Note: Profiles of the Billys currently in the show will be regularly updated as new information and/or graphics become available. Visit often to see the latest on their profiles. Last updated: 19-Nov-2014
On May 12 2014, Billy Elliot the Musical marked the 9th Anniversary of its Opening Night in the West End. Since those days in 2005, 39 boys — all with extraordinary talent — have brought the title role to life at the Victoria Palace Theatre (VPT). There is no doubt that the reason for the long run of this show is largely the result of the unique abilities of these young stars.
But how did these young men come to be in the show?
Contained in this article are the detailed profiles (bios) that answer that question. They are of both the current Billys and those from the past.
There are two Profile Indexes in this article. The first is a list of the current Billys and the other is a list of those from the past. For either index, by clicking on the name of the Billy below his picture, you’ll be taken to that Billy’s profile.
Profile Index for Current Billys
Here are the profiles of those who are currently performing the role of Billy on the Victoria Palace Theatre stage:
|Brodie Donougher||Elliott Hanna||Ollie Jochim||Bradley Perret||Matteo Zecca|
Profile Index for Past Billys
The profiles of those London Billys who have graced the stage of the Victoria Palace Theatre in London and have since left the show are found in the index below. The index is in alphabetical order by the actor’s last name.
On May 12, 2005, the official Opening Night of the very first production of Billy Elliot the Musical took place in London’s West End. That night, Billy was portrayed by George Maguire. For the curtain calls, he was joined onstage by the other two originating Billys — James Lomas and Liam Mower.
On March 31, 2010, a commemoration of the very first performance of Billy Elliot the Musical took place at the Victoria Palace Theatre. On that 5th Anniversary night, Stephen Daldry (Director), Lee Hall (Book and Lyrics), and Sir Elton John (Musical Score) each spoke briefly about the show before the performance began. After a superb show, during which Tom Holland played Billy, the highlight of the evening was a special Finale, which was led by the three orginating Billys — James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower — who were joined by 16 other past, present and future Billys, all of whom had played the role or would play it in the future.
The events of that night were officially captured on film by the BETMUK company. Here’s a clip showing the highlights of that evening:
Credit: Video by WestEndTheatre
On May 30, 2012, a date chosen for the availability of the many VIPs who would be in attendance, BETM London celebrated both the 7th Birthday of the show and also its upcoming (July 16 is the actual date) 3000th show. VIPs in attendance were Stephen Daldry (director), Lee Hall (writer), Sir Elton John (score), and three of the four first Billys (George Maguire, Liam Mower, Leon Cooke). A special finale/curtain call took place, which included all five of the current Billys and three Michaels. And, after the curtain came down, the cast and crew enjoyed a cake to celebrate the occasion. Here, Elton John and Lee Hall, along with the five current Billys (l-r Kaine Ward, Adam Vesperman, Harris Beattie, Harrison Dowzell and Ryan Collinison) get ready to enjoy some cake.
In January of 2014, the then current Billys got to see the original Billy Elliot rehearsing for his new star role as the Prince in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Liam was gracious enough to take a photo of the occasion with the boys:
Credit: Photo by Nigel Howard
On 28-Sep-2014 a special live performance of the show was filmed at the Victoria Palace Theatre and was beamed to cinemas across the UK and the world. A DVD will also be made and made available for sale from this show. On that day, for a special “mash-up” Finale, 21 past London Billys joined the four current ones. Here’s a brief video clip showing highlights from the Finale:
Credit: Video by missdive84
Taking part in the mash-up finale were Liam Mower (22, from Hull), James Lomas, (24, from Sheffield), George Maguire (23, from Stanford-Le-Hope),Leon Cooke (23, from Newcastle under Lyme), Matthew Koon (20, from Salford, Lancashire), Dean McCarthy (22, from Dublin), Layton Williams (20, from Manchester), Joshua Fedrick (20, from Saltash, Cornwall), Fox Jackson-Keen (19, from Hornsey, London), Tom Holland (18, from Kingston-upon-Thames),Ollie Gardner (17, from Bath), Rhys Yeomans (16, from Oldham),Aaron Watson (16, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk), Scott McKenzie (17, fromDumbarton, Scotland), Josh Baker (16, from Rochester), Ryan Collinson (16, from Southport),Kaine Ward (15, from Hertfordshire), Harris Beattie (15, from Aberdeen), Harrison Dowzell (14, from Nottinghamshire),Redmand Rance(14, from Fareham) and Ali Rasul (13, from Hartlepool) were joined by current Billy Elliots – Elliott Hanna (11, from Liverpool), Bradley Perret (12, from Juan-les-Pins, France), Matteo Zecca (12, from Buckinghamshire) and Ollie Jochim(12, from Essex).
Credit: Photo by Adam Sorenson
The Victoria Palace Theatre: Home of Billy Elliot the Musical – London