Success as a singer, actress, TV host...
Toyah (born in Birmingham England on May 18 1958) has a highly successful and
diverse career, with major hit records and many prestigious stage and screen roles to her
credit, which has made her one of Britain's biggest household names.
1977 she put together the first line-up for her band while also having an acting
Toyah appeard alongside Katherine Hepburn in the film, 'The Corn is Green' as well as
playing Monkey in Quadrophenia.
By 1979, Toyahs band was gaining critical success with the debut single Victims of Riddle
and a 6 track EP and album, Sheep Farming In Barnet.
The following year Toyahs album The Blue Meaning became a top 40 hit. And the acting
roles continued too.
A live album Toyah Toyah Toyah! confirmed her status as one of the most significant new
talents of the eighties in the UK.
1982 she won Best Female Singer in the Rock and Pop Awards.
She also played Sally Bowles in the West End production of Cabaret this year.
With her husband Robert Fripp (King Crimson) she formed the band Sunday All Over The
World whose debut album Kneeling at the Shrine received worldwide rave reviews.
In 1989 Toyah was invited to play the lead in Emile Zolas Theresa Raquin
- a role, which
she considered her best, and most challenging.
1994 saw Toyah successfully tour in the musical play of the story of Peter
by a music tour of England, Ireland and South America until November. During this time,
the album Dreamchild was released to rave reviews throughout Europe and America.
In 1995 she released a double album containing all Toyahs favourite tracks
from her own
material entitled Toyah Classics with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra on three tracks.
1995 Toyah also presented the Discovering Eve series for BBC1 (a search of spirituality
in womens lives) and in November Toyah became the only female ever to play the title role
in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Peter Pan, which received massive critical acclaim.
January 1996, Toyah presented The Good Sex Guide Late for Carlton
Friday night as part of the new late-night series of programmes.
Toyah was asked in the spring of 1997 to present a series of programmes for
channel VH1, namely Into the Music and Weekend Review, which lead to her presenting
her own show Toyah! from September 1997 to April 98.
During 1998 and 99 she presented with Mark Chase the Toyah and Chase programmes on
VH1 and since September 98 she was seen on VH1s Happy Hour four days per week.
In February 1999 Toyah presented and sang in the Valentines Day Special of Songs of
Praise and in March 99 she began presenting on BBC Manchesters Heaven & Earth Sunday
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