Rita is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s Eastenders and is one of Britain’s best loved TV actresses. She won Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards and other awards and nominations include Best Newcomer at the Digital Spy Soap Awards, Best Onscreen Partnership for her character partnership with Ronnie Mitchell played by Samantha Womack, Best Newcomer at the TV Now awards, a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2008 British Soap Awards and Best Newcomer at the 2008 Inside Soap Awards.
Rita continues her role as Roxy in one of the nation’s most loved continuing dramas, and has alsoappeared in Mile High as Hannah, Dream Team as Julie and London’s Burning.
In Spring 2012, Rita was the subject of a major documentary film Rita Simons:My Daughter, Deafness and Me made by Leopard Films for primetime BBC1. Rita actively supports the charity RNID. For more information please visit www.colekitchenn.com
Lucie is representing the United Kingdom in Kiev at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Never Give Up On You’. She is currently playing Maureen in the 20th anniversary UK tour of Rent. Her previous theatre credits include: Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Molly in Ghost (Asian Tour);Victoria in American Psycho (The Almeida); Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (International Tour); Kelly Byrne in The Prodigals (Edinburgh Festival); Cosette in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, West End and O2 Arena). Her TV acting credits includes: Melody Carver in Midsomer Murders (ITV); Louise in The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC). Lucie was a finalist in the 2009 series of The X Factor.
Bill has been a professional actor across TV and Theatre for over 15 years. He lives in Bristol with his partner and two young daughters.
On TV, Bill is probably best known for his work on two of the country’s leading Soaps. He has just finished 3 years on Emmerdale, playing the well meaning but pretty hopeless farmer James Barton (Ross, Pete and Finn’s Dad) for over 300 episodes, who sadly met a rather gruesome, if accidental, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Emma, in one of the Soap’s biggest storylines of the year.
Previously, he played the rather nasty builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, also for 300 episodes, who also remarkably met a rather gruesome, if accidental, death at the hands of his emotionally volatile partner, Tracy, in one of the Soap’s biggest storylines of the year. He’s a bit worried about doing any more of these kind of jobs…
He’s also done a fair amount of other TV/Film including: Silent Witness, True Crime, Casualty, The Great Ghost Rescue, Tangled (CBC Canada), Doctors, The Bill, Robin Hood, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, Cold Blood, Fallen, Holby City, EastEnders, Swag, Seven Stories, Jonathan Creek, Footballers’ Wives, Rose and Maloney, In Deep, Make My Day.
Though well known for his TV work, Bill is no stranger to the stage, and has worked on everything from Sophocles to The Spice Girls at Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and The National Theatre Studio amongst others. He’s played Prospero in The Tempest in Guildford, Lancelot in Spamalot in the West End, and Kevin the Gnome in a muddy field in Glastonbury.
Theatre includes: Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre, West End), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Million Dollar Quartet (Noel Coward Theatre, West End); The Lady From The Sea (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Tempest (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Look Back In Anger (Northern Stage and National Tour); Spamalot (Palace Theatre, West End); Edward II (BAC); Harriott And I (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio); Destiny (BAC); Oh! What A Lovely War (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); A Chorus Of Disapproval (Bristol Old Vic); The Beggar’s Opera (Bristol Old Vic); Antigone (Bristol Old Vic); Japes (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End); Stalin! The Musical (Pleasance); Around The World In Eighty Days (BAC); Uncle Ebenezer- A Christmas Carol (BAC).
Before becoming an actor, Bill had a proper job working for over 10 years in the Advertising Industry, firstly as an Account Director, latterly as a Senior Strategic Planner at two of the world’s largest advertising agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty in London.
He also has a degree in Modern British History from Bristol University, and is a professional landscape photographer – he recently won the Adobe Prize at the 2015 Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. You can see more of his work at www.billwardphotography.co.uk.
David was born and raised in Bedfordshire and graduated from Mountview in 2002.
Since then he has appeared in several UK No.1 tours including, ‘Godspell’, Directed by Scott Schwartz, ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Annie’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ 2008, as well as being Resident Director on ‘South Pacific’ and the 2014 production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’; Directed and Choreographed by US Award winner Patti Colombo.
He has also performed in ‘Oliver’ in Malaysia, the acclaimed production of ‘Gypsy’ at the Dundee Rep Theatre and a highly successful new production of ‘Chicago’ at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre where he played ‘Amos’.
In 2006 David was fortunate enough to be part of a brand new musical written by the Heather Brothers, where he got to play a Serial Killer in ‘Teen Scream’, at the Edinburgh Festival.
As well as numerous Pantomime appearances across the Country over the years, including, Stevenage, Lincoln, Malvern, Lowestoft, Swansea, Bath and Poole, Choreographing the latter, he also spent an incredible year at the world famous ‘Funny Girls’ at Blackpool, which was a true education in more ways than one.
He has been Lead Production Vocalist and Company Manager for both, Princess Cruises and P&0 Cruises, aboard ships including The ‘Royal Princess’, named by the Duchess of Cambridge in June 2013 as well as the inaugural casts for P&O ‘Azura’ and ‘Ventura’.
His regional Productions Include: Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, White Christmas & Follies. For Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Productions include: Amos Hart in CHICAGO, Multiple roles in SISTER ACT, and Emmett Forest in LEGALLY BLONDE.
David has also been Associate Director on several productions including: WHITE CHRISTMAS, LEGALLY BLONDE (2 x productions), FOLLIES, SISTER ACT (2 x productions) and OKLAHOMA.
David is delighted to be reprising the role of “Emmett” in this new production of LEGALLY BLONDE for UK Productions, and as ever, he would like to thank his family for their unwavering love and support.
Training – Elaine Ferry’s Three spires Dance School.
Theatre Credits include:
Kurt Kelly in Heathers (The Other Palace), Sam Wheat in Ghost (Asian Tour), Tony in West Side Story (Kilworth house), Matthew in Altarboyz (Greenwich theatre), Fiyero in Wicked (UK tour), Eddie in Mamma Mia (Novello theatre), Link Larkin in Hairspray (UK tour),Troy Bolton in High School Musical 2 (UK tour)
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Laura trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Whilst training Laura won a BBC Performing Arts Bursary, and reached the final 12 of the Stephen Sondheim Society’s Student Performer of the Year.
Laura has just finished touring with Blood Brothers as Donna Marie/Miss Jones where she covered, and played on numerous occasions, Mrs Lyons. During this time she also performed in the successful Manchester premier of Jason Robert Browns, Parade as Lucile Frank (Hope Mill Theatre)
Theatre; Donna Marie/Miss Jones and cover/played Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers (UK Tour), Lucille Frank in Parade (Hope Mill Theatre), Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (UK Productions), Featured Soloist in Jason Manford’s Christmas Carol Concert (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester), Featured Vocalist in Time & Music (Blackpool Grand Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (The Kings Arms Theatre), Featured Vocalist in Church of Now (BBC at Edinburgh Fringe), Ensemble in BBC Proms 2010 – Prom 19 – Stephen Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall)
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Helen studied at Bodywork Company Dance Studios and furthered her training at The Collaborative Arts Project (CAP21) in New York City.
Previous professional theatre credits include Graziella in West Side Story (Larnaca Amphitheatre), West End Rocks (UK Tour), “An Evening on the Westside” (Bernstein Celebration UK Concert Tour), Les Miserables in Concert (UK Tour), Jemima in Cats (Arena Tour), Singer/Dancer for Universal (Osaka, Japan), Katherine in Wine Lovers The Musical (NCL), Serena in Legally Blonde The Musical (NCL), Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde The Musical (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and The Slave of the Ring in Aladdin (Mansfield Palace Theatre).
Helen has just finished playing all the female roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany, including the lead role of ‘Pearl’.
She can be seen in the ICF feature film Chalet Girl and has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Nickelodeon with performances on Abbamania, Murder in Suburbia, Genie and The Royal Variety Show.
Bruisey Williams-Dodd hails from a family of 4 and was hand-picked at the age of 3 weeks by Messrs Dodd & Williams to star as leading Canine in this new production of LEGALLY BLONDE.
LEGALLY BLONDE marks Bruisey’s 2nd production having appeared, to great critical acclaim, in WHITE CHRISTMAS, Mechanics Theatre.
Hobbies include: Looking unbelievably cute, Window Cleaner chasing, Lawn Mower riding, tennis ball chewing, dragging her favourite teddy bear around and sleeping on any available knee – preferably of a handsome man….
After months of training and rehearsing, Bruisey hopes you think she’s just as fabulous as she thinks she is…
Woof woof yap to you all. X
Theatre includes: Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre, London); Peter Pan (Wimbledon Theatre); Snow White (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).