From Phantom to the cathedral – megastar Michael Crawford now plays the voice of God...

From Phantom to the cathedral – megastar Michael Crawford now plays the voice of God...

Phantom Of The Opera fans take note. 

This coming June, star of stage and screen Michael Crawford will join the BBC Singers choir for the dramatic tale of Noah’s Ark, brought to life in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral. Legendary entertainer Michael plays the speaking role of the Voice of God and tells me: “I love doing things that are unexpected, and I am thrilled to be asked.”


The One Show host Alex Jones has revealed she feared for her job after having a baby. The host returned to presenting duties just three-and-a-half months after the birth of her son and admitted: “In this job you are insecure as someone can take it away like that ... at least I am being honest.”


Shirley Ballas will return as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing this year. She’ll be back alongside fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood as the show returns this autumn with a new batch hoping to win the glitterball prize...


The decline of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 meant that this year we had the return of the ill-advised Dancing On Ice. Despite a much-hyped opening by the end ratings were so bad that ITV are now considering a shorter run for next year...


Coronation Street actor Nigel Havers describes himself as a ‘letterbox actor’, explaining: “It means you wait, and when a script comes through the letterbox, you do it. I should say you hope that something comes through the post, or maybe email. I am an old fossil really, I much prefer letters.”


Dame Joan Collins has confirmed she has been offered a role in gritty TV series American Horror Story. The Dynasty star, 84, was previously thought to be appearing in the series and admitted she is a fan of the series, as “I think the style and writing are so well created, I’m very happy with this job.”


Fans of Downton Abbey were devastated when Dan Stevens, who played Matthew, told ITV he wanted to quit the show to broaden his career, leaving writer Julian Fellowes to come up with a ‘fatal accident’ storyline. “I’ve had to apologise to a lot of people who were very upset by that scene,” says Stevens…


Charlotte Bellamy, the Emmerdale actress playing Laurel Thomas, got her big break on another Yorkshire TV show when she played Jamie Merrick in A Touch of Frost. She sad: “I was in the building, so I suppose people may have spotted me and that in turn led to my long stint on Emmerdale which has been so much fun.”


Good news for all those fans who remember Emma Samms, who played Fallon in Dynasty. After a quiet period (apart from a brief return to American TV in General Hospital) the London-born star will be back on our screens in a BBC drama. “I am sworn to secrecy with it but I know it’s a great part, and I hope people will enjoy it,” she said.


Two Doors Down, the ensemble comedy about three sets of neighbours in suburban Glasgow, starts filming a new series and a Christmas special later this year. Show bosses reveal: “The last series got the best ratings, so we are happy to keep making more.”


Jane McDonald may be a down-to-earth Yorkshire type, but some recent accounts reveal that she is also a clever businesswoman too, gathering a fortune of over £3.6million in the years that she has been on our screens. But it appears the money comes from touring and her shows, rather than TV...


Will Young says his stint on Strictly Come Dancing was short-lived because he was ill. The singer said: “I really was, and I do love the show, and no I didn’t have a fall-out with Len, but it just came around at the wrong time, which was so upsetting, but you have to look after your health at all costs.”


Coronation Street actor Colson Smith, who plays Craig Tinker, tells me that he can’t believe that he is on the show. “I adore it, but every now and again I think ‘wow, I’m on the biggest show on ITV’ and you do think at times how did that happen?!”

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