Amy Beadel trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. She made her professional and West End debut in the Original London Cast of Shrek the musical playing the parts of Tweedle Dum and Teen Fiona.
This Christmas you can catch her as Wendy in Peter Pan at the Camberley Theatre in Surrey.
What was the first role you ever played (school, drama class…) and how old were you?
A fairy in the village church nativity. I then went on to play Mary at school when I was 6 – this was the highly sought after role as the class heart throb was playing Joseph! But aside from nativity roles when I was 8 I played Josephine in HMS Pinafore (I know Gilbert and Sullivan at Primary School) and Toad in Toad of Toad Hall when I was 10.
Who was your inspiration when you were younger?
I was constantly looking up to the year 6 girls when I was younger and was completely influenced by pop culture so I guess I grew up being inspired by the likes of the Spice Girls (!).
What was the first show (play or musical) you saw on stage? And out of all shows you’ve seen which ones are your favourites?
I was very lucky that my parents took my sister and me to the theatre quite a lot. My parents think they took me to see a ballet at the Theatre Royal Plymouth when I was 2 or 3. I remember watching Sesame Street on stage and Cats both when I was quite young – I wanted to be Mister Mistoffelees as I knew all the words!
My favourite always changes as I am constantly seeing new pieces of theatre and being inspired. One that I adored recently was Mack and Mabel at the Southwark Playhouse – it was absolutely brilliant with an outstanding cast and the venue couldn’t have been more perfect – I was like a super fan at the end having to go up to the leads to tell them how amazing they were whilst rubbing off my tear streaked mascara – I think it is so important to tell people if you enjoyed something and always give praise where it’s due; so often in life we hear so many negative things and not necessarily the positive. Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow was exceptional and my old time favourites Rent and Wicked and still right up there. I also love Kneehigh as a theatre company and remember being wowed by their version of Brief Encounter at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
If you had not become a performer what profession would you have chosen?
I always wanted to be an ice skater as I wanted to wear the nude ice-skates. I also loved making up games and loved playing school so at one point I wanted to be a teacher as I liked writing on the board and marking in red pen. Else a popstar – I was constantly making up dances to the Spice Girls, All Saints, Steps and S Club 7 songs and was always creating pop groups (I think I was in about 3 at the same time). I remember creating one with our neighbours whilst at primary school called ‘The Fizzies’ (I always made my sister backing singer) we even wrote our own songs and I think if I dug through the depths of my things at home I could find some of them!!
What’s your dream role?
Glinda in Wicked. I was also love to be in a BBC period drama.
What music do you listen to? And what was the last album you bought?
I have quite an eclectic taste in music which is why no-one lets me put my iPod on shuffle as you go from Jack Johnson, to a singing warm up, to a burst of musical theatre, to Beyonce! I love chilled out acoustic music and my all time love is Donavon Frankenreiter and my favourite song storyteller is Carole King. Also Tristan Prettyman is wonderful and I love good old-fashioned cheese like the Jackson 5. The last albums I was given which I think are brilliant and listen to non-stop are Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.
What was your favourite holiday destination so far and what place would you love to visit for a holiday in the future?
I have been to some beautiful places on holiday and the islands in Croatia are just drop dead gorgeous. I loved Barbados and went there on a school sports tour which was so much fun. Skiing in Val d’isere was one of the funnest family holidays. On my gap year I went to Australia which was incredible with my dream places being Fraser Island and the absolute idyllic Daydream Island. There are so many places that I would love to visit such as Goa, Fiji, America, India, Morocco – the list is endless. We are so lucky that travel nowadays makes it so much easier to visit most places in the world.
What were the last three books you’ve read?
I’m currently reading Fifty Shades of Grey and by it taking me so long to read it, it shows that I can’t understand what all the fuss is about! The Help was a beautiful book as was the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I love the author Lesley Pearse and her style of writing as it lets your imagination run wild – also she sets everything in the past and I love history so find it really interesting. Also for readers out there you must read My Sister’s Keeper (the film doesn’t do it justice) and The Kite Runner.
What are your pet peeves?
Rudeness – it takes a second to say please and thank you. Laziness particularly in the workplace. Grammar – why on earth people don’t know how to use things like there, their and they’re; surely it’s still taught in school. People cracking their knuckles it’s just as bad for me as people scratching their nails down a blackboard.
If there was a movie about your life, who should play you? And it can’t be yourself!
Reece Witherspoon or Kristen Chenoweth because they are brilliant and I want to be their friends. Emma Watson because I get told I’m like her a lot…I think they actually mean I’m like Hermione. Else Michelle Francis who was my Tweedle with me in Shrek – she is basically me just the Essex version.
Thank you Amy for taking the time to answer all those questions!
Check out Amy’s blog http://hisandherscene.wordpress.com/ which she runs with her boyfriend Jamie.
For the latest updates on Amy and her career follow her on Twitter @amy_bea .
And don’t forget to book your tickets for Peter Pan here: http://www.camberleytheatre.biz/pantomime/default.htm.
The show runs from 8th December 2012 until 5th January 2013.