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Fee in 2009
Francis Martin Fee20 May 1987
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Fee, born in Dungannon, County Tyrone and raised in rural Killyman, read music at the University of Manchester before studying at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2009. In 2014 Fee was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Fee appeared in numerous productions at Belfast's Grand Opera House in conjunction with the Welsh National Opera, including The Beggar's Opera, The Mikado, Sweeney Todd, as well as a production of The Elixir of Love as Nemorino, directed by John Doyle. In 2004, he was a guest soloist for Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in Tynan's Dublin concert, The Impossible Dream. Immediately following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, Fee was cast as Billy Kostecki in the West End production of Dirty Dancing.
He played Schlomo in the RTE Irish tour of FAME, before essaying the title role in Aladdin at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. From June 2011 to 2012 he played Jean Prouvaire, and covered the roles of Marius and Enjolras in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, London. During his time in the West End production, Fee was cast as Courfeyrac in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, starring alongside Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert.
From November to December 2012, Fee played Florizel in Howard Goodall's professional world premiere of A Winter's Tale. Fee played Young Buddy in Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Toulon Opera in March 2013 before playing Robbie in A Man of No Importance for Salisbury Playhouse. On 16 June 2013, he portrayed Henrik Egerman in a special concert performance of Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, starring alongside Janie Dee, David Birell and Joanna Riding. On 2 August 2013, Fee was a guest soloist for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night singing America's Greatest Broadway Hits.
Fee most recently starred in the title role of Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, alongside Scarlett Strallen as Cunegonde and David Thaxton as Maximillian, from November 23, 2013 to February 22, 2014.
Fra has announced on his Twitter account that he will next star as Philip Ashley in Dublin's Gate Theatre production of Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, adapted for the stage by Joseph O'Connor at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, USA as part of the Spoleto Festival from 22 May to 8 June 2014.
|2012||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Acting by an Ensemble||Les Misérables||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Performance||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble, Motion Picture||Won|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Acting Ensemble|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
- Adair, Gordon (3 January 2013). "Les Miserables: Fra Fee on his role in the upcoming blockbuster". BBC News - Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
- "Fra Fee profile". IMDb. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Tyrone Times profile of Fee
- Profile of Fee at colekitchenn.com
- BBC reference to Fee
- UTV reference to Fee
- Fra Fee reference in musicatmanchester.blogspot
- Fee's homecoming premiere at newsletter.co.uk
- Fee profile at classicfm.com
- Fee profile at spotlight.com
- Cast announced for A Winter's Tale
- Toulon Opera website
- A Man of No Importance profile at whatsonstage.com
- Review of A Man of No Importance (musical), salisburyplayhouse.com
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