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Martine McCutcheon returning to music after 15 years

Martine Mccutcheon is returning to music with her first studio album in 15 years.
The 41-year-old found fame playing Tiffany Mitchell in U.K. soap opera EastEnders in the 1990s before embarking on a pop career, but both her acting and music career were curtailed by a long battle with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.
She is now gearing up to release her new record Lost and Found, in which she addresses those hard times.
“Life brought this album about very gradually,” she says. “It was a really unconscious thing; I started writing the songs at a time in my life when I’d lost everything.”
She co-wrote many of the songs on the album with her husband of almost five years, the musician Jack McManus. Jack also duets with her on one track, Stay With Me.
“I hadn’t sung at all, even at home, for so long. I just found it too painful,’ she explains. “I’m always so nervous no matter what I do, but I went on and sang some songs with Jack and came off euphoric.”
Martine’s 1999 debut You Me & Us reached number two in the U.K. album chart, while its biggest hit, Perfect Moment went one better by topping the U.K. singles rundown. She released her last album, Musicality, in 2002.
Martine left the soap in 1999 when her character was killed off, and is probably best known to American audiences as Natalie, the secretary of Hugh Grant’s prime minister, in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually, and for her appearances on chat show Loose Women.
Her lead single Say I’m Not Alone had its radio debut this week and Lost and Found is set to be released on 11 August.

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