Jon Lee (actor)

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Jon Lee
Birth nameJonathan Lee
Born (1982-04-26) 26 April 1982 (age 38)
Ipplepen, Devon, England
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active1993–present
Associated actsS Club 7

Jonathan Lee (born 26 April 1982) is an English actor and singer. Lee was the youngest member of pop group S Club 7, which disbanded in April 2003. The group starred in a number of their own television series Miami 7, playing themselves. Since the group split, Lee has a career in musical theatre, taking on lead roles in a number of productions including the West End shows Les Misérables and Jersey Boys. He currently works at a farm in Surrey.

Career[edit]

1994–1998: Stage[edit]

At the age of 13, Lee played the leading role in the West End production of Oliver! at the London Palladium Theatre, alongside Jonathan Pryce, and later George Layton, as Fagin. In 1997, Lee played the role of Julian in the premiere of Famous Five Smuggler's Gold the musical.[citation needed]

1999–2003: S Club[edit]

Lee was a member of pop group S Club 7, who rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, in 1999. Over the five years they were together, they had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, hits throughout Europe, and a top-ten single in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Africa. They recorded four studio albums, released eleven singles and sold over fourteen million albums worldwide.[1] In 2001 the group earned the Record of the Year award. Group member Paul Cattermole departed the group in 2002, and the group changed its name from S Club 7 to simply S Club. On 21 April 2003, during a live onstage performance, S Club announced that they were to disband.[2]

2004–present: Acting[edit]

In 2004 Lee played the role of Marius in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre in London, and continued the role following the show's move to the smaller Queen's Theatre. In 2005 Lee toured the UK with the new musical, Love Shack, featuring disco classics and hit dance songs from the charts, starring alongside Steps' Faye Tozer and Hear'Say's Noel Sullivan. In August 2006 Lee starred in The Heather Brothers' production of Teen Scream at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He returned to the London stage in 2010 in the musical Tomorrow Morning. Lee worked on a number of other musical projects before returning to the stage, including BBC's "The Sound of Musicals". In 2008 he recorded a song for the CD Act One – Songs From The Musicals Of Alexander S. Bermange, an album of 20 new recordings by 26 West End stars. It was released in November 2008 on Dress Circle Records.

In 2008 Lee voiced the part of Max, in the British Disney Channel cartoon series Famous 5: On the Case. Over Christmas and New Year's 2008–09 he appeared at The White Rock Theatre, Hastings, performing the leading role in the pantomime Peter Pan.[3] Both Lee and the show were well received.[4] Later in 2009 Lee appeared as Billy Fury in Nick Moran’s new film Telstar. On 22 May 2010 he appeared in BBC One's Casualty as Craig, who is diagnosed with motor neurone disease.[5] He played John in the internationally acclaimed musical Tomorrow Morning by Laurence Mark Wythe at the Landor Theatre in London. Over the following Christmas and New Year's, Lee appeared at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking as Prince Charming in Cinderella.[6]

In October 2012 Lee announced his debut solo album, Fallen Angel. The first track on the album, "My Father's Son", was premiered on 4 November by BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady. The album was released on 4 March 2013. Lee took on the part of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, from 15 March 2011 until 7 March 2014. At the end of 2012, whilst maintaining his Jersey Boys commitments, Lee took the lead role in Aladdin at The O2 in London and acted alongside O'Grady, who revived his alter-ego Lily Savage.[7][8]

In August 2016, Lee appeared at the Lytham Festival's West End Proms.[9] In March 2017 Lee appeared on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief as part of Boys Allowed with Gareth Gates. Duncan James, Ritchie Neville and Ben Ofoedu.[10] In March 2018, he appeared on ITV's Dinner Date.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2010 Lee revealed, in an interview with Gay Times magazine, that he was gay. He added that he had come out to family and friends at a young age, and that "it's never needed to be a huge change that I've had to tell everyone about".[12]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
1994–1995 Oliver! Oliver Twist
1997 The Famous Five: Smuggler's Gold Julian
2003–04 Les Misérables[13] Marius
2004–2005 Love Shack[14][15] Evan
2005–06 Les Misérables[16] Marius
2006 The Sound of Musicals[17] (various)
2006–2007 Teen Scream[18] Joe
2008–2009 Peter Pan[19] Peter Pan
2010 Tomorrow Morning[20] John
Cinderella[21] Prince Charming
2010 Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Sailor
2011–2014 Jersey Boys[22] Frankie Valli
2012 Aladdin: A Wish Come True[23] Aladdin
2014 Copacabana[24] Tony Starr
2016 Forever Plaid[25] Jinx
2016–2017 Peter Pan[26] Peter Pan
2017–2018 West End Proms[27] Jon

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Swamp Thing Robert Niedman Episode: "Patient Zero"
1995 Law & Order Robert Episode: "Angel"
1997–98 EastEnders Josh Saunders Main role
1997 The Mill on the Floss Tom (Young) Television film
1999 Miami 7 Jon Main role
Back to the '50s Jon Lee Television film
Boyfriends & Birthdays
2000 L.A. 7 Jon Main role
S Club 7 Go Wild! Himself Reality television
2001 Hollywood 7 Jon Main role
S Club Search Judge / Mentor
2002 Viva S Club Jon Main role
2006 The Sound of Musicals Various roles
2008 Famous 5: On the Case Max (voice) Main role
2010 Casualty Craig Robbins Episode: "Mum's the Word"
2018 Celebrity Dinner Date Contestant Episode: "3"

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Seeing Double Jon Lee
2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story Billy Fury

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Fallen Angel[28]

Singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"My Father's Son"[29] 2013 Fallen Angel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "She's movin' on up". Times Online. Times Newspapers Ltd. 13 February 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  2. ^ "S Club to split up". BBC News. BBC. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Peter Pan" at The White Rock Theatre, Hastings Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Peter Pan at The Stage.co.uk
  5. ^ Jon Lee (Casualty) interview at lastbroadcast.co.uk
  6. ^ Panto review: Cinderella at New Victoria Theatre Woking at thisissurreytoday.co.uk
  7. ^ Akbar, Arifa (17 December 2012). "Aladdin: A Wish Come True, O2 Theatre, London – Reviews – Theatre & Dance". The Independent. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  8. ^ "This Morning Big Fat Panto Quiz with Sonia, Jon Lee, Chico & Les Dennis – 19th December 2012". YouTube. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "BBC – More celebrities confirmed to strut their stuff on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief – Media Centre".
  11. ^ "S Club 7's Jon Lee looks for love on Dinner Date – but he isn't recognised". 3 March 2018.
  12. ^ Sanders, James (11 August 2010). "S Club 7 performer Jon Lee talks to GT magazine". Pink Paper. London: Millivres Prowler. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  13. ^ "S Club star Jon Lee in Les Miserables 28 July 03". London Theatre. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Love Shack". Designer Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Love Shack: a new kind of musical". BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  16. ^ https://officiallondontheatre.com/news/jon-lee-71445/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "The Sound of Musicals". BBC. 12 January 2006. p. 52. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Teen Scream review at Assembly". The Stage. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  19. ^ "White Rock Hasting". Panto Archive. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Photo Flash: Jon Lee and Julie Atherton Set for TOMORROW MORNING". Broadway World. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  21. ^ "CINDERELLA PANTO PRODUCTION PHOTOS". Ianolsson. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  22. ^ "My First: Interview With Jon Lee, Star Of Jersey Boys". West End Theatre. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Jon Lee currently plays 'Aladdin' in Aladdin-A Wish Come True". London Theatre. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Barry Manilow musical Copacabana tours UK starring Jon Lee". Musical Theatre Review. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Forever Plaid – Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler cast". Musical Theatre Review. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Jon Lee Ready for Neverland". Sclubility. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Henshall, Prenger and Salonga lead line-up at Lytham's West End Proms". Musical Theatre Review. August 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  28. ^ "Fallen Angel – Jon Lee". iTunes. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  29. ^ "JON LEE'S NEW VIDEO FOR MY FATHER'S SON". S Club Bility. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.

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