Morecambe, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Stage and television actress and singer|
Lisa O'Hare began her career as an English stage actress who has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title character of Mary Poppins on the West End and UK stage. She more recently has appeared in several prime-time American television shows on TNT, ABC and NBC. She most recently starred on Broadway in the new musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
O'Hare was trained as a ballet dancer, and performed in dance-oriented shows such as Alice and the Others at Sadler's Wells and Defile at the Royal Opera House. Moving to musical theatre, O'Hare joined the original London production of Mary Poppins as the understudy for the original Laura Michelle Kelly as well as a member of the original ensemble in December 2004. She left the production in July 2005.
From September 28, 2005 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, O'Hare joined the National UK Tour of Cameron Mackintosh's production of My Fair Lady as the alternate Eliza Doolittle, sharing the role with Amy Nuttall until the UK tour ended on August 12, 2006 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
On November 6, 2006, O'Hare returned to the London production of Mary Poppins assuming the title role on a full-time basis. She replaced Scarlett Strallen, making her the third actress to hold the West End title role. Her last performance with the London Company on the show was on May 19, 2007.
In 2007, O'Hare reprised her role as Eliza Doolittle in the national US tour of My Fair Lady alongside Christopher Cazenove as Henry Higgins, who had starred with her in the National UK Tour. The US tour opened on September 12, 2007 in Tampa, Florida, and closed on June 22, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona. For her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle in the States, O'Hare was nominated for the 2008 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production and was nominated and won the 26th Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Performance.
On July 6, 2008, O'Hare and two other actresses who had portrayed Mary Poppins on stage (Scarlett Strallen and Caroline Sheen) performed the song "Practically Perfect" for a special concert of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's songs, "A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe", at Her Majesty's Theatre. This version was released on CD in December 2008. O'Hare most recently reprised her critically acclaimed role as Mary Poppins in the National UK tour of Mary Poppins. She assumed the role on October 27, 2008 in Edinburgh, replacing Caroline Sheen, and continued through Manchester and Cardiff until the tour's closure on April 18, 2009. In April, 2012 she returned to the role in the Perth, Australia season of the play along with Matt Lee playing the role of Bert.
Lisa O'Hare made her American television debut in 2010, guest-starring in the sixth season of TNT's award winning show The Closer playing Jenny in "Last Woman Standing". Shortly afterward, O'Hare guest-starred as Kitty Canary in ABC's Castle - "A Deadly Affair". As the premiere episode in Castle's third season, O'Hare was able to showcase her dancing talents as the owner and performer of a burlesque bar to millions of dedicated viewers. In October 2010, O'Hare guest-starred in J.J Abrams action-thriller series Undercovers on NBC. She played Marie Murphy, a double-crossing wife of Irish descent in "Jailbreak".
In 2011, she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret for the Reprise Theatre Company at the Freud Playhouse. She won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance.
- My Fair Lady US Tour Article at BroadwayWorld.com
- My Fair Lady US Tour Article at Playbill.com
- O'Hare profile @ Official Mary Poppins website
- Article announcing Lisa taking over title role in West End's Mary Poppins.
- Announcement of Lisa leaving Mary Poppins for My Fair Lady.
- Lisa O'Hare at the Internet Movie Database
- US Tour information at MyFairLadyTheMusical.com
- Shenton, Mark (2008-12-08). "Songs of Stiles & Drewe Heard on New Spoonful Concert CD". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe, Official website