Never Been Kissed
Just a week ago, Boyle
was an unemployed charity worker living alone with her cat Pebbles and,
as she informed TV viewers, had "never been kissed". Now Simon
Cowell says she will have a US No 1 album.
In the last few days Boyle
has given more than 60 interviews, but seems to be still free of media
savvy and professional coaching; her short and curt answers a mark of
her no-nonsense approach to life. "It
has been a really hectic week, all go," she said last night. "I
didn't expect this kind of reaction. It was weird to begin with, but
I like the attention and I could get used to it. I am taking it all
in my stride."
The youngest of nine children,
Boyle suffered oxygen deprivation during birth, resulting in learning
disabilities. "I come from a musical family," she says. "It
has always been there, from my father down. Singing is always something
I have done. It has been in my blood since I was 12 and took part in
school productions and shows."
attended Edinburgh Acting School and has appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe.
She recorded a charity CD of Cry Me a River in 1999, of which 1,000
copies were pressed. She also had a previous brush with television,
appearing on Michael Barrymore's ITV show My Kind of People, but unlike
others - such as Charlotte Church, who were plucked to stardom after
appearances on other shows - nobody came knocking for Boyle.