John Owen-Jones (b.
May 5, 1971) is a British musical theatre actor, best known for his portrayals of Jean Valjeanin Alain Boublil& Claude-Michel Schönberg's "Les Misérables" and of The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera". He most recently appeared as Valjean in the Broadway revival of "Les Misérables".
John was born in 1971 and originates from
Burry Portin CarmarthenshireHe was educated at Glan-y-mor Comprehensive School, and went on to train at the Central School of Speech and Dramain London. He graduated in 1994with a B.A. in Acting.
1995he played the 'liebeslieder' in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at the National Theatre along with Dame Judi Dench, Patricia Hodge, Joanna Riding and Sian Phillips, and in "The Ladies Paradise" (also by Sondheim) at the RNT Studio.
1998, he became the youngest person ever to play the role of Jean Valjean full-time when he took over in the Londonproduction at just the age of 26. He had previously understudied the role, and played the factory foreman, Feuilly and Grantaire. John also appeared in the choir of the Tenth Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hallin 1995.
2000, he was part of that year's season at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. He played roles in "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Much Ado About Nothing".
2001, he was chosen to succeed actor Scott Daviesin the title role in "Phantom of the Opera". He left the role on February 26, 2005, after three and a half years and nearly 1400 performances, making him the longest running London Phantom. His last performance was with Rachel Barrell.
His other theatre work includes Antipholus in "The Boys from Syracuse" and Lorenzo in "The Merchant of Venice" at Harrogate Theatre, Herr Zeller in "The Sound of Music", Cleante in "The Hypochondriac", Valere in "Le Medecin Volant" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and "Uprooted" at the Tricycle Theatre.
John reprised his role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" at the
Queen's Theatrein London since June 27, 2005. He had a month off starting in late May 2006, during which he played the role of Ravenal in Show Boat, the first fully staged musical performed at the Royal Albert Hallwhich played for a limited season between June 10 - 25, 2006. He then returned to "Misérables" and his contract as Valjean in the West End expired on October 6, 2007. At the 2007 Faenol Festival, it was revealed that after finishing his London contract, John would go to the US to take up the role of Valjean on Broadway, trading locales with Drew Sarich, who took over the US production's Valjean. John began on October 23, 2007 in the US, with Sarich performing with the London cast.
John's work on
televisionincludes "The Bill"; "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby"; "The South Bank Show"; "The Margaret Williams Show"; "A Week in the West End"; "Record Breakers"; and "Backstage: Pebble Mill".
2004he appeared in a televised Christmas Concert as a featured soloist, alongside Michael Ball.
In late 2006, John released his first solo CD, a five-track EP entitled "Hallelujah", which can be purchased through his website.
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