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BIOGRAPHY

How to begin the biography of Lee Mead . . . Well, it really began for us back in 2007 when Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to televise a casting competition for the lead in a West End Revival of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ This was not the first of these competitions devised by Lloyd Webber, and it would not be the last, but it is the one that launched the career of a genuine West End star, Lee Mead. From the first auditions, through Joseph School, and certainly with the first live performance of ‘Mack the Knife’, Lee proved himself the man to beat. And no one did!

 

For that entire story including clips of all Lee’s performances, see the ADWD section 

 

Of course, there's more to it. Lee had trained at a local performing arts college in Essex and then began working his way up the showbiz ladder. From cruise ferry cabarets and holiday camps, to understudy and ensemble roles in various touring musicals, by March of 2007 he was in the West End cast of Phantom of the Opera, in the ensemble and understudying Raoul. However, he heard about the search for Joseph, a part he always wanted to play, and so he joined the queue of 10,000 wannabe Josephs to audition for a place as a finalist in ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and three months later, he won.

 

Advance ticket sales for Joseph were so strong that the first extension to his run was announced before the show had even opened, and several more extensions were to follow until he finally decided to bow out on 10 January, 2009, after more than 600 performances.

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Wistful, shy, and mysterious,

Cancer is ruled by the Moon.

A Cancer man is reserved when

he first meets someone new...

In between those 600 performances, he managed to squeeze in a documentary (The Winner's Story), a charity 

single for Children in Need that went to #2 on the UK singles chart, an eponymous CD that went double 

gold and an appearance at Wembley Stadium at the Concert for Diana where he performed the song 'Any 

Dream Will Do' with previous Josephs, Jason Donovan and Donny Osmond.

 

Guest concert performances and appearances followed one after the other and many offers of similar musical 

theatre roles came in after Joseph. However, Lee had always wanted to be a straight actor and so decided to 

go to New York City where he attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute to hone his 

craft. Upon his return to the UK, he embarked on a national tour as the lead in "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime", a 

play in the Victorian melodramatic style adapted by Trevor Baxter from an Oscar Wilde short story.

 

Shortly after the completion of that tour, Lee returned to his musical theater roots, first in the highly coveted 

role of Fiyero in "Wicked!", then as Emmett in "Legally Blonde: The Musical", and finally in the concert-style 

musical,  "West End Men". And still he found time to release two more albums and do concert tours in support 

of each one.

 

Again, though, he wanted to push himself and his career into straight acting. He gave a strong debut on an 

episode of the supernatural television series, ‘Bedlam’. Then, after a guest appearance on the series 'Casualty', 

the producers decided they wanted Lee back and so wrote a part especially for him to debut during the 28th 

season. The new nurse, Ben “Lofty” Chiltern, was described as "a slightly less posh Hugh Grant". We might 

describe him more as an intuitive, somewhat mystical, even mysterious character with a heart of gold and eyes 

that melt your heart. How amazing it was to have him visit us in our homes nearly every Saturday night! 

However, after two years, Lofty rode off into the sunset . . . perhaps to return . . . perhaps not.

 

But definitely not to be forgotten as we have all of Lofty’s “bits” preserved on this website’s Casualty page 

 

But for Lee Mead, leaving 'Casualty' meant time to release his fourth album, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, to go 

on a concert tour to support it, and in the midst of it all, to star as Caractacus Potts in the UK tour of "Chitty 

Chitty Bang Bang".  At last Lee will be back in musical theatre!

 

For further information about Lee’s career, see the Chronology below. And for even more detail on everything, 

- literally everything! - Lee has done since 2007, and most likely earlier, please head over to

 

 

... polite and a little worldly, this sign is the epitome of old school gentlemanly manners.

 

Chivalry comes as second nature...

Vital Statistics

Name

 

Date of Birth

 

Origin

 

Star Sign

 

Eyes

 

Hair

 

Height

 

Favourite Colour

 

Favourite Football team

 

Favourite Food

 

Favourite Girl in the World

 

 

 

Lee Stephen  Mead

 

14 July 1981

 

Rayleigh, Essex,UK

 

Cancer

 

Blue/Grey

 

Dark brown curls!

 

5ft 11

 

Blue

 

Chelsea

 

Steak!

 

Betsy

 

 

 

Lee Mead coffee in NY

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Lee Mead praying for chelsea on  Meadaholics

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Chronology of Shows

Snow White (Panto)                                                        Prince Harry Of Holby                                    Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen                                  (Principle Boy)

LEE MEAD - 10 YEARS - THE ANNIVERSARY TOUR                Solo Concert Tour                                          Feb - Nov 2018

Jack & The Beanstalk (Panto)                                        Jack                                                               Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

Cliffs Theatre, Southend On Sea                                    (Principle Boy)

Christmas with Lee Mead                                              Christmas Concert                                        7th Dec, 2017

Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Up Front and Centre                                                        Residency                                                      Last Sunday in the month 2017

The Pheasantry, London                                                 at the Pheasantry                                         March - Nov 2017

Holby City (TV)                                                                 Nurse 'Lofty' - Ben Chiltern                           7th Mar 2017 on going 

BBC                                                                                   (regular character) -                                     First "Lofty "episode aired

Cinderella (Panto)                                                           Prince Charming                                            Dec 2016 - Jan 2017

The Palladium, London                                                   (Principle boy)

Chitty chitty Bang Bang                                                 Caractacut Potts                                             May 2016 - Sept 2016

UK Tour                                                                            (male lead)

Released 'Some Enchanted EVening' (album)              Promotional Tour                                            March 2016, Oct 2016

Fourth studio album (self-produced)

Aladdin                                                                             Aladdin (Principle Boy)                                  Dec 2015 - Jan 2016

Birmingham Hippodrome

Some Enchanted Christmas Evening                            Christmas Concert                                        6th Dec, 2015

Garrick Theatre, London

Some Enchanted Evening                                               Solo Concert Tour                                          July - Nov 2015

Saga Cruises                                                                   Solo Concert                                                  July 2015

Gulf of Bothnia                                                

Some Enchanted Evening                                              Previewing new                                             26, 27, 28 June 2015

The Pheasantry, London                                                Concert Tour

Warner Leisure Hotels                                                   Solo Concert                                                   15th May 2015

Holme Lacy House, Herefordshire                                                                

Saga Pearl II Cruise                                                        Solo Concert                                                   Feb 2015

Treasures of the Caribbean                                                

Casualty (TV)                                                                   Nurse 'Lofty' - Ben Chiltern                           2015

BBC                                                                                   (regular character) -                                    Continuing Role

Cinderella (Panto)                                                          Prince Charming                                            Dec 2014 - Jan 2015

New Theatre, Cardiff                                                      (Principle boy)

Christmas with Lee Mead                                             Christmas Concert                                        7th Dec, 2014

Garrick Theatre, London

Lee Mead in Concert                                                      Solo Concert Tour                                         May - Nov 2014

Warner Leisure Hotels                                                    Solo Concert                                                  5th April, 2014

Littlecote House, Berkshire                                                                

Casualty (TV)                                                                   Nurse 'Lofty' - Ben Chiltern                          1st Mar 2014 -12 March 2016

BBC                                                                                   (regular character) -                                    First "Lofty "episode aired Mar 2014

Robin Hood (Panto)                                                         Robin Hood                                                    Dec 2013 - Jan 2014

Theatre Royal Plymouth                                                 (Principle Boy)

An Evening with Lee Mead                                            Solo Concert Tour                                          Sep- 2013

 

An Evening with Lee Mead                                            Solo Concert Tour                                          Sep- 2013

 

The West End Men (Theatre)                                         Musical Theatre                                             May/Jun 2013

Vaudeville Theatre London                                            content show

Jack & The Beanstalk (Panto)                                       Jack                                                                Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton                                (Principle Boy)

Bedlam (TV)                                                                     Scott                                                               Jun- 2012

SkyLiving                                                                        (one episode lead guest appearance)

Released 'Love Songs' (album)                                     Promotional Tour:                                          Feb- 2012

Third studio album (self-produced)                             The Love Tour

Tomomi Nishimoto                                                         Japan Concert tour                                        Dec- 2011     Christmas Adagio

Casualty (TV)                                                                   Harry Timms                                                   Aug- 2011

BBC                                                                                   (one episode lead guest appearance)

Legally Blonde (Theatre)                                                Emmett                                                           Jun - Oct 2011

Savoy Theatre London                                                    (male lead)

Wicked (Theatre)                                                            Fiyero                                                              May 2010 - Feb 2011

Victoria Apollo Theatre London                                     (male lead)

An Evening with Lee Mead                                             Solo Concert Tour                                          May 2010 - Dec 2010

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (Theatre)                             Lord Arthur                                                     Jan - Apr 2010

Tour                                                                                  (male lead)

Lee Strasberg Theatre                                                   Summer Intensive Program                          May- June 2009

and Film Institute, NYC

Released 'Lee Mead'                                                                                                                              Nov- 2007

First studio album (Polydor)

Released 'Lee Mead'                                                                                                                              Nov- 2007

First studio album (Polydor)

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat          Joseph                                                            Jul 2007- Jan 2009

(Theatre)  Adelphi Theatre London                                (male lead) 

Any dream will do (TV)                                                  Contestant                                                      Mar- Jun 2009

BBC                                                                                  and Winner

Phantom of the Opera (Theatre)                                    Raoul                                                              2006/ early 2007

                                                                                          understudy/ensemble

 

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