Kerry Ellis: performing Defying Gravity on BBC's 'Musicals: The Greatest Show'
Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the
'Leading Lady of West End Musicals'
from her starring roles in London and on Broadway. She has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems.
Kerry originated the role of Meat in Queens’ We Will Rock You
and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which Kerry won the 2008 whatsonstage.com Award for
‘Best Takeover in a Role’
She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at Gershwin Theater for 6 months, where she won the broadway.com Audience Award for 'Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance', before returning to London for 6 months in 2009.
Her many other leading role credits include
Nancy in Oliver! at Drury Lane,
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady,
Ellen in Miss Saigon and
Fantine in Les Miserables.
Kerry’s first major CD release was the amazing Wicked in Rock, a collaboration with long time friend and Queen guitarist, Brian May.
This led to her being signed to Universal as a solo recording artist and her debut album Anthems was released in 2010 on Decca Records.
The success of the album, which reached No.15 in the UK album chart, and No.10 in the UK pop club charts (for Defying Gravity), led to a major tour 'Anthems: The Concert' throughout 2011, which kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall.
She has performed internationally promoting the album, including performances at the Royal Variety Performance, at the Laurence Olivier Awards, duetting with Barry Manilow on BBC Television and Radio, at G.A.Y., on Loose Women, Alan Titchmarsh Show, BBC Breakfast, at the Henley Festival alongside John Barrowman, the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, continuing to a run of An Audience With Kerry Ellis
at the Shaw Theatre.
Read more about Kerry on her Website... www.kerryellis.com