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Michael Ball

Singer and Actor

Michael Ball is Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter. For 30 years Michael has been at the top of his game starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim, a devoted following and awards for his stage work and recording career.

Currently for ENO: Anatoly Chess

Career Highlights

Michael regularly tours the UK as a concert artist and has sold millions of albums over the last 25 years; he’s performed in Australia, China, USA and Singapore, and in 2007 made his BBC Proms debut: An Evening with Michael Ball at the Royal Albert Hall marked the first time a musical theatre star had been given a solo concert at the Proms.

He has a successful radio broadcasting career which includes his own show, The Michael Ball Show. He is also a popular TV presenter and in addition to hosting his own series in 2010, The Michael Ball Show on ITV1, he starred with Imelda Staunton in the Victoria Wood BBC TV film, That Day We Sang and is also a regular guest presenter on The One Show.

In 2016 Michael recorded a new album with Alfie Boe, titled Together, which was released through Decca Records in November. The album went Platinum in just over 5 weeks, was 2016’s Christmas No. 1, has now sold over 600,000 copies and was the biggest selling album release of the year! In 2017 Michael went back into the studio with Alfie Boe to record a second album, Together Again, which was released through Decca Records in October.

Notable engagements elsewhere: Marius Les Misérables; he starred in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2005 he returned to Broadway as Count Fosco in The Woman in White, which transferred from London’s West End and, in the same year, made his New York City Opera debut as Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. In 2007 he made his debut with ENO as Haj/The Poet in Kismet. In 2008 Michael made box office history with his Olivier Award-winning performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray, which he then took on tour across the UK. In 2013 Michael won his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Last updated: 5th April 2018

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