Ben Lewis (actor)
Lewis and his wife, Melle Stewart (2011)
|Alma mater||Newington College|
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
|Years active||2001 to present|
|Relatives||Alexander Lewis (brother)|
Ben Lewis (born 28 September 1979) is an actor and singer and recent credits include The Phantom in the Original Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies as well as in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End production.
Lewis was born in London to a theatrical family. His father, Michael Lewis, is an opera singer and his mother, Patricia Price, was also an opera singer and is now Head of Vocal Studies and Opera at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. his brother, Alexander Lewis, is an opera singer and actor who completed three years as a young artist at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. During his childhood, his family went back and forth between England and North Shore, Australia.
After high school he attended Newington College in Sydney and then he undertook an Arts Degree at Sydney University. He performed with the Australian Theatre for Young People and was awarded a Lend Lease scholarship to further his studies overseas. Upon returning to Australia, Lewis applied to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with his brother and both were successful. It was during his time at WAAPA that Lewis met his wife, actress Melle Stewart. The leading Australian performer Tony Sheldon was a visiting Director during Lewis’s time at WAAPA and Lewis credits Sheldon for helping him through his student years.
|2005||The Windows Project||-||Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney|
|2005||The Odyssey||-||The Malthouse/Black Swan Theatre Company|
|2006||Urinetown||-||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2006-2007||Priscilla Queen of the Desert||Frank||Lyric Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney|
|2007||Spamalot||Sir Dennis Galahad||Hey Majesty's Theatre Melbourne|
|2009||A Little Night Music||Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm||Opera House, Sydney|
|2009||Metro Street||-||The Production Company|
|2010||Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander/Snug/Cobweb||WildRumpus|
|2011-2012||Love Never Dies||The Phantom / Mr. Y||Really Useful Group|
|2013||Candide||Governor/Vanderdendur||Menier Chocolate Factory|
|2014||Thérèse Raquin||Laurent||Finborough Theatre|
|2014||Forbidden Broadway||various characters||Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre|
|2015||Devilish!||Nick Brimstone||Tristan Bates Theatre|
|2015||Love Me Tender||Chad||UK Tour|
|2016||Annie Get Your Gun||Frank Butler||Crubicle, Sheffield|
|2017-2018||The Phantom of the Opera||The Phantom||Her Majesty's Theatre, London|
|2019-2020||The Bodyguard||Frank Farmer||UK Tour|
Film and television credits
|2001||McLeod's Daughters||Troy O'Rouke||Who's a Big Girl Now?||Channel Nine Australia|
|2011||Carols By Candlelight||Himself||-||Nine Network|
|2012||Love Never Dies||The Phantom||-||Universal Pictures|
|2012||Side By Side by Sondheim||Himself||-||Theatre Royal|
|2013||Doctors||Ned Bick||Bleeding Hearts||BBC 1|
Awards and nominations
In 2012 Ben Lewis received a nomination for Helpmann Award and won a Judith Johnson Award for Best Actor in Leading Role in a Musical at the 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards for his role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies.
- "Behind the Phantom Mask: Meet Ben Lewis". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "LinkedIn Profile - Patricia Price". au.linkedin.com/home. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
- "Love Never Dies - BARITONE Ben Lewis is on a fast-track to stardom with the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, writes Simon Plant". Phantomloveneverdies.tumblr.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Spamalot announces Australian cast". boneaubryanbrown.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2005.
- "The Odyssey". boneaubryanbrown.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
- Vito Mattarelli"A Little Night Music, Opera Australia". ausstage.edu.au. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
- Emma Brown"A Midsummer Night's Dream at Cenntenial Park". weekendnotes.com. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- Adam Hetrick"Cast Complete for Revamped Love Never Dies in Australia; Performances Begin May 21". playbill.com. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- Michael Coveney"Candide". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Thérése Raquin". finboroughtheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
- "A new musical comedy by BB Cooper and Chris Burgess". twitter.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- West End Wilma"Love Me Tender UK Tour Cast announced". westendwilma.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Stagefaves"Ben Lewis & Nicolas Colicos join Anna-Jane Casey in Annie Get Your Gun". stagefaves.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
- "Official London Theatre - Theatre Tickets, News & Guides". Official London Theatre.
- "Ben Lewis | Company Musical | From 26 September". Company Musical. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
- Admin (17 October 2019). "Cast Changes Announced for The Bodyguard". London Theatre 1. Retrieved 18 October 2019.