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Cherelle Jay "CJ" O'Donnell is a British actress, singer, dancer, and teacher. She is currently one of three alternates in the West End production of Six the Musical, beginning on 17 October 2019. She is set to leave the show on 14 November 2021.[1]

On 24 June 2021, Six announced that Cherelle had been temporarily covering the role of Anna of Cleves since late May and would continue to do so through early July;[2] she finished her stint as a principal cast member when Alexia McIntosh returned to the production on 14 July 2021.

Roles[]

All Roles Covered[]

Timespan First Covers Second Covers Third Covers Principal Temporary Principal
19 October 2019 - May 2021
As of 15 July 2021
Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Catherine of Aragon
Anna of Cleves Catherine Parr Katherine Howard
Cancelled Drive-In Tour Anna of Cleves
Late May - 14 July 2021 Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Catherine of Aragon Anna of Cleves
Catherine Parr Katherine Howard

Stage Credits[]

Year Production Role Theatre
2011 Some Like it Hip Hop Oprah/Soozy/Tweets, Swing/Ensemble ZooNation Dance Company, UK Tour
2014 I Can't Sing! Ensemble Paramount/Stage Entertainment
2015 Into the Hoods Ensemble ZooNation Dance Company
2016 Eurobeat: Moldova Dhara Poppins Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh
2017-19 Everybody's Talking About Jamie Swing/Cover Pritti Pasha/Fatimah Apollo Theatre
2019-present Six the Musical Alternate Boleyn/Cleves, Anna of Cleves Arts Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre

Trivia[]

  • Cherelle is the creator and co-owner of a dance company called Heels & Feels.
  • Cherelle was in the same production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie as Courtney Bowman.
    • Coincidentally, Cherelle acted as Courtney's understudy in both shows.
  • Cherelle auditioned for Six twice before she booked it.
    • When Cherelle auditioned the third time, she was called back for Anne Boleyn, Anna of Cleves, and Catherine Parr.[7]
  • Originally, Cherelle really wanted to play Catherine Parr, but after she saw the show she loved Anne Boleyn's "quirkiness and how teasing and playful she was".[7]
  • Cherelle made her debut in the show as Anna of Cleves.
    • Anna is also Cherelle's favourite queen.
  • Out of all of the current West End alternates, Cherelle was the only one to not make an emergency debut before her contract officially began.
  • The only queen Cherelle has gone on for mid-show is Catherine Parr.[8]
  • Cherelle sang as Anna of Cleves in the Worldwide Six video.
  • Cherelle performed as Catherine Parr at West End Live 2021.
  • Cherelle is the second alternate to temporarily portray the principal role of Anna of Cleves, the first being Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert.
  • Cherelle is the second Sri Lankan actress to be in Six, the first being Shimali de Silva.
  • On 1 August 2021, Cherelle played Anne Boleyn alongside Zara MacIntosh, Hana Stewart, Liv Alexander, Bryony Duncan, and Collette Guitart in the first all-alternate show in Six's history.[9]

Gallery[]

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"But I didn't look as good as I did in my pic..."
To view the Cherelle Jay gallery, click here.

References[]

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