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Michael Ashley Ball was born on June 27, 1962, in Stratford-Upon-Avon (United Kingdom). He's been living together with his partner Cathy McGowan since 1992.
A graduate from the Guildford School of Acting, Michael made his debut in Godspell as John the Baptist & Judas (Wales). He went on to play Frederick in Pirates of Penzance (Manchester), Marius in Les Misérables (London’s West End, 1985), Alex in Aspects of Love (West End & Broadway 1991), Raoul in Phantom of the Opera (West End) and Giorgio in Passion (West End). He also played the part of Joe Gillis in the BBC Radio’s live concert of Sunset Boulevard.
Michael got the chance to play the part of Marius again - for the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary concert. In 2004 he played Jean Valjean at a special concert for Queen Elizabeth II and Jacques Chirac (President of France).
In the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest Michael represented United Kingdom with the song One Step Out Of Time - which came in second in the contest. He went on to record a number of successful albums, as well as touring all over the United Kingdom.
Michael performed the part of Tony in a recording of West Side Story in 1993. The same year he also had his on TV series Michael Ball. Michael did a second series in 1994/1995. He also appeared as Henry Purcell in England, My England (1995). In 2001 he did a one-man show called Alone Together. He also played Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London 2002-2003). In 2004 Michael toured both Australia and the USA.
In February 2005 Michael took over the part of Count Fosco in The Woman in White, after Michael Crawford became ill. He also did the part on Broadway. In September 2005 he appeared as Reginald Bunthorne in Patience with the New York City Opera.
In the beginning of 1999 Michael received the honour of being chosen as the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Recording Artiste for 1998. In July 1999 he also received the Theatregoers Club of Great Britain’s award for Most Popular Musical Actor over the last 21 years.