Singer and actress Toyah Willcox was honoured as the first star on the Walk of Fame on Monday 16 July 2012 at a packed ceremony at the Hare & Hounds hosted by legendary Birmingham drummer Bev Bevan. Later in the evening she played an unforgettable special intimate homecoming show also at the Hare & Hounds.
She told the audience "My DNA is firmly rooted in King's Heath. Not only was I born in Grove Road, my grandfather, a construction developer, built most of the buildings there. And then my father took over the business that was then known as Willcox-Lang".
Born and raised in King’s Heath, schooled in Edgbaston, Toyah was the ‘oddball girl about town’ in Birmingham in the 1970’s.
With her dyed hair and individual clothing, Toyah certainly stood out!
It was early on in her life that Toyah took an interest in acting and music, with acting her first true love.
Working at The Old Rep introduced Toyah to acting and her first role came with the BBC production Glitter alongside the slightly surreal pairing of Noel Edmunds and Phil Daniels.
This performance was to be a major factor in Toyah’s career.
Glitter featured two co-written songs performed by Toyah, her first, and led to Toyah gaining a place at the National Theatre.
Punk was just beginning and Toyah landed a role in the legendary director, Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee.
This was followed with the role of Monkey in the seminal Quadrophenia film as well as her first musical releases with the single “Victims of the Riddle” and album The Blue Meaning.
But it was to be 1981 release “Four From Toyah” which included the hit “It’s a Mystery”, and follow up albums Anthem which contained “I Want To Be Free” and the more Goth like The Changeling that would cement her place in the musical firmament.
Toyah has continued to act in film, theatre, television and pantomime, as well as returning to music in a career that has constantly moved in new directions.
Now living with husband, Robert Fripp of King Crimson fame, in Pershore, Toyah has remained close to her Kings Heath roots.