Meet Billy Elliot: London
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: 07-Feb-2014
On May 12 2013, Billy Elliot the Musical marked the 8th Anniversary of its Opening Night in the West End. Since those days in 2005, 36 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 who have left the show since September 1 of 2009 — a total of 20.
Note: There are no profiles included here for the first 15 London Billys who debuted at the Victoria Palace Theatre. In other words, no Billy who left the show prior to September of 2009 has a profile here as we began writing profiles for the Billys in the London production who were in the show at that point in time and thereafter.
It should be noted that there is one boy who debuted as Billy in London, did 51.5 shows in the role at the VPT, and then moved on to star in as Billy on Broadway. In fact, he won a Tony award as Best Actor (shared with two others) for originating the role on the Great White Way. His name is Trent Kowalik and his profile can be found with the Broadway profiles here.
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 beginning in September of 2009. For either index, by clicking on the name of the Billy, you’ll be taken to that Billy’s profile.
Profile Index for Current Billys
The profiles of those who are currently performing the role of Billy on the Victoria Palace stage can be found in this article as listed in the following index. The index is in alphabetical order by the actor’s last name. To view a profile (bio) of a particular Billy, click on his name:
|Elliott Hanna||Bradley Perret|
|Redmand Rance||Mitchell Tobin|
Profile Index for Past Billys
The profiles of those who finished their performance careers as Billy in the London production of the show can be found in this article as listed in the following index. The index is in alphabetical order by the actor’s last name. To view a profile (bio) of a particular Billy, click on his name:
|Josh Baker||Harris Beattie||Tade Biesinger||Dean Charles Chapman|
|Ryan Collinson||Harrison Dowzell||Ollie Gardner||Tom Holland|
|Fox Jackson-Keen||Scott McKenzie||Tanner Pflueger||Ali Rasul|
|Adam Vesperman||Kaine Ward|| Aaron Watson
Note: For those interested in profiles of actors who played Billy in other productions of the show, they can be found on this site by clicking on the following production location:
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
The Victoria Palace Theatre: Home of Billy Elliot the Musical - London
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