Ben Lewis (actor)

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Ben Lewis
Ben Lewis Melbourne August2011.png
Born(1979-09-28) 28 September 1979 (age 33)
London, England
Alma materNewington College
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
OccupationActor
Years active2006 to present
Spouse(s)Melle Stewart
 
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Ben Lewis
Ben Lewis Melbourne August2011.png
Born(1979-09-28) 28 September 1979 (age 33)
London, England
Alma materNewington College
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
OccupationActor
Years active2006 to present
Spouse(s)Melle Stewart

Benjamin Clement "Ben" Lewis (born 28 September 1979) is an English-born Australian actor, most recently portraying the Phantom in the Melbourne and Sydney productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Lewis was born in Hampstead, London,[1] to a theatrical family. His father Michael Lewis is an opera singer, his mother Patricia Price was also an opera singer and is now Head of Vocal Studies[2] and Opera at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and his brother Alexander Lewis is a tenor who is currently studying at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.[3]

During Lewis's childhood, he and his family spent time in both England and Sydney. His parents began the tradition of holding fundraising concerts at the primary school he attended. Richard Bonynge generally conducted and the performers were from the Australian Opera. The concerts continue to this day and a prize named after Lewis’s parents is awarded to one of the music students.[1]

Career[edit source | edit]

In Sydney he attended Newington College and after high school, Lewis started an Arts Degree at Sydney University before enrolling in the Australian Theatre for Young People and winning a Lendlease scholarship to study vocal technique overseas. Upon returning to Australia, Lewis applied to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, or WAAPA with his brother Alexander. Both were successful.[1]

It was during his time at WAAPA that Lewis met his wife, Melle Stewart, who was also at the Academy. Melle graduated first, followed by Lewis in 2004. The leading Australian performer Tony Sheldon was a visiting Director during Lewis’s time at WAAPA and Lewis credits Sheldon for helping him to complete the rest of his studies.[1]

In 2006, Lewis was part of original the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it made its Australian debut in Sydney. Following this, in 2007 he joined the cast of the Australian production of Spamalot at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.[4]

Other theatre productions Lewis has been involved with include Metro Street, Urinetown, A Little Night Music (with veteran Australian performer Sigrid Thornton) [5] and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lewis has also appeared on Australian television in the popular series McLeod's Daughters.

The Australian production of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies commenced in May 2011 and Lewis made his debut in a lead role playing the protagonist, The Phantom. The Australian cast were immortalised on the big screen when their performance on 12 – 15 September 2011 was filmed for the official DVD release.[6]

On 14 January, 2013, Lewis received the Sydney Theater 2012 Judith Johnson Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as The Phantom.[7]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Behind the Phantom Mask: Meet Ben Lewis". Stage Whispers. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ "LinkedIn Profile - Patricia Price". au.linkedin.com/home. 
  3. ^ "Love Never Dies - BARITONE Ben Lewis is on a fast-track to stardom with the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, writes Simon Plant". Phantomloveneverdies.tumblr.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Debbie (2011). Love Never Dies (Official Programme1). Paddington, NSW: Playbill. 
  5. ^ "Ben tipped for Phantom role". Herald Sun. 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Melbourne Love Never Dies Will Be Filmed Sept. 12-15; Production is Sydney-Bound". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  7. ^ "2012 - NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 

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