After rising to fame as a finalist on the televised British talent competition Over the Rainbow, she appeared in London West End stage productions of Peter Pan, Grease, We Will Rock You, and Bend It Like Beckham.
Before making her professional stage debut, she studied at the Hinckley Speech and Drama Studio, as well as at Stratford-upon-Avon College and the Guildford School of Acting.
From the age of two until the age of eighteen, she had to wear hearing aids as the result of a congenital condition; however, her hearing issues resolved themselves when she was in her late teens and did not affect her ability to have a career as an actress and singer.
Born Lauren Bonner, she grew up in England with an older brother named Samuel.
She ultimately lost the BBC's Over the Rainbow contest to Danielle Hope.