Charlotte Church Signs On For Acting Debut
Teenage classical songstress Charlotte Church will make her acting debut in Morgan Creek Productions' musical comedy tentatively titled "I'll Be There."Teenage classical songstress Charlotte Church will make her acting debut in Morgan Creek Productions' musical comedy tentatively titled "I'll Be There." The project will mark the feature directorial debut of actor Craig Ferguson ("Saving Grace"), who co-wrote the script and will also star. Principal photography begins this week in the United Kingdom for a March release.
The project is an offbeat comedy about a former '80s pop star (Ferguson) whose downward spiral is halted when he discovers he has a teenage daughter (Church) who was the result of a weekend love affair. Jemma Redgrave, Ralph Brown, Ian McNeice, Stephan Noonan, Joss Ackland, and Imelda Staunton round out the cast.
Ferguson, who also wrote and co-produced "Grace," wrote, starred in and executive produced the mockumentary feature "The Big Tease." He is best known to American audiences as the supercilious Nigel Wick on "The Drew Carey Show."
Welsh soprano singer Church released her debut album, "Voice of an Angel," on Sony Classical in 1998 when she was 13 years old. A self-titled effort followed in 1999 along with a Christmas album, "Dream a Dream," in 2000. All three albums have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies. Her fourth release, "Enchantment," was issued in the fall and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart.