Bonnie Langford

(Bonita Melody Lysette Langford)

Bonnie Langford
Bonnie Langford
  • Born: July 22, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Dancer, Singer

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Bonita Melody Lysette Langford, known simply as Bonnie Langford, is an English actress, dancer and entertainer. She came to prominence as a child star in the early 1970s before subsequently becoming well known for her role as Mel Bush, a companion of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy's Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who in the mid 1980s. She has since appeared on stage in various musicals in the West End and on Broadway, shows such as Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance and Chicago, and more recently on TV in series 1 (2006) & series 9 (2014) of the reality competition programme Dancing on Ice. As of 26 May 2015 she has been a regular cast member in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders as Carmel Kazemi. For her role in the show she received the 2016 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer.

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As a dancer I've always checked my body constantly; 'Am I having a good day or am I having a fat day?'
As a dancer, I've always checked my body constantly: 'Am I having a good day, or am I having a fat day?' I am probably more critical of myself than anyone else. I am very tiny - 5'1 and a half inches - so there's nowhere for weight to hide.
Dance never really goes away; it just reforms and reinvents, and it's become more athletic with new connection to fitness and sport. Dance used to have this exclusivity, but not any more. Sports & Athletics
'Dr Who' is an extraordinary association that I have because I didn't realise until I was in the show quite how worldwide it is and how popular and how dear it is to so many people's hearts.
For years I used to try to straighten my hair, but I've reached a stage where I think, 'I've got red curly hair, and it's actually really great.'
I am probably more critical of myself than anyone else, I am very tiny - 5'1 and a half inches - so there's nowhere for weight to hide.
I don't read reviews, and I try not to read articles about me. It taints your outlook: if you believe the good things, you've got to believe the bad things, too.
I go to the gym regularly, not just for the way I look but because it makes me less cranky, too.
I just have to express myself somehow, either through singing, dance or fitness. You get sick of it; you have days where you think you don't want to do it, but generally after I've done something, I feel better. That's why I do the exercise: to earn my bar of chocolate and cappuccino.
I love Monet: his 'Water Lilies' would look great on my wall. But would I prefer to see money helping kids get better from cancer rather than spending it on a work of art for my own personal indulgence? Yes, I probably would. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I see wrinkles and lines, and wear glasses to read, which I hate. But I am in a better place in my body than I used to be.
I used to hate my bottom because as a dancer, you're supposed to have nothing there.
I was the shyest kid. I'd never speak, only if I had to. Honestly.
I'd got a part in the original cast of 'Cats' when I was 16, and that kept me going for a while. After that, I felt lost, both personally and professionally - I was trying to find a way not to be seen only as this bubbly, bright, vivacious person. It felt like I'd lost the freedom to make mistakes. Freedom & Liberty
I'd never gone as a kid to an ice rink. There was always that fear that I'd break my leg and it would affect my career.
I'm a deeply boring person in real life; I don't do any drinking and going out until four in the morning. I'll usually head straight home for a cup of tea. Life ;Morning
I'm the fussiest eater on earth; my husband despairs. I like chicken and pasta, and can't resist milk chocolate. I figure if you're going to do something naughty, make it really enjoyable.
It's been said of me that I must get out of bed every morning and go cartwheeling down the road. Of course it's not true. There certainly was a time in my 20s when I wanted a bit of freedom, and I found that difficult, but if I'm ever having a time when I'm feeling sorry for myself, something always jolts me back. Time ;Morning ;Freedom & Liberty
It's difficult to be a mother and maintain a career as a performer - but then it's difficult in any industry.
Looking in the mirror is very strange; we see only what we choose to see, good or bad.
The pushy showbiz kid thing was always the performance, not the person. I'm very solitary. I don't like socialising.

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