Sara Sugarman was born and raised in Wales. A child actress, she worked regularly in TV, Radio, theatre, and film and was a regular on Grange Hill, (the British version of Beverly Hills 90210.) Her theatrical education was learned from Theatre Workshop, Joan Littlewood's company, Joan, Dudley Sutton, Lionel Bart, and Murray Melvin were her mentors and friends. After constant work in the UK as an actress, she attended RADA, which put her off acting for life. Upon graduation, she directed fringe theatre and for BBC radio. She went on to study film direecting at Bournemouth art school and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Her fiction narrative films about everyday life in a small Welsh village won several prizes including HBO comedy festival, BAFTA Cymru and Sundance Film Festival. She was invited to direct a movie for Disney, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and House of Versace for Lifetime Television.