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Ruthie Henshall

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Biography

Valentine Ruth Henshall was born on March 7, 1967 in Bromley (UK) - the youngest of four daughters. She is married to West End star Tim Hower and they have two daughters - Lily Amalia (born in 2003) and Dolly (born in 2005).

Ruthie started taking ballet lessons at a young age, and later attended Laine Theatre Arts from where she graduated in 1986. She started out as Maggie in the national tour of A Chorus Line (1987), and then went on to make her West End debut in Cats (1987-1989). After that her career continued with parts in Miss Saigon (1989-1990), Children of Eden (1991), Crazy For You (1992), She Loves Me (1994), Oliver! (1995-1996), Chicago (1997-1998, 2003), Peggy Sue Got Married (2001), The Vagina Monologues (2001), The Woman in White (2005-2006), Henry VIII, Sisterhood, Valentine’s Day and You Never Can Tell.

For her performance in She Loves Me Ruthie received a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 1995. (Over the years Ruthie has also been nominated a number of times).

In 1992 and 1996 Ruthie played the part of Fantine in Les Misérables in London. She was also chosen to reprise the part for the Les Misérables Tenth Anniversary Concert in 1995.

In 1998, Ruthie went on to have a successful career on Broadway, appearing in Ziefeld Folies of 1936, Chigaco, Miss Saigon and Putting It Together, before returning to London in 2001.

She has also done a number of concerts, and released three solo albums: Love is Here to Stay (1994), The Ruthie Henshall Album (1996) and Pilgrim (2001).

Ruthie has also appeared in the TV movies Putting it Together (2000) and A Christmas Carol (2004), as well as guest starred in an episode of the series Law & Order (2000).