BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas has this week joined the West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the West End’s Apollo Theatre.
She plays Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge. Following in the high-profile footsteps of the likes of Rita Simons, Faye Tozer, Michelle Visage, Hayley Tamaddon and Tamsin Carroll, Kalidas becomes the first British Asian to play the role.
In other show casting news, Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego Bianca Del Rio, will reprise his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.
Commenting on her casting, Preeya Kalidas said:
“I fell in love with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from the first time I saw it. The music is contagious, the diversity of talent being represented on a West End stage is incredible. So to be joining the cast as Miss Hedge, I am extremely excited to be part of a show that makes the audience feel so elated and reminds us all that being unafraid to do and be whoever you want to be can be extremely powerful.”
At The Stage Debut Awards in 2017, Kalidas, then in the West End in School of Rock, presented the Best Composer prize to Dan Gillespie Sells, the lead vocalist and frontman from rock band The Feeling who made his theatrical debut with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
On returning to the show, Roy Haylock said: “I’m so thrilled and excited to be re-joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End. I had such a blast playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle earlier this year. I’m honoured and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew once again.
Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC’s EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards.
Her other film credits include: Empire award-winning Four Lions, East is East, Sari and Trainers, Jump Boy and Bollywood Queen. TV credits include: C4’s Britz alongside Riz Ahmed, BBC’s Bodies , BBC’s England Expects with Steven Mackintosh, Carrie in BBC’s Mistresses, BBC’s Bedtime, BBC’s Casualty, BBC’s Doctors, BBC’s Goggle eyes, BBC’s Banglatown Banquet, Carmen in BBC Three Bollywood Carmen (BAFTA Nominated) .
Theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro at Bush Theatre, Priya in AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams at London’s Victoria Apollo Theatre, Loraina in Oxford Street at The Royal Court, Narrator in revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre , Reema in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s Khandan at Royal Court/ Birmingham Rep, Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock.
Preeya hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.
— Preeya Kalidas (@PREEYAKALIDAS) November 8, 2019