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Rufus Hound and Katy Brand to join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Rufus Hound

Casting news

THIS March, actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound and actor, writer and comedian Katy Brand will join the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until August 29, 2020.

Katy Brand will play Miss Hedge from March 3 until June 20, 2020 and Rufus Hound will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle from March 16 until May 30, 2020.

Katy Brand said: “Joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a truly thrilling opportunity for me. If I could tell my teenage self that I would one day have the chance to perform in a huge hit show on the West End stage, that girl would pinch herself. Jamie gets to realise his dream every night, and now so do I!”

Rufus Hound said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be going into the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – a brilliant, brave and British smash hit. I have been waxing for the last year in anticipation and am currently so tucked I may as well be a Ken doll. Bring. It. On.”

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “We are delighted that Katy Brand will be joining the cast as Miss Hedge and Rufus Hound as Hugo/Loco Chanelle. They will both bring their own incredible talent to their roles and make them their own.”

Rufus Hound is an award-winning actor, presenter and comedian. His extensive stage credits include Freddy in the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guv’nors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Toad in Wind In The Willows (London Palladium) and more recently Sancho Panzo in Don Quixote (Garrick Theatre).

He has also appeared in Utopia (Soho Theatre); Neville’s Island, What The Butler Saw, Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Wars Of The Roses (Rose Theatre); Dusty and The Provoked Island (RSC). Hound originated the role of Dad in the recent RSC production of The Boy In The Dress.

Katy Brand

Katy Brand’s acting credits cover a wide array of TV, film and radio shows, alongside regular live work. These include Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Peep Show, Grandpa’s Great Escape, Annually Retentive, Mongrels and Psychobitches.

In 2016, Brand took her first stand-up comedy show I Was A Teenage Christian to the Edinburgh Fringe and later toured with it nationwide. She returned to the Fringe in 2017 with the follow-up show, I Could’ve Been An Astronaut. Her debut play 3Women starring Anita Dobson opened at Trafalgar Studios 2 in May 2018 and is published by Samuel French. Her debut novel Brenda Monk Is Funny was published by Unbound in 2014 and her new book I Carried A Watermelon, part memoir-part homage to Dirty Dancing was published by HQ Harper Collins in October 2019.

In Everybody’s Talking About Jamie they join current cast members Noah Thomas (Jamie New), Melissa Jacques (Margaret New), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Hiba Elchikhe (Pritti Pasha), David O’Reilly (Laika Virgin), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Leon Craig (Sandra Bollock), Marlon G Day (Dad), Jordan Ricketts (Dean Paxton), Alexander Archer (Mickey), Zion Battles (Levi), Zahra Jones (Becca), Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Keenan Knight (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Harriet Payne (Bex), Tilly La Belle Yengo (Fatimah), Rico Bakker (Swing), Ebony Clarke (Swing), Rachel Seirian (Swing), Joe Wolstenholme (Swing), Gillian Forde (Alternate Miss Hedge/Understudy Margaret/Ray) and Brian James Leys (Understudy Jamie’s Dad/Drag Queens).

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. With catchy songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and book and lyrics by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike.