Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher (born 22 October 1992) is an English actress, author, singer-songwriter and internet personality.

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Born (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 28)
OccupationActress, Author
TelevisionHost of the 2016 Olivier Awards in the Piazza
RelativesTom Fletcher
AwardsWOS Best Actress in a Musical WOS Best Takeover in a Role
Websitecarriehopefletcher.com

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 Carrie Hope Fletcher (formerly ItsWayPastMyBedTime),[1] which features music and vlogs.[2] As of June 2020, she has over 652,500 subscribers.

Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End[3] until 13 February 2016 and later played Fantine in the musical's revival at the Sondheim Theatre, which started on 18 December 2019.[4] 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 debut novel On the Other Side was released on 14 July 2016. Her second novel All That She Can See was released on 13 July 2017. Her third novel When The Curtain Falls was released on 12 July 2018. Her fourth novel In The Time We Lost was released on 17 October 2019. She released her fifth novel and first children's book, Into The Spotlight, on 17 September 2020.

Early lifeEdit

Fletcher was born and raised in South Harrow in the London borough of Harrow,[5] the daughter of Debbie and Bob Fletcher. Her older brother, Tom Fletcher, is lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly.

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 with Frasier actor Kelsey Grammer. Fletcher has also played several short television roles, including Jenny in the CITV show Dog and Duck.

TheatreEdit

Fletcher made her West End debut as Young Éponine in Les Misérables at the age of 7 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.[citation needed] Fletcher replaced Danielle Hope as Éponine in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre, London in June 2013. She is the only British actress to play both young Éponine and older Éponine[6] in the production. On 23 February 2014, Fletcher was presented the WhatsOnStage "Best Takeover in a Role" award for her performance as Éponine.[7]

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.[8][9]

She next returned to Les Misérables, playing Éponine for the musical's 30th anniversary gala performance on 8 October 2015. Fletcher played her final performance on 13 February 2016, at which time she was the longest-running Éponine in the London production's 30-year history.[citation needed] On 4 May 2016, Fletcher rejoined the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to play Truly Scrumptious, for a UK tour. She played her final performance as Scrumptious on 2 October 2016.[citation needed] She next played Éponine in the Dubai production of Les Misérables for one month.[citation needed] Fletcher appeared as Emily in a 2016–2017 production of A Christmas Carol starring Robert Lindsay as Scrooge, produced by James Yeoburn and Stuart Matthew Price for United Theatrical, and directed by Shaun Kerrison.[citation needed]

In 2017, she played the role of Wednesday Addams on the UK tour of The Addams Family. The production was produced by James Yeoburn and Stuart Matthew Price for United Theatrical, Katy Lipson for Aria E Entertainment and Music & Lyrics in association with Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.[10] In December 2017, she performed in the musical The Christmasaurus.[11]

In 2018, Fletcher reprises her role as Beth in the 40th anniversary tour of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.[12] She then played the leading role of Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical at The Other Palace in London from 9 June to 4 August 2018, and when the production transferred to the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, she continued in the roles from 3 September to 24 November 2018.[citation needed]

In 2019, she returned to Les Misérables as Fantine on the West End for a 16-week run from 10 August to 30 November 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre, in a fully staged concert adaptation of the musical.[citation needed] Fletcher also portrayed Fantine in Les Misérables: The Staged Concert, which was broadcast live to cinemas,[citation needed] and in the new production of Les Misérables beginning 18 December 2019 at the Sondheim Theatre. She was due to perform in the role until 25 July 2020,[13] but she left the show in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fletcher is now planned to star in the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, scheduled to begin previews on 30 April 2021 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London with an opening on 19 May.[14]

MusicEdit

Fletcher has produced two singles, "Running Through Rivers" and "The Way We Were". She performed to benefit the band Sheytoons at the St. James Theatre, as well as Ramin Karimloo on his 2012 Road to Find Out tour.[15] In 2012, she performed the official 2012 Summer Olympics song with her brother, Tom.[citation needed]

Fletcher 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".[16] Koek was a colleague and fellow cast member of Fletcher's in Les Misérables.[citation needed]

Her most successful video on YouTube, currently with 1.5 million views (as of 14 April 2020), is a live interpretation together with her brother Tom Fletcher of the McFly song "Love Is on the Radio".[17]

Fletcher released her first solo album When The Curtain Falls on 30 March 2018. It was released via musical theatre concert and record producers Club 11 London and accompanied her first four solo concerts at Cadogan Hall, London, on 31 March and 1 April 2018.[18]

WritingEdit

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 10 list for seven weeks.[19]

In June 2015, Fletcher officially announced that she had started writing a new fiction novel, titled On The Other Side, which was published on 14 July 2016. In March 2017, Fletcher announced her second novel All That She Can See, which was published on 13 July 2017.[20] In October 2017, she announced her third novel, When the Curtain Falls, which was published on 12 July 2018.[21] In October 2018, Fletcher announced her fourth novel In the Time We Lost, which was published on 17 October 2019.[22] Fletcher is due to publish her first children's book Into the Spotlight on 17 September 2020 based on Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart position
UK
[23]
IRE
[24]
When the Curtain Falls[25] 49 92

Cast recordingsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart position
UK
[26]
US Indie
[27]
US Cast Albums
[28]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(Original London Cast Recording)
  • Release date: 26 August 2002
  • Label: Mr Bang Bang
  • Format: Audio CD
- - -
Heathers: The Musical
(Original London Cast Recording)
  • Release date: 1 March 2019
  • Label: Sh-K-Boom Records
  • Format: Digital Download
24 3 35

Theatre creditsEdit

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, London
  • 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 (17 June 2013 – 13 February 2016)
  • Awarded the "WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Takeover in a Role" 2014
  • Featured in 30th Anniversary Gala
2014 The War of the Worlds: Farewell Thunderchild Beth
  • Farewell Thunderchild Tour (27 November – 16 December 2014)
2016 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Truly Scrumptious
  • UK Tour (4 May – 2 October 2016)
  • Nominated for the "WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Actress in a Musical" 2017
2016 Les Misérables Éponine
  • Dubai Opera (10 November – 2 December 2016)
2016 A Christmas Carol Emily
  • Lyceum Theatre, London (19 December 2016)
2017 The Addams Family Wednesday Addams
  • UK Tour (20 April – 4 November 2017)
  • MES Theatre, Singapore (15 November – 3 December 2017)
  • Awarded the "WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Actress in a Musical" 2018
2017 The Christmasaurus Brenda
  • Eventim Apollo, London (21–28 December 2017)
2018 The Railway Children Narrator
  • Cadogen Hall, London (21 January 2018)
2018 Heathers: The Musical Veronica Sawyer
  • The Other Palace Theatre, London (9 June – 4 August 2018)
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (3 September – 24 November 2018)
  • Awarded the "West End Wilma Award for Best Performer in an Off-West End Show" 2018
  • Awarded the "WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Actress in a Musical" 2019
  • Features on the Original West End Cast Recording
2018 The War of the Worlds: Alive on Stage Beth
  • UK Tour (30 November – 17 December 2018)
2019 Les Miserables: The Staged Concert Fantine
  • Gielgud Theatre, London (10 August - 2 December 2019)
2019–2020 Les Misérables Fantine
  • Sondheim Theatre, London (18 December 2019 – 25 July 2020)
2020 - 2021 Les Miserables: The Staged Concert Fantine
  • Sondheim Theatre, London (5 December 2020 - 31 January 2021)
2021 Cinderella (Lloyd Webber musical) Cinderella
  • Gillian Lynne Theatre (opening 19 May 2021)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "I thought it was time for a change... - Carrie Hope Fletcher on Twitter". Twitter.com.
  2. ^ "ItsWayPastMyBedTime". YouTube.
  3. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher returns to role of Éponine". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Reopening of Les Miserables to star Carrie Hope Fletcher, Bradley Jaden and more!". Londontheatredirect.com.
  5. ^ "20 Questions with ...Les Miserables' Carrie Hope Fletcher". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Major Cast Change in the West End". Cameron Mackintosh Overseas Limited. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher wins at the WhatsOnStage awards". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Review: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds". The Bolton News. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Review: Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds at Metro Radio Arena". The Journal. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  10. ^ Fletcher, Carrie Hope (18 October 2016). "*click click*". YouTube. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  11. ^ Fletcher, Carrie Hope (2 November 2017). "*click click*". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  12. ^ Devonshire, Daisy. "Carrie Hope Fletcher To Star In The War Of The Worlds Anniversary Tour". TenEighty Magazine. TenEighty Digital Ltd. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Reopening of Les Miserables to star Carrie Hope Fletcher, Bradley Jaden and more!". Londontheatredirect.com.
  14. ^ "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella - New Musical Coming 2020". Andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Cast and Creatives: Carrie Hope Fletcher". Lesmis.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Daniel Koek 'High' - 'Remember Me' featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher". YouTube.
  17. ^ "Love is on the Radio Hopeful Live Mix". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Carrie - Album - Club 11 London". Club 11 London.
  19. ^ All I Know Now. ASIN 075155751X.
  20. ^ "On The Other Side". Waterstones.com. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  21. ^ "When the Curtain Falls". Waterstones.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  22. ^ "In the Time We Lost". Waterstones.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 6 April 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  25. ^ McIntosh, Steven (15 March 2018). "Why this YouTuber actually writes her own books". BBC News.
  26. ^ "Original West End Cast". Acharts.co. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  28. ^ "Cast Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Rachael Beck
Actress to portray Truly Scrumptious
4 May 2016 – 2 October 2016
Succeeded by
Charlotte Wakefield