ANGIE GREAVES – MAGIC FM
BAZ BAMIGBOYE – DAILY MAIL
SIMON BEALE – HEART
PAUL PHEAR – MAGIC FM
PAUL TAYLOR – THE INDEPENDENT
Alexandra rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008 and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show.
Following this triumphant win, Alexandra released 'Hallelujah', which became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 in one day. The song also became the top-selling single of 2008 in the UK and the UK's Christmas number one. By January 2009, the single had sold over one million copies in the UK alone, a first for a British female soloist.
Recordings include: Overcome, released in 2009, debuted at number one in the UK Album Charts and spawned four number one singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart – 'Hallelujah', 'Bad Boys', selling over 780,000 in the UK and becoming a Platinum selling single, 'All Night Long' and 'Start Without You'. The album became one of the most successful albums of that year in the UK and the singles released from the album earned her three BRIT Award nominations. The album also saw the release of UK top 10 hit, 'Broken Heels' and 'The Silence'. In late 2010, Alexandra decided to release Overcome: Deluxe Edition. Overcome and the six singles released from the album have sold over four million records in the UK alone. 'Elephant' was released as Alexandra's comeback single in February 2012, which became a hit single, with a peak position of number three in the UK. 'Let It Go' served as the second single and Alexandra's second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.
Other work includes: Alexandra's charity work is very important to her. As a celebrity ambassador for WellChild, she has recently released the song 'Where Do Hearts Go', with all the proceeds raised going to the charity. She is also a huge supporter of Breast Cancer Care and Diabetes UK. Alexandra is proud to have been able to work on two number one charity singles, including 'Hero' (2008) with her fellow X Factor finalists and then again as part of a celebrity super group, Helping Haiti, for the release of 'Everybody Hurts' (2010). In early 2011, Burke began her solo tour, All Night Long tour and she was also invited to perform on Beyoncé Knowles's I Am... tour.
Television includes: Alexandra landed herself a role as guest judge on the BBC's So You Think You Can Dance UK panel. She later became the first contestant of The X Factor to return to the ITV show as a guest judge, during the eighth series live finals.
*Alexandra Burke is not scheduled to perform at midweek or Saturday matinees including any revised matinee performances. The producers of The Bodyguard cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays. Please check Tour page for full performance schedule.
At sixteen years old, Zoe became the highest placed female contestant in the first series of ITV’s Pop Idol. Her video Get Happy went straight in at number one and she signed a management deal with Simon Fuller’s 19 Management. Zoe went on to perform to over 250,000 fans on two national arena tours and sang five hits on the Pop Idol Big Band album which reached number one in the album chart and went triple platinum all within a year.
Training: Lee Strasberg acting course, Amanda McGlynn Academy, Lorraine Murray Dance School, Stagecoach Theatre Arts College and National Youth Music Theatre.
Theatre includes: Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (West End), Principal Singer in What A Feeling (West End), Lead Female in Thriller Live (West End and International), Lead Female in Respect La Diva (West End), Dion in Hair (Munich and West End), Acid Queen in Tommy (West End), Maureen in Rent (Greenwich Theatre) and The Tina Turner Experience (Holland).
Concerts include: Pop Idol (UK Arena tours), Royal Albert Hall performances, A Party To Remember Live From Trafalgar Square - VE Day 60th, performances for The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles and Prince Edward (Buckingham Palace), Lawrence Dallaglio’s testimonial dinner, Tony Blair’s son Leo’s christening, performance for the Iraq soldiers’ return home dinner (Dorchester Hotel) and The BRIT Awards party (O2 Indigo).
Television and film include: Pop Idol (2002), Top of the Pops, Liquid News, Pop World, CDUK, Pepsi Chart Show, the Disney Show, This Morning, SMTV, Des & Mel, Nickelodeon, Children in Need, The Alan Titchmarch Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, housemate in Big Brother (2014), Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, I Dream and Sing If You Can.
Recordings include: Pop Idol Big Band album, Get Happy single, Treat Me Like a Lady single, and current female backing vocalist for Jason Derulo and Cher.
Other work includes: Presenter for Top of the Pops Awards, The Clothes Show Live (NEC Arena, Birmingham), Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (UK Arena Tour) and Strictly Ballroom (Golden Nugget, Las Vegas). Front cover interviews and magazine deals with OK Magazine, Heat, Now, The Daily Star, The Sun and many other national papers and magazines.
Lawrence has directed, written or produced twenty-one motion pictures, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon. Among them, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Bodyguard, the first original screenplay Kasdan sold. The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture. The Accidental Tourist was named Best Picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear as Best Picture of the 1992 Berlin Film Festival. Nominated for four Academy Awards and six Writers Guild Awards, Kasdan was honored by the Writers Guild of America with its Laurel Award for advancing the literature of motion pictures.
Recent productions include his play Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), Folding the Monster, The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater), In This, Our Time and Big Kids. Alexander was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for his work on the additional book and lyrics of the off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don’t! He has recently begun work on the latest film by director Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful), and has just completed work on the original screenplay, The Year of the Monarchs. Alex is a member of the Dramatists Guild and NYTW’s Usual Suspects.
Theatre includes: The Sunshine Boys (Savoy); 13, After the Dance, Happy Now?, The Emperor Jones and Free (NT), Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); Plenty (Sheffield); Ruby Wax’s Losing It (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Misanthrope (Comedy); As You Like It (Globe); Mrs Klein and Cloud Nine (Almeida); Equus (Gielgud and Broadway). Thea was associate director to Peter Hall, and artistic director of the Southwark Playhouse and Gate Theatre.
Television includes: Henry V starring Tom Hiddleston for the BBC and Neal Street.
Tim trained at Central St Martins School of Art & Design, London.
Theatre credits include: Timon of Athens; Welcome to Thebes; Rafta Rafta; Present Laughter; Henry V; The Talking Cure; Vincent in Brixton; Humble Boy; Stanley; Hamlet; Sleep with Me; Darker Face of the Earth; Flight; Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre); Out of a House (National Theatre co-production with Complicite); Betty Blue Eyes (West End); Shrek the Musical (West End and Broadway); Spamalot (West End and Broadway); Private Lives (West End); Suddenly Last Summer; The Crucible (Broadway); Endgame; 3 Lives of Lucie Cabrol (Complicite); Mrs Klein (Almeida Theatre); My Fair Lady (Paris).
Opera credits include: La Traviata (Vlaamse Opera); Figaro (Aix-en-Provence); Love for 3 Oranges (Cologne); Carmen, Orpheus in the Underworld, Return of Ulysses (Opera North); Ariadne auf Naxos and Il Trovatore (Scottish Opera).
Film credits include: Stage Beauty (2003 dir Richard Eyre); Closer (2004 dir Mike Nichols); Notes on a Scandal (2006 dir Richard Eyre).
Exhibitions: Vivienne Westwood - a London Fashion (Museum of London); Diaghilev & the Ballet Russes (V&A).
Awards: Olivier Awards for Stanley (National Theatre) and Private Lives (West End), Tony Awards for Private Lives (Broadway); and Shrek the Musical (Broadway).
Theatre includes: director of Midnight Tango (West End & UK tour), Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals (tour), Saturday Night Fever (Spain, South Africa, West End, UK tour, Australia, Singapore, Scandinavia & Korea), Oliver! (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bermuda), Footloose (West End, UK tour & South Africa) and The Wedding Singer (UK tour). As Choreographer: Dance 'Til Dawn (UK tour), Starlight Express (Joberg Theatre, South Africa), The Last Horseman (Madrid), Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates (Birmingham Hippodrome), CHESS (Margitsziget Open Air Theatre, Budapest), Never Forget (Savoy & UK tour), Doctor Doolittle (UK tour), Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse), The Producers (Spain), Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury), Brighton Rock (Almeida), Annie Get Your Gun (Number 1 tour), Footloose (Plymouth, Number 1 tour), When Harry Met Barry (The Venue, tryout), A Chorus Line and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible). Associate director and choreographer (with Arlene Philips): Black Goes With Everything (Churchill Theatre Bromley), Saturday Night Fever (Palladium, Minskoff Theatre New York) and E.F.X (MGM Grand Las Vegas). Projects with Richard Sampson: The 1993/4 Olivier Awards, Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible), The Cole Porter Centenary Gala, Jesus Christ Superstar In Concert and the Federation Cup. Assistant director and choreographer: Grease (with Arlene Philips, West End), Hollywood And Broadway and The Pied Piper (with Wayne Sleep, Bournemouth), Annie (Sheffield Crucible), The Greatest Show In Town (Bournemouth), Stairway To The Stars, Hello Dolly! and My One And Only (Palladium).
Television includes: The Voice, Waking The Dead, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Les Dennis Laughter Show, The Lisa Maxwell Show (BBC), and Head Over Heels (Carlton).
Other work includes: Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester), devising a piece based on Music In War for Fiona Laird (National) and several commissions for Princess Cruises.
Awards & Nominations include: Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse), TMA Best Musical Award for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible), Olivier Award Nomination for Best Entertainment for Midnight Tango, What's On Stage Theatregoers' Choice Nomination for Best Choreographer for Never Forget.
Mike Dixon graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1979 and since then has become one of the most experienced and respected musical forces in London's West End and on British television. His work spans all genres of music as Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Arranger and Composer.
Theatre includes: Hair; Zorro; Never Forget; We Will Rock You; Daddy Cool; Footloose; Grease; Jesus Christ Superstar; Aspects Of Love; Doctor Dolittle; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; La Cage Aux Folles; Peter Pan; Bless The Bride; Mr Cinders; Godspell; Look to the Rainbow.
Television includes: Text Santa; Over The Rainbow; Children In Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall; The Electric Proms; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; We Are Most Amused; For One Night Only; Concert for Diana; Glastonbury 2007; MusiCool; Pop Idol; The Royal Variety Show; Miss World; The British Comedy Awards; Star For a Night; Call Up The Stars; Night of a Thousand Stars; The Brian Conley Show; The Shane Ritchie Experience; Whatever You Want; Late Night with Jerry Springer; We Are The Champions; The Queen's Jubilee Rock Concert; The Prince's Trust 30th Anniversary Concert; BBC Proms in the Park; Saturday Night Divas; Guilty Pleasures; An Audience with Jimmy Tarbuck, An Audience with Joan Rivers; An Audience With Shirley Bassey; An Audience with Lionel Richie...Live!.
Radio includes: Elvis Forever; Elbow at Abbey Road; Andrew Lloyd Webber's Birthday in the Park; Friday Night Is BOND Night; Cheltenham Jazz Festival; The Billie Holiday Story; The Billy Strayhorn Story; Jazz Royalty; Friday Night Is Music Night; BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre Competition.
Recordings include: The Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein; The Performance with Dame Shirley Bassey; Zorro; Seven; We Will Rock You; Grease; Doctor Dolittle; Jesus Christ Superstar; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Aspects of Love; Evita (movie).
Other events include: Macmillan Centenary Gala; Wimbledon Theatre Centenary Gala; Welcoming The World, St Pancras International Royal Opening; Dame Shirley Bassey, The Dame is Back!; Launch of Ventura; Arcadia & Adonia.
Mike has received awards in the Australian entertainment industry Helpmann Award 2004 for Best Musical Direction.
Training: Richard graduated with a degree in commercial music.
Theatre includes: musical director of The Bodyguard, Betty Blue Eyes, Hair!, Priscilla Queen Of the Desert, Grease (West End), Fame (2007 UK tour), Grease (2005-2006 UK tour), Blood Brothers (UK tour), The Rocky Horror Show (UK and European tours). Assistant musical director: Jesus Christ Superstar (Slovenia), Cabaret (European tour), Our House (West End).
Commercial credits include: Brian McFadden (BMG) and keyboards for Westlife.
Richard has produced the debut albums of the singers Shona White (I'll Bring You A Song) and Chris Thatcher (Jesus Chris Superstar). Additionally Richard has composed and arranged music for The Lover's Spiral (commissioned by The Royal Ballet School) and 'Perfectly Frank' – Songs from The Rocky Horror Show.
He is currently musical supervisor for the annual West End Eurovision.
Richard's first musical, Today Is My Day, premiered in London in 2010 and his album Songs was released this year to critical acclaim.
Chris Egan has become one of the UK's most respected musical talents. He has worked in all genres of music as a Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator & Musical Director.
Theatre: End Of The Rainbow (Broadway, West End); Crazy For You (West End); Witches Of Eastwick (UK tour); Never Forget (West End & UK tour); The Wedding Singer (UK tour); Grease (West End, Worldwide tour); Daddy Cool (West End & European tour); Footloose (West End, UK tour, South Africa); Love Shack (UK tour); Kiss Me Kate (UK tour); Calamity Jane (West End).
Television: Upstairs Downstairs; Queens Diamond Jubilee; Royal Variety Performance (2005, 2007 & 2009); Guinness World Records Smashed; For One Night Only; Britannia High; How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria (Toronto); Guilty Pleasures; Graham Norton's Big Finish; Saturday Night Diva's; MusiCool; Cirque De Celebrity; Paul O'Grady Show; Soapstar Superstar; An Audience with Lionel Richie; BBC Proms In The Park; Duet Impossible; Prince's Trust 30th Anniversary Concert; Just The Two Of Us; An Audience with Joan Rivers; Another Audience with Dame Shirley Bassey; Baby Ballroom The Championship (UK & International); Children In Need; Late Night with Jerry Springer; BBC TV License Campaign; Girlstuff Boystuff (animation series).
Radio: BBC Voice of Musical Theatre (2000-2006); Friday Night Is Music Night; John Barrowman Radio 2 Special; Michael Ball Celebrates Anthony Newley; James Bond Special.
Concerts: Elaine Paige (UK, European, Australian, American & Asia Concerts); Dame Shirley Bassey (UK Arena tour & Concerts); Lionel Richie (Hyde Park); Jane McDonald (UK tours); Shalamar (UK tour).
Special Events: Heathrow Terminal 5 Royal Opening; St. Pancras International Royal Opening; Morse Live at the Albert Hall; P&O Naming Cermonies of "Ventura" & "Arcadia"; Laurues Sports Awards Monte Carlo; Young World Arena tour.
Chris's production music compositions (currently over 300 tracks) can be heard all over the world on numerous TV stations.
Chris has written arrangements & performed with many artists including: Lionel Richie; Annie Lennox; Lady Gaga; Oliva Newton-Jown; Phil Ramone; Hayley Westenra; Tony Hatch; Ronan Keating; Michael Ball; Robin Gibb; Dame Shirley Bassey; and Leslie Bricusse.
Chris is currently Elaine Paige's musical director and is creative director of "Vivace", a company that provides first class music production services for film, television, theatre, video games and interactive-media.
Mark Henderson has lit extensively for all the major theatre, opera and dance companies in the UK and has lit over 50 West End productions. He was the recipient of the 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards for Lighting Design, was awarded a Tony in 2006 and has also received a Welsh BAFTA.
Theatre includes: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Iceman Cometh; The Judas Kiss; Copenhagen; Democracy; Hamlet; The Real Thing; The Sound of Music; Our House; Up for Grabs; Grease; West Side Story; Spend Spend Spend; Neville's Island; Follies; Mutiny; Passion; Rowan Atkinson in Revue; Enron; All My Sons; When We Are Married; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice; Blithe Spirit; Hay Fever; Sweeney Todd; Racing Demon, Les Parent Terribles, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, All My Sons, Mourning Becomes Electra, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, Emperor and the Galilean, One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre).
Opera includes productions for ENO, The Royal Opera, WNO, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Dance includes productions for LCDT, Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and SWRB.
Television and film includes: The Tall Guy; Leeds Piano Competition; Under Milk Wood.
As sound designer: I Dreamed a Dream (UK tour); Chess (Toronto); The Sound of Music (Moscow); A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; A Christmas Carol; Never Forget (UK tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (national tour Spain); Dancing Shadows (world premiere Seoul, Korea); Daddy Cool; Daddy Cool (international tour); Christmas Carol; Cabaret (Milan); The Fall and Rise of Lenny Smallman; Home Truths (national tour); We Could Be Heroes; The Snowman; ASTA Showcase for Cameron Mackintosh; Children of Eden; Pippin; Tommy; West Side Story; Cabaret; Once on this Island; The Angel; opening ceremony of The Jubilee Bridges; Just So; Les Misérables.
As associate sound designer: My Fair Lady; The King and I; Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour); Doctor Dolittle (UK tour); Sunset Boulevard (UK tour); The King and I (UK tour); Nutcracker; Anything Goes; Mamma Mia! (Europe, China and Korea).
As production sound supervisor: Mamma Mia!.
Richard has worked with various artists in concert in the rock and pop world and has provided sound design for many television and corporate shows. His sound mixing credits also include various arena shows both in the UK and Nigeria, and several CD recordings.
Theatre includes: 9 to 5 – The Musical (UK tour) Epidemic (Old Vic Tunnels), All New People (Duke of York's and UK tour), Shrek the Musical (Drury Lane), Let It Be (Prince of Wales), Frisky & Mannish: Extra Curricular Activities (Edinburgh Festival/UK tour), Pete Firman (Edinburgh Festival/UK tour), Chris Cox - Fatal Distraction (UK tour), Principles & Deceptions (Edinburgh Festival), Peter Pan (Dublin/Southampton), Ivan and the Dogs (UK and International tour), Catwalk Confidential (Miami/London), A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), Reasons to be Cheerful (Theatre Royal, Stratford East and two UK tours), The Tempest (Old Vic/Bridge Project), Kristina (Royal Albert Hall), The Real Thing (Old Vic), The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out (UK tour), Blowing Whistles (Leicester Square Theatre), The Norman Conquests (Old Vic/Broadway), ;Sir Barrington Ganch - My Life is Art (Edinburgh Festival), All About My Mother (Old Vic), Frost/Nixon (Donmar/Geilgud) and Evita (New Zealand tour). He has also been involved in the productions of Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane) and Sinatra (Palladium).
Television includes: BBC News, London Olympics 2012, Newsnight, BBC Sport, Match of the Day, The One Show, Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother, Unknown Islands (BBC documentary pilot).
In 2001, Duncan won the BFI's Young Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Training: Laine Theatre Arts
Theatre includes: associate director of The Bodyguard (West End), Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Sound of Music (London Palladium & UK tour), Cats (West End & UK tour), War & Peace (The Coliseum), La Cava (Churchill Theatre, Bromley & West End), The Pajama Game (Birmingham Rep, Toronto & West End), S'Wonderful (London Palladium), Hey Mr Producer! (West End), Sunset Boulevard (West End), Pickwick The Musical (UK tour), Jack in Review (London Palladium), West Side Story and Mother Goose (York Theatre Royal), Tom (Jermyn Street Theatre & UK tour), Aladdin, Cinderella and A Christmas Carol (Hackney Empire), No One in The World, A Chorus Line, MGM & The Styne (London Palladium), The Ultimate Knees Up, Cinderella and Mother Goose (Hackney Empire), The Beaux Stratagem and The Boyfriend (Wimbledon), The Fleet's In (West End), Slapper and Slaphead (The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Rags (Chelsea Theatre), Marriage of Figaro (Sadler's Wells), The Australian Fire & Flood Benefit (West End), Fascinating Aida (Jermyn Street Theatre, UK tour & Edinburgh Festival), Absolutely Miraculous (Broadway)
Choreography includes: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium & UK tour) War & Peace (ENO), and resident choreographer for the Miss Saigon School. Frank has reproduced work for The Royal Variety Performance, Proms in the Park, Children In Need, The Variety Club of Great Britain Awards and Amici (UK, Australia and New Zealand tour)
Film and television credits include: Tom Jones, All We Need is Love, Jethro Tull 25 Years Celebration, Elaine Page - As If We Never Said Goodbye & South Bank Show, This Is Your Life - Petula Clark, The Lawrence Oliver Awards & The Royal Variety Performance, Reach for the Stars, (BBC1), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Making of a Musical (Mentorn), Turning Point Documentary (ITV), Hey Mr Producer! (Cameron Mackintosh & VCI Video Ltd), Cats (RUG & Polygram), Hale & Pace, The People Program (LWT), Great Westerners (HTV), Free Time and CITV (Carlton), Blue Peter and ITV's The Christmas Show.
Theatre includes: Annie (UK tour), I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story (UK tour), Chess (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndhams Theatre), Hot Flush (UK tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour), Buddy (West End), Cruising Musicals Conortium (P&O Cruises).
Michael Harrison has produced more than 20 productions in the UK and abroad including: Aspects of Love starring David Essex which transferred to the Jo'burg Civic Theatre; Jolson & Co starring Allan Stewart; The Witches of Eastwick starring Marti Pellow; Chess directed by Craig Revel Horwood (UK tour and Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto).
This year he will produce I Dreamed a Dream, the Susan Boyle story starring Elaine C Smith and guest starring Susan Boyle. Michael co-produced Elaine Paige's last two concert tours including her 40th anniversary tour and is also managing director of Qdos Pantomimes Ltd; this Christmas the company presented 23 major productions across the UK.
David Ian has produced theatre shows all over the world. His credits include: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.