November 1976 (age 37)
Sheffield, England, UK
Ovenden sang in the St Paul's Cathedral Choir as a child. He later won a music scholarship to Eton College. He subsequently studied at the University of Oxford on a choral scholarship. Whilst he has received training as an opera singer, he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Ovenden's roles in the theatre have included:
- Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin) (2000)
- Grand Hotel (The Baron) (2004)
- Butley (play) (Joseph Keyston) (2006)
- Marguerite (Armand) (2008)
- Annie Get Your Gun (Butler) (2009)
- Death Takes a Holiday (Death) (2011)
Ovenden's work in television has included:
- Foyle's War (Andrew Foyle)
- The Forsyte Saga (2002 miniseries) (Valerius 'Val' Dartie)
- The Royal (Dr David Cheriton)
- Related (Jason Greenstein)
- Cashmere Mafia (Eric Burden)
- A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Fred Anderson)
In 2012 he signed a recording contract with Decca and his first album If You Stay was released.
Ovenden is married to the soprano Kate Royal, and have a son, Johnny Beau, born in October 2009. The couple married in December 2010, the ceremony being conducted by Ovenden's father, who also christened their son in a double ceremony. They also have a daughter, Audrey, born in November 2011.
- Liz Hoggard (2008-05-20). "Marguerite's man". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Sarah Oliver (2011-01-22). "The other Royal wedding: Opera singer Kate Royal on juggling her family with stellar performances worldwide". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Chrissy Iley (15 April 2012). "Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen’s chaplain". The Telegraph.
- Dalya Alberge (2010-10-30). "Opera: it sounds like being the next big thing in movies". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Michael Billington (2000-12-13). "The heart-piercing, time-travelling Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Michael Billington (2010-10-30). "Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Ben Brantley (2010-10-30). "Zingers Shoot Forth From Inside a Toxic Fog". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
- Michael Billington (2008-05-21). "Marguerite (Haymarket, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Michael Billington (2009-10-18). "Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Andrew Clements (2010-08-01). "Prom 19: Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Andrew Clements (2010-08-23). "A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
Agatha Christie's Poirot After the Funeral (Michael Shane)