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Jon Lee Singer

Jon Lee
Born
Jonathan Lee

(1982-04-26) 26 April 1982 (age 37)
Ipplepen, Devon, England
Other namesJonny Boy
Occupation
Years active1993-present

Jonathan "Jon" Lee (born 26 April 1982 in Devon, England) is an English actor and singer. Lee is best known as a member of pop group S Club 7 which disbanded in April 2003. He was the youngest member. The group also starred in a number of their own TV sitcoms, playing themselves. Since the band split, Lee has carved a successful career in musical theatre, taking on lead roles in a number of productions including the West End shows Les Misérables and Jersey Boys.

Career

1994-1998: Stage

At the age of 13, Lee played the leading role in the West End production of Oliver! At the London Palladium Theatre alongside Jonathan Pryce's and George Layton's Fagin.

1999-2003: S Club

The group rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, in 1999 and have been widely referred to as inspiring a new generation of teenage TV musicals including High School Musical and Glee. Over the five years they were together, S Club 7 had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, and a string of hits throughout Europe, including a top-ten single in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Africa. They recorded a total of four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over fourteen million albums worldwide.[1] Their first album, S Club, had a strong 1990s pop sound, similar to many artists of the time. Through the course of their career, however, their musical approach changed to a more dance and R&B sound which is heard most notably in their final album, Seeing Double. S Club 7 won two Brit Awards -- in 2000 for British breakthrough act and in 2002 for best British single. In 2001 the group earned the Record of the Year award. Group member Paul Cattermole departed the group in 2002, and the group changed its name from S Club 7 to simply S Club. On 21 April 2003, during a live onstage performance, S Club announced that they were to disband.[2]

2004-present: Focus on stage

In 2004 Lee played the role of Marius in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre in London, and continued the role following the show's move to the smaller Queen's Theatre. In 2005 Lee toured the UK with the new musical, Love Shack, featuring disco classics and hit dance songs from the charts, starring alongside Steps' Faye Tozer and Hear'Say's Noel Sullivan. In August 2006 Lee starred in The Heather Brothers' production of Teen Scream at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He returned to the London stage in 2010 in the musical Tomorrow Morning. Lee worked on a number of other musical projects before returning to the stage, and also starred in BBC's "The Sound of Musicals". In 2008 he recorded a song for the CD Act One - Songs From The Musicals Of Alexander S. Bermange, an album of 20 new recordings by 26 West End stars. It was released in November 2008 on Dress Circle Records.

In 2008 Lee voiced the part of good-looking, bike-riding Max, in the British Disney Channel cartoon series Famous 5: On the Case.[3] Over Christmas and New Year's 2008-09 he appeared at The White Rock Theatre, Hastings, performing the leading role in the pantomime Peter Pan.[4] Both Lee and the show were well received.[5] Later in 2009 Lee appeared as Billy Fury in Nick Moran's new film Telstar. On 22 May 2010 he appeared in BBC One's Casualty as Craig, who is unexpectedly diagnosed with motor neurone disease.[6] He played John in the internationally acclaimed musical Tomorrow Morning by Laurence Mark Wythe at the Landor Theatre in London. Over the following Christmas and New Year's, Lee appeared at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking as Prince Charming in Cinderella.[7]

In October 2012 Lee announced, via Twitter, that he had recorded his debut solo album, Fallen Angel. The first track on the album, "My Father's Son", was premiered on 4 November by BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady. The album was released on 4 March 2013. Lee took on the part of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, from 15 March 2011 until 7 March 2014. At the end of 2012, whilst maintaining his Jersey Boys commitments, Lee took the lead role in Aladdin at The O2 in London and acted alongside Paul O'Grady, who revived his alter-ego Lily Savage.[8][9]

In August 2016 Lee appeared at the Lytham Festival's "West End Proms".[10] In March 2017 Lee appeared on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief as part of Boys Allowed with Gareth Gates. Duncan James, Ritchie Neville and Ben Ofoedu.[11] In March 2018 he appeared on ITV's Dinner Date.[12]

Personal life

In August 2010 Lee revealed, in an interview with Gay Times magazine, that he was gay. He added that he had come out to family and friends at a young age, and that "it's never needed to be a huge change that I've had to tell everyone about".[13]

Stage

Year Title Role
1994-1995 Oliver! Oliver Twist
2003 Les Misérables[14] Marius
2004-2005 Love Shack[15][16] Evan
2006 The Sound of Musicals[17] Various roles
2006-2007 Teen Scream[18] Joe
2008-2009 Peter Pan[19] Peter Pan
2010 Tomorrow Morning[20] John
2010 Cinderella[21] Prince Charming
2011-2014 Jersey Boys[22] Tommy DeVito
2012 Aladdin: A Wish Come True[23] Aladdin
2014 Copacabana[24] Tony Starr
2016 Forever Plaid[25] Jinx
2016-2017 Peter Pan[26] Peter Pan
2017-2018 West End Proms[27] Jon

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Swamp Thing Robert Niedman Episode: "Patient Zero"
1995 Law & Order Robert Episode: "Angel"
1997-98 EastEnders Josh Saunders Main role
1997 The Mill on the Floss Tom (Young) Television film
1999 Miami 7 Jon Main role
1999 Back to the '50s Jon Lee Television film
1999 Boyfriends & Birthdays Jon Lee Television film
2000 L.A. 7 Jon Main role
2000 S Club 7 Go Wild! Himself Reality television
2001 Hollywood 7 Jon Main role
2001 S Club Search Judge / Mentor
2002 Viva S Club Jon Main role
2006 The Sound of Musicals Various roles
2008 Famous 5: On the Case Max (voice) Main role
2010 Casualty Craig Robbins Episode: "Mum's the Word"
2018 Celebrity Dinner Date Contestant Season 3
Films
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Seeing Double Jon Lee
2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story Billy Fury

Discography

Studio albums

List of albums
Title Album details
Fallen Angel[28]

Singles

Song Year Album
"My Father's Son"[29] 2013 Fallen Angel

References

  1. ^ "She's movin' on up". Times Online. Times Newspapers Ltd. 13 February 2005. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "S Club to split up". BBC News. BBC. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ "The Famous 5 get a revamp!" at The Sun.co.uk
  4. ^ "Peter Pan" at The White Rock Theatre, Hastings Archived 18 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Peter Pan at The Stage.co.uk
  6. ^ Jon Lee (Casualty) interview at lastbroadcast.co.uk
  7. ^ Panto review: Cinderella at New Victoria Theatre Woking at thisissurreytoday.co.uk
  8. ^ Akbar, Arifa (17 December 2012). "Aladdin: A Wish Come True, O2 Theatre, London - Reviews - Theatre & Dance". The Independent. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "This Morning Big Fat Panto Quiz with Sonia, Jon Lee, Chico & Les Dennis - 19th December 2012". YouTube. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "BBC - More celebrities confirmed to strut their stuff on Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief - Media Centre".
  12. ^ "S Club 7's Jon Lee looks for love on Dinner Date - but he isn't recognised". 3 March 2018.
  13. ^ Sanders, James (11 August 2010). "S Club 7 performer Jon Lee talks to GT magazine". Pink Paper. London: Millivres Prowler. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "S Club star Jon Lee in Les Miserables 28 July 03". London Theatre. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Love Shack". Designer Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Love Shack: a new kind of musical". BBC. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "The Sound of Musicals". BBC. 12 January 2006. p. 52. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Teen Scream review at Assembly". The Stage. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "White Rock Hasting". Panto Archive. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Photo Flash: Jon Lee and Julie Atherton Set for TOMORROW MORNING". Broadway World. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "CINDERELLA PANTO PRODUCTION PHOTOS". Ianolsson. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "My First: Interview With Jon Lee, Star Of Jersey Boys". West End Theatre. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Jon Lee currently plays 'Aladdin' in Aladdin-A Wish Come True". London Theatre. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Barry Manilow musical Copacabana tours UK starring Jon Lee". Musical Theatre Review. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Forever Plaid - Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler cast". Musical Theatre Review. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Jon Lee Ready for Neverland". Sclubility. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Henshall, Prenger and Salonga lead line-up at Lytham's West End Proms". Musical Theatre Review. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Fallen Angel - Jon Lee". iTunes. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  29. ^ "JON LEE'S NEW VIDEO FOR MY FATHER'S SON". S Club Bility. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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