I’d Do Anything finalists – where are they one month later?

Soon after the series finished, I wrote a blog post about my predictions for what each of the girls is doing next. Exactly one month later, I thought it was worth taking a look to see what has happened in the meantime, and find out whether life really has changed for any of the finalists. So here’s the news…

The final six girls were all rumoured to have been performing at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival, where he previewed some of the songs from his sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Apparently Rachel Tucker took the leading role – with more than a year until the show hits the West End, I wouldn’t read too much into this choice, although I’m sure Rachel would be pretty keen to reprise the role.

But how have the girls done apart from a little help from ALW himself?

1. Jodie Prenger: Obviously no casting news, as Jodie will be playing Nancy in Oliver when it opens in December. She has been in the tabloid newspapers a fair bit though, after dumping her fiancee.

2. Jessie Buckley – no announcements yet, although there have been various rumours circulating. Some people seem to think she’ll end up sharing the part of Nancy with Jodie, with others suggesting that she’s being lined up to take the part of Sally Bowles in the upcoming Cabaret tour.

3. Samantha Barks – no casting news in the last month, although still rumoured to be in talks with ALW and Cameron Mackintosh about future shows.

4. Rachel Tucker – The talkboards suggested that Rachel was auditioning last month for the part of Sally Bowles in Cabaret tour, but she definitely won’t be playing that role. In the last fortinight it was confirmed that Rachel will join the cast of We Will Rock You, playing the part of Meat. Full details can be found on Rachel’s fan blog, written by close friends. What’s On Stage are also now running the story on their site here

5. Niamh Perry – Despite being heavily rumoured to be joining the cast of (Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced) The Sound of Music as Liesl, Niamh has just been signed up to play a leading role in a new musical, Only The Brave. It will be on at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, and she’s playing opposite ‘Any Dream Will Do’ runner-up, Keith Jack. Don’t be surprised to see Niamh in The Sound of Music later in the year though.

6. Ashley Russell – no news that I’ve seen.

7. Sarah Lark – no announcement yet, although I have heard a rumour that she has just been cast in a show, so an announcement should be forthcoming in the next month. No idea what it is unfortunately, so stay tuned.

8. Keisha Amponsa-Banson – no news that I’ve seen so far.

9. Francesca Jackson – according to her spotlight profile, she recently workshopped All the Fun of the Fair, the new musical written by, based on the life of, using the music of, and starring, David Essex. However, it doesn’t appear like she’s in the cast of the show itself, now that it has announced its touring dates as she doesn’t appear on the cast list. It will be interesting to see if she already had something else lined up…

10. Tara Bethan – remarkably, she has already cast by Bill Kenwright as the Narrator in his touring production of Joseph. Apparently being a reality TV star is sufficient to get work…

11. Cleopatra Royer – no news that I’ve seen.

12. Amy Booth-Steel – has already started, and finished, her first London run since the show closed, in the much-maligned All Bob’s Women, closing after just 9 performances. Apparently she was already lined up to play the Governess in The Sound of Music, but there hasn’t yet been an official announcement.

So, as you can see from this, there has definitely some activity over the last months, with Rachel’s casting in We Will Rock You the most notable. However, there are still a number of girls yet to find work, including some of the favourites, so you can expect to see more announcements in the coming weeks and months,

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5 Responses to “I’d Do Anything finalists – where are they one month later?”


  1. 1 Kristin July 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Rachel has also turned down the role of Sally Bowles in the tour in order to take on the We Will Rock You role.

  2. 2 Sophie July 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Jessie has definatley been offered a dream role, but we don’t know what role it is 😦 i love Jessie Buckley

  3. 3 lauren July 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Jessie is by far the most talented out of all the nancies! I would be willing to bet my house that she will be a massive westend star.

  4. 4 Charlotte July 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Come on Jessie! She was by far the best out of all the girls so deserves alot more offers than the others. Hopefully won’t be long now but well dont to all the others.

  5. 5 Jen September 13, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Ashley Russell has continued her contact with ALW. Ashley is hugely talented and turned down a role in the musical ‘Sunshine on Leith’ (music by the Proclaimers)to take part in ‘I’d do Anything’

    Professional, talented and one hundred percent adaptible, Ashley has the personality and drive to make it good!!!!


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