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CodeDS/UK/4349
NameBall; Michael (1962-); OBE; English actor, singer and broadcaster
Variations of NameMichael Ashley Ball
Dates1962-
GenderMale
Place of Birth/OriginBromsgrove, Worcestershire, England (born)
RelationshipsSon of Tony Ball MBE (English head of global sales at British Leyland) and Welsh mother
Grandson of coal miner
Partner of Cathy McGowan (presenter)
BiographyMichael Ball OBE is an English actor, singer and broadcaster. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius Pontmercy in the original London production of Les Misérables, and went on to star in 1987 as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1989, he reached number two in the UK Singles Chart with "Love Changes Everything", a song taken from the musical Aspects of Love, where he played Alex. He played the role in London and on Broadway.

In 1992, Ball represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second with the song "One Step Out of Time". In 1995, he reprised the role of Marius in Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert. His other West End roles include Giorgio in Passion (1997) and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002). He has twice won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He won in 2008 for his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and then in 2013 for the title role in the revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
TriviaAwards, Honours and Legacy:
Ball was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for his services to musical theatre.

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