Willcox Stars in Vampires Rock at Southport
Toyah Willcox is one of those
celebrities that are hard to categorise.
Is she a singer? An actress? A presenter?
Shes certainly done it all and done so much
that even she cant pinpoint where it all
I think I started in acting but I honestly
cant remember, she says.
I left school and just went straight into
performing, it was something I always wanted to
do. I would say Im an actress and singer
but Ive really always combined the two.
I view myself as a creative person, I write
music and Im generally very busy. Id
say Im definitely a workaholic, Im
not interested in anything else.
Toyahs career spans over 30 years, but the
51-year-old shows no sign of slowing down. She is
currently on tour in Steve Steinmans
Vampires Rock, which comes to the Southport
Theatre at the end of the month, and continues to
perform with her band The Humans, as well as
record her own material.
She says: I find what I do a pure joy and
dont feel like its work. Im
always in a different town or country and its
never a problem for me. I feel very lucky that I
get paid to do what I do.
I often think it would be nice to be in a
soap so that I could know what Im going to
be doing every day, because the only thing that
winds me up is being told last minute that I have
to be somewhere else in the world the next day.
Toyah arguably rode to notoriety as a pop singer
on the back of the punk revolution. But with many
of that generation settling down into middle age
cosiness, has she retained any of the
anti-establishment values her career was forged
A big part of that generation was the fact
that we didnt compromise, so in that sense
I still have that today, she says.
Im very much my own person and I have
zero tolerance for people that dont pull
their own weight and thats a punk thing. It
wasnt about slackers. I think Im
still that same person but just 30 years on.
Every generation brings something new.
A combination of drawing inspiration from her
contemporaries and refusing to rest on her own
laurels seems to have been the driving force
behind Toyahs success.
She adds: Im very interested in other
people and I dont think I could do what I
do if I wasnt fascinated by others.
Ive always enjoyed other peoples
success and found it really inspiring. Someone
like Madonna is really inspirational because shes
Ive had a lot of career highlights
but Im enjoying this year immensely and
focussing on the here and now.
I love my life and love the fact that every
day brings a new part of you into the world.