So I’m genuinely not sure where to start, it seems lately that every blog post begins with the same excuse of how busy I’ve been – but this time it seems even busier than the usual busy! That and being wiped out with the flu for a couple of weeks that was so insanely horrendous I couldn’t so much as even open a computer let alone string a sentence together. Thankfully now despite the odd sniffle the worst is definitely behind me.

Speaking of “It’s behind you”… Yes its true, this year I am the Queen of Panto! Well, fairy actually, but you can come and see me in Dick Whittington as the delightful Fairy Bow Bells at Wimbledon theatre, just follow the link for tickets… Can’t wait to see you there!

So over the past few weeks Ive had some incredible times, including my night at the very emotional Pride of Britain Awards, raising money at Children in Need, a glamorous and delicious fundraising dinner at Annabels for the Dogs Trust, not one but two trips to Starlight Express Germany, screaming and clapping at the press night for School of Rock, getting stuck in to panto rehearsals plus a hilarious press call at the Shard – walking through London bridge dressed as a shiny sparkling fairy alongside a 7foot pantomime dame was nothing short of hilarious, you should have seen the looks we were getting from the morning commuters! I popped in to see the gorgeous Lorraine alongside my  co-star Matthew Kelly and was given the most wonderful basket of goodies, aka my panto survival kit, at this rate I think I’m gonna need it! I was so thrilled to attend an amazing private screening at BAFTA of Disney’s new hit movie Moana, with music by the god that is Lin Manuel Miranda, whom I also got to fulfil a life goal and meet! The film is just so beautiful, for adults and children alike, and an absolute must see for all this Christmas. I had a fabulous afternoon tea in support of Richard Stilgoe’s Orpheus charity, which is doing the most incredible things, it really has to be seen to be believed. I am so proud and truly overwhelmed to be even the tiniest part of it.

So as I mentioned before about my press call at the Shard, I thought I’d tell you a funny story about that morning and the reason we ended up walking through the streets! I was lucky enough to stay at the Shangri La hotel there the night before as we had such an early start, so myself and Alana who was with me of course for the early hair and makeup call, checked in the night before – with just seconds to spare before The Missing started I might add – to a gorgeous room with the most breathtaking views over London. Having never been there before, I didn’t realise the amount of time it takes to get to the room because of all the different elevators, entrances and levels! One entrance for the hotel, the first elevator to reception, another to our room… Never mind getting around the next morning! Three elevators to get to the correct ground floor level, then walking around the outside to get to the Shard viewing entrance, then four elevators to get to the press call, then another four to get back down, then another walk around the outside of the building to get to the next entrance to do the press interviews that were in another section of the Shard, that required full airport style security to get in, and then another two elevators to get to the correct area – all the meanwhile dressed as a fairy! To say I have earned my panto stripes is no understatement! You can listen to myself,  the charming Matthew Kelly and the brilliant Tim Vine chatting about it all on Talk Radio here

Never mind the time spent on my sickbed, I feel like its been an age since I last checked in, but I hope I’ve managed to keep you all roughly up to date with my Twitter and Instagram posts, and if you don’t already you can follow me on both here

It really has been a crazy few weeks, and I hope you enjoy all the photos I grabbed along the way to share with you. I’ll be back with more news of how I’m getting on in Wimbledon soon, and all about my lead up to Christmas.

Love Arlene x

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