Alyson Spiro (born 1955) played Sarah Sugden in Emmerdale from 1994 until she quit the role in 2000. She was the second actress to play the role, taking over from Madeleine Howard, who played Sarah between 1988 and 1994.
Prior to getting the role of Sarah, Alyson revealed that she has never watched the show. She said she would have normally found it strange taking over from someone else but said it felt easier to play the part, having no idea how Madeleine had played Sarah. Alyson also compared her time on Emmerdale to her previous regular role in Brookside, saying that the whole team have been more welcoming on Emmerdale as opposed to Brookside, where she and co-star Michael Yip felt like outcasts.
Alyson has also appeared in other British TV shows such as Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Brookside, Sapphire & Steel and The Bill.