Kara Lily Hayworth is an Actress and Singer trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA (Hons) Acting course (musical theatre pathway) from 2007-2010.
Kara grew up in Buckinghamshire with parents Janice and Russell. It was not a theatrical family but she developed a passion for performing very early on in her life. She began dance classes at the young age of 5 and her family were always encouraging and supportive. She first starting performing to large audiences in the dance shows at The Maggie Monk School of Dancing and after a few years was asked to sing in one of the numbers which prompted her to join the Jackie Palmers agency.
Kara also began having classical singing tuition at a very young age and her first lead in a professional production was in 1999 as the title role in Annie at just eleven years old alongside Paul O'Grady (Lily Savage).
Kara later trained as an actress and musical theatre performer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In recent years she has performed in some of the most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall for The Night of 1000 Stars concert, where she performed as a soloist, and Wembley Stadium, where she performed the National Anthem to thousands in the crowd and many more on Sky television. Kara made her West End Debut starring as the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre and she then had another title role as Sephi/Persephone in Persephone (a love story) at The Rosemary Branch Theatre alongside Olivier Award winning actor, David Bedella. She has performed all over the world as a singer, from Cannes, Barcelona and Greece to Dubai, China and America.
In recent years, she has been seen performing with her band, Zyrah Rose, and has had several song releases reach the top of the classical charts, as well as getting the chance to perform at Wembley Arena to 10,000 people. She was most recently seen on Britain's Got Talent as part of the same group. They reached the semi finals and now have over 14 million views on their audition clip on YouTube.
As an film actress, she has been in many short films and feature films, she starred in "Bad Day at the Office" which made it into the Cannes film festival and she also had a small role in The Huntsman, Winter's War alongside Emily Blunt playing her lady-in-waiting. In 2017 she filmed a role for the big budget TV series "Will" about William Shakespeare for TNT productions where she played the White Witch alongside Jamie Campbell Bower.
She was recently seen playing Satine in Secret Cinema's Moulin Rouge which was a huge success and for the last 2 years she has been starring as Cilla Black in Cilla the Musical which toured the UK. She also performed a number from the show at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Magic fm’s Magic at the Musicals in 2018 as well as performing live on BBC radio 2 at the Elton John piano.
Kara is currently Starring as Sally Bowles in the UK tour of Rufus Norris' award winning production of Cabaret.