AKA Toyah Ann Willcox
Birthplace: King's Heath, Birmingham, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Singer for the band Toyah
Toyah Willcox was a strange little girl who grew up to be an even stranger little woman. She began her public life as a stage and television actress, and made her film debut in Derek Jarman's Jubilee (1977); but it is her musical activities that brought about her first real fame. In 1978 she founded the band Toyah, a glam-punk outfit that specialized in anthems to rebellion, urban decay and modern primitivism -- with the occasional love song to creatures from other planets thrown in for variety. The band gained reasonable popularity in the UK and Europe, but never established more than a marginal presence in the States.
In 1986 Toyah married King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, with whom she undertook a number of musical collaborations, including the band Sunday All Over the World and an audio presentation of the story The Lady or the Tiger. In 1988 she released her most compelling and unusual record, Prostitute -- an offering that differs considerably from the whole of her prior and subsequent work. This and the next record, Ophelia's Shadow, seemed to mark a promising new musical direction, but sadly this was not pursued: lackluster forays into techno and a rehashing of her early career are all that have surfaced since.
From the 90s onward, Toyah has focused primarily on her acting career, continuing with stage and television roles as well as charity appearances, presentation, and whatever other work the BBC deems suitable for strange little women.
Father: Beric Willcox
Mother: Barbara Joy Rollinson
Sister: Nicola (b. 1950)
Brother: Kim (b. 1953)
Husband: Robert Fripp (musician, m. 1986)
Toyah Vocalist (1978-)
Sunday All Over the World Vocalist (1989-91)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Most Fertile Man in Ireland (1999)
The Ebony Tower (1984)
Urgh! A Music War (19-Nov-1981) · Herself
The Tempest (13-Sep-1979) · Miranda, His Daughter
The Corn Is Green (29-Jan-1979)
The Quatermass Conclusion (1979)
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