RTN Exclusive Interview With Toyah Willcox
Willcox has a highly successful, prolific and
incredibly diverse career. Her major hit records
and many prestigious stage and screen roles have
made her one of Britain's biggest household
a career spanning over 30 years, Toyah has had 13
top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written 2
books, appeared in over 40 stage plays, made 10
feature films and presented hundreds of
television programmes from The Good Sex Guide
Late to Songs Of Praise. Toyah has also
appeared in ITV2s Secret Diary of a Call
Girl, as the mother of lead character played by
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 her 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.
was given an exclusive interview when she
appeared in the Sparkles Showbar, Yumbo Centre,
Playa del Ingles. A softly spoken and
incredibly nice lady, Toyah had this to say to
have you ever visited Gran Canaria before?
And what made you take up the offer?
is the first time I've been to Gran Canaria, and
when Sparkles Showbar asked me to take part in
their Gay Pride celebrations I welcomed the
opportunity. It was good fun riding on the
float this afternoon and seeing my many fans.
you managed to see anything of the island whilst
only the hotel room, as usual!
is your next tour and when?
it's back to the UK, where I have a number of
tours organised throughout the country at various
festivals and big parks, then I'm off to Seattle
to write another album, then on tour again in the
US. Autumn will find me back in the UK to
start the new Vampires Rock show.
there any problems with travelling all the time
and being away?
not at all. I am very Bohemian and love to
travel and I'm grateful that I can.
do you think about shows like the X Factor and
Britain's Got Talent?
got it right in the UK. It spreads a bit of
happiness into the lives of many, both those
taking part and those watching. It's
getting increasingly difficult for records
companies to find and produce new talent, so
these programmes are a good showcase for up and
coming future stars.
about the credit crunch, has it affected you
the same way as everyone really. The
property I own is now worth nearly 20% less than
it was. But what goes around comes around
and I still have my investment properties in the
South of France.
your best buy?
apartment I bought in the south of France
overlooking the harbour in a very old town. There
are 67 steps up to it and I love it to death.
do you manage to keep so slim and stay so full of
never eat processed foods, eat healthily, no
alchohol, although sometimes I would love to have
the odd drink, I love my circuit gigs, and just
generally enjoy what I do.
advice could you give to new aspiring Vocalists,
seen as much as possible. Do the pubs,
clubs, street corners. Television is
changing, there is now much less advertising, so
get yourself a decent website and post video
clips on it. Keep your visibility high.
finally, if you were granted one wish, what would
know, and be able to choose the work I do, and
also to never retire!
continues to work in all fields of the media and
refuses to compromise any aspect of her
multi-faceted and varied career.
Round Town News