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Toyah Ann Willcox was created in Birmingham on, may 18, 1958, and trained as an celebrity at the Aged Rep Drama College. She premiered as an anti-establishment number when she made an appearance in two cutting-edge movies in the past due ’70s: Jubilee, the punk rock and roll film directed by Derek Jarmen where she performed a character called Mad, as well as the Who’s mod film edition of the early-’70s rock and roll opera record Quadrophenia, where she performed the similarly bizarrely named personality, Monkey. She shifted to entrance a punk rock-band called Toyah, which highlighted Joel Bogen on electric guitar, Tag Henry on bass, Steve Bray on drums, Peter Bush on keyboards, and Toyah herself on vocals, reducing a very dazzling visual image at the moment with shiny orange locks with pink guidelines. They agreed upon to the unbiased label Safari Information (a route that lots of punk rings in the past due ’70s took because they discovered the main record companies hesitant to take risks) and released their debut record, Sheep Farming in Barnet, made by Steve Adam and Keith Hale. Originally this is only a six-track EP but was afterwards expanded to a complete record release. Though it was critically acclaimed, the distribution network of Safari Information was not as much as the job of having a record in to the graphs until they agreed upon a cope with Spartan Information, an expert distribution firm, and Toyah’s second record, The Blue Signifying, released in June 1980, do have the ability to sell more than enough to reach the very best 40. Still a significant breakthrough cannot be achieved, along with a live record, Toyah Toyah Toyah, premiered at the start of 1981, documented in the Lafayette Golf club in Wolverhampton the prior June and offering lots of the live favorites through the 1st two albums, including “Victims from the Riddle,” “Danced,” “Competition Through Space,” and “Ieya.” This performed marginally better, but Safari released a four-track EP using the umbrella name of Four from Toyah, using the tracks “From the Secret,” “Revelations,” “Battle Kids,” and “Angels & Demons.” Right now the music group had a completely fresh lineup of Phil Spalding, Nigel Glocker, and Adrian Lee, just Joel Bogen staying through the 1st three albums and undoubtedly Toyah herself. “From the Secret” became a radio preferred early in 1981, and combined with the follow-up one, “I wish to End up being Free of charge,” propelled the music group into the TOP for the very first time. Both singles maintained Toyah’s feeling of punk rock and roll blended with fun pop, as well as the video shot for “I wish to Become Free” demonstrated her throwing home furniture around an area with total abandonment and destroying a several-tiered wedding ceremony wedding cake. 1981 was a popular yr for Toyah because the recording Anthem, featuring both big strike singles, premiered and became her highest-charting recording, reaching number 2 in the summertime and could have topped the recording graphs were it not really for the disco-medley trend of Celebrities on 45 sweeping the united states in those days. By 1982, she got teamed up with maker Steve Lillywhite, who created the follow-up recording, The Changling, a very much darker affair, even more goth than punk, which will be the last period that Toyah ever strike the very best Ten. Later on that yr, another live recording, Warrior Rock and roll: Toyah on Tour, a dual recording, premiered, and early in 1982 she was voted the very best Female Singer in the English Rock and roll and Pop Honours (The Brits). Nevertheless, her pop profession was already for the wane, and also a 1984 launch of her most significant hits, confusing also known as Toyah Toyah Toyah, exactly like a youthful live record on it expert label K Tel, didn’t return her towards the upper parts of the graph. Disbanding her group, she agreed upon to a significant label, Family portrait (a department of CBS), and released the single record Minx, which included several cover variations, not usually noticed on Toyah albums previously, including a edition of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” When this as well didn’t resuscitate her performing career, she transformed back to performing and continued to execute in directly dramas on tv and movie theater, including an appearance within the remake of Quatermass, with Sir Lawrence Olivier within the Ebony Tower, so when Billie Piper’s mom within the 2007 Television drama Secret Journal of a Contact Girl. She continuing to record and discharge albums through the entire past due ’80s and in to the 1990s with almost no sales success whatsoever. In 1986 she wedded guitarist Robert Fripp, officially of Ruler Crimson, who became a member of her on her behalf 1991 recording Ophelia’s Darkness, and she shaped a new music group alongside her husband known as Sunday All around the globe. In the 21st hundred years, she continued to operate in all regions of the press, signing up like a presenter for the video route VH1, offering voices for the children’s Television series The Teletubbies, carrying out in the Nottingham Theater Royal within the part of Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians, and liberating a new recording project, Within the Court from the Crimson Queen, within the springtime of 2008.

Quick Facts


Full Name Toyah Willcox
Height 1.54 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Author, Music Producer, Songwriter
Nationality English
Spouse Robert Fripp
Parents Barbara Willcox, Beric Willcox
Siblings Kim Willcox, Nicola Willcox
Music Songs It's a Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Ieya, Thunder in the Mountains, Be Proud, Be Loud Be Heard, The Vow, Rebel Run, Latex Messiah, Soul Passing Through Soul, Echo Beach, The Lady or the Tiger, Don't Fall in Love, Mein Herr, Jungles of Jupiter, Little Tears of Love, Angel and Me, World in Action, America for Beginners, School's Out, Blue Meanings, Sun Up, Revive the World, Bad Man, Symbiotic, I Wanna Be Free, Love Crazy, World of Tension, Lesser God, Heal Ourselves, Lords of the Never Known, Revelation Chapter 7, Dreamchild
Albums In the Court of the Crimson Queen, Minx, Ophelia's Shadow, Velvet Lined Shell, Dreamchild, The Acoustic Album, Looking Back, Sheep Farming in Barnet, Anthem, We Are the Humans, Prostitute, Take the Leap!, Desire, This Fragile Moment, The Safari Records singles collection, Little tears of love
Nominations Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist
Movies Jubilee, The Corn Is Green, Quadrophenia, The Tempest, Murder: Ultimate Grounds for Divorce, Anchoress, Glitterbug, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, Mug Travel, Aaaaaaaah!, Julie and the Cadillacs, Tomorrow Calling, The Power Of Three, The Ebony Tower
TV Shows Teletubbies, Brum, Barmy Aunt Boomerang, Cluedo, I'm Famous and Frightened!, Under Offer, Roll with It


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#Fact
1 Rehearsing and performing as "Cruella de Vil" in a production of Dodie Smith's "The Hundred and One Dalmatians", at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. [July 2006]
2 Currently hosting and performing on Songs of Praise (1961) on BBC-TV. [June 2003]
3 Toyah lives in the house formerly owned by Cecil Beaton.
4 She has been a fan of the television series Doctor Who (1963) since she was a child.
5 The name Toyah comes from a tribe of American Indians. Her surname is regularly spelled incorrectly as Wilcox.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Laugh 2017/II post-production Pam Allan
Kaleidoscope Man 2017 post-production Claire Dove
In Extremis 2016/II completed Woman
Lies We Tell 2016 post-production Lydia
The Apple Picker 2017 Narration
Doctors 2000-2015 TV Series Bill / Marcy Preston
Aaaaaaaah! 2015 Barabara
3 Sides of the Coin 2014 Short Jessica
Dun Punkin: Ep.1 - 'Boys Will Be Boys' 2013 Short Nurse Willcox
The Power of Three 2011 Michelle
Casualty 2009 TV Series Hazel Tillier
Secret Diary of a Call Girl 2007-2008 TV Series Hannah's Mum / Gail
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show 2006 Video Magenta
Teletubbies 1997-2001 TV Series Additional Voices
Barmy Aunt Boomerang 1999-2000 TV Series Aunt Boomerang
The Most Fertile Man in Ireland 2000 Dr. Johnson
Julie and the Cadillacs 1999 Barbara Gifford
Teletubbies: Here Come the Teletubbies 1998 Video
Toyah and Chase 1998 TV Series
Adam's Family Tree 1998 TV Series Stop Press Sadie
Toyah! 1997 TV Series
Shooting Gallery 1995 TV Series
Kavanagh QC 1995 TV Series Deborah Drake
Brum 1991-1994 TV Series Narrator
The Ink Thief 1994 TV Series Dog
Tomorrow Calling 1993 TV Short Dialta Downes
Anchoress 1993 Pauline Carpenter
Maigret 1993 TV Series Gigi
Cluedo 1990 TV Series Miss Scarlett
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson 1990 TV Movie Ship's Cat
Midnight Breaks 1990 Elize
The Disputation 1986 TV Movie Consuelo
Function Room 1985 TV Mini-Series
Murder: Ultimate Grounds for Divorce 1984 Valerie Cunningham
Starship 1984 Singer at the club (uncredited)
The Ebony Tower 1984 TV Movie Anne, 'The Freak'
Tales of the Unexpected 1982 TV Series Marigold
ITV Playhouse 1981 TV Series Sheryl
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1980 TV Movie Janet
Minder 1980 TV Series Kate
A Question of Guilt 1980 TV Series Alice Fulcher
Shoestring 1979 TV Series Toola
Quatermass 1979 TV Mini-Series Sal
The Tempest 1979 Miranda, his daughter
Quadrophenia 1979 Monkey
The Corn Is Green 1979 TV Movie Bessie Watty
The Quatermass Conclusion 1979 Sal
Premiere 1978 TV Mini-Series Fran
Jubilee 1978 Mad
Three Piece Suite 1977 TV Series Buzz - This Situation
Second City Firsts 1976 TV Series Sue

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Starship 1984 performer: "The Lion Of Symmetry" / writer: "The Lion Of Symmetry"
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series performer - 9 episodes
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary performer: "Danced" / writer: "Danced"
Jubilee 1978 writer: "Nine to Five" - as Wilcox

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shoestring 1979 TV Series composer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Sex Guide Late 1996 TV Series Herself - Presenter
The Magic & Mystery Show 1995 TV Series Herself
Doctor Who: 30 Years in the Tardis 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
Pebble Mill at One 1993 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Media Show 1991 TV Series Herself
Arena 1991 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Treasure Hunt 1988 TV Series Herself - Contestant
French and Saunders 1988 TV Series Herself
The Grand Knockout Tournament 1987 TV Special Herself
The Kenny Everett Television Show 1982-1985 TV Series Herself
No 73 1985 TV Series Herself
Pob's Programme 1985 TV Series Herself
Pop Quiz 1981-1984 TV Series Herself
The Saturday Show 1982-1983 TV Series Herself
Saturday Superstore 1983 TV Series Herself
Formel Eins 1983 TV Series documentary Herself
Three of a Kind 1982 TV Series Herself
Crackerjack! 1982 TV Series Herself - Guest
Top of the Pops 1981-1982 TV Series Herself
Musikladen 1982 TV Series
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary Herself (as Toyah Wilcox)
Get Set for Summer 1981 TV Series Herself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1981 TV Series Herself
Toyah 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 1980 TV Series Herself - Hostess
Pop Quiz: The Comeback 2016 TV Series Herself
Loose Women 2003-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Presenter
When Television Goes Horribly Wrong 2016 TV Movie documentary Herself - Singer
Pointless Celebrities 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Contestant
Trailblazers Of 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Pop Legend (as Toyah Wilcox)
Most Shocking Moments in Pop 2 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Singer
The 90s: The Best of Bad TV 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Pop Legend (as Toyah)
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
80's: The Best of Bad TV 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - 80's Pop Legend (as Toyah)
Sounds of the 80s 2015 TV Series Herself - Special Guest
Through the Keyhole 2014 TV Series Herself
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2014 TV Series Herself
The Greatest 80s Movies 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself - 80s Pop Star
The Wright Stuff 2004-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest Panelist / Guest Panelist
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical 2014 TV Movie Herself
The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s 2013 TV Special Herself
All Star Mr & Mrs 2013 TV Series Herself
The Destinations of Doctor Who 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Women of Doctor Who 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
Greatest Ever Carry On Films 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 2011 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK 2011 TV Mini-Series Herself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011 TV Series Herself
Greatest Christmas TV Ads 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Greatest Christmas TV Moments 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Gayle Tuesday: The Comeback 2010 TV Movie Herself
Hole in the Wall 2009 TV Series Herself
The One Show 2009 TV Series Herself
The Truth About Beauty 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
FM 2009 TV Series Herself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2009 TV Series Herself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Mastermind 2008 TV Series Herself
What Are You Like? 2008 TV Series Herself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic 2008 TV Series Herself
Top 50 Showbiz Comebacks 2008 TV Movie Herself
Breakfast 2007 TV Series Herself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2007 TV Series Herself
Secrets of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Tiswas Reunited 2007 TV Special Herself
Ballet Hell 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Celebrity Masterchef 2006 TV Series Herself
The Story of Light Entertainment 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Richard & Judy 2006 TV Series Herself
In Your Dreams 2006 TV Series documentary short Herself
Through the Keyhole 1998-2006 TV Series Herself - Panelist / Herself - Panellist / Herself
100 Greatest Funny Moments 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Now That's Embarrassing: The 80s 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1998-2005 TV Series Herself
Rajan and His Evil Hypnotists 2005 TV Series Herself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Sunday AM 2005 TV Series Herself
Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV 2005 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Shameful Secrets of the 80s 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Toyah Wilcox)
Shameful Secrets of the 70s 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Toyah Wilcox)
The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Are You Younger Than You Think? 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Britain's Finest 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
The Big Call 2005 TV Series Herself
Have I Been Here Before? 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
House Doctor: We Love You 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Queen Mania 2005 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Queen Mania: The Show Must Go On 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Tubridy Tonight 2005 TV Series Herself
The Late Edition 2005 TV Series Herself
I'm Famous and Frightened 2005 TV Series Herself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments 2004 TV Special documentary Herself
Simply the Best 2004 TV Series Herself
Hell's Kitchen 2004 TV Series Herself
Beat the Nation 2004 TV Series Herself
This Morning 2004 TV Series Herself
Britain's Favourite Comedian 2004 TV Series Herself
The 100 Greatest Musicals 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
EastEnders Revealed 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Stars in Their Eyes 2003 TV Series Herself / Patti Smith
The Weakest Link 2003 TV Series Herself
Jubilee: A Time Less Golden 2003 Video documentary short Herself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 2003 TV Series Herself
GMTV 2003 TV Series Herself
25 Years of Smash Hits 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Open House 2001-2002 TV Series documentary Herself
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Herself
Songs of Praise 1997-2002 TV Series Herself - Presenter / Herself - Guest
I Love 1980's 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
I Love Christmas 2001 TV Special documentary Herself (as Toyah Wilcox)
Bad Hair Days 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
Liquid News 2001 TV Series Herself
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook 2001 TV Series Herself
Trigger Happy TV 2001 TV Series Herself
Live Talk 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
The Heaven and Earth Show 1999-2000 TV Series Herself / Herself - Presenter
Quadrophenia: Featurette 2000 Video documentary short
Countdown 1998-1999 TV Series Herself
It's Slade 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
Not a Lot of People Know That 1998 TV Series Herself
My Favourite Hymns 1998 TV Series Herself
Water Week 1998 TV Series Herself - Reporter
This Is Your Life 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Herself
Night Fever 1997 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Watchdog Healthcheck 1996 TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Heroes of Comedy 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
In the Best Possible Taste: A Tribute to Kenny Everett 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Arena 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Herself

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TitleSalary
Jubilee (1978) £300

#Quote
1 Queen undoubtedly are one of the greatest rock outfits ever.
2 [on Freddie Mercury] He was the immaculate showman.
3 [on Queen at Live Aid] From then on, whenever you see a live stadium gig, the audience can't wait to participate.
4 [on Freddie Mercury] It was "Wow". OK, you can wear those clothes, you can wear those suits if you are as good as that. It was just a revelation.
5 I think Freddie [Freddie Mercury] was a huge loss for the music industry.
6 Relationships are about give and take, living in the moment, listening and adoring each other's qualities. [Husband] Robert [Fripp] is going into the next stage of his life. He is getting hairy and grey, and his bones ache, and I love him for it. He might be a bit creaky in the morning but he makes my knees go weak.

#Trademark
1 Flame Hair
2 Lisp: she pronounces "s" as "th"

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