Her father was in the Royal Air Force, so as a child she travelled the world. Every two to three years clothes and toys were packed into a wooden crate and sent on to the next Walsh abode. At the age of 12 Trica returned to the UK with her mother and two brothers, following her father's death in Germany. Tricia studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has appeared on television, stage, in films (including the cult movie Terror) and over 500 television commercials throughout her life.
As a writer, Tricia's first play was Bonkers which premiered at The Man in the Moon Theatre to huge critical acclaim before touring the UK.
Tricia's play, Addictions, has been used at a number of benefit readings to raise awareness and generate charitable giving for addicts. The reading of her play The Last Journey broke box office records at Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut, and was scheduled to have it's world premier at the renowned theatre on May 17th, 2008, but unfortunately personal upheaval in Tricia's life caused the production to be postponed. She has now teamed up with composer Simon Kay and written two musicals Change the Day, and Arm Candy, the latter a musical on the woes of divorce. She has previewed some of the material from Arm Candy at some of London's premier nightclubs and more recently at the O2.
Some of the songs were featured in the 12 part television series "Pineapple Dance Studios", which aired on Sky1 in the UK. Songs from the musical Change The Day are being featured in various episodes of "Louie Spence's Showbusiness", currently on Sky1. She has also completed her first novel, The Devil's Hostage.
Tricia also supports The Wounded Warrior Project, and Help 4 Heroes -- organizations focused on helping the young men and women wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has co-written the song, "A Warrior's Prayer", for the soldiers and intends to release it as a charity single in 2011 with all proceeds going to the brave warriors in the US and UK.
Tricia speaks about her early life as a “military brat” traveling the world until the death of her father when she was twelve – obtaining a grant to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts – her first marriage and how in her twenties she wrote, produced and starred in her first play “Bonkers”,” and how a bitter divorce from her first husband estranged her from her young son causing her to leave the UK and spend the next few years partying up a storm around the Caribbean and Pacific. How in Hawaii she married a Californian surfer boy who she describes as “so dumb he thought Shakespeare was and Arab sheik” – running off with a hunky Italian and finally ending up broke and alone in a rehab in Pennsylvania. She tells of how six months into sobriety she met her third husband Philip Smith, president of the powerful theatrical organization Shubert – how she thought it was a match made in Heaven and the bad times were over. Tricia speaks about her shock on finding out from the New York Post gossip columnist that her husband was divorcing her – how he was evicting her from the apartment and why she decided to make her infamous video and post it on YouTube. She talks of the aftermath – how she limped back to London after eighteen years in the US and tried to piece her life back together, and how she began writing songs and performing which led to her being offered Sky 1’s Pineapple Dance Studios. She also has hilarious tales of what goes on behind the scenes while making Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence’s Showbusiness
Television and theatre.
Tricia speaks about how the entertainment industry has changed with the advent of Reality Television and “factual” documentaries and how an artist is at the mercy of TV producers if they don’t create their own scenarios. She talks about working on Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence’s Showbiz and how by ignoring “Nay Sayers “that told her she was too old to sing her songs she not only sang them but also performed them at the gay clubs and because of that she was spotted and snapped up by the Pineapple Dance Studio’s producers!
Aging/health and spirituality
Tricia believes in living life to the full, as it really is not a rehearsal! She has always reached for the stars, as she never wanted to end up in a rocking chair sighing over roads not taken. She believes we all have special gifts and that all our aspirations are attainable with tenacity. Tricia speaks of the risks that invariably accompany the pursuit of goals, and how the companion to pursuing goals is often fear. She discloses how her spirituality gives her the strength to pursue her life path and how always being aware that she is mortal gives her the courage to go for gold and the importance of following our gut instincts. She is a big believer in living a healthy lifestyle and feels that if we take care of ourselves it slows down the aging of body and mind.
Tricia Walsh-Smith talking “Addiction”
Tricia talks of how her love of the high life, champagne and Chablis Grand Cru almost killed her and how she ended up Xmas 1994 in The White Deer Run rehabilitation centre in Pennsylvania. How she woke up to the fact that her life was her responsibility and how everything miraculously came together once she applied spiritual tools instead of booze to cope with life. She talks of how the day after she returned from honeymoon she was given the tragic news that her brother Kevin had hung himself because of his alcoholism – her guilt that she didn’t do enough to help him, and how she wrote her trilogy “Addictions” in Kevin’s memory and has staged celebrity readings with the likes of Trudy Styler and Martha Plimpton to raise money to send addicts to rehab.
Tricia is proud to relate that since leaving rehab and although she has suffered many tragedies such as her brothers suicide, her mother’s passing and a horrific divorce, not once has she been tempted to take a drink or swallow as much as a sleeping pill. She is now in her seventeenth year of sobriety. Her dream is to have Kevin Walsh Foundations around the world and on her death leave her play “Addictions” to the foundation, so that her brother’s death wasn’t in vain.
Tricia is also available for PA’s performing her comic songs such as “Hip 2 B A Cougar” Arm Candy etc with her dancers.