at Battle Abbey proms
actor, writer, children's TV favourite,
presenter, reality television star - there is no
doubt that Toyah Willcox has enjoyed a successful
and diverse career.
And after 30 years in
showbiz, there is no sign of the mutli-talented
Toyah slowing down, as she prepares to embark on
a series of English Heritage Picnic Concerts with
other famous faces from the 1980's, which will be
arriving at Battle Abbey later this summer.
The 80's icon said:
"I have the same commitment for everything I
do and the fact I'm a 49-year-old woman who is
still incredibly successful in business is
"I'm still on stage,
I have got bookings around the world, I'm making
two albums and of that I'm very proud.
"The fact is most
people hit 30 and think it's over."
Since 1977, Toyah has
enjoyed huge success as a singer, both as a solo
artist and with numerous bands. She has also
appeared in a number of films including
Quadrophenia and Jubilee, as well as alongside
Katherine Hepburn in The Corn Is Green. And her
theatre credits include Midsummer Night's Dream,
Peter Pan, Sally Bowles in the West End revival
of Cabaret and the starring role in the
critically acclaimed Calamity Jane.
But despite all these
roles and numerous others, Toyah still feels she
can achieve more in her acting career. She said:
"There's been lots of acting, although I
feel my acting career has yet to happen.
"Although I have done
lots, I still feel there's loads I want to
Toyah is currently writing
several dramas, with one featuring a character
she would personally love to play.
"There's character I
am creating for a TV series at the moment and she
is an ex-alcoholic psychic and she's also
psychotic!" she laughs. "I love the
idea of someone with all this power and can't
On top of the music and
acting, Toyah has won over a new generation of
fans, thanks to her appearance on I'm A Celebrity
Get Me Out Of Here and voicing the introduction
on kids TV show The Teletubbies. Toyah has many
fond memories of Battle after recording her
second album, The Blue Meaning, in the
And in 1983 she visited
Hastings for the filming of the straight-to-video
movie Murder - Ultimate Grounds for Divorce,
alongside Roger Daltrey and Toyah's Quadrophenia
co-star Leslie Ash.
She is looking forward to
returning to 1066 country for Party! at Battle
Abbey on Saturday August 25, appearing alongside
Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T'Pau
and Nick Heyward.
Toyah said: "I love
these concerts. They're an absolute delight and
it's pure nostalgia."
Speaking about her fellow
performers, Toyah added: "We are all such
good friends and we all work together a lot and I
have to say I adore all of them because they have
written such classics.
"I adore their music,
especially Belinda Carlisle's, so I'm going to be
having great fun."
Tickets for Party!,
on Saturday August 25, starting at 7.30pm, cost
£29 (concessions £27).Tickets for the Last
Night of the Battle Abbey Proms, starring Lesley
Garrett, on Sunday August 26, starting at 7.30pm,
cost £24 (concessions £22).
For tickets, call See on
0870 890 0146 or Ticketmaster on 0870 333
23rd May 2007