Lolly (singer)

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Birth name Anna Shantha Kumble
Also known as Lolly
Born (1977-06-27) 27 June 1977 (age 41)
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England, UK
Genres Bubblegum pop, teen pop
Occupation(s) Musician, TV presenter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Polydor

Lolly (born Anna Shantha Kumble; 27 June 1977, Sutton Coldfield)[1] is a British pop star, TV presenter and actress.


Anna Kumble worked as a model before going into a pop career. Lolly arrived on the British pop music scene in 1999 with the release of her first single, "Viva La Radio". She released five singles and two albums over her two-year career in music. Her real name was released one letter at a time in Smash Hits magazine. After quitting her record label Polydor, Lolly reverted to her real name and began TV presenting, working for the BBC on programmes such as Xchange.[2] She also works for Nickelodeon. Kumble also acted as a stand-in for presenter Anna Williamson some Saturday and Sunday mornings on now-axed kids show Toonattik on CITV. She has had roles in West End productions of Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and played Priscilla Presley in Elvis at the Prince of Wales Theatre.[3] In July 2018, her first two albums "My First Album" and "Pick 'n' Mix" was released digitally, she also announced that new music was on its way. [4]


Kumble has starred in a number of pantomimes. In 2002, she played Tinker Bell in Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.[3] In 2003, she played the title role in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth.[5] In 2006, Kumble starred as Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare. In 2009, Kumble again starred in Dick Whittington as Fairy Bowbells, this time at the Stag theatre, Kent.[6]

In 2010, Kumble returned to Peter Pan, this time playing the role of Tiger Lily at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre.[7] In December 2012, she appeared in Jack and the Beanstalk in Weymouth.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Anna Kumble was born to Dr. Jaiker Kumble (who emigrated from India) and Barbara in Sutton Coldfield. She has a brother Paul, and a sister Jodie. Kumble attended The Shrubbery School, Highclare School and Plantsbrook School in Sutton Coldfield.[9] Kumble is a graduate from the London Studio Centre.[10] She has 2 children.[11]



Year Single Chart peak positions Album
1999 "Viva La Radio" 6 My First Album
"Mickey" 4
"Big Boys Don't Cry" / "Rockin' Robin" 10
2000 "Per Sempre Amore" 11 Pick 'n' Mix
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 14


Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
1999 My First Album
  • 1st Studio Album
2000 Pick 'n' Mix
  • 2nd Studio Album


  1. ^ "Lolly | MTV UK". Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Whatever happened to... Lolly?". Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Peter Pan (Theatre Royal, Brighton) on Arts Archive". Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Currinn, Jonathan (2018-07-13). "Lolly Goes Digital With "My First Album" From 1999 and "Pick 'n' Mix" From 2000 And Confirms New Music". CelebMix. Retrieved 2018-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Archived Shows> Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Paul Holman Associates & on 2006 Lolly launches in RTHK in Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dick still pulls in a crowd". Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Peter Pan". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Weymouth Panto 2012/13". Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Former Birmingham pop star in fight to become face of chocolate bar". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Graduate Update". London Studio Centre. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Weymouth Panto 2012 Meet The Cast". YouTube. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 326. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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