Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Carrie Hope Fletcher
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Background information
Birth name Carrie Hope Fletcher
Born (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 23)
Harrow, London, England
Genres Musical theatre
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, musician, YouTuber, blogger, author
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher
Website Website, YouTube

Carrie Hope Fletcher (born 22 October 1992) is an English singer, songwriter, actress (primarily in musical theatre), author and vlogger from London.

As a child Fletcher played small roles on television and appeared in musical theatre in London's West End. In 2011 she started a YouTube channel called ItsWayPastMyBedTime, which features music and vlogs.[1] As of January 2016 she has over 600,000 subscribers. Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End[2] until 13th February 2016. In 2015 she published a book called: "All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully", which was a Number 1 bestseller in the UK. Her newest book 'On the Other side' is a fiction book released July 14th 2016.

Early life[edit]

Fletcher was born and raised in the London suburb of South Harrow,[3] the daughter of Debbie and Bob Fletcher. Her older brother, Tom Fletcher, is a lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly and was a member of supergroup McBusted.

Her career in acting began at the age of five, when she appeared in a short Channel 4 ident before starring in an advert for Honey Nut Cheerios.[4] Fletcher has also played several short television roles, including Jenny in the CITV show "Dog and Duck".

Theatre[edit]

Most recently, Carrie has starred in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Truly Scrumptious in 2016.

Fletcher made her West End debut as Young Eponine in Les Misérables at the age of seven in 2001. In 2002, she starred in the original cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Jemima Potts and in 2004, featured as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins.

Fletcher replaced Danielle Hope as Éponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, London in June 2013. She is the only British actor to play both young Éponine and older Éponine.[5] in the production. On 23 February 2014, Fletcher was presented the WhatsOnStage “Best Takeover In A Role” award for her role as Éponine.[6]

In November 2014, Fletcher took a hiatus from her role in Les Misérables to join the cast of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds national arena tour in which she played the role of Beth, alongside Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden and Shayne Ward. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Beth, the Parson’s wife.[7][8]

Following The War of the Worlds Tour, Fletcher returned over to Les Misérables. She played the role for the musical's 30th Anniversary gala performance on 8 October 2015.

Fletcher played her final performance as Eponine on 13 February 2016 and was replaced by Danielle Hope (whom Fletcher succeeded from joining the show). Hope however is only staying on at Les Misérables short-term until April, as Eva Noblezada is to replace her in the role after previously having starred in Miss Saigon.

On the 10th March, 2016, Fletcher revealed as of the 4th of May she would be rejoining the cast of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" to play Truly Scrumptious, for a UK tour. As previously mentioned, Fletcher was in the original cast when she was nine playing the role of Jemima Potts. Fletcher has been noted as saying she is 'honoured' to be back with this production.

YouTube[edit]

Fletcher originally started her YouTube channel, ItsWayPastMyBedTime, at the age of 18, to post covers of popular songs as well as some original material. As her audience grew, she began posting a variety of material including short sketches, stories, advice and giving an insight into her theatre career. Now she has over 629,000 subscribers.

In addition to her main channel, Fletcher has a second channel called TwentyThirtyTwo, which has over 75,000 subscribers.

Music[edit]

Fletcher has produced two singles, "Running Through Rivers" and "The Way We Were" which are both available for download from iTunes. She performed to benefit Sheytoons at the St. James Theater, as well as Ramin Karimloo on his 2012 "Road To Find Out" tour.[9] In 2012, she performed the official 2012 Summer Olympics song with her brother, Tom. She also is featured in Alex Day’s 2013 album Epigrams and Interludes on the songs covering “Poison” and “This Kiss.” Fletcher can also be seen in The Vamps' music video for their cover of McFly's "That Girl". In 2014, Fletcher had featured in Daniel Koek's album High in the song "Remember Me".[10] Koek was a colleague and fellow cast member of Fletcher's in Les Misérables.

Writing[edit]

In April 2015, Fletcher released her first book, "All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully", based on her blog of the same name. The non-fiction book focuses on stages of Fletcher’s life as a teenager and passes on life lessons and advice through highlighting her own mistakes and struggles as she grew up. Her book was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and remained in the top ten list for seven weeks, although has received mixed reviews from critics.[11]

In June 2015, Fletcher officially announced that she has started writing a new fiction novel, titled “On The Other Side”, which was published 14 July 2016.[12]

Theatre credits[edit]

Theatre
Start year Production Role Notes and awards
2001 Les Misérables Young Éponine
  • The Palace Theatre, London
2002 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jemima Potts
  • The London Palladium
  • Features on the Original Cast Recording
2004-2005 Mary Poppins Jane Banks
  • Prince Edward Theatre, London
2005 The Wind In The Willows Weasel/Duck
  • Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London
2013 - 2016 Les Misérables Éponine
  • Queen's Theatre, London (17th June 2013 – 13th February 2016)
  • Awarded the "WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover In A Role" 2014
2014 The War of the Worlds Beth
  • Farewell Thunderchild Tour (27 November - 16 December 2014)
  • Tour Locations: Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London, Brighton and Amsterdam
2016 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Truly Scrumptious
  • UK Tour (4th May - 2nd October 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ItsWayPastMyBedTime". 
  2. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher returns to role of Eponine". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "20 Questions with ...Les Miserables' Carrie Hope Fletcher". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ MusicLuvr76 (21 April 2009). "1998 Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial" – via YouTube. 
  5. ^ "Major Cast Change in the West End". Cameron Mackintosh Overseas Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher wins at the WhatsOnStage awards". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Review: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds". The Bolton News. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Review: Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds at Metro Radio Arena". The Journal. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cast and Creatives: Carrie Hope Fletcher". lesmis.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Koek 'High' - 'Remember Me' featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher". 
  11. ^ "All I Know Now". Amazon. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "On The Other Side". Waterstones. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Rachael Beck
Actress to portray Truly Scrumptious
4 May 2016 - 2 October 2016
Succeeded by
TBA