Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. She went from punk princess to high priestess of television presenting; Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer. As a singer she had thirteen top 40 singles and recorded twenty albums, she also presented the television shows; The Good Sex Guide Late, Watchdog and Songs Of Praise. She was awarded a prestigious Honorary Doctorate by the University of Central England, in 2001, in recognition of her distinguished achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting. Also in 2001, the May issue of Q magazine named Toyah Wilcox number 48 in their top 100 Greatest Women in Music poll, as voted for by readers of the magazine.
Toyah has had two bestselling books published. Following her 2000 autobiography Living Out Loud, Toyah had a further autobiographical book published in 2005 documenting her experience of cosmetic surgery, .Diary of a Facelift
She has also been heard on the radio in the 2002 BBC Radio 4 series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. She is also credited with voicing the widow Fantine in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s version of Les Misérables. In December 2006 she joined the radio drama series Silver Street on the BBC Asian Network as Siobhan Brady.
On 17 June 2011 Toyah started her special From Sheep Farming To Anthem tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit “It’s A Mystery” and the platinum-selling album Anthem, which started at the London’s Leicester Square Theatre.
Charity Work & Recognition
Wilcox has also involved herself in a number of charitable efforts. In November 2007 Toyah took on the role of sponsoring the Black Country Urban Park for the Peoples £50M BIG Lottery and in the following year she took part in the Great Walk To Beijing alongside other celebrities to raise money for Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer charity.
In 2009, Toyah came seventh in a BBC series listing the “Queens of British Pop”, as voted for by the British public.
Her face is still a familiar addition to the television scene and her presentation skills are in demand at company seminars nationwide.