Michael Ball

Ball in 2006 Michael Ashley Ball, OBE (born 27 June 1962) is an English actor, singer and broadcaster. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of ''Les Misérables'', and went on to star in 1987 as Raoul in ''The Phantom of the Opera''. In 1989, he reached number Two in the UK Singles Chart with "Love Changes Everything", a song taken from the musical ''Aspects of Love'', where he played Alex. He played the role in London and on Broadway. His album ''Coming Home To You'' reached number one in the UK making it his 4th number one album to date. On 24 April 2020, Ball entered the UK Singles Chart at number one with a cover of "You'll Never Walk Alone", with combined chart sales of 82,000 making it the fastest-selling single of 2020 so far.

In 1992, Ball represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second with the song "One Step Out of Time". In 1995, he reprised the role of Marius in ''Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert''. His other West End roles include Giorgio in ''Passion'' (1997) and Caractacus Potts in ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' (2002). He has twice won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He won in 2008 for his role as Edna Turnblad in ''Hairspray'', and then in 2013 for the title role in the revival of ''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street''.

Ball was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for his services to musical theatre. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Castellani, Brian, Rajaram, Rajeev, Buckwalter, J. Galen, Ball, Michael
Published 2015
Springer International Publishing