Carolynne Willey is an actress & county music artist from Yorkshire. Carolynne signed her first publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing in 2000 and spent her early 20’s traveling as a singer songwriter for other recording artists. In 2013, Carolynne appeared on the ninth series of The X Factor making it into the live shows with Gary Barlow as her mentor. Carolynne was the first country artist to have made it to the live shows on the UK show.
Following The X Factor, Carolynne relocated to the United States for several months. She spent time gigging in Arizona and Los Angeles as well as in Nashville, Tennessee, commonly known as the “home of country”, where she collaborated with songwriters and producers including Grammy award winning Jeff Silbar. Carolynne has toured the UK with her live band playing many venues across the UK as headline artist and support artist Including C2C: Country to Country festival in London & The Royal Albert Hall. In early 2015, Carolynne received radio airplay on BBC Radio 2 Country with a self penned song titled “Cupid Must’ve Been High”. Later Carolynne released her debut single, “I Love You but Shut Up”, which features award winning guitarist Albert Lee. The single was play listed on BBC Radio 2, which led to a Terry Wogan live studio session. Carolynne released her debut 5 song album “Coming Back To Me” on 7 April 2017 reaching number 3 in the UK download chart and was subsequently nominated for two British Country Music Association Awards.
“I am very excited to be cast as Steph in the production of Steel & Iron and am very much looking forward to returning to the stage”Carolynee Willey
Since 2005, Carolynne has appeared on stage and on screen in various acting roles. In August 2008, she began shooting her first feature film playing Frankie in The Last Days of Edgar Harding, which was released in 2011. In 2010, she played the role of Sue in Bill Kenwright’s UK tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats, and was Cast by Victoria Wood in the BBC film Eric and Ernie. In May 2012, Carolynne appeared in Emmerdale as Talya Brice. Steel & Iron sees Carolynne returning to the stage after a 5 year career break from the industry. After marrying England & Yorkshire cricketer David Willey in 2016, Carolynne chose to take time away from the stage to prioritise raising her two small children Jacob & Maeve.
Hayley Mitchell – 2020 graduate from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is thrilled to be joining the cast of Steel & Iron as Violet.
Recent credits include: The Crooked Spire Musical, Northern Girls, The Fiesta Fawns, Little Women, Henry V.
“To be celebrating my own heritage through what I love is a dream come true. “`Hayley Mitchell
Jacob graduated in 2012 with a degree in drama and script-writing. He’s an award winning actor and producer, now living in the north east.
His television work includes playing ‘Isaac Hedley’ in ITV’s ‘Dark Angel’ alongside ‘Golden Globe’ winning actress Joanne Froggatt. He also had a spell in ‘Coronation Street’. And he played the lead in RTS winning programme ‘A Very Uncommon Christmas.’ In film Jacob starred in ’13 Graves’, available on sky and amazon prime. As well as appearing in Ross Boyask’s feature ‘I am Vengeance: Retaliation’, that reached the top 10 on Netflix in 2020. Last year he appeared in ‘Ripper Untold’ And ‘Lockdown’. Keep eyes peeled for ‘Give Them Wings’, ‘The Pay Day’ and ‘Lore’ all due for release in 2022.
Jacob was also selected as a featured actor in the 2018 ‘Talent Corner’ at the prestigious Cannes film festival.
He’s chuffed to be back with steel and iron and looks forward to seeing you all there.