Dame Shirley Bassey to be subject of TV movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 June 2011
Dame Shirley Bassey

Dame Shirley Bassey

The BBC have announced they are making a biopic of Dame Shirley Bassey as part of a season of mixed race life in Britain

Dame Shirley Bassey is to be the subject of a new TV movie.

The 74-year-old Welsh singing legend's life is to be explored by BBC2, with the factual drama chronicling her poverty-stricken upbringing in Cardiff as the youngest of seven children - whose Nigerian father abandoned the family before she was two - rise to fame shortly after falling pregnant at 16, to her multi-million record sales in a career spanning over 50 years.

The 'Goldfinger' hitmaker's biographer John Williams thinks the film will be fascinating.

He told the BBC: "In 1954 she's a mixed race pregnant teenager, waiting tables and heading down the same road as her mother. By 1964, she's singing the theme tune to 'Goldfinger' and is a glamourpuss who's number one on both sides of the Atlantic.

"If that's not worthy of a film, I don't know what is."

The singer's story will be aired as part of a BBC2 season about mixed-race life in Britain, with other programmes including a three-part series called 'Mixed Britain' fronted by newsreader George Alagiah, and a documentary about twins with different skin colours.

Shirley has sold 135 million records, more than any other woman in chart history.

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