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Lolly (born Anna Shantha Kumble, 27 June 1978, Sutton ColdfieldBirmingham) is a British pop starTV presenter and actress.

Career[edit]Edit

Anna Kumble worked as a model before going into a pop career. Lolly arrived on the British pop music scene in 1999 with the release of her first single, "Viva La Radio". She released five singles and two albums over her two-year career in music. Her real name was released one letter at a time in Smash Hits magazine. After quitting her record label Polydor, Lolly reverted to her real name and began TV presenting, working for the BBC on programmes such as Xchange. She also works for Nickelodeon. Kumble also acted as a stand-in for presenter Anna Williamson some Saturday and Sunday mornings on now-axed kids show Toonattik onCITV. Lolly has performed all around the UK in the past few years. She has had roles in West End productions of Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and played Priscilla Presley in Elvis at the Prince of Wales Theatre. In 2003, she provided backing vocals on The Fast Food Rockers album It's Never Easy Being Cheesy.

Pantomime[edit]Edit

Kumble has starred in a number of pantomimes. In 2002, she played Tinker Bell in Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. In 2003, she played the title role in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Pavilion Theatre inBournemouth. In 2006, Kumble starred as Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare. In 2009, Kumble again starred in Dick Whittington as Fairy Bowbells, this time at the Stag theatre, Kent. In 2010, Kumble returned to Peter Pan, this time playing the role of Tiger Lily at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. In December 2012, she will be appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk in Weymouth.

Personal[edit]Edit

Anna Kumble was born to Dr. Jaiker Kumble and Barbara in Sutton Coldfield. She has a brother Paul, and a sister Jodie. Kumble attended The Shrubbery School, Highclare School and Plantsbrook School in Sutton Coldfield. Kumble is a graduate from the London Studio Centre. Her surname is pronounced "Koom-Blay".

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