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The actor and singer on her new role in the civil rights musical Caroline, Or Change – and playing the baddie in panto
Sharon D Clarke, 50, grew up in Tottenham, north London, the daughter of working-class Jamaican parents, and first trained as a social worker. She had a top 10 hit with Nomad’s (I Wanna Give you) Devotion in 1991, and from 2005-8 played Lola Griffin on Holby City. Highlights of her stage career include Ghost, The Amen Corner, for which she won an Olivier award, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She was described as “ever-magnificent” and “incomparable” in reviews of her last musical, The Life, at Southwark, and next month leads the Chichester festival theatre production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2003 civil rights musical Caroline, Or Change. Clarke is married to an executive producer of Hackney Empire, Susie McKenna.
Your character, Caroline, is a black single mother and »
- Interview by Nick Curtis
Rob Leane Apr 5, 2017
Paul McGann is best known among geeks as the eighth man to play the lead role in Doctor Who, but now he's set to attempt a different sort of doctoring: he's nabbed a role as a surgeon in the BBC's medical mainstay Holby City.
Mr McGann will play Professor John Gaskell, who's described in CultBox's report as "a surgical star with irrepressible charm" who will act as "the saviour of the hour when Holby struggles under a crisis, armed with a programme of surgical innovations – taking the hospital into an exciting but unknown future."
The prospect of McGann sharing scenes with long-time Holby star Guy Henry is particularly exciting for sci-fi fans. The Doctor and Grand Moff Tarkin (well, his pre-cgi on-set form in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) exchanging dialogue? »
It’s already possible to be in two places at once in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Benedict Cumberbatch proved during several out-of-body experiences in last year’s Doctor Strange. So the New York Post story that the Sherlock star has been replaced by a body double for the shooting of scenes as the sorcerer supreme in the forthcoming McU instalment Avengers: Infinity War Part One should come as no shock. Moreover, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story having shown you don’t even need to be alive to star in a new movie, we should hardly be surprised that an actor no longer has to be on set to get involved in a shoot.
Disney has denied that Cumberbatch’s »
- Ben Child
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