Natalie Casey

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Natalie Casey
Born Natalie Casey
(1980-04-15) 15 April 1980 (age 34)
Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, singer, comedienne
Years active 1990–present
Television Donna Henshaw in Two Pints
Carol Groves in Hollyoaks
Spouse(s) Paul Kemp

Natalie Casey (born 15 April 1980) is an English actress, television presenter and singer. She is best known for her long-running roles playing Carol Groves in the TV series Hollyoaks from 1995 to 2000 and playing Donna Henshaw in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 to 2011.

Early life[edit]

Casey was born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.[1] At the age of three her single "Chick Chick Chicken" reached number 72 in the UK Singles Chart in 1984.[2][3] This made her the youngest person ever to have a recording in the United Kingdom chart.[4] At this time, she appeared on the BBC's Saturday Superstore and asked Boy George to take her to the toilet. In the 2008 live special of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Casey performed the single for the first time in over 20 years.[citation needed]

She attended Oldham Theatre Workshop with longtime friend Antony Cotton who appeared in Coronation Street. Her older sister is actress Anna-Jane Casey.[citation needed]

Television work[edit]

Casey played Carol Groves from the very first episode of Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks in which she remained for over five years. In 2001 Casey joined the cast of Two Pints of Lager playing Donna Henshaw alongside Hollyoaks co star Will Mellor. Casey and Mellor were the only two original main characters to appear in all nine series. The final episode aired on 24 May 2011.

Casey was the spokeswoman for a Pizza Hut advert.[when?][citation needed]

Theatre work[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Casey played Serena Katz in a hit run of the musical Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and in February 2008 she began playing the role Julia in the pre-West End UK tour of The Wedding Singer. Her other stage credits include The Vagina Monologues (Palace Theatre, Manchester), Hobson's Choice (Watermill Theatre opposite her sister Anna-Jane Casey), Flint Street Nativity (Liverpool Playhouse), Well at the Trafalgar Studios, and the Apollo Theatre, opposite Sarah Miles and most recently Ado Annie in Oklahoma! at the Chichester Festival Theatre. She took over from Denise Van Outen in Legally Blonde at The Savoy Theatre as Paulette from 26 April 2011. In March 2012 she played Angela in the revival of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory, later transferring to Wyndhams Theatre, London.

On 29 June 2012, it was confirmed that Casey would be playing the role of Judy Bernly in the first UK tour production of the Broadway musical 9 to 5. The tour began at the Manchester Opera House on 12 October 2012.[5] She appeared in the UK tour production of 9 to 5 in a cast which includes Bonnie Langford and Jackie Clune. She appears in 'Sex and the Three Day Week'.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1990 Death in Venice Young Girl
1995–2000 Hollyoaks Carol Groves
1999 Brookside: Double Take Moria
2000–2001 MTV Select Presenter
2001 Big Brother's Little Brother Co-presenter with Dermot O'Leary
2001–2011 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Donna Henshaw
2002 24 Heaven Presenter
2003 24 Access all areas Presenter
2005 Chopratown Annie Deaver
2009 Missing Gemma Winter
2010 Changing Faces Narrator
2013 People Like Us Narrator

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/west-end-theatre/news/05-2007/20-questions-with-natalie-casey_21119.html
  2. ^ "The girls are back". Kent Online (KM Group). 26 June 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 96. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Gambaccini, Paul; Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan (1994). British Hit Singles. London: Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-633-2. 
  5. ^ "Cast: Bonnie Langford clocks in for 9 to 5: The Musical". Whatsonstage. (Whatsonstage). 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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