DATE OF BIRTH : 25th April 1967
HEIGHT : 6ft
CHILDREN : Son, Fred (b. 2003)
STUDIED : An ex-convent girl, Rebecca studied English Literature at Lampeter University, Wales.
PREVIOUS JOBS : Saturday job making pub food, assistant box office manager at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.
RELIGION : Catholic
HOBBIES : Swimming, shopping
ON CHARACTER AMY : ‘She’s good fun and provides a broad shoulder to cry on. Most people love her, especially children.. she vivacious and larger than life and can be quite flirtatious – I think she goes out and about with musicians. She is certainly no wallflower and sometimes favours a rather nice lime green skirt. But she doesn’t quite live up to my off-screen outfits!’
ON LEAVING CASUALTY : ‘I need to do other things now and CASUALTY is a massive commitment. It gets bigger every year.. I just need to go and have a little try elsewhere. Music mainly – there are a lot of things in the pipeline. Recording contracts and tour dates… I’ve absolutely loved my time on CASUALTY and am very grateful to the show.’
BEST/WORST MOMENTS ON CASUALTY : ‘A high point was when the writers worked it into the show that I sang my single.. not many low points at all – except perhaps trying to find new ways of saying ‘Can you take a seat please, the doctor will see you shortly!’
ON SINGING : ‘Singing is my first love. There’s nothing like singing the blues in a smokey club when people are in the mood for love.’
FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE HERSELF : Vivacious, sensitive, outgoing, fun-loving
FAVE TV : Cracker, Eastenders
WORST TV : Anything sporty especially cricket or football.
FAVE FILM : The Piano
FAVE MOVIE STAR : Al Pacino
WHO MAKES HER LAUGH : Paul Merton
FAVE SONG : ‘The Letting Go’ by Melissa Etheridge, ‘It’s got fantastic lyrics.’
FAVE SPORTSMAN : John McEnroe
FAVE MEN : John Thaw, Clive Mantle, ‘It’s the mixture of maturity, insecurity and intellect.’
FAVE COLOUR : Deep dark purple
BEST ADVICE GIVEN : ‘Never apologise for being a woman.’
MUSICAL CAREER : ‘Everlasting Love’ – reached No.5 in March 1998, ‘Stay with Me Baby’ reached No.10 in March 2000. Two albums ‘Rebecca Wheatley’ (1995) and ‘Time Stands Still’ (2000). Her other recording work includes solo singing for BBC’s sci-Fi Select and the soundtrack for the feature film Relic.
HOLBY CITY APPEARANCE : Rebecca plays Amy Howard in S2 E6 ‘Tidings of Comfort and Joy’
TELEVISION CREDITS : A Pinch of Snuff; Pie in the Sky; Casualty; Casualty – Kick the Habit; Time Gentleman Please; Holby City; Not a lot of People Know That; Kerching; Doctors
THEATRE CREDITS : Rebecca Wheatley – By Accident; Godspell; Cabaret; All Aboard; Merrily We Roll Along; Fame; Mum’s the Word; The Bawdy House; Bad Girls
Rebecca has appeared in many prestigious cabaret and jazz venues including Cafe Royal, The Limelight, The Opera Terrace, Samuel Pepys, Centre Stage, Stringfellows, Piano Bar, Madam Jo-Jo’s Soho, Heaven, Manhattans, China Jazz, Quaglinos, Ronnie Scotts as well as countless other gay venues in London and Brighton, and has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival.
BOOKS : Appears in ‘CASUALTY : Behind the Scenes’ by Rachel Silver.
AGENT : Narrow Road, 21/22 Poland Street, London W1F 8QH.