Toyah to perform in Peel

Toyah Willcox at Lytham Proms 2012

Toyah Willcox at Lytham Proms 2012

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Multi-talented 80s pop star Toyah Willcox comes to the Centenary Centre in Peel on Saturday, June 14.

This will be Toyah’s second visit to the island after she performed at Jaks in Douglas in 2011.

Toyah

Toyah

She has had 13 top 40 singles, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays, made 10 feature films and presented TV shows from ‘Songs of Praise’ to ‘The Good Sex Guide Late’.

Toyah’s biggest year musically was 1981 when she had three top ten hits, with her ‘Four from Toyah Ep’ and its lead track ‘It’s a Mystery’ reaching number four, follow-up ‘I want to be free’ reaching number eight, and ‘Thunder in the Mountains’ also peaking at number four.

Two of her albums, ‘Anthem’ and ‘The Changeling’ also went platinum.

Toyah was born in 1958 in King’s Heath in Birmingham.

Asked where her name came from she once said: ‘My parents wouldn’t tell me but it’s definitely my birth name. There is a town in Texas called Toyah and in Red Indian it means water.’

She was born with a twisted spine, clawed feet, a club foot, one leg two inches shorter than the other, and no hip sockets and had to undergo years of painful operations and physiotherapy.

She attended a private girls’ school where she was regularly absent and set off an alarm clock during a speech by visiting MP Margaret Thatcher.

She went to drama school in Birmingham and her first acting role was in the BBC play ‘Glitter’ along with Noel Edmonds and Phil Daniels.

In 1977 she starred as the character ‘Mad’ in the cult punk film ‘Jubilee’ with fellow punk star Adam Ant and in 1979 she played ‘Monkey’ in the legendary film ‘Quadrophenia’.

She was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 1980 Evening Standard Awards for her role in ‘The Tempest’ playing Miranda.

She has also appeared with such luminaries as Sir Laurence Olivier and Katherine Hepburn.

Toyah has had numerous roles in television shows including Minder, Tales of the Unexpected, Doctor Who, Casualty and Celebrity Mastermind.

In 1986 she married Robert Fripp from the band King Crimson, who she remains with.

In the 90s she formed the band ‘Sunday All Over the World’ with Fripp, which toured world-wide.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central England in 2001 in recognition of her achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting.

In 2007 she formed the band ‘The Humans’ with Bill Rieflin, former drummer with REM, and Chris Wong with whom she has recorded two albums.

Toyah is currently working on new book projects and music releases and live concerts.

Tickets are £27 and can be bought online at www.etickets.im/cc or call Ernie Leece on 842396.

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