George Maguire (actor)

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George Maguire
Born George Maguire
(1990-12-11) 11 December 1990 (age 24)
Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, UK
Years active 2005–present
Awards Theatre Goers Choice Award Newcomer of the year 2006

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical 2006

George Maguire (born 11 December 1984) is an English actor[1] and one of the three original cast members who carried the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical.[2]


Maguire performed the role of "Billy" in the opening night performance 12 May 2005, and continued performing until 17 December 2005,[3] when he left the cast. He was replaced by Travis Yates.[4] Together with his two original cast mates James Lomas and Liam Mower, he alternated in the role of Billy, and after leaving, performed again in a first anniversary Gala show of Billy Elliot the Musical on 12 May 2006.

He won, jointly with Lomas and Mower, the Theatre Goers' Choice Award 2006 [5] for The Most Promising Newcomer, as well as - unique in British theatre history - again jointly with his two castmates, the Sir Laurence Olivier Award 2006 for Best Actor in a Musical.[6] It is partly due to their outstanding performances, that Billy Elliot the Musical has won several awards: The Evening Standard Award 2005, the Critics‘ Circle Theatre Award 2005, the WhatsOnStage Theatre Goers‘ Choice Award 2006,[7] and the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award 2006, all for best British Musical.

Maguire was featured as a guest star on Ready, Steady, Cook (he won the episode against his close friend Leon Cooke who also played Billy Elliot) and in several morning TV shows,[8] TV interviews, and short clips related to the musical. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as a moderator, moderating and supporting several Mardi Gras dance shows of British Dance Schools - "The Stars in the Round" in the Royal Albert Hall, and respectively "The Stars in your Eyes" in the Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.

In April 2009 he appeared in the ITV zombie comedy "Renaissance" (starring Kelly Brook and Alan Dale) - playing Tim, the son of Alan Dale’s character. The story told of the making of "Renaissance" and was part of the ITV drama "Moving Wallpaper".[9] In 2014 he made a cameo appearance in the finale of "Billy Elliot the Musical Live"[10]

He became a member of the actors' union Equity as George Maguire however editors should note, another West End actor uses the same name informally, which has led to the inaccuracy of internet sources.[11]


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