James Lomas (actor)

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James Lomas
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Born James Jacob-Lomas
(1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 25)
Sheffield, England, UK
Years active 2005–present
Awards Theatre Goers‘ Choice Award
2005 Billy Elliot The Musical
Laurence Olivier Award
2006 Billy Elliot The Musical

James Jacob Lomas (born 1 March 1990) is a British Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his role as Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical.

Lomas was one of the three original Billy Elliots of the original West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. He continued performing until 7 January 2006. Together with his two original colleagues Liam Mower and George Maguire, alternating in the role of “Billy”, he performed again in a first anniversary Gala show on 12 May 2006.

Lomas started dancing with the Sharon Berry School of Theatre Dance in Sheffield at around the age of 12, after his Drama teacher suggested he pursue dancing in order to be able to perform on a West End stage. He attended Ecclesfield School, in Chapeltown.

Lomas was featured in Strictly Dance Fever performing part of the Musical finale, and in several TV interviews and short clips related to the Musical. In July 2006 he played the title role of young blind Nicholas Saunderson in the new musical "No Horizon" in Penistone / Northern England and was well received for his performances.

He has won the Variety Club’s 2005 Outstanding New Talent award, and, jointly with Liam Mower and George Maguire, the Theatre Goers‘ Choice Award 2005 for The Most Promising Newcomer, as well as - unique in British theatre history - again jointly with his two mates, the most prestigious Sir Laurence Olivier Award 2006 for Best Actor in a Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical has won several awards: The Evening Standard Award 2005, the Critics‘ Circle Theatre Award 2005, the Theatre Goers‘ Choice Award 2005, and the Sir Laurence Olivier Award 2006,[1] all for best British Musical.

Lomas got a place at the dance and drama school "Millennium" in London, where he started his studies from September 2006 onwards.

He also starred in the short film King Ponce, which debuted at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

He also featured in an episode of Super Sweet 16 UK as a dance partner for the party.

After leaving drama school James Jacob-Lomas was in Dirty Dancing, as Swing/Understudy: Jordan. And Toured with Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream coat understudy Joseph.

Lomas played Espresso in Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany.[2] He is currently in the Band Gypsy Queens based in France : vocalist and drummer


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