Ben Lewis (actor)

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Ben Lewis
Ben Lewis and Melle Stewart (cropped).JPG
Lewis and his wife, Melle Stewart (2011)
Born (1979-09-28) 28 September 1979 (age 40)
Alma materNewington College
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
OccupationActor
Years active2001 to present
Spouse(s)Melle Stewart
RelativesAlexander 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.

Childhood[edit]

Lewis was born in London[1] 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.[2] his brother, Alexander Lewis, is an opera singer and actor who completed three years as a young artist at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.[3] During his childhood, his family went back and forth between England and North Shore, Australia.[1]

Education[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Career[edit]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Character Company
2005 The Windows Project - Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney
2005 The Odyssey - The Malthouse/Black Swan Theatre Company[4]
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[5]
2009 A Little Night Music Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm Opera House, Sydney[6]
2009 Metro Street - The Production Company
2010 Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander/Snug/Cobweb WildRumpus[7]
2011-2012 Love Never Dies The Phantom / Mr. Y Really Useful Group[8]
2013 Candide Governor/Vanderdendur Menier Chocolate Factory[9]
2014 Thérèse Raquin Laurent Finborough Theatre[10]
2014 Forbidden Broadway various characters Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre
2015 Devilish! Nick Brimstone Tristan Bates Theatre[11]
2015 Love Me Tender Chad UK Tour[12]
2016 Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler Crubicle, Sheffield[13]
2017-2018 The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom Her Majesty's Theatre, London[14]
2018-2019 Company Larry Gielgud Theatre[15]
2019-2020 The Bodyguard Frank Farmer UK Tour[16]

Film and television credits[edit]

Year Series/Film/Event Character Episode Company
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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Behind the Phantom Mask: Meet Ben Lewis". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ "LinkedIn Profile - Patricia Price". au.linkedin.com/home. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Spamalot announces Australian cast". boneaubryanbrown.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2005.
  5. ^ "The Odyssey". boneaubryanbrown.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
  6. ^ Vito Mattarelli"A Little Night Music, Opera Australia". ausstage.edu.au. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  7. ^ Emma Brown"A Midsummer Night's Dream at Cenntenial Park". weekendnotes.com. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  8. ^ Adam Hetrick"Cast Complete for Revamped Love Never Dies in Australia; Performances Begin May 21". playbill.com. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  9. ^ Michael Coveney"Candide". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Thérése Raquin". finboroughtheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  11. ^ "A new musical comedy by BB Cooper and Chris Burgess". twitter.com. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  12. ^ West End Wilma"Love Me Tender UK Tour Cast announced". westendwilma.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  13. ^ Stagefaves"Ben Lewis & Nicolas Colicos join Anna-Jane Casey in Annie Get Your Gun". stagefaves.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Official London Theatre - Theatre Tickets, News & Guides". Official London Theatre.
  15. ^ "Ben Lewis | Company Musical | From 26 September". Company Musical. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  16. ^ Admin (17 October 2019). "Cast Changes Announced for The Bodyguard". London Theatre 1. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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