Toyah Willcox

Toyah Willcox

Singer & Actress

Agent: Craig Latto

From punk princess to cult stage actress to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. 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 stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 40 years Toyah has amassed thirteen Top 40 singles, recorded twenty-four albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in fifteen feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.

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 and still iconic 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. The follow up album The Blue Meaning became a Top 40 hit. The hit singles It's A Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Brave New World and platinum-selling albums Anthem and The Changeling confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the 1980s. In 1982 she won the Best Female Singer at the British Rock & Pop Awards, which went on to become The Brits. Later acclaimed acting roles included Trafford Tanzi and The Ebony Tower alongside Sir Laurence Olivier.

Toyah's most recent acting work includes acclaimed cult Brit film Ahhhhhhhh!, directed by Steve Oram and co-starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Toyah has a cameo role in British film In Extremis for which Toyah and Simon Darlow have co-written and produced the end credits song Our Hearts Still Beat. She also plays the wife of a character played by Harvey Keitel in the film Lies We Tell, directed by Mitu Misra and co-starring Gabriel Byrne. The film received its worldwide premiere at London's Leicester Square in September 2017.

Toyah is currently completing film roles as Francis Meynell in the period piece Hound – The Life of the poet Francis Thompson, a new film by Chris Ward. Later in 2017, Toyah shoots To Be Someone based on a book of the same name, continuing the adventures and lives of many of the original characters from Quadrophenia. Willcox will also shoot a role in British horror film SwipeRight, based on a internet dating app and stars in another Steve Oram production entitled Dregs.

To this day music runs through her veins and Toyah's annual concert diary is packed with summer festivals, acoustic shows and electric gigs with her full band. Her transatlantic rock band Toyah & The Humans featuring Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, REM) & Chris Wong have released three albums. The most recent, Strange Tales was supported with US and UK concert dates and their track Get In Your Car will be covered and released as a single by King Crimson in 2017. Toyah's most recent musical collaborations include vocals on the Dodson & Fogg track, Drinking From The Gun and the duet Nine Hours with Peter Coyle (Lotus Eaters). 2016 saw Toyah's first musical as co-composer open in the open air London Gods & Monsters production of Dostoyevsky's Crime & Punishment. 2017 sees work continuing on the production being developed into a film with Toyah taking a role and adding newly written music.

Toyah will act in the first ever stage adaptation of Derek Jarman's cult film Jubilee at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, opening November 2017. Although Willcox originally appeared as Mad in the 1978 film she will assume the role of Queen Elizabeth I, narrator of the drama. May 2018 will mark the fortieth anniversary of Toyah making music – in the same month when she will also celebrate her 60th birthday.

 
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TV Credits

  • Secret Diary Of A Call Girl - ITV2
  • Doctors - BBC1
  • Barmy Aunt Boomerang - BBC1/CBBC
  • Adam's Family Tree - ITV
  • Kavanagh QC - ITV
  • The Ink Thief - ITV
  • Tomorrow Calling - Film 4
  • Maigret & The Hotel Majestic - ITV
  • The Tale Of Little Pig Robinson - ITV
  • Clue - ITV
  • Boudicca - BBC1
  • The Ebony Tower - ITV
  • Dear Heart - BBC2
  • Tales Of The Unexpected: Blue Marigold - ITV
  • Function Room: Movie Queen - ITV
  • Minder: All Mod Cons - ITV
  • Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - BBC2
  • Shoestring: Find The Lady - BBC1
  • Quatermass The Legacy - ITV
  • Little Girls Don't - ITV
  • Three Piece Suite - BBC2
  • Glitter - BBC2

Film

  • Extremis (2016)
  • Lies We Tell (2016)
  • Kaleidoscope Man (2016)
  • Ahhhhhhhh! (2015)
  • 3 Sides Of The Coin (2014)
  • The Power Of Three (2012)
  • The Most Fertile Man In Ireland (1999)
  • Tied Up In Tallinn (1997)
  • Julie & The Cadillacs (1996)
  • Anchoress (1993)
  • Tomorrow Calling (1993)
  • Midnight Breaks (1988)
  • The Disputation (1986)
  • Lorca & The Outlaws (1985)
  • Murder: The Ultimate Grounds For Divorce (1984)
  • The Tempest (1979)
  • Quadrophenia (1979)
  • The Corn Is Green (1979)
  • Jubilee (1978)

Stage

  • Hormonal Housewives - UK Tour
  • Vampires Rock - UK Tour
  • The Rocky Horror Show: 40th Anniversary Tribute - Royal Court Theatre
  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians - Nottingham Theatre Royal
  • Calamity Jane - Shaftsbury Theatre
  • Calamity Jane - UK Tour
  • The Shagaround - Southampton Nuffield Theatre
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Stafford Castle
  • Picasso's Women - Edinburgh Festival
  • Live Bed Show - UK Tour
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Ludlow Festival
  • The Wizard of Oz - Belfast Grand Opera House
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Regents Park
  • Peter Pan - UK/Ireland Tour
  • Carrington - Chichester Minerva Theatre
  • Memoirs of a Survivor - Salisbury Playhouse
  • The Choice - Salisbury Playhouse
  • Cheap Thrills - UK Prison Tour
  • Amadeus - UK Tour
  • Therese Racquin - Nottingham Playhouse
  • The Taming of the Shrew - Cambridge Theatre
  • Whale - National Theatre
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Birmingham Rep
  • Three Men on a Horse - Vaudeville Theatre
  • Cabaret - Strand Theatre
  • Trafford Tanzi - Mermaid Theatre
  • Sugar and Spice - Royal Court Theatre
  • American Days - ICA Theatre
  • Tales From The Vienna Woods - National Theatre
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