Michael Ball (British actor, singer, and radio and TV presenter)

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Michael Ashley Ball, OBE (born 27 June 1962) is an English actor, singer and broadcaster, who is known for his work in musical theatre. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius in the original London production of Les Misérables, and went on star in 1987 as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1989, he reached number two in the UK singles chart with "Love Changes Everything", a song taken from the musical Aspects of Love, where he played Alex. He played the role in London and on Broadway.

In 1992, Ball represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second with the song "One Step Out of Time". In 1995, he reprised the role of Marius in Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert. His other West End roles include Georgio in Passion (1997) and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002). He has twice won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He won in 2008 for his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and then in 2013 for the title role in the revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Ball was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for his services to musical theatre.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Michael Ball 1
1993 Always 1
1994 One Careful Owner 1
1995 First Love 1
1999 The Movies 1
2000 This Time... It's Personal 1
2000 Christmas 1
2001 Stage and Screen 1
2002 Centre Stage 1
2003 A Love Story 1
2005 Music 2
2007 Back to Bacharach 1
2009 The Very Best of Michael Ball - Past & Present 1
2011 Heroes 1
2013 Both Sides Now 1
2014 If Everyone Was Listening 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 The Musicals 1
1998 The Best of Michael Ball 1
1999 The Collection 1
2003 I Dreamed a Dream 1
2003 A Song for You 1
2005 Love Changes Everything: The Essential Michael Ball 1
2006 Seasons of Love 1
2006 One Voice 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 The Very Best Of Michael Ball - In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Love Changes Everything 1
2013 The Perfect Song 1

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