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ANY DREAM WILL DO
Originally from Southend-on-Sea, Lee Mead is a professional actor and musical theatre star, well known internationally as the winner of BBC's "Any Dream Will Do", Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2007 search for the newest Joseph to star in his revival of the ever-popular 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat'.
At the time, Lee had worked his way through chorus and tour productions to an understudy role in Phantom of the Opera in the West End. This was an extremely important reward for years of hard work, but, as he says, "As amazing as being an understudy is, you can't really beat having your own lead role - I'm always the guy waiting for somebody to go sick, and waiting to go on stage."
And so Lee took the huge gamble and began the audition process to become the next Joseph. In his words at the time, "I feel I should be Joseph as this is something I truly want. I am passionate about this character and believe I can give the public and the show the Joseph they know and love but with a new, fresh, individual stamp", adding that "I 100% believe that I can be Joseph, and what I am hoping is people aren't going to judge me just because I'm a professional. I've worked hard to get to where I am, and I want to be given the same opportunity as anybody else because I want this as much as anybody else, if not more . . . Opportunities like this don't come along very often, and that is why I am here, and that is why I want the part of Joseph - it is my dream."
Lee Mead's ADWD Story
31 March 2007: 1st BBC show
7 April 2007: 2nd BBC show
14 April 2007: 1st BBC Live show
21 April 2007: 2nd BBC Live show
28 April 2007: 3rd BBC Live show
5 May 2007: 4th BBC Live show
12 May 2007: 5th BBC Live show
19 May 2007: 6th BBC Live show
26 May 2007: 7th BBC Live show
2 June 2007 The Semi Finals: 8th BBC Live show
9 June 2007 The Finals: 9th BBC Live show
But, of course, ADWD was only the beginning . . .