Samantha Newark is best known for her iconic voice-over work on the animated cartoon series Jem and the Holograms as the speaking voice of Jerrica/Jem . She was nominated for a “Young Artist award” twice for “Exceptional young actress in animation, series, specials, or film features” also nominated for her performance in “Best animated series”. Other voice-over credits include guest-starring on the original Transformers cartoon as “Ariel” in the classic Transformers episode “War Dawn” and in other episodes playing the roles of “Elise Presser” and the “Zamojin Empress”. Samantha was also cast as the gentle British voice of a young Peter Pan’s mother in Steven Spielberg feature film “Hook” as well as doing countless on camera and voice-over TV and radio commercials. Samantha was cast in the PlayStation game Britney’s Dance Beat playing the roles of the Choreographer and the Asian dancer. She has contributed her singing talent to God of War, Twisted Metal black, Everything or Nothing and Wild Arms 3 and the soundtrack for the anime feature film Project AKO. She played the role of Debbie in the 1980’s horror film Summer Camp Nightmare.
In 2012 she was invited to contribute two characters to the Festival favorite animated short “Pound Dogs”, created by Mike Salva. This project won the MTV “Voice and Vision animation award for writing and animation and garnered two development deals with MTV. In fall 2014 Samantha wrapped voice-over work in Mike Salva’s latest project “HG Chicken and the chronological order” starring Bobcat Goldthwait. “Jem” remains her most well known role and Samantha herself still retains a very special connection and fondness for her character today and is invited to meet the Jem fans at Pop Culture conventions all over the world. Samantha will make a truly outrageous cameo in the highly anticipated upcoming JEM live action film adaptation directed by Jon Chu. The movie also stars Aubrey Peeples, Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald.
- Jerrica/Jem in Jem and the Holograms (Voice)