Vicki Michelle made her professional acting debut playing opposite Dudley More in Woody Allen’s play, Play It Again Sam. Following a short UK tour, the production transferred to London’s West End and was to mark the beginning of a long and illustrious career for the actress. Her big break came when she was cast as waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche in the BAFTA nominated, award winning and hugely popular BBC sitcom, Allo Allo written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. It was to make Vicki a household name not just in this country but worldwide with the stage version taking her all over Australia and New Zealand as well as round the UK and back to the West End. With the recognition came numerous requests for personal appearances and an ever increasing fan following. It was at this time that Vicki decided to seize the opportunity to become involved with charity work.
Over the years her commitment to charity work has continued to grow with charitable roles currently including;
President of Lady Taverner’s Regional Branch
President of The Heritage Foundation –London
Ambassador for Soldiering On Awards
Member of Grand Order of Lady Ratlings
Executive Committee Member of The Royal Variety Charity
Patron of The Gordon Craig Theatre
Patron of Blackfish Academy
Patron of Talent Time Stage School
Patron of The Dream Factory
Patron of Haven House Children’s Hospice
Patron of AA Dog Rescue
Patron of Essex Women’s Advisory Group
In 2010, the year in which she also celebrated 40 years in showbusiness, Vicki was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year’s Honours List with an MBE for Services To Charity.
The investiture took place at Buckingham Palace on the 20th Oct with Vicki accompanied by her husband, mother and daughter. Afterwards Vicki was quoted as saying “To receive the MBE was amazing. It was a great great honour and truly humbling. It was a fantastic day and to meet The Queen is one of the highlights of my life. I was amazed at how well informed she was on what I have done. To have my Mum and my daughter and husband there and see them so proud, it was the icing on the cake.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect anything like this to happen. I do charity work because I enjoy it and because I want to do it, I always have. I think it is important to give something back and it makes me really happy to see smiles on people’s faces. Never did I think I could or would be rewarded for it, it has never come into the equation”.