle name spelt as Ann(e).
  2. ^ "Reviews - Peter Pan". The Stage. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  3. ^ Loui Batley - Biography
  4. ^ "Hollyoaks - Sarah Barnes (played by Loui Batley) -". Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  5. ^ "'Hollyoaks' cast to perform for 'Children In Need' - Hollyoaks News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ "The Girls". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ "'Hollyoaks' couple establish acting workshops - Hollyoaks News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  8. ^ The Times, 10 July 2009
  9. ^ Verity & Violet [@verityandviolet] (8 July 2013). "Been a bit quiet cause Violet got married!! It was a beautiful day" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Challenge of a classic - Theatre". Sheffield Telegraph. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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