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30 August 1979
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Leon Lopez (born 30 August 1979 in Liverpool) is an English actor, singer-songwriter and occasional model, best known for playing the role of Jerome Johnson in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside from 1998 to 2002.
His musical back ground includes being part of numerous vocal harmony groups and he is now becoming a well known performer in the world of Theatre, and Musical Theatre in London's West End.
Lopez's directing film credits include his debut feature film Soft Lad. A micro budget self funded feature starring Daniel Brocklebank, Jonny Labey, Suzanne Collins, Craig Stein and Laura Ainsworth. It was released by Peccadillo Pictures on November 9th 2015 after a string of various UK cinema screenings. To date he has also directed several short films including his award winning short 'The Definition of Lonely' Starring Nick Hayes and Lucas Rush which is featured on the "Soft Lad" DVD extras.
His production company Brown Boy Productions was set up in 2012, and is currently in development of a further 2 feature films and a TV series
Television & Film
Lopez's television credits include appearances in episodes of Mersey Beat and Holby City for the BBC, The Court Room, Tut, The Bill, the lead role of Tanktop in Hollyoaks: In the City as well as starring for 4 years as Jerome Johnson in the Channel 4 hit soap opera Brookside. He has appeared in a number of short films, including Profanity ( a Giant Leap Films production) as well as appearing in the BBC's serial drama Doctors. In February 2012, Leon performed a cameo role in the independent British film The Quiet One set in Birmingham and due for release in late 2012.
Lopez has toured the UK as "The Childcatcher" in a run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and appeared in numerous pantomimes. In Autumn 2007, he played the role of "Collins" in the West End revival of Rent (musical) - Rent (musical) remixed produced by William Baker.
On 13 August 2008, he appeared in a limited run of Piaf at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Elena Roger. He then went on to appear at The Royal Court Theatre, London in the role of "Deity" in Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Wig Out!" directed by Dominic Cooke which ran from November 2008 to January 2009.
May 2009 he took on the role of "Michael" in Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... BOOM! at The Duchess Theatre, in London's West End.. Autumn 2009 he was a part of the grand relaunch of Derby Playhouse Theatre, appearing in the rock musical "The Pro's, Con's And A Screw" alongside "Kidulthood" star Adam Deacon
In February 2010 Lopez appeared opposite Leslie Caron, Greta Scacchi and Lambert Wilson in Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music at The Chatelet Theatre in Paris, playing the role of Frid. His latest show, John Adams' Broadway-style show I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, opened in July 2010 and was a huge critical success, gaining several 4-star reviews in national papers such as The Independent and The Times.
Lopez is going to star as Brit in the second national tour of Ben Elton and Queen's smash hit rock musical We Will Rock You. Starred WWRY at Bristol Hippodrome 29 October 2011, and Lopez played an excellent Britney Spears.
In 2007, Lopez appeared in the second series of the Reality TV programme Soapstar Superstar where he caught the attention of the music industry after being the seventh person to be voted off the series and was immediately signed to "Celebrity Records". Leon has been a contestant on both Celebrity Fear Factor and Soapstar Superchef. He has also worked as a television presenter.
Debut Album - 'Moving On'
Since signing his record deal, Leon has teamed up with Take That star Gary Barlow and producer Rod Gammons to co-write his debut album ‘Movin On’. His first single 'Love Got in the Way' was released in August 2007. His first studio album 'Moving On' was finally released 1 February 2010 after a long dispute with the record label.
2nd Studio Album
He is currently writing his 2nd album with producer Paul James which is set to be an 'electro' inspired concept album.
Leon also sung at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth games held in Manchester, live to over 500 million viewers worldwide. Lopez has also performed his single on daytime television shows such as Loose Women and performed at numerous concerts.
As part of his first pop group A:M, Leon was nominated for MOBO AWARD for best unsigned act as well as winning numerous awards such as Holstein Pills Discovers and the Liverpool Echo Arts award for 'Best Unsigned Act'.