Kerry Ellis


Kerry Ellis plays 'Elphaba' in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, until 25 October 2014.

Date of birth?
6 May 1979

Place of birth?
Suffolk

Did you go to training school, if so which one?
Laine Theatre Arts.

Briefly tell us how you became involved with Wicked.
I was in the original cast back in 2006 and played the role in London and on Broadway for over 2 years. I'm returning due to the current actress having to go for immediate back surgery, so I was called in to do the final 3 months of the contract, which I was thrilled about.

Briefly tell us about the character of 'Elphaba' you play in Wicked.
I play the green witch who turns into the 'Wicked Witch of the West'. Elphaba starts off as a hot headed outcast with a special talent, she is very misunderstood and from her best efforts to do the right thing people perceive her to be bad.

What was your first stage performance?
I actually performed at the Wolsey theatre in 'The Wizard of Oz' as a munchkin when I was 9! It's amazing how things turn out. Professionally my first West End show was 'My Fair Lady' at the National Theatre.

What roles would you most like to play?
There are so many, I would like to do something new and discover a role again with a creative team, that's really exciting for me.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
I have been fortunate to work with some incredible people who have taught me much over the years, I guess it would be believe in yourself and be the best you can be.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Again there are many, I've fallen over many times, broken props, forgot lines, but I guess that's what makes us human.

What is the most annoying part about your job?
Well I love my job and feel very fortunate to have a career that I love. The hardest thing is being away from my 10 month son.

If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
I don't know, maybe something to do with animals.

What are your favourite after-show haunts?
Well as I'm a fairly new mum I can't wait to get home to see my baby and kiss him goodnight, though I do love a good restaurant if I have the time.

Who are your favourite actors/actresses/singers/groups?
I love the Beatles, Celine Dion, Liza and Barbra of course. I grew up listening to Michael Ball and Ruthie Henshall and now have the pleasure of working with them both from time to time. I love Barry Manilow (again got the chance to sing with him once) and I love Beyonce, Lady Gaga. I just love all kinds of music really.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Elvis! I think or Celine Dion. I would just say thank you for being inspirational.

What was the last book you read, and name some of your favourite authors?
I think it was '50 Shades of Grey'! Say no more!

What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favourite movies?
I love films, I watch loads. I think the last one was the 'Lone Survivor' with Mark Wahlberg - it was brilliant.

Favourite TV programs?
'Greys Anatomy', 'Nashville', 'Big Brother', '24', 'Homeland' !!!

Favourite holiday destinations?
Mexico, and Cornwall.

Do you have any hobbies?
I love yoga, but since my son has been born I've not had a minute to get to a class, but I hope that will change soon.

Do you have any superstitions?
I salute magpies! Very embarrassing.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My husband and son and a mobile phone to phone the rest in!!!

What are your future plans?
Well I have my album release on 14 September and solo tour starting 27 September. I'm currently in 'Wicked' and starring in 'West End Women' (Editor's note: a UK tour featuring music from shows such as 'Wicked', 'Evita' and 'Cats') in November so it's a little mad right now, but I couldn't be happier.

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