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

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Birth nameCarrie Hope Fletcher
Born (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 26)
Harrow, London, England
GenresMusical theatre
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor, musician, YouTuber, author
Years active1997–present
Associated acts
Website

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 February 2019, she has over 652,545 subscribers.

Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End[3] until 13 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 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.

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Early lifeEdit

Fletcher was born and raised in the London Borough of Harrow in the South Harrow area,[4] 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 the 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 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 nine 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). At the time of her departure, she became the longest running Eponine in the London Production's 30 Year history.

On 10 March 2016, Fletcher revealed that as of 4 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 was 'honoured' to be back with this production. Fletcher played her final performance as Truly Scrumptious on 2 October 2016.

Following this, Fletcher announced that she would be playing Eponine in the Dubai production of Les Misérables for one month. Fletcher starred in the 2016 UK production of A Christmas Carol as Emily. The show was with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, starred Robert Lindsay as Scrooge and was produced by James Yeoburn and Stuart Matthew Price for United Theatrical, directed by Shaun Kerrison and conducted by Freddie Tapner.

In 2017, she played the role of Wednesday Addams on the UK tour of the musical production of The Addams Family. The production starred Samantha Womack and Les Dennis and was again produced by James Yeoburn and Stuart Matthew Price for United Theatrical, Katy Lipson for Area Entertainment and Music & Lyrics in association with Festival Theatre, Edinburgh [9]

In December 2017, she performed in the musical production of The Christmasaurus. The production starred Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher, Harry Judd and Matt Willis.[10]

In February 2018, it was announced that Fletcher would reprise her role as Beth in the 40th anniversary tour of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, alongside Jason Donovan, who is reprising his role as Parson Nathaniel.[11]

On 12 April 2018, Fletcher announced that she would be playing the leading role of Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical at The Other Palace in London from 9 June – 4 August 2018. Due to popular demand and a sold out run, The production transferred to the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 3 September – 24 November 2018.

On 6 February 2019, Fletcher announced via her social media platforms that she would be returning to Les Misérables on London’s West End for a 16 week run from the 10 August – 30 November 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre, playing the role of Fantine in a fully staged concert adaptation of the musical.

MusicEdit

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.[12] In 2012, she performed the official 2012 Summer Olympics song with her brother, Tom.

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

Her most successful video on YouTube, currently with 1.3 million views (as of 12 October 2017), is a live interpretation together with her brother Tom Fletcher of the McFly song: "Love is on the Radio".[14]

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 4 solo concerts at Cadogan Hall, London on 31 March and 1 April 2018.[15]

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 ten list for seven weeks.[16]

In June 2015, Fletcher officially announced that she had started writing a new fiction novel, titled On The Other Side, which was published 14 July 2016. In March 2017, Fletcher announced her second novel All That She Can See, which was published 13 July 2017.[17] In October 2017, she announced her third novel, When the Curtain Falls, which was published on 12 July 2018.[18]

In October 2018, Fletcher announced her fourth novel, In the Time We Lost, which an expected publication date of 17 October 2019.[19]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart position
UK
[20]
IRE
[21]
When the Curtain Falls[22] 49 92

Cast recordingsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart position
UK
[23]
US Indie
[24]
US Cast Albums
[25]
Heathers: The Musical (Original West End 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 - 3 December 2017)
  • Tour extended due to extra performances scheduled in Singapore
  • 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 Carrie Hope Fletcher in Concert Herself
  • Cadogen Hall, London (31 March - 1 April 2018)
2018 Heathers: The Musical Veronica Sawyer
  • The Other Palace Theatre, London (9 June – 4 August 2018)
  • Awarded the "West End Wilma Award for Best Performer In An Off-West End Show" 2018
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (3 September – 24 November 2018)
  • Features on the West End Cast Recording
  • Awarded the "WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Actress in a Musical" 2019
2018 The War of the Worlds: Alive on Stage Beth
  • UK Tour (30 November - 17 December 2018)
2019 Les Misérables Fantine
  • Gielgud Theatre, London (10 August - 30 November 2019)
  • Fully staged Concert adaptation
  • Co-Starring alongside Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "I thought it was time for a change... - Carrie Hope Fletcher on Twitter".
  2. ^ "ItsWayPastMyBedTime".
  3. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher returns to role of Eponine". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  4. ^ "20 Questions with ...Les Miserables' Carrie Hope Fletcher". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  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. ^ Fletcher, Carrie Hope (18 October 2016). "*click click*". YouTube. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  10. ^ Fletcher, Carrie Hope (2 November 2017). "*click click*". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  11. ^ Devonshire, Daisy. "Carrie Hope Fletcher To Star In The War Of The Worlds Anniversary Tour". TenEighty Magazine. TenEighty Digital Ltd. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Cast and Creatives: Carrie Hope Fletcher". lesmis.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Daniel Koek 'High' - 'Remember Me' featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher".
  14. ^ "Love is on the Radio Hopeful Live Mix". Youtube.
  15. ^ "Carrie - Album - Club 11 London". Club 11 London.
  16. ^ "All I Know Now". Amazon. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  17. ^ "On The Other Side". Waterstones. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  18. ^ "When the Curtain Falls". Waterstones. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  19. ^ . Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-the-time-we-lost/carrie-hope-fletcher/9780751571264. Retrieved 22 February 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Carrie Hope Fletcher | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 6 April 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  22. ^ McIntosh, Steven (15 March 2018). "Why this YouTuber actually writes her own books". BBC News.
  23. ^ "Original West End Cast". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Cast Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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