Girl of the Week: Rachel Tucker

Rachel Tucker was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is singer and actress who is more known as one of the finalists in the BBCtalent show-themed television series I’d Do Anything in 2008. She currently stars as the lead role of Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked in the West End.

Tucker trained at the Royal Academy of Music. She worked with Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead in the 2005 United Kingdom tour of the Rock musical, Tommy as Sally Simpson.

In December 2007 Tucker appeared as Dorothy in the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, written by John Kane at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The Stagedescribed her performance as “looking and sounding uncannily like the legendary Garland”.

Tucker recorded a version of the civil rights anthem “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” which was used in a television advertisement for Libresse in 2005 entitled “March”.

Rachel currently stars as the leading role of Elphaba in the London production of the hit musical Wicked. She replaced Alexia Khadime on 29 March 2010, and stars opposite Louise Dearman as Glinda.

Training: Royal Academy of Music.

Theatre includes: ‘Mary’ in Tonight’s The Night (national tour); ‘Maureen Johnson’ inRent (Olympia Theatre, Dublin); ‘Sally Simpson’ in The Who’s Tommy (national tour); ‘Estelle Genovese’ in The Full Monty directed by Jack O’Brien (national tour); ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard of Oz (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) for which she received a 2008 TMA Theatre Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Musical; ‘Grace Power’ in To Be Sure; ‘Kelly’ in Merry Christmas Betty Ford and ‘Amy’ in Have A Nice Life (Lyric Theatre, Belfast).

Workshops include: ‘Dusty Springfield’ in Dusty (Leicester Square Theatre) and ‘Meg Giry’ in Love Never Dies directed by Jack O’Brien (Sydmonton Festival).

Rachel appeared on I’d Do Anything (BBC), where she reached the semi-final stages for the role of ‘Nancy’. Rachel has recently finished playing ‘Meat’ in We Will Rock You(London Dominion) directed by Ben Elton and co-presenting The Friday Show opposite Eamonn Holmes (BBC/Green Inc).


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