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Lee Mead was born in 1981 in Southend-on-Sea where he trained as at a local performing arts school. Mead’s stage career started in caberet, where he performed on a cruise ship. He then went into musical theatre, playing in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where he played the roles of Pharaoh and Levi. Other tours Mead performed in before his fame were Tommy and Miss Saigon, both as ensemble. His first West End performance was played as ensemble for The Phantom of the Opera.
Lee Mead rose to fame after being selected from 10,000 auditionees as one of twelve contestants for BBC series Any Dream Will Do, with hope to win a contract playing Joseph in the West End. After winning the series, a single was released featuring him singing Any Dream Will Do, which reached number 2 in the UK singles chart. He played Joseph in Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which he performed 600 times in 2007 to the West End audience.
After Joseph success, Mead moved to New York to study at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Returning to the UK, he took on a major role in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime alongside performers such as Gary Wilmot, Kate O’Mara and David Ross, amongst other established cast members. It opened Theatre Royal Windsor in January 2010 and touring the UK until finishing at the Theatre Royal Bath in April 2010.
Mead then went to the West End to perform in Wicked as Fiyero with actress Rachel Tucker playing the role of Elphaba and Louise Dearman as Galinda. It was this performance that got Mead nominated for Best Takeover in a Role by the Whats On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Award. Following Wicked Mead played the role of Emmett in Legally Blonde in 2011 at the Savoy Theatre. In the same year he performed in Jack and the Beanstalk as Jack in his first pantomime role at the Mayflower Theatre, alongside Nigel Havers and Julian Clary.
Outside of theatre he has appeared in BBC One’s Casuality in 2011 and 2014, where he was nominated in the 2015 National Television Awards for Favourite Newcomer for his role as Lofty Chiltern. Mead also has become known as a solo singer, releasing many singles and albums over the years, including charity singles for Help for Heroes and Children In Need. Whilst releasing his fourth solo album “Some Enchanting Evening” Mead returned to the stage as Caractacus Potts in the show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Caractacus Potts at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
In December 2016 Mead will be joining cast members Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Julian Clary and Nigel Havers in The London Palladium’s Cinderella, playing the role of Prince Charming. The show will run from 9 December 2016 until 15 September 2017 and is The London Palladium’s first pantomime in nearly 30 years.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Cinderella||Prince Charming||London Palladium||2016|
|Chitty Chitty Bang Bang||Caractacus Potts||New Wimbledon Theatre||2016||News|
|West End Men||Vaudeville||2013||News|
|Jack and the Beanstalk||Jack||Mayflower Theatre||2011|
|Legally Blonde The Musical||Emmett||Savoy Theatre||2011|
|Lord Arthur Saville's Crime||Lord Arthur Savile||Theatre Royal Windsor||2010|
|Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Joseph||Adelphi||2007||Review|
|The Phantom of the Opera||Ensemble/ Understudy: Raoul||Her Majesty's Theatre||2005||Review|