In her first year of fame, Boyle made £5 million (£6 million today) with the release of I Dreamed a Dream and its lead-off singles, "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Wild Horses".
As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.
On July 21, 2014, Boyle carried the Queen's Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow.
She picked up the baton at Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children and then took it to show to children in one of the wards.
Her father, Patrick Boyle, was a miner and veteran of the Second World War who also worked as a singer at the Bishop's Blaize; her mother Bridget was a shorthand typist.
Both her parents were born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but also have family links to County Donegal in Ireland.
Prior to Britain's Got Talent, her main experience had come from singing in her local Catholic church, Our Lady of Lourdes, in local choirs, and in karaoke performances at pubs in and around her village.
She had also auditioned several times for My Kind of People.
She used all her savings to pay for a professionally cut demo, copies of which she later sent to record companies, radio talent competitions, local and national TV.
Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.