Britain’s Got Talent: the Susan Boyle fact file

 Since stunning us on Britain’s Got Talent it’s been clear that the unassuming Susan Boyle is a very shy individual, perhaps explaining why it’s taken so long for her to come to the public’s attention. So what do we know about her so far?

She hails from Blackburn - though not the one in England, the one in West Lothian.

Susan was one of nine siblings, and is devoutly Catholic. Reports suggest that she received a round of applause entering her local church the day after the show aired.

She’s a spinster - for those younger readers who’ve never even heard of the word, it’s a woman or girl of marriageable age who has never married and, therefore, has no children.

She was mortified to find that she “looked like a garage” on the television.

At the time of writing (Wednesday morning, since you happen to ask) her performance already been viewed more than four million times on various websites, attracting a cult following.

She’s now even featured on news schedules in the United States.

She suffered a mild form of brain damage at birth.

Susan dreamed of becoming a professional singer but in order to care for her elderly mother, Bridget, limited her efforts to the church choir and karaoke.

Two years ago, after the death of her mother Bridget at the age of 91, she stopped singing.

Since the death of her mother she’s lived alone in the family home, with only her cat Pebbles for company.

Before now she has only ever sung in local choirs and at karaoke, despite singing since 12.

She says she was picked on as a child, and neighbours say that even now that some of the local children picked on her.

She thinks modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances. “There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are,” she declared. “But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example.”

On the show she declared that she wants to follow in the footsteps of the West End star Elaine Paige.

Susan believes that her age and life experience is her biggest asset: “It gives you faith in your abilities,” she said. “I think I am ready for it.”

It is rumoured that she will be offered a record deal by Simon Cowell regardless of whether she wins Britain's Got Talent or not.

She entered the show as she wanted to fulfil a wish to her mother that she wanted to do something with my life.

She’s now planning to make it through to the “bitter end” of the show.

Her favourite drink at the local bar is apparently a simple glass of lemonade.