TV’s Graham Cole to enjoy a White Christmas
Stage and TV star Graham Cole, who lives in Norfolk, says he is ‘having the time of his life’ in Irving Berlin’s musical, ‘White Christmas’ at London’s Dominion Theatre. The spectacular show has received standing ovations. Mike Wiltshire reports.
Wroxham-resident Graham – best known for his role as PC Tony Stamp in ITV’s long-running police drama, ‘The Bill’ – was awarded an OBE last year for services to the voluntary and charitable giving sector in UK.
Six-foot-two Graham plays the part of General Waverley in the musical spectacular which also stars Welsh singer Aled Jones, well-known through BBC’s “Songs of Praise.” Amid all the glitz of showbusiness, Graham is a man of faith who, as a teenager, responded to the message of evangelist Dr Billy Graham at Earl’s Court in 1966.
"I firmly believe that Jesus is with me and He influences every decision I make. And the way I choose to live my life is a reflection of what He means to me, says Graham.
For decades, Graham has worked hard as a 'celebrity ambassador' to support children's charities, such as Childline, working with the showbusiness charity, the Grand Order of Water Rats that does a lot to help children in need.
“Being able to do the job I love and assist various charities means a lot,” says Graham, whose son works in the charity sector. Their daughter, Laura is an actress.
“We all love walking along the Norfolk beaches and being together as a family. I met Cherry in 1974 when I was a Butlin’s Redcoat - and she’s always been my rock. Cherry has helped me to stay sane in a rewarding but insane profession."
White Christmas, based on the movie classic, is described by The Times as “a big glittering greeting card of a show.” It runs until January 3.
Pictured top, Graham Cole as General Waverley in White Christmas and, above, the musical’s chorus line.