LEE MEAD shot to prominence after winning the BBC series ‘Any Dream Will Do’ to take the role of Joseph in the West End in 2007. Booking was so fast for the musical that the producers extended the show’s run and Lee’s contract until January 2009.
In June 2007 Lee released ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’ by download. Five days later the songs entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at No 2. Proceeds from the songs went to the BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ charity appeal. Lee released his first album ‘Lee Mead’ in 2007 and his second album ‘Nothing Else Matters’ in 2009.
Following his successful run as Joseph in the West End, Lee took on the challenging title role in ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ – a touring revival of a Victorian comic melodrama based on a short story by Oscar Wilde.
Lee returned to the West End in 2010 to take on the role of Fyero in the musical ‘Wicked’ and to pursue a solo singing career, taking his own show ‘An Evening with Lee Mead’ around the UK on his days off from the musical. He also starred in his own Christmas show at the London Coloseum in December 2010.
In 2011, Lee went back to the West End to star in ‘Legally Blonde’ before leaving on a tour of Japan in December that year. After performing in his own Christmas show at the Barbican, Lee toured with his new band in February and March 2012 and released a third album in February 2012 entitled ‘Love Songs’.
During 2012 Lee was cast in TV acting roles – as ‘Harry Timms’ in a BBC ‘Casualty’ episode and also playing ‘Scott’ in Series Two of ‘Bedlam’ for Sky TV. He was then asked to join the cast of a new concert venture ‘West End Men’ which had several very successful concerts in UK and a sell-out performance to 3000 people in Singapore. The performances culminated in a 4 week run in the West End in May/June 2013.
Lee starred in his first pantomime role ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ in December 12/January 13 in Southampton with Julian Clary and Nigel Havers. This has been followed in subsequent years by pantomime appearances in Plymouth and Cardiff. In Birmingham in December 15/January 16, Lee was reunited with Julian Clary once again in ‘Aladdin’.
Lee continued to tour the UK with his band and in October 2013 he joined the permanent cast of BBC ‘Casualty’ as Nurse Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern, a role which was specifically created for him and which has proved a huge success for Lee and for the show. In spite of being incredibly busy at the BBC, and in pantomime each Christmas and New Year, Lee found time to perform in his own concerts during 2014. He also returned to the West End’s legendary Garrick Theatre in December 2014 and 2015 with his own Christmas shows. These shows were an enormous success and played to full houses each time.
2016 has proved to be incredibly busy for Lee. He took a 12-month leave of absence from ‘Casualty’ to take on the role of ‘Caractacus Potts’ in a new touring production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ from May-September 2016. He released his wonderful fourth album ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ in February 2016 and has toured with his own show of the same name in 2015 and 2016. The album was launched at The Pheasantry in London in March 2016 followed by a nationwide tour in October 2016.