Ex-Emmerdale actor Bill Ward, who played James Barton, has slipped into the high heels of Hugo/Loco Chanel in the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Ex-Emmerdale actor Bill Ward joins Everybody's talking about Jamie
Ex-Emmerdale actor Bill Ward joins Everybody’s talking about Jamie

Playing the role for a limited time, former Emmerdale actor Bill Ward is stepping into the infamous dress of Loco Chanel in the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Bill is best known for playing James Barton in Emmerdale and Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street.

No stranger to the theatre, Bill’s theatre credits include Legally Blonde (UK Tour), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Viva Forever (West End) and Million Dollar Quartet (West End).

Bill said: “I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. It’s a wonderful story, genuinely heart-warming with some cracking tunes, and an awful lot of fun. I’m particularly looking forward to finding my inner Loco Chanelle, and stepping into one of the biggest pairs of stilettoes I’ve ever seen.”

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Having appeared in Emmerdale from 2013 to 2016 when he was killed by his ex-wife Emma Barton (Gillian Kearney), being pushed from a bridge onto a dual carriageway during ‘Super Soap Week.’ He returned for a flashback in August 2017 and as a ghost in September of that year.

Bill will join current cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Faye Tozer (Miss Hedge), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Rachel Price (Swing), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).

Nominated for five Olivier Awards, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the true story of Sheffield teenager Jamie, who dreams of being a drag queen and wearing a dress to prom. Trying to step out of the darkness into the spotlight isn’t easy, but with the help of his mum, his friends and his mentor, Hugo/Loco Chanel, walking in high heels won’t be so hard. Initially a BBC documentary, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is now about to be made into a major film.

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “Hugo/Loco Chanelle is a terrific part which has attracted fantastic performers. We are delighted to welcome tv and stage star, Bill Ward, who will bring his own sparkle to the role.”

Hugo/Loco Chanel was previously played by RuPaul Drag Race winner, Roy Haylock Bianca Del Rio, as well as former soap star Shane Richie, better known as Alfie Moon in Eastenders. Former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon, who played Delilah Dingle, has also appeared in the musical as Miss Hedge.

To book tickets and for more information, visit https://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk