Sarah Murdoch

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Sarah Murdoch
Sarah Murdoch.jpg
Murdoch in 2011
Sarah O'Hare

(1972-05-31) 31 May 1972 (age 49)
Croydon, London, England
OccupationModel, actress, television presenter
Years active1989–
(m. 1999)
Modeling information
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue

Sarah Murdoch (née O'Hare; born 31 May 1972) is a British-born Australian model, actress and television presenter.


Raised in Sydney, Australia, Murdoch studied in Western Sydney at Strathfield's The McDonald College of the Performing Arts, where she studied ballet.[1] After being told by the ballet master, Alan Alexander Cross, that she was too tall and would never make it as a ballerina, she changed direction.[citation needed]

Her modelling career began at the age of 17, after being signed to Vivien's Management in Sydney. Soon after she moved to Paris and started working as a runway model for Karl Lagerfeld, Issey Miyake, Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianfranco Ferré, Givenchy, Alberta Ferretti, Kenzo, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.[2] She appeared in campaigns for Bonds, L'Oréal, Revlon, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, and Estée Lauder, as well as the 1999 and 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues.[3][4] Her magazine covers include Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, GQ and Harper's Bazaar. She has appeared on magazine issue covers in Australia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Murdoch filled in for Jessica Rowe on the popular morning news and interview show, Today while Rowe was taking four months maternity leave.[5] On 26 March 2007, it was reported in The Sydney Morning Herald that Murdoch would finish up her hosting duties on Today and stepped down on 30 March 2007.[6] Nine News presenter Kellie Sloane replaced Murdoch until May 2007, when Lisa Wilkinson took over as the new co-host on Today. Murdoch returned as a guest host on the 4 October 2007 episode, alongside Karl Stefanovic, to raise awareness of breast cancer as she is a patron of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Murdoch starred with fellow model Shalom Harlow in the romantic comedy Head Over Heels. She also appeared in an episode of the sitcom, Friends (S07E07).

Australia's Next Top Model[edit]

Murdoch replaced Jodhi Meares as host of Australia's Next Top Model after Meares infamously blundered her way through the third season's live finale in 2007 and flat-out refused to appear in 2008's finale. In addition to hosting Top Model and an executive producer on the show,[7] Murdoch also inked a deal with Foxtel to create documentaries with her production company, Room 329 Productions.[8] She experienced media scrutiny during the 2010 Australia's Next Top Model Grand Final for announcing an incorrect winner.[9] On 12 December 2011, Murdoch announced that she was leaving Top Model after three seasons.[7]

Pride of Australia[edit]

Screened in November 2009, Murdoch and her production company Room 329 Productions, along with Foxtel, produced 4 episodes of Pride of Australia with Murdoch herself as host. The program tells inspiring stories of everyday Australians exhibiting acts of great courage, love and determination when faced with adversity. The stories were taken from thousands of people nominated to News Limited papers across Australia.[10]

Everybody Dance Now[edit]

Murdoch hosted the Network Ten reality dance programme Everybody Dance Now in August 2012; however, due to poor ratings, the series was axed after just four episodes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, the then-Sarah O'Hare married British-born Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The couple reside in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California,[12][13] with their two sons, Kalan Alexander (born 2004), Aidan Patrick (born 2006) and their daughter, Aerin Elisabeth Murdoch (born 2010).

Murdoch is engaged in assisting not-for-profit arts and charitable bodies.[citation needed] She was appointed International Ambassador of The Australian Ballet Company in 2004 and joined The Australian Ballet Board of Directors in 2006.[citation needed] She is also ambassador of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and joined its Board of Directors in 2014.[14] The Institute was established in 1986 by her husband Lachlan's grandmother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and is the largest child health research institute in Australia. Murdoch is patron of Australia's National Breast Cancer Foundation,[15] and addressed the National Press Club of Australia about the activities of the foundation on 4 October 2006 and again on 24 December 2008.[citation needed] The addresses were televised Australia-wide by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Murdoch is a keen rugby league fan[citation needed] and supports the Manly Sea Eagles.[16]


  1. ^ "Sarah Murdoch: How I stay real" (PDF). Life etc. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Sarah Murdoch". Vogue Australia. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  3. ^ "SI Swimsuit Collection: Sarah O'Hare". Time Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  4. ^ "SI Swimsuit Collection: Sarah O'Hare". Time Inc. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Welcome to fickle world of a career in television". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  6. ^ "Rowe's return date unknown". Sydney Morning Herald. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  7. ^ a b Hardie, Giles (12 December 2011). "Murdoch leaves Model". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Sarah Murdoch to host Next top Model". 11 October 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  9. ^ Meade, Amanda (29 September 2010). "Wrong model announced as contest winner". The Australian. p. 3. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Murdoch hosts Pride of Australia". Courier Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2009.[dead link]
  11. ^ Know, David (21 August 2012). "Axed: Everybody Dance Now". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Lachlan Murdoch Buys Los Angeles House | Variety". 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ "James and Lachlan Murdoch in First Interview Atop Fox: Politics, Roger Ailes, Dad and Plans for the Future (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter". 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Murdoch Children's welcomes Sarah Murdoch to the Board | Murdoch Children's Research Institute". Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  15. ^ "NBCF Patron and Ambassadors". National Breast Cancer Foundation. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  16. ^ "Sarah Murdoch, Kate Ritchie, Sami Lukis support Kangaroos". Courier Mail. 22 October 2008.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sarah Murdoch at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by Today
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

11 December 2006 – 30 March 2007
Succeeded by