Tim Driesen
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Tim Driesen

Tim Driesen
Born(1978-06-22)22 June 1978
NationalityBelgian
OccupationActor, Musical Theatre Performer, Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Dancer, Pianist

Tim Driesen (born 22 June 1978) is a Belgian actor, notable for roles in both musicals, plays, and television serials. He has composed a full-scale musical as well as a number of pop-songs. In 2007, he created the role of Adrian Banks (a character based on pop-star Mark Owen) in the Take That musical, Never Forget.[1]Take That member Gary Barlow, who wrote the majority of the production's musical numbers, said jokingly of the cast: "I'm just worried that they're better than us".[2] When the musical opened, Driesen appeared with fellow cast members Dean Chisnall, Craig Els, Stephane Anelli, Eaton James and Nancy Sullivan on ITV's GMTV performing the show's title song, "Never Forget".[3] He also appeared in the UK tour of Starlight Express. In 1991, Driesen appeared in the television series, The Bubbles.

He is also noted for his voice-over work in televised commercials.

Driesen appeared as Phoebus in Notre Dame de Paris in Belgium (Antwerp & Ghent). He played a role for which he won 'Best Supporting Actor in a Musical' at the VMPs (Flemish Musical Awards).

His musical 'My Super Girlfriend' (previously known as 'Super Alice Smith') has been workshopped and showcased and is currently being readied for its first run of performances.

Tim has just finished playing Joey Primo in Rock of Ages in London's West End. He also regularly stood in for the lead every Monday as well as playing understudy and regularly performing as Stacee Jaxx.

Tim is currently playing the lead in Jersey Boys in the Netherlands in which he plays the lead character Frankie Valli when the show starts in September. The cast performed at Musical Sing-A-Long on Dutch TV in September 2013.[4]

Background

Originally from Belgium, Driesen is based in London in the UK. He trained at Laine Theatre Arts college in Epsom. Driesen was a member of a professional pop duo with Vicky Hughes, 'Junction 9', from 2003-2004. During his run in Never Forget, an interview with him appeared in his biography/credits on the musical's official website.

Credits

Theatre

Taking solos in "Pray", "Take That & Party" and "Never Forget", and also performing in numbers such as "It Only Takes a Minute", "Babe", Back for Good, "I Found Heaven" and "Relight My Fire".
Tim Driesen performed in numbers such as Starlight Express, Starlight Sequence, Only He and Light at the End of the Tunnel during his run in Starlight Express.
In which Driesen sang Go the Distance From Disney's Hercules.[10]

Television

Film/DVD

Filmed at the opening night at Manchester Opera House.[15] Driesen also appears in an interview on the DVD's bonus material.

Recordings

Albums

  • Never Forget original cast CD, singing the role of Adrian Banks/Mark Owen
  • Mephistophles Smith EP
  • Belgian Soldier, Castle Video's
  • Glory Hallelujah 2000 revival cast CD
  • The Bubbles

Songs

  • "I'm Movin' On" (2006)[16]
  • "Love on the Line"[17]
  • "Better Than It Used to Be" (Junction 9, 2004)[18]
  • "Between You and Me" (Junction 9, 2003)[19]
  • "Small Town Girl" (from My Super Girlfriend) [20]
  • '"It's All Cliché" (from My Super Girlfriend) [21]
  • "My Super Girlfriend" (from My Super Girlfriend) [22]
  • "Evil Has Many Faces" (from My Super Girlfriend) [23]

Other work

External links

References

  1. ^ "Cast list". Never Forget programme. 2007.
  2. ^ Gary Barlow backs 'Never Forget' musical
  3. ^ Never Forget on GMTV at YouTube
  4. ^ Jersey Boys Netherlands cast perform on Dutch TV
  5. ^ Article on Never Forget the Musical with details on the original cast
  6. ^ Interview with Tim Driesen, star of 'Rent: The Musical'
  7. ^ Starlight Express 2006 Cast at the Really Useful Group official website
  8. ^ "Cast List and Credits". Starlight Express programme: 15. 2006.
  9. ^ Tim Driesen as Jack in 'Jack and the Beanstalk'
  10. ^ Tim Driesen in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' performing 'Go the Distance'
  11. ^ Behind the Musical: The Making of Never Forget at YouTube
  12. ^ Tim Driesen's televsision work at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Tim Driesen's televsision appearances at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Never Forget DVD and box cover, featuring Driesen (centre) and other cast members
  15. ^ Never Forget DVD at YouTube
  16. ^ Tim Driesen - I'm Movin' On - Soundclip
  17. ^ Tim Driesen - Love on the Line - Soundclip
  18. ^ Tim Driesen and Vicky Hughes - Better Than It Used To Be - Soundclip
  19. ^ Tim Driesen and Vicky Hughes - Between You and Me - Soundclip
  20. ^ - Small Town Girl - Soundclip
  21. ^ - It's All Cliché - Soundclip
  22. ^ - My Super Girlfriend - Sounclip
  23. ^ - Evil Has Many Faces - Soundclip

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