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Toyah Willcox

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Toyah Willcox

English singer and actress add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1958.

Countries: United Kingdom (68%), United States (11%), Estonia (5%)

Main connections: Robert Fripp, Derek Jarman, Paul Morley

Linked to: Sex Pistols, Labour Party, School's Out, Billboard

 

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Toyah Willcox was born in 1958 add something


1974

In 1974 Willcox started to exercise her rebel instincts in experimenting with hair add something


1977

Between 1977 and 1983 she fronted her band Toyah, before embarking on a solo career in the mid-1980s add something

 

In 1977, while with the London's National Theatre playing Emma in "Tales from the Vienna Woods", Willcox fronted a band called Toyah which featured Joel Bogen on guitar, Mark Henry on bass, Steve Bray on drums, Peter Bush on keyboards, and herself on vocals, cutting "a very striking visual image at this time with bright orange hair with pink tips" add something

 

In the summer of 1977, a National Theatre actor, Ian Charleson , thought that Willcox was someone that his friend, film director Derek Jarman, should meet and took her to tea on Tregunter Road in Fulham at Derek's flat add something


1979

Also in 1979 Willcox appeared as Tallulah in Stephen Poliakoff's "American Days" at the ICA, playing alongside Mel Smith, Antony Sher and Phil Daniels and, the same year, opposite Katharine Hepburn in the made-for-television movie "The Corn is Green", directed by George Cukor add something

 

In 1979, on London's Royal Court Theatre stage Willcox played Sharon in Nigel Williams' "Sugar and Spice", the play about "hate, despair and sexual derision", climaxing with an unsettling jab of physical violence add something

 

Initially released in Germany, in 1979 it was re-released as an LP, comprising the original six tracks, "Victims of the Riddle" A and B sides and three tracks that were previously unavailable on vinyl add something

 

Willcox continued to gain strong roles, notably, Monkey in 1979's The Who album-inspired "Quadrophenia", which boosted her reputation of a provocative and anti-establishment figure add something


1980

Completely", she explained in the 1980 "NME" interview add something

 

During the late 1980s and 1990s Willcox forged ahead with a career as a stage performer add something

 

I wouldn't go anywhere with them", she told Paul Morley in a 1980 interview add something

 

I'm not a punk, I'm a modern woman", Willcox said in a 1980 TV interview add something

 

In 1980 writer Paul Morley described Willcox's roles as having had "great attraction" and being "bright boosts" add something

 

Instead, she teamed up with Derek 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 add something

 

It just makes you think", she told "ZigZag" in 1980 add something

 

So if I had to do one career I would find it incredibly frustrating coz it wouldn't satisfy my imagination enough", she said in an ATV 1980 documentary add something

 

They wanted me to have a very good education, to be a polite child, to be taught good manners and have a future", she recalled in 1980 add something

 

"Quadrophenia" and "Quatermass" and the "Sheep Farming in Barnet" LP. I didn't sleep for two weeks and I was very happy", Willcox told Paul Morley in 1980 add something

 

Willcox's second album, "The Blue Meaning", went up to no. 40 in the UK Albums Chart in June 1980 add something

 

Richard Anthony Hewson - Apart from his own RAH Band project, he was a producer in the 1980s for Toyah Willcox, Five Star, and Shakin' Stevens


1981

Andi Fraggs made a surprise appearance, duetting Willcox's 1981 hit single "Thunder in the Mountains" add something


1982

In 1982 "The Changeling" album was released, produced by Steve Lillywhite, marking a turn for a more goth-tinged sound, it went up to no. 6 in the UK. "Changeling" was a reaction because I wasn't ready to write add something


1985

Toyah Willcox disbanded her group, signed to a major label, Portrait Records, and in 1985 released the solo album "Minx" which contained several cover versions including Alice Cooper's "School's_Out_(song)" as well as her own hit "Don't Fall in Love" add something


1986

In 1986 Willcox married UK guitarist Robert Fripp and formed with him a new band Sunday All Over The World which released critically acclaimed "Kneeling at the Shrine" album add something

 

Willcox married Robert Fripp of King Crimson in 1986 in Poole, Dorset add something

 

Robert Fripp - Fripp married Toyah Willcox in 1986 in Poole, Dorset

 

Robert Fripp - In 1986, he released the first of two collaborations with his wife, Toyah Willcox


1987

In 1987 Willcox was invited to make a speech at Women of the Year ceremony in presence of Princess Diana, expressing her views on the subject of how being handicapped incites creativity and craving for fuller life experience add something


1988

Then in 1988 "Prostitute" came out, an album through which Willcox vented her frustrations which started to accumulate as a result of having made the transformation "from all-powerful artist to invisible woman" in the course of just one year of marriage add something


1990

In 1990 she played Costanza in the national tour of Amadeus add something

 

Cris Bonacci - In a period of inactivity of Girlschool in 1990, she joined up with British rock singer Toyah Willcox, performing on GMTV to promote Willcox' album "Ophelia's Shadow"


1991

Robert Fripp joined his wife on her 1991 album "Ophelia's Shadow" which, along with "Dreamchild" , received good reviews add something


1996

In 1996 Willcox released "The Acoustic Album" on Aardvark Records, featuring strings from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by Oliver Davis add something


1997

Eric Sykes - From 1997, Sykes, together with Tim Whitnall and Toyah Willcox, provided narration for the BBC pre-school TV series "Teletubbies"


1999

In 1999 she took the lead in the children's television series "Barmy Aunt Boomerang" add something


2000

In the 2000s Willcox had a busy schedule with theatre commitments, including appearing on stage in London's West End performing the title role of "Calamity Jane" at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2003 add something

 

She loved my eyes, she said they were full of fire", Willcox was saying in her 2000 interviews add something


 

In 2001 Willcox was awarded a prestigious honorary doctorate by the University of Central England in recognition of her distinguished achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting add something

 

The 2001 May issue of "Q" magazine named Willcox number 48 in their top 100 Greatest Women in Music poll, as voted for by readers of the magazine add something


2002

In 2002 Willcox became a prominent opponent of planned accommodation centres for asylum seekers near the Worcestershire village, Throckmorton add something

 

She returned to music in 2002 with new material for a limited edition "Little Tears of Love" EP and a one-off preview concert at Ronnie Scotts add something

 

Willcox has been heard on radio including the 2002 BBC Radio 4 series "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" add something


2003

She continued to perform with her band, releasing a mini-album "Velvet Lined Shell" in 2003 on her own record label, Vertical Species Records, showcasing a darker, edgier direction add something

 

Shaun Williamson - Stage roles have included Monty the DJ in the West End run and UK tour of "Saturday Night Fever" and appearing at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre in December 2003-January 2004 in a pantomime production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", alongside Toyah Willcox


2004

In 2004 she performed as part of The Best of the 80s tour in the UK alongside Nick Heyward, Curiosity Killed the Cat and Altered Images add something

 

In 2004, Willcox appeared in the series "Have I Been Here Before-" in which she was taken back in a past life regression in which she appeared to be an anchoress in a Dutch church add something


2005

A live DVD followed in 2005, the year that saw two parts of "The Safari Records Singles Collection" being issued add something

 

Tim Tolkien - He has worked with the singer and television presenter Toyah Willcox, designing her armour-like stage costumes and, in 2005, making a documentary film for BBC2, comparing New Zealand's successful exploitation of its movie-related J. R. R. Tolkien associations, with that of J.R.R.'s home town, Birmingham


2006

We're having lovely lovely autumn years of our marriage, it's really nice", Willcox said in a 2006 radio interview add something

 

In December 2006 she joined the radio drama series "Silver Street" on the BBC Asian Network as Siobhan Brady add something


2007

Also in 2007, Willcox signed a new worldwide publishing deal with Zomba Music Group add something

 

In May 2007 she collaborated with Bill Rieflin as The Humans for live dates in Estonia where she had been invited personally by the Estonian president add something

 

On 29 October 2007 a new single "Latex Messiah " came out, followed by the "In the Court of the Crimson Queen" album, written and produced in collaboration with Darlow and released by Willow Recordings Ltd. on 15 September 2008 add something

 

In November 2007 Willcox took on the role of sponsoring the Black Country Urban Park for the People's £50 million Big Lottery Fund add something


2008

Described as "European experimental meets West Coast American grunge", The Humans recorded their debut album "We Are the Humans" in Seattle in 2008, released in Estonia in May 2009 to coincide with the band's return to play in front of the country's president add something

 

In April 2008 Willcox took part in the Great Walk to Beijing alongside other celebrities to raise money for Olivia Newton-John's cancer charity add something

 

In June 2008 Willcox appeared on "Living with the Dead" on Living to share her experiences living in her haunted home add something

 

On 24 July 2008 Willcox appeared on UK ITV1's "This Morning" to discuss her role as a vampire in rock musical "Vampires Rock" add something


2009

In 2009 a new version of "Vampires Rock" was created, called "Vampires Rock Christmas", and Willcox was back in her role as the Killer Queen, alongside the writer and one of the stars of the show, Steve Steinman add something

 

More recently, Willcox played Queen Ivannah in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Lyceum in Sheffield for the 2009 Christmas season add something

 

The album received a UK digital release in September 2009, along with a single "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" add something

 

In October 2009 she made a guest appearance in the BBC drama series "Casualty" add something

 

Robert Fripp - Fripp played a 2009 concert with the band The Humans, which consists of his wife Toyah Willcox, Bill_Rieflin and Chris Wong


2010

In 2010 Willcox with The Humans performed at the London's Roundhouse Haiti earthquake fundraiser concert add something


2011

On 17 June 2011, Willcox commenced on a special From Sheep Farming to Anthem tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit "It's a Mystery" and the platinum-selling album "Anthem", starting at the London's Leicester Square Theatre add something


2012

On 14 April 2012, Willcox launched The Changeling Resurrection 2012 tour at the Concorde 2 in Brighton to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her album "The Changeling" add something

 

On 16 July 2012, Willcox performed a concert in her birthplace of Kings Heath, Birmingham , to celebrate being the first artist with a star on the King's Heath Walk of Fame add something


2013

In 2013, Toyah released a deluxe edition of her 2008 album "In the Court of the Crimson Queen" and embarked on the tour revisiting the "Love Is the Law"-era material add something


2017

In November 2017 she played Queen Elizabeth in a theatre adaptation of Derek Jarman's film "Jubilee" at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre add something


2018

This production transferred to the Lyric Hammersmith for a London run in March 2018 add something

 

In December 2018, she won her heat of "Celebrity Mastermind" add something