“Soap operas are the hardest job as an actor. We'd have 40 to 75 pages of dialogue. The memorization part's just the beginning of the work. Then we would just try to make sense of it every morning, which was completely insane.” Sarah Buxton
American-Canadian actress Sarah Buxton, sometimes also credited as Sarah G. Buxton, is known for her work in the daytime soap operas “Sunset Beach” (as Annie Douglas Richards; 1997-1998), “The Bold and the Beautiful” (as Morgan DeWitt; 2000-2001 and 2005) and “Days of Our Lives” (as Crystal Galore; 2004). She was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest award for Outstanding Villainess for her performances in “Sunset Beach” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and won a Golden Boomerang award for Most Popular Villain for “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Buxton has also guest starred in prime time series like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “SCI: Miami,” “NYPD Blue,” “McBride” and “Baywatch.” As a film actress, the former competitive gymnast, who was discovered as a teen while at a supermarket, has acted in several movies, including “Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever” (1991), “Listen” (1996), “The Climb” (1998), “Little Children” (2006), “Bedtime Stories” (2008) and “Spread” (2009).
Buxton is married to actor Shane Brolly and has one son with him. The couple has acted together in several movies, including “Japan” (2008), which starred Brolly in the title role.
Childhood and Family:
Sarah Galbraith Buxton was born on March 23, 1965, in Brentwood, California, to a Canadian father and an American mother. Her parents are divorced and she has one sister and one half-brother. She holds a dual citizenship from the United States and Canada, the latter of which she received in 1997. Her nickname is Bucky.
On November 27, 2006, Sarah married British actor Shane Brolly (born on March 6, 1970). The couple's son, Finn Michael Brolly, was born a month later on December 20, 2006. The family currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys practicing yoga. Her other interests include traveling, surfing and scuba diving. She has been a vegetarian since age 16.
The Bold and the Beautiful
“The very first time I acted was in first grade. We did a play called ‘The Coins of Lin Foo.’ All the kids living on my street acted in it. This little boy was playing Lin Foo and at the last minute chickened out. I knew all his lines so I put on this boy's wig and I played Lin Foo.” Sarah Buxton
Sarah Buxton was a competitive gymnast and Olympic wannabe before a Hollywood manager spotted her at a supermarket when she was about 15. Before long, she got her first manager and appeared in a string of national commercials for Coca Cola, Seven-Up, Hawaiian Punch, and Fritos, among other products. Her first television acting job arrived at age 18 when she played Diane in the CBS detective series “Simon & Simon” episode “Bon Voyage, Alonso” (1983). She broke into the big screen the next year with a bit part in “Sam's Son,” a drama written and directed by Michael London that starred Timothy Patrick Murphy, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Hallie Todd and James Karen. She landed a bigger role in Rod Amateau's comedy “Loveliness” (also 1984), which starred Greg Bradford and Mary Beth Evans.
From 1985 to the end of the 1980s, Buxton landed several movie projects. She played the supporting role of Sharon in Rob Reiner's “The Sure Thing” (1985), which starred John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga and Anthony Edwards, and supported Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader in director Marek Kanievska's “Less Than Zero” (1987), an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. She also starred as Gail in the Italian-American horror “Nightmare Beach” (1988), opposite Nicolas de Toth, John Saxon, and Michael Parks, and portrayed Debbie in another Italian-American production, “Primal Rage” (1988), written by Umberto Lenzi. On television, Buxton guest starred in “Otherworld” (1985), “Mr. Beldevere” (1986), “Easy Street” (1986), “21 Jump Street” (1987), “Who's the Boss” (1988) and “Freddy's Nightmares” (1989). She also played the recurring role of Amy Hillerman on the NBC series “Rags to Riches” (4 episodes, 1987-1988).
Buxton was next seen in “Checkered Flag” (1990), an action film by John Glen and Michael Levine, portrayed Kathy in “Instant Karma” (1990), a movie directed by Roderick Taylor that starred Craig Sheffer, and costarred with Christopher Daniel Barnes, Kate Benton and Scott Bloom in the made for TV film “Exile” (NBC, 1990). The same year, she also appeared in episodes of “Monsters,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (as Kimmy) and “China Beach” (as Dottie). The actress then starred with Corey Feldman and Mary Woronov in the musical comedy “Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever” (1991), a sequel to the 1979 film “Rock 'n' Roll High School.” In the movie, she was cast as Rita Mae, a substitute teacher at Ronald Reagan High. It was followed by a supporting role in “Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead” (1991), a teen hit comedy helmed by Stephen Herek that starred Christina Applegate, and worked in the TV films “Seeds of Tragedy” and “Pink Lightning” (both 1991).
After a guest spot in “The Young Riders” (1992), Buxton appeared in the drama “Cityscrapes: Los Angeles” (1994), which was co-written and directed by Michael Becker, and supported Corey Haim and Leo Rossi in the direct to video “Fast Getaway II” (1994). In 1996, she costarred opposite Brooke Langton in Gavin Wilding's “Listen.” From 1995 to 1996, she also guest starred in the television series “Silk Stalkings,” “Platypus Man,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Renegade” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” In 1997, she played Molly McCoy in an episode of “Baywatch” called “Bachelor of the Month.”
It was also in 1997 that Buxton gained her first break when she landed the villainous role of Annie Douglas Richards on the television soap opera “Sunset Beach,” which ran on NBC from January 6, 1997, to December 31, 1998. She was nominated for a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Villainess for her performance in the show. Costars of the series included Olivia Blake, Susan Ward, Clive Robertson, Eddie Cibrian, Lesley-Anne Down and Hank Cheyne. Commenting about her character on “Sunset Beach,” she stated, “It’s a role that is a lot of fun to play. Annie has many different sides to her. I have to be mean and nasty and sexy and conniving. But, that just makes the role a lot more challenging for me. I think we all have different facets to our personality, including some we never show. Changing your personality for the character is just something you get into when you are acting.”
While working on “Sunset Beach,” Buxton revisited the big screen portraying Ruth Langer in “The Climb” (1998), a Holocaust movie directed by Bob Swaim that starred John Hurt, and appeared in “Dirty Down Under... Up Here” (1999), opposite Victor Alfieri, Robert Floyd and Richard T. Jones.
After “Sunset Beach” left the airwaves, Buxton joined the cast of the CBS popular daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful,” created by William J. Bell and Lee Philip Bell. She played Morgan DeWitt from February 2000 to May 2001 and received a 2001 Soap Opera Digest nomination for Outstanding Villainess for the role. Buxton first appeared in “The Bold and Beautiful” back in 1987 when she played Wendy.
In 2002, Buxton starred as Angie in the short film “Drama Queen,” with Domiziano Arcangeli and Sunny Doench. It was followed by guest stints in “Rendez-View” (2002) and “NYPD Blue” (2003) before she returned to the daytime soap realm with the NBC critical acclaimed series “Days of Our Lives,” playing Crystal Galore. She appeared in 22 episodes during May to July 2004. 2004 also saw her costar with her future husband, Shane Brolly, in the film “Sin's Kitchen” and appear in two episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Buxton returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful” to reprise her role of Morgan DeWitt in March 2005. She quit after one month, despite having signed a year long contract. Later that same year, she could be seen in the film “Devil's Highway” (starred Shane Brolly), the TV film “McBride: It's Murder, Madam” and the direct to video “Today You Die,” as Agent Rachel Knowles. She then played a supporting role in the dramatic film “Little Children” (2006), which was based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, was cast in Fabien Pruvot's “Japan” (2008), which starred her husband Brolly, and appeared in “Bedtime Stories” (2008), a comedy directed by Adam Shankman that starred Adam Sandler. In 2009, she offered a memorable performance as Helen in the David Mackenzie directed “Spread,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche. Her husband also appeared in the movie as Prince Stelio. Buxton resurfaced on television when she portrayed Carolyn Morrow on an episode of “CSI: Miami” called “Flight Risk,” which aired on March 16, 2009.
On stage, Buxton has acted in several productions, including “Overruled,” “The Conquest of the South Pole” and “The Lost Christmas Festival.”
Golden Boomerang: Most Popular Villain, “The Bold and the Beautiful”