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Bianca Del Rio and Preeya Kalidas join the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Preeya Kalidas

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BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas (pictured right) joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from November 17, 2019, to play Miss Hedge.

And returning to the production is Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego Bianca Del Rio, who reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from December 9, 2019.

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.”

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 honored 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. She also starred in the film Bend it Like Beckham, and 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.

Kalidas’ theatre credits include: Aisha in Chiaroscuro (Bush Theatre), Priya in Bombay Dreams (Victoria Apollo Theatre), Loraina in Oxford Street (Royal Court), Narrator in a revival of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Adelphi Theatre) and Patty Di Marco in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock.

She currently hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday afternoon from 1pm.

Roy Haylock (Hugo) in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Photo by Matt Crockett.

Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a gown,” he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine’s list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as “So funny! So sharp!”

Since winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, Haylock has completed three solo stand-up tours to sold-out audiences around the world, starred in two feature films (Hurricane Bianca and Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate) which are now available on Netflix, and wrote his first book: Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing With an Opinion on Everything.

Haylock’s stage work includes playing Angel in Rent, the Emcee in Cabaret, Miss Industrial Northeast in Pageant, and Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy.

In Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Kalidas and Haylock will join Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Daniel Davids (Levi), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Melissa Jacques (Margaret), Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah).

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until August 29, 2020.

Image (bottom): Roy Haylock (Hugo) in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Photo by Matt Crockett.