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Colm Wilkinson

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Biography

Colm Wilkinson was born on June 5, 1944, in Dublin (Ireland). He is married to Deidre Wilkinson and they have four children - Aaron, Judith, Simon and Sarah.

Colm grow up in a big family (he has nine siblings) who all loved music. When he was little his father taught him to play the banjo, and he has also been singing since he was a child. In the 1960’s Colm was part of several different bands in Dublin, before starting his career in musical theatre in 1972, when he got the part of Judas in the Dublin production of Jesus Christ Superstar. After six months he went on to play the part in the London production.

In 1989-1994 he played the Phantom in the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera. He has also starred in Adam and Eve (Dublin), Fire Angel (London) and Voices (Dublin). He was also Che Guevara in the 1976 recording of Evita.

Colm played Jean Valjean in both the original London production of Les Misérables (1985-1986) and the original Broadway production (1987-1988). He has also played the part in the US tours in Toronto (1998-1999), Dublin (1999) and Shanghai (2002). Also in the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert in London (1995) he was chosen to play Jean Valjean.

For the Broadway part of Valjean, Colm won a Helen Hayes Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award and a Theatre World Award. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award.

For the part of the Phantom in the Toronto production, Colm received a Dora Mavor Moore Award (1988-1989). Ten years later he received the same award for the part of Valjean in the Toronto production of Les Misérables.

Colm represented Ireland at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, and came in 5th place. He is a talented composer and wrote the song himself. He has also released three solo albums: Colm C.T. Wilkinson (released in Ireland in 1977), Stage Heroes (released in Ireland/UK/Canada in 1989 and in the USA in 1997) and Some of My Best Friends are Songs (released in the USA in 2002).