Zizi Strallen

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Zizi Strallen
Born
Sylphide Charity Vaigncourt-Strallen

(1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 29)[1]
London, England
EducationThe Arts Educational Schools London[2]
Alma materLondon Studio Centre
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1995-present
Partner(s)Adam Davidson (2019-present)
Relatives

Sylphide Charity Vaigncourt-Strallen (born 1 November 1990), known professionally as Zizi Strallen, is a British actress, singer and dancer best known for playing Mary Poppins in the Cameron Mackintosh theatrical production of Mary Poppins.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She has three sisters, Scarlett Strallen, Summer Strallen and Saskia 'Sasi' Strallen, all of whom are actresses. Her sister Scarlett also previously played Mary Poppins during the Broadway, West End and Sydney production of Mary Poppins.[4] She is the daughter of Sandy Strallen and Cherida Langford.[5] She is also the niece of Broadway and television actress Bonnie Langford.[6]

Career[edit]

Strallen appeared Off West End in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Merrily We Roll Along as Meg Kincaid in 2013.[7]

Strallen played the role of Young Phyllis in Follies in the West End at the National Theatre from September 2017 to November 2017.[8][9]

She appeared as Fran in the musical Strictly Ballroom in the West End in March 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre. The Standard reviewer wrote: "The best news, by far, is Strallen, who exudes a lightness and brightness even when a mere face in the dance studio crowd early on. Her acting and dancing is impeccable..."[10][11]

Strallen is currently starring in the title role in the West End revival of Mary Poppins, which premiered in autumn of 2019 at the Prince Edward Theatre.[12] She had previously played the role of Mary Poppins in the UK and Ireland tour of the musical starting in October 2015.[13]

Strallen appeared in the 2019 fantasy film Cats as Tantomile.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zizi Strallen". imbd. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Mary Poppins star Zizi Strallen tells of family's showbiz roots". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ “How Mary Poppins has changed for the stage“. BBC News (15 November 2019). Retrieved 18 November 2019
  4. ^ "Zizi Strallen to play Mary Poppins on tour". The Stage. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Zizi Strallen is following in footsteps of parents who both appeared in original Cats". Herald Express. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  6. ^ Bonnie Langford to return to Broadway - Daily Telegraph
  7. ^ Merrily We Roll Along menierchocolatefactory.com, retrieved 27 December 2018
  8. ^ Follies broadwayworld.com, retrieved 26 December 2018
  9. ^ Billington, Michael. " 'Follies' review – Sondheim's showbiz stunner returns in breathtaking style" The Guardian, 6 September 2017
  10. ^ Mountford, Fiona. " 'Strictly Ballroom' Review" Standard, 25 April 2018
  11. ^ Wolf, Matt. "London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in 'Strictly Ballroom', Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More" broadway.com, 19 March 2018
  12. ^ Hemley, Matthew. "Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp to star in 'Mary Poppins' revival" The Stage, 14 September 2018
  13. ^ "Mary Poppins Cast Announced" curveonline.co.uk, retrieved 26 December 2018
  14. ^ "Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift and James Corden to star in Cats musical film | WhatsOnStage". www.whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.