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Shane Richie to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Shane Richie

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SHANE Richie, best known for playing Alfie Moon in EastEnders, will take on the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from January 28 until May 4, 2019.

Shane Richie said: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a terrific show so I jumped at the chance to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle. It’s so different to any role I’ve played before and too good an opportunity to miss.

“I started my career in night clubs and cabaret pubs – the kind of world Hugo inhabits – where I met some wonderful characters. So in a sense I feel like I’ve met Hugo/Loco Chanelle before. I’ve had lots of ideas about how to portray the character and sing the songs. As for my dress and heels, hang onto your handbags!”

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “We are all delighted that Shane is joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, he’s an incredibly talented performer. I know he’ll pull out all the stops and make Hugo/Loco Chanelle entirely his own. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Shane Richie has had a hugely successful career in theatre, film and television spanning four decades and is a regular fixture on primetime television. He is best known for his role as Alfie Moon in the BBC’s EastEnders which he first started playing in 2002 and for which he has won several industry awards and accolades including Best Actor at the Rose d’Or Television Festival.

His extensive television drama credits include Oliver Twist, New Tricks, We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, What We Did on Our Holidays, The Good Samaritan, As Good As It Gets, Skins, Moving On, Minder, Redwater, Benidorm and Claude. He has also hosted television shows including Lucky Numbers, The Shane Richie Experience, Win, Lose or Draw, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Reflex and Win Your Wish List.

Film roles include Macbeth, The Reverend, Prisoners of the Sun and Flushed Away.

On stage, Richie has starred in Grease (West End), One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest (UK Tour), Scrooge: The Musical (UK Tour), and Lone Star and Private Wars (King’s Head Theatre). He also played the leads in Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and Not Dead Enough as well as co-writing and co-producing the UK tour of Boogie Nights, which went on to enjoy a sell-out season at the Savoy Theatre in the West End.

In 2003, Richie wrote the No.1 autobiography and The Sunday Times best seller Rags to Richie. In the same year he released the No.1 record I’m Your Man for Children In Need. In 2017, his album A Country Soul made it to No.1, securing his position as the UK’s biggest selling country artist.

Richie will be joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from January 28, 2019 when Layton Williams takes over the role of Jamie New. Further casting is to be announced.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until September 28, 2019.

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