Phillip Schofield was left heartbroken for his former West End co-star as she appeared on the show as a delivery driver.
Anna-Jane Casey – who was in Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with Phillip back in 1993 – appeared on the show to discuss how she and husband Graham Macduff had been forced to turn to alternate work as theatres remain shut.
‘We haven’t spoken for a little bit now, but I was in Joseph with Anna-Jane, and we had such a ball together on stage and this literally breaks my heart,’ he told This Morning viewers.
‘You are representing so many unbelievably talented people who find themselves in this situation right now.’
Anna-Jane then explained that she and Graham had now joined a scheme to become delivery drivers, and had to buy their own van in order to do the job.
While not wanting to ‘appear like a sob story’ Anna-Jane demanded help not just for her, but for everyone who works in the industry.
To make matters worse, they’d already had to replace the van after a couple of weeks, with hundreds of jobs a day being delivered around their area.
Graham had just started rehearsals in Leicester for the Sister Act UK tour when theatres were shut down, and have remained so ever since lockdown.
Anna-Jane had just finished her latest stint on the West End and was going to remain at home to look after the family while Graham was on tour, with short-term but lucrative jobs helping them stay on solid ground.
Graham added that, despite belief, actors are often not as loaded as it’s assumed, and the Covid shut down has had a drastic effect on their life and being able to keep their head above water financially.
He said: ‘We have rainy day funds, nobody has rainy year funds.’
Calling for more funding to help those in need, the West End veteran said that the government had been ‘dismissive’ of the multi-million pound industry.
‘A very high member of Boris Johnson’s inner circle – he will remain nameless but he an eye test – he said that ballet dancers can get to the back of the queue when it comes to looking for help,’ she said.
‘Personally if we don’t have something that will feed our soul, our country is ruined, nevermind economically.
‘Arts and culture brought in £10.9billion between 2018 and 2019 – so come on!’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.