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|Born||28 July 1980|
Cardiff, Wales, UK
|Labels||MCA Music, Polydor|
Noel Sullivan (born 28 July 1980 as Noel-John Donnie Osmond Hayes) is a Welsh singer and actor. He was a member of the British pop group Hear'Say. Like the other members of the group, he won his part through the talent show Popstars.
Early life and career
Sullivan grew up in Cardiff in a musical family with a strong choral background. He trained as a chorister, understudied for Welsh National Opera and performed in choirs. Aged 18, Sullivan toured the United States with The Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales as a musical theatre soloist before spending two years working in Ibiza as a singer and a puppeteer with a Black Light Theatre of Prague-style show. He also worked as a videographer.
Sullivan first rose to fame in 2001, when he appeared as an aspiring pop singer in the first series of the reality television documentary Popstars, which aired on the UK television channel ITV1. He impressed the show's expert judges (who included Nigel Lythgoe and Nicki Chapman) enough to win selection as a founder member of the pop group Hear'say, alongside Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh and Suzanne Shaw.
After the formation of the group Sullivan gave up a part-time job as a waiter to move to London. Hear'say went on to enjoy international success, selling nearly three million records worldwide. The group's debut single "Pure and Simple" became the fastest selling number one single of the UK Singles Chart at the time. The group also released another UK number one single and a number one album, as well as performing a sell out arena tour across the UK and Ireland. The group disbanded 18 months later after four single and two album releases.
After the split of Hear'say, Sullivan turned to musical theatre, appearing in productions such as Fame, Love Shack and What a Feeling and performed at the Royal Gala opening of the Wales Millennium Centre. In 2003, Sullivan appeared in Grease as Danny Zuko opposite Claire Buckfield as Sandy and Amanda-Jane Manning as Rizzo at the Jersey Opera House In 2006, Sullivan briefly returned to reality television to star in Trust Me – I'm a Holiday Rep, broadcast on Five. Sullivan then moved to the United States for 18 months, working in Las Vegas hosting Simply Ballroom and then moving to Reno and Branson as part of the Twelve Irish Tenors. Starting in July 2008, Sullivan played the lead role in the world premier production of Flashdance. From November 2009, he starred in the West End theatre production of Grease as the male lead, Danny.
Sullivan made a cameo appearance in Gavin & Stacey broadcast on BBC One on 1 January 2010. Sullivan sang with Jessica Cervi and Sarah O'Connor in the final of RTÉ One's Fame: The Musical in Dublin on 13 June 2010. Sullivan played the lead role of Galileo Figaro in the 2011 UK tour of We Will Rock You. Sullivan took over from Alex Gaumond in the lead role of Galileo in We Will Rock You in the West End Production of the musical at the Dominion Theatre. The role reunited Sullivan with his former Grease co-star, Lauren Samuels, who plays Scaramouche in the show.
Beginning in May 2013, Sullivan shared the role of Tick/Mitzi with Jason Donovan in the UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. In May 2014, Sullivan teamed up with former Hear'say member Danny Foster to form the band Do Blonde Tondres. A drag act cover band inspired by Priscilla, Queen of the desert, after a few months perfoming the band split due to musical differences.
In 2016 Sullivan co-starred in the second series of the BBC drama Ordinary Lies.
In 2018 Sullivan starred in the UK premier of It’s Only Life at The Union Theatre in London.
In 2019 Sullivan started in the critically acclaimed BBC series Years and Years.
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