Ray Quinn

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Ray Quinn
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Born Raymond Arthur Quinn Jr
(1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 26)
Knowsley, Merseyside, England
Other names Raymond Quinn
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer
Years active 2000–present
Television
Spouse(s) Emma Stephens (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–2007
Labels

Raymond Arthur "Ray" Quinn (born 25 August 1988) is an English actor, singer, and dancer, best known for finishing second in The X Factor in 2006.

Ray won the fourth series of Dancing on Ice in 2009 and the final 'All Stars' series in 2014. He also appeared as victimised teenager Anthony Murray in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Knowsley, Merseyside,[1] Quinn is the youngest of three boys. Quinn attended Rudston Junior School in Childwall and Gateacre Comprehensive School, Liverpool.[citation needed] From a very young age a major influence in his life was his dance coach Suzanne Taylor.[2]

On Christmas Day 2010, Ray got engaged to West End star Emma Stephens. They were married in a beach ceremony in Barbados on 31 March 2012. On the same day the couple announced they were expecting their first child. Their first child, a boy named Harry Frank, was born on 2 August 2012. Ray and Emma also own a Jack Russell called Bruno.

Singing career[edit]

The X Factor (2006)[edit]

In 2006, Quinn took part in the third series of UK talent show The X Factor and came in second place to Leona Lewis.

Post X Factor[edit]

After The X Factor, Quinn was signed by Sony BMG and on 16 January 2007 recorded a swing album[3] at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles.[4] His self-titled debut album Doing It My Way was released on 12 March 2007, the same day as that of fellow The X Factor finalist Ben Mills. The album went straight to number one in the UK charts. It also went Platinum in the first week.[5]

Quinn embarked on his own solo tour from September to November 2007.[6] He was subsequently dropped by his record label on 6 November.[7]

Appearances[edit]

Film and television[edit]

  • Nightvision, "Warren", (2011) Internet Drama

Theatre[edit]

1998

2004

2008

[8]

2009

  • Grease, dancer, actor and singer (Danny Zuko), Piccadilly Theatre, West End
  • Sleeping Beauty (Pantomime) (Prince Daniel)Birmingham Hippodrome

2010

2011

  • Dirty Dancing, Billy Kosteki, Aldwych Theatre, West End
  • Grease, Danny, Liverpool Empire
  • Cinderella (Pantomime)Prince Charming, Darlington Civic Theatre

2012

  • Legally Blonde, Warner Huntington III, National Tour
  • The Rise and Fall of Little Voice "Billy", Tour
  • Aladdin (Pantomime), The Lighthouse, Poole

2013

  • The Rise and Fall of Little Voice "Billy", Tour
  • Peter Pan (Pantomime), Liverpool Empire

Radio[edit]

  • The Lost Boys – Narrator of book for Big Toe Radio, September 2004
  • Millions – Narrator of the film for Big Toe Radio, November 2004
  • The Believers – Actor playing part of James, April 2010

Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
IRE
2007 Doing It My Way 1 6
  • UK: Platinum

Tours[edit]

  • X Factor 2006 (as of 2007) Tour
  • Ray Quinn Solo Tour 2007
  • Dancing on Ice Tour 2009
  • Dancing on Ice Tour 2010
  • Dancing on Ice Tour 2014

Awards[edit]

  • 2002 – Best Dramatic Performance, The British Soap Awards
  • 2002 – Best Storyline, The British Soap Awards
  • 2002 – Best Young Actor, Inside Soap Awards
  • 2002 – Best Performance in a Network Soap, Royal TV Society
  • 2005 – Manchester Talent Competition – £5000 prize
  • 2007 – Scouseology Award, Best Personality
  • 2007 – Liverpool Local Hero Awards, Contribution to Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=raymond%20a&lastname=quinn&eventyear=1988&eventyear_offset=0
  2. ^ Haase, Jane (2007-09-03). "teachers article". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  3. ^ "X Factor loser Ray wins record deal". Irish Examiner. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  4. ^ "X Factor's Ray heads to Sinatra studios". Digital Spy. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Quinn wins X Factor album battle". BBC. 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Ray Quinn announces UK tour". Digitalspy. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  7. ^ The X Factor – News. Digital Spy (2007-11-06). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
  8. ^ "Quinn swings into Grease". The Official London Theatre Guide. The Society of London Theatre. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  9. ^ Behind the scenes at The Broadway's Christmas panto: Aladdin – Arts & Culture – Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Peterboroughtoday.co.uk (2008-12-05). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Suzanne Shaw and Matt Evers
Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Maria Filippov)

Series 4 (2009)
Succeeded by
Hayley Tamaddon and Daniel Whiston