Alex Newell

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Alex Newell
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Newell on the red carpet at the 2013 Trevor Live event benefitting The Trevor Project
Background information
Born (1992-08-20) August 20, 1992 (age 22)
Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Genres R&B, Pop
Occupations Actor, singer
Years active 2010–present
Labels Atlantic, Deep Well

Alex Eugene Newell (born August 20, 1992) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his recurring role as Wade "Unique" Adams on Fox's musical comedy-drama Glee, and as being a first season runner-up on Oxygen's The Glee Project.

Early life[edit]

Newell was born on August 20, 1992 in Lynn, Massachusetts.[1][2] His father died of cancer when he was six years old, at which point his mother raised him as a single parent. After four years of education in the first class of Kipp Lynn Academy, he moved on to and graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2012,[3] where he was involved in his school's choir, improv club, and costume club; he was also a member of his church choir.[1] Newell was accepted into the Berklee College of Music for fall 2012, but he decided instead to move to Los Angeles to be on Glee when he was asked to rejoin the cast for the show's fourth season.[3] He is an out gay man, as revealed on The Glee Project.[4]

Career[edit]

The Glee Project[edit]

Main article: The Glee Project

Alex Newell auditioned for the reality television show The Glee Project via YouTube while he was still in high school, and was selected as one of the twelve contestants competing for a seven-episode arc on the show Glee. He appeared in every episode, including the finale, and although he was not named a winner, he was a runner-up alongside Lindsay Pearce. Both Newell and Pearce won two-episode arcs on Glee.

Glee[edit]

For his Glee Project prize, Newell was cast in the role of Wade "Unique" Adams, a male-to-female transgender teenager who expresses her female identity through music. He first appeared on Glee in the third season episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver". On his nightly show, Bill O'Reilly expressed concern that children watching the show unsupervised might be encouraged to experiment with alternative lifestyles, which O'Reilly said the show glorified.[5] Newell commented, "That was my favorite, when Bill O'Reilly said something. My mother said, 'If Bill O'Reilly said something about you, you are doing something right.' He just showed the public and conservative viewers me. There are more people seeing me now. This is what is happening. They just can't shut it out. There are people like Wade and Unique, and [they're] being themselves. If kids want to go and do that, that is them expressing who they are."[3] He later appeared in two more episodes and completed his prize arc that season.

Newell as Unique returned as a Glee recurring cast member in the fourth season premiere, "The New Rachel". He, along with the rest of the cast, received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series nomination in 2012, but lost to Modern Family. For the fifth season, Newell was promoted to main cast.[6]

Solo music[edit]

In October 2013, Newell announced that he had been signed by both Atlantic Records and Deep Well Records. They will release his first studio album, to be produced by Adam Anders.[7] His debut single, a cover of Sigma's "Nobody to Love," was released on June 3, 2014.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Films and television
Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Glee Project Contestant (Himself) Runner-up (with Lindsay Pearce)
2012–present Glee Wade "Unique" Adams Recurring Role (Seasons 3 and 4)
Main Cast (Season 5)
2013 Geography Club Ike

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