Susan Boyle

Born: April 1, 1961

Occupation: Singer

Challenges overcome: Aspergers Syndrome

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Susan Boyle was born in Scotland in 1961. Beginning with a passion for singing from the young age of five years old, Susan Boyle took singing lessons and attended the Edinburgh School of Acting. Throughout her life, Susan joined many choirs and entered many singing competitions, craving solo success.

She often performed at local establishments and was well loved by her community of Blackburn, West Lothian. Susan sacrificed a lot to look after her mother and never achieved the level of success she wanted. After her audition for Britain’s Got Talent aired in 2009, Susan quickly became a global success. Within nine days of her audition airing, online videos of Susan performing were viewed over a 100 million times. Susan came 2nd in the competition, behind dance group Diversity. Gaining a record deal soon after the show, Susan released her debut album ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in November 2009. It became the best selling album on charts all around the world, as well as being the best selling debut in UK chart history. Since her debut, Susan has also released ‘The Gift’ (2010), ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ (2011) and ‘Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage’ (2012). Susan’s net worth is estimated at £22 million, she’s sold over 19 million albums and has received two Grammy Award nominations.

Challenges Overcome

Susan was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth which lead to her learning disability. She has however recently been told that she was misdiagnosed and instead has Asperger’s Syndrome. She left school with few qualifications and was only ever in paid employment once; as a trainee chef at West Lothian College, for six months. Susan often volunteered to work with her local church, working with elderly people.

Disability Definitions


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.




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Susan Boyle. (2015, February 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:28, April 2, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Susan_Boyle&oldid=646301853


Susan Boyle: From Pain to Fame, 2010. [DVD] Sarah White, United States of America: Interinem Films.

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