Julian Ovenden

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Julian Ovenden
Born Julian Mark Ovenden
29 November 1975 (age 39)
Sheffield, England, UK
Occupation Actor

Julian Mark Ovenden (born 29 November 1975,[1] Sheffield[2]) is an English stage, television and film actor and singer. He is one of three children[2] of the Reverend Canon John Ovenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ovenden sang in the St Paul's Cathedral Choir as a child. He later won a music scholarship to Eton College.[4] He subsequently read music at New College, Oxford on a choral scholarship.[3]

Whilst he has received training as an opera singer,[5] he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]


Ovenden's roles in the theatre have included:

Ovenden also originated the role of J.M. Barrie in the musical version of the film 'Finding Neverland' produced by Harvey Weinstein and premiered at the Curve theatre, Leicester in 2012.

Ovenden has also sung musical theatre songs in several concerts at the Proms, in particular concerts of Stephen Sondheim[14] and of Rodgers and Hammerstein.[15]

Ovenden's work in television has included:

In 2012 he signed a recording contract with Decca and his first album If You Stay was released.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ovenden is married to the soprano Kate Royal and they have a son, Johnny Beau, born in October 2009. The couple married on 20 December 2010, the ceremony being conducted by Ovenden's father, who also christened their son in a double ceremony.[3] They also have a daughter, Audrey, born in November 2011.[16]


  1. ^ "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916–2005". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ a b c Liz Hoggard (2008-05-20). "Marguerite's man". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ a b c Sarah Oliver (2011-01-22). "The other Royal wedding: Opera singer Kate Royal on juggling her family with stellar performances worldwide". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ a b Chrissy Iley (15 April 2012). "Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen’s chaplain". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ Dalya Alberge (2010-10-30). "Opera: it sounds like being the next big thing in movies". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ Michael Billington (2000-12-13). "The heart-piercing, time-travelling Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  7. ^ Michael Billington (2010-10-30). "Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ Ben Brantley (2010-10-30). "Zingers Shoot Forth From Inside a Toxic Fog". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  9. ^ Michael Billington (2008-05-21). "Marguerite (Haymarket, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ Michael Billington (2009-10-18). "Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  11. ^ Set Aside That Scythe, and Let’s Put on a Show, Charles Isherwood, New York Times, 21 July 2011. Retrieved: 9 August 2014.
  12. ^ My Night With Reg review – fine revival for caustic study of gay manners, Michael Billington, The Guardian, 6 August 2014. Retrieved: 9 August 2014.
  13. ^ ][1]. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  14. ^ Andrew Clements (2010-08-01). "Prom 19: Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  15. ^ Andrew Clements (2010-08-23). "A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  16. ^ http://julianovenden.com/biography/

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