Lewis Bradley (born 5 June 1989) is a British musical theatre actor, who came third place in the BBC reality talent show Any Dream Will Do. He was later chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to understudy the winning role of Joseph.
In 2015 Lewis played Burt Healy in the UK tour of Annie to great acclaim.
Lewis was born in Nottingham and lived there with his mother and his half-sister Amelia Lily until he was 13. He then travelled to London to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, with future fellow contestant on Any Dream Will Do, Ben Ellis.
He performed in the UK tour of Chicago and Beyond as the male lead; in Snow White at the Billingham Forum, Hear and Now, Young, Gifted and Black at Wimbledon Theatre and in Dance Excellence in California.
Lewis' sister, Amelia is also a singer, and successfully auditioned on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, achieving 3rd place in the competition and since the show achieved success with a debut number two single "You Bring Me Joy".
Any Dream Will Do
Lewis Bradley was a contestant on the BBC reality talent show Any Dream Will Do, which offered the chance to be the next West End Joseph for the hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was the 10th contestant to leave the series, being knocked out in the final on 9 June 2007.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said that Lewis had "the best journey of anyone on the show".
Songs performed by Lewis Bradley on Any Dream Will Do
- "Faith" (George Michael)
- "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Elton John)
- "I Saw Her Standing There" (The Beatles)
- "Dancing in the Moonlight" (King Harvest)
- "I'm a Believer" (The Monkees)
- "The Rose" (Westlife)
- "Hero" (Enrique Iglesias)
- "Sweet Caroline" (Neil Diamond)
- "Kiss" (Prince)
Despite not winning the contest, it was later announced that Bradley would play the part of Joseph as understudy to winner Lee Mead while Mead is on holiday on the dates of 14–26 January, 10–15 March and 5–10 May 2008.
After Any Dream Will Do
In an interview, when asked about his future career, Lewis said,
|“||I’m interested in everything. I love it all. I just love performing: I’d love to have a pop career, I’d love to have a modelling career and I’d love to be in musicals. I’m keeping an open mind, really.||”|
In 2009 he starred in the BBC television short film, 'The Love of Narcissus', as the title character of Narcissus.
Lewis appeared in the Christmas Pantomime Sleeping Beauty held in Swansea Grand Theatre between December 2009 and January 2010.
Bradley starred in the West End production of Wicked. He replaced long-running cast member Oliver Tompsett in the role of Fiyero for a limited contract running 29 March 2010 until 8 May, when Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead stepped into the role. Bradley then became Mead's understudy, as well as a member of the show's ensemble. He left the show on 5 February 2011.
Bradley's sister Amelia Lily entered The X Factor and made it to the live shows before being eliminated after a week 1 twist but then was voted back in after Frankie Cocozza was kicked out of the show after boasting about taking cocaine. Frankie Cocozza and Amelia Lily were romantically involved but stopped speaking after Amelia took Frankie's place on the X-Factor. Amelia was one of the three finalists in the 2011 X Factor final, along with Little Mix and Marcus Collins - she eventually finished third.