Toyah has a highly successful, prolific and incredibly diverse career with major hit records and many prestigious stage and screen roles to her credit, which has made her one of Britain’s biggest household names.
Toyah recently appeared in the title role of the action-packed, rip-roaring Wild West stage musical, Calamity Jane. The production toured the UK, and having played to 18 cities it transferred to London’s West End for a summer season at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.
Her acting career began at the Old Rep Drama School, in her hometown Birmingham. Her first notable role came in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered the role of Mad in seminal punk epic Jubilee. Later that year she put together the first embryonic line-up of her own band. Toyah continued to gain ever-strong roles, appearing alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film The Corn is Green, as well as playing ‘Monkey’ in the legendary Quadrophenia. By 1979 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.
Meanwhile Derek Jarman asked her to play Miranda in his innovative version of The Tempest, which won her a nomination as Best Newcomer at the year’s Evening Standard Awards. She also appeared at the ICA in Stephen Poliakoff’s American Days and in the BBC series Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde with David Hemmings.
Toyah discovered new skills as a wrestler when she played the leading role in Trafford Tanzi, and went on to star alongside Sir Lawrence Olivier and Greta Scacchi in Granada TV’s film version of The Ebony Tower. She played Sally Bowles in the West End revival of Cabaret, which closed early due to a strike but not before making the Guinness Book of Records as the only West End musical to go on without any musicians in the pit, performed a capella!
Toyah’s first book for children is entitled We Have Angels Here. She continues to work in all fields of the media and refuses to compromise any aspect of her multi-faceted and richly varied career.
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