15 October 1971
Enfield, Middlesex ,England
|Occupation||Stage actor and singer|
|Spouse(s)||Emily Harvey (2005—present)|
Gavin Lee (born 15 October 1971) is an English actor who starred as Bert on Broadway in the musical Mary Poppins. He previously originated the role in the original West End production. He was chosen for the Broadway role because of his critically acclaimed performance as Bert in the West End production. He departed the Broadway production after nearly two years to launch the US National Tour, but returned to the Broadway production in August 2010 until its closing in March 2013.
Lee is an alumnus of the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts after which he has been involved in various musicals as a performer and choreographer. In 2004, he auditioned to be the Bert understudy in the London production of Mary Poppins, but managed to win the role outright.
Lee was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical at the 2005 Olivier Awards and the 2005 Theatregoer's Choice Awards for originating the West End role of Bert. For his Broadway performance, Lee was nominated for the 2006 Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding Actor in a Musical) and the 2007 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He also won the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Featured Actor in a Musical and an award for Outstanding Broadway Debut at the 63rd annual Theatre World Awards. In August 2007, Lee was added to Sardi's caricature gallery with other Broadway actors.
Lee is married to Emily Harvey, an American actress who was playing role of Mme Firmin in London's The Phantom of the Opera during his own run in London's Mary Poppins.
Lee and former London co-star Laura Michelle Kelly performed as Bert and Mary Poppins in the America Celebrates 4 July at Fords Theatre in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on 6 June 2010. The special aired on 2 July 2010 on ABC. Lee again reunited with Kelly when he returned to the role of Bert in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins on 24 August 2010.
|2013–present||Top Hat||Jerry Travers||Aldwych Theatre||Replacement|
|2010-2013||Mary Poppins||Bert||New Amsterdam Theatre||Return to role|
|2009–2010||Mary Poppins||Bert||US National Tour||Originated role|
|2006–2008||Mary Poppins||Bert||New Amsterdam Theatre||Broadway production; originated role|
|2004–2006||Mary Poppins||Bert||Bristol Hippodrome & Prince Edward Theatre||West End production; originated role|
|2002||Let's Kick Arts||Ensemble||Bridewell Theatre|
|2001||Zip Goes a Million||Percy Piggott||The Theatre Museum|
|2001||DuBarry Was a Lady||Harry/ Captain of the Guard||Her Majesty's Theatre|
|2001||Peggy Sue Got Married||Richard||Shaftesbury Theatre||Originated role|
|1999||A Saint She Ain't||Danny O'Reilly||Apollo Theatre & King's Head Theatre||Originated role|
|1999||Of Thee I Sing||J.P. Wintergeen||Bridewell Theatre|
|1999||Jubilee!||Richard||Her Majesty's Theatre||Also choreographer|
|1998||Singin' in the Rain||Don Lockwood||Leicester Haymarket|
|1998||Oklahoma!||Slim||National Theatre||Originated role|
|1997||Crazy for You||Bobby Child||Prince Edward Theatre||Also choreographer|
- Gans, Andrew (21 May 2008). "Lee Will Join Brown for National Tour of Mary Poppins". Playbill. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
- McBride, Walter (31 August 2007). "Brown & Lee Reveal Sardi's Caricatures.". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
- Gans, Andrew (7 May 2008). "Principal Casting Complete for Carnegie Hall Show Boat". Playbill. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
- "Glover, Kelly, Van Dyke et al. Featured in July 4 Celebration to Air 7/2" broadwayworld.com, 2 July 2010
- Gavin Lee Will Return to Broadway Cast of Mary Poppins
- Gavin Lee Set to Join West End's TOP Hat, Feb 5 Retrieved 3 March 2013