21 March 1985
Stoke on Trent, England
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Television||The Voice UK (2014)|
|Children||2 Sons (born 2013 & 2015)|
Jones was born in Stoke on Trent and grew up in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, where she attended St Ivo School, before studying at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Wood Green, in north London, graduating in 2006.
Apart from two minor productions, including Karaoke Wedding at the Union Theatre and Enchanted: The Rock Opera at Valley Gardens, Pontefract, Jones' first professional role was that of Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 London West End production of Hairspray.
Leanne starred in a production of the Jonathan Larson musical Tick, Tick... Boom! at the Union Theatre in 2010. Leanne sang with YouTube comedy sensation Miranda Sings at the Leicester Square theatre.
Jones went on tour in 2010 with the comedy play The Naked Truth, taking over the role of "Bev" from Lisa Riley.
Awards and honors
Jones' performance as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray won her a number of awards, including a Theatregoer's Choice Award for Best Actress in a musical, the Critics Circle Award 2008 for Most Promising Newcomer and the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
She was also nominated in 2009 for a Glamour Woman of the Year Award for best actress.
Leanne is the Mother to 2 sons, born 2013 & 2015. In 2016, she married Stephen Porter.
- The Independent 20 October 2007
- Union Ticks Leanne Jones, Sondheim Assassins
- Miranda Sings & Friends
- Whatsonstage Awards
- Hairspray's Leanne Jones wins Olivier Award – Telegraph