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Toyah Willcox

Toyah has had a highly successful, prolific and incredibly diverse career, with major hit records and many stage and screen roles to her credit, which has made her one of Britain's biggest household names.

She began her stage career at the National Theatre and her first notable role came in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the part of 'Mad' in the seminal punk movie JUBILEE. Later that year she put together the first embryonic line up for her own band.

She continued to gain ever stronger acting roles appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film THE CORN IS GREEN as well as playing 'Monkey' in QUADROPHENIA and won a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards for her role as 'Miranda' in Derek Jarman's film THE TEMPEST.

Toyah's band achieved critical success with the album SHEEP FARMING IN BARNET and by the early eighties released the hits 'It's A Mystery' and 'I Wanna Be Free' from the ANTHEM album. A live broadcast of her New Year's Eve Concert from London's Theatre Royal; as the Old Grey Whistle Test Christmas Special, an ITV documentary TOYAH, TOYAH, TOYAH! and winning the Best Female Singer at the British Rock & Pop awards all confirmed her status as one of the eighties most significant new talents.

Her success continued in the theatre appearing in TRAFFORD TANZI at the Mermaid Theatre, SUGAR & SPICE at the Royal Court, THREE MEN ON A HORSE at the Vaudeville Theatre, Sally Bowles in CABARET at the Strand Theatre and WHALE at the Royal National Theatre. On screen she starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and Greta Scacchi in Granada's THE EBONY TOWER.

During the 90's she starred in sell out tours of PETER PAN, released a double album containing her favourite tracks entitled TOYAH's CLASSICS with the Royal Philharmonic, played Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Regent's Park Theatre, played the title role in Emile Zola's THERESE RAQUIN, toured with Joe McGann in THE LIVE BED SHOW and starred in PICASSO'S WOMEN at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh and THE SHAGAROUND at the Soho Theatre. She has headlined in pantomimes all over the UK including Richmond, Canterbury, Bromley, Norwich and Stockport. On screen she continues to be a familiar face working on a huge variety of programmes from HOLIDAY, HEAVEN & EARTH, and FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, to KAVANAGH QC, MAIGRET, DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED and DOCTORS. More recently she presented an epic series on alternative medicine for the Discovery Channel and played Dr Johnson in the film THE MOST FERTILE MAN IN IRELAND.

Toyah has also become a well known to a younger audience through playing the title role in two series of the BBC's BARMY AUNT BOOMERANG and voicing the hugely successful series TELETUBBIES and BRUM.

During April 2002 Toyah appeared as part of the HERE & NOW stadium tour alongside Belinda Carlisle, ABC and Spandau Ballet, and spent 2003 playing the title role in

From 2003 until 2004 TOYAH toured the musical CALAMITY JANE (after being nominated for the MANCHESTER EVENING STANDARD AWARD the show transferred to London's Shaftesbury Theatre) and survived I'M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!

In 2000 Toyah's autobiography LIVING OUT LOUD was published and she recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts & Media from Birmingham University.

To celebrate 25 years in show business Toyah released her mini album VELVET LINED SHELLS ON May 6th 2003.

In 2007 TOYAH has appeared in ITV'S BELLE DU JOUR, also signed a world wide publishing deal with ZOMBA music and has made THE PEOPLE'S MILLIONS for ITV prime time.

2008 sees Toyah appearing in theatres across the country in 'Vampires Rock 2008". LATEX MESSIAH, a song taken from the stage show made number 9 in the I-TUNES ROCK CHART. Her new studio album entitled 'The Court of the Crimson Queen' will also be available from September 2008.

Toyah is a highly effective motivational speaker.

Speaker Type

Entertainment, Musical Cabaret

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