Beverley Knight

Beverley Knight MBE was born in Wolverhampton in 1973. Throughout her teens she sang in a church choir, whilst being raised listening to gospel music. She was also inspired by Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, who mixed elements of both gospel and secular music. In 1994, she signed to her first label, releasing her debut LP, The B-Funk, which won critical acclaim

In 2013, Knight made her West End debut playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre, which led to her being nominated at the What’s On Stage Awards for Best Takeover in a Role. In 2014 she starred in West End production Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and in 2015, she played Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the London Palladium

She is perhaps best known for a number of smash hits, including ‘Get Up!’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’, both from her third LP, Who I Am (2002), which led to a Mercury Music Prize nomination. In 2004 she went onto release her biggest-selling album yet, Affirmation, which included hits such as “Keep This Fire Burning” and “Not Too Late for Love”. Subsequently, she won a lifetime achievement award at the Urban Music Awards.

In 2006, Knight released a platinum-selling compilation album. Following this, she started hosting Beverley’s Gospel Nights on BBC Radio 2, talking about gospel music, with interviews with celebrities including Michelle Williams and Shirley Caesar.

Knight was one of the many performers in the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, a performance which was highly praised. The recorded version reached #101 on iTunes, making it her first single in the charts since ‘Soul Survivor’ in 2010.

Knight currently stars in The Bodyguard at The Dominion Theatre, marking her return to the West End until January 2017.

 


As Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at The Dominion Theatre
Production photo by Paul Coltas


As Grizabella in Cats at The London Palladium


As Felicia Farrell in Memphis: The Musical at Saftesbury Theatre
Production photo by Johan Perrson

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

 

Show 

Role 

Theatre

Year

Link

The Bodyguard

Rachel Marron

Dominion

2016

Review
News

Cats

Grizabella

London Palladium

2015

Review

Memphis: The Musical

Felicia Farrell

Shaftesbury

2014

Review

The Bodyguard

Rachel Marron 

Adelphi

2013

Review

 

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