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TOYAH WILLCOX
Representing Agent: Craig Latto
Roles: Presenter, Actor
BIOGRAPHY:
DR TOYAH WILLCOX DUniv
Honorary Doctor of Media Birmingham University

From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain's iconic household names, an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer.

In a career spanning thirty years Toyah has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays and presented such diverse television programmes as 'The Good Sex Guide Late', 'Watchdog' and 'Songs Of Praise'. She has also played iconic roles in several feature films, and most recently starred as Barbara in Steve Oram’s critically acclaimed ‘Aaaaaaaah!’, to rave reviews.

It all began in her hometown, Birmingham, in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the role of 'Mad' in seminal punk epic 'Jubilee'. She continued to gain strong roles, appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film, 'The Corn is Green', as well as playing 'Monkey' in the legendary 'Quadrophenia'. She teamed up with Jarman again to play Miranda in his innovative version of 'The Tempest', which won her a nomination as Best Newcomer at the 1980 Evening Standard Awards.

By this time Toyah's band was gaining critical success with the debut single 'Victims of the Riddle' (no.1 in the independent charts) and six track EP 'Sheep Farming in Barnet'. Her first album, 'The Blue Meaning', became a Top 40 hit. A TV Documentary 'Toyah', an accompanying live album 'Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!' as well as hit singles 'It's A Mystery', 'I Want to Be Free', 'Brave New World' and 'Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard' plus the platinum albums 'Anthem' and 'The Changeling' - confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the Eighties. In 1982 she won the Best Female Singer at the Rock & Pop Awards.

Over the next two decades, as well as consolidating her reputation as a singer songwriter (with albums 'Minx', 'Desire', and her least commercial album 'Prostitute') Toyah also forged ahead with a career as a stage performer. Notable credits include'Trafford Tanzi' (lead); 'Cabaret' (Sally Bowles); 'Three Men and a Horse' (winner of Olivier Award for best New Comedy); the UK tour of 'Arthur Smith's Live Bed Show'; the title role in 'Calamity Jane' (nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Musical) and most recently starring as the Devil Queen in the hugely successful rock show, 'Vampires Rock'.

Musically, the 90's saw Toyah transform from pop star to new wave diva. With her husband Robert Fripp she formed the band 'Sunday All Over the World', which toured world-wide. They recorded the album 'Kneeling at the Shrine' which received rave reviews and Toyah went on to produce the critically acclaimed albums 'Ophelia's Shadow' and 'Take the Leap!'

The 90's also saw Toyah dominate our TV screens. Whether it be drama - as a dog, in the half animated real life drama series 'The Ink Thief' with Richard O'Brien or kids programming (Toyah found renewed cult status as the intro and outro voice of 'Teletubbies'), or presenting an Alternative Remedies series on 'This Morning', Toyah's range and versatility was unrivalled. She recorded two series of the BBC's popular 'Fasten Your Seatbelt', two series of the BBC Scotland's kids drama series 'Barmy Aunt Boomerang', fronted her own BBC1 series 'Discovering Eve' and was a regular presenter on 'Watchdog', 'The Heaven & Earth Show' and 'Holiday'. She also presented 'Anything Goes', 'Time Off', 'The Magic & Mystery Show' and 'Roll With It!'. In 1996, whilst Toyah was making the film 'Julie and The Cadillacs', Michael Aspel surprised her as the subject of BBC1's 'This Is Your Life'.

The year 2000 saw the publication of her long awaited autobiography 'Living Out Loud' and in 2001, Toyah was awarded a prestigious Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central England in recognition of her distinguished achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting. Television continued to feature as she fronted forty programmes of 'Beyond Medicine' for the Discovery Channel and 'Whose Recipe is it Anyway?' for the Carlton Food Network. Carlton Television also made a documentary on Toyah's music career as part of the Rock Legends series. Toyah also participated in the 2003 'Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!' and recently appeared in ITV2's 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' as the mother of lead actress Billie Piper.

Toyah returned to song writing in 2002 with new material for a limited edition EP, 'Little Tears of Love' and a one-off preview concert at Ronnie Scotts. In 2002 Toyah proved her staying power selling out eleven stadium gigs for the Here and Now Tour. In May 2003 she released a brand new mini-album 'Velvet Lined Shell' on her own record label, Vertical Species Records, showcasing a darker, edgier direction. In 2004 she returned to her musical roots as part of The Best of the 80s Tour - a UK tour alongside fellow 80s hitmakers Nick Heyward, Curiosity Killed the Cat and Altered Images. Musically, Toyah has remained fresh, uncompromising and ground-breaking. In 2007 she signed a new worldwide publishing deal with Zomba Music and released her first digital single - 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)' from the 2008 album 'In The Court Of The Crimson Queen', written and produced in collaboration with Simon Darlow. Alongside this Toyah began a collaboration with Bill Rieflin (REM) and Chris Wong on the band project, 'The Humans'. Described as 'European experimental meets West Coast American grunge', The Humans debut live performances took place in Estonia in 2007. Their debut album, 'We Are The Humans', was recorded in Seattle in 2008 and released in Estonia in May 2009 to coincide with the band's return to play before the country's president at Tartufest. It received a UK digital release in September 2009, along with a Humans’ single, 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'.

The Humans marked their first ever UK appearances with a series of warm-up concerts in the very intimate and beautiful surroundings of churches including St. Michael's & All Angels' Church and St. Anne's Church, Worcester. These were followed up by dates across the UK, featuring special guest Robert Fripp playing live with the band. They appeared on the bill of acts invited to perform at The Roundhouse for the Helping Haiti fundraiser concert. Their UK tour culminated in a headline date at London's Scala, yielding a 4-star, review from the Financial Times who concluded it was an 'intriguing, often terrific, show' with 'programmed beats, sinewy, rumbling rhythms, a kind of twisted funk'. The Humans' second album 'Sugar Rush', released in winter 2010, saw a further development of the band's songs. The album featured guest guitar on all tracks from Robert Fripp.

Toyah continues to be seen on film, starring in the British film 'Power of Three' in 2011, a light-hearted feel-good comedy that follows the adventures of 3 friends who pool their strengths when the going gets tough. Additionally, the track 'Quicksilver' by The Humans features prominently in the short film 'Marigolds'.

With new book projects and music releases in the pipeline and live concert dates scheduled for the year ahead, Toyah maintains her multi-faceted and vibrant career.
TRAINING:
FILMS:
Jubilee Mad - Derek Jarman/Megalovision
The Corn Is Green - George Cukor/Lorimar Films
Quadrophenia Monkey - Frank Roddam/Who Films
The Tempest (Miranda) - Derek Jarman/Mainline Films
Murder: The Ultimate Grounds For Divorce - Barry/Global TV
Ltd
The Disputation Yo-Yo/FilmFour
Midnight Breaks
Electric Rainbow
Anchoress
BFI/Channel 4
Julie & The Cadillacs
Brian Izzard/Parker Mead
Tied Up In Tallinn
Edith Sepp FAAMA TV
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland
Samson Films
TELEVISION (ACTING)
Glitter (BBC)
Three Piece Suite (BBC)
Little Girls Don't - ITV
Quatermass The Legacy- Thames
Shoestring : 'Find The Lady' (BBC)
Dr.Jekyll & Mr Hyde (BBC)
Minder : 'All Mod Cons' (BBC)
Function Room: Movie Queen (BBC)
Tales Of The Unexpected : 'Blue Marigold' (Anglia)
Dear Heart (BBC)
The Ebony Tower (Granada)
Boudeccia (BBC)
Clue (Granada)
A Tale Of Pig Robinson (Dreamscape)
Maigret & The Hotel Majestic (Granada)
Tomorrow Calling (Film 4)
The Ink Thief (Tyne Tees)
KavanaughQC (Carlton)
Adam's Family Tree (YTV)
Barmy Aunt Boomerang (BBC Scotland)
Doctors (BBC)
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (ITV2/ITV1)
THEATRE
Tales from Vienna Woods - Maximilian Schell/National Theatre
American Days - Ica Theatre
Sugar 'n' Spice - Royal Court
Trafford Tanzi - Mermaid Theatre
Cabaret (Sally Bowles) - Strand Theatre
Three Men on a Horse (Mabel) -Jonathan Lynn/Vaudeville
Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia) - Birmingham Rep
Whale - Royal National Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew (Kate) -Cambridge Theatre
Therese Racquin (Therese) - Nottingham Playhouse
Amadeus - National Tour
Cheap Thrills (Janis Joplin) - Compass National Tour
The Choice - Salisbury Playhouse
Memoirs of a Survivor - Salisbury Playhouse
Carrington (Dora Carrington) - Minerva Theatre
Peter Pan (musical) (Peter Pan) - National Tour
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck) -Stafford Castle,
Staffordshire
The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch) -Grand Opera House,
Belfast
Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) -Ludlow Festival,
Shropshire
Live Bed Show -Incidental Theatre (national tour)
Picasso's Women - Edinburgh Festival
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania) -Stafford Castle,
Staffordshire
The Shagaround - Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Calamity Jane (Calamity) - National UK Tour
101 Dalmations (Cruella de Ville) - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
The Rocky Horror Show (50th anniversary) -Royal Court
Vampires Rock (musical) - National Tour

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