BEN FORSTER as BEN FORSTER

Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980’s.  At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy.

Ben’s transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 documentary, ‘The Dream Academy’.

Since debuting in his first West End musical at the age of eighteen – La Cava, created by the Broccoli family of James Bond fame, Ben has had a successful theatre career. He has performed in numerous shows including Grease in the West End and international tour, Lennon and McCartney’s All You Need is Love and was part of the original cast of the hugely successful West End production, Thriller Live, taking the show from London onto international tours.

Ben shot to fame in 2012 after winning the ITV1 show, ‘Superstar’ – Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent search for Jesus in the rock arena musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ben competed against thousands and performed live to millions throughout the series. His talent and loveable personality won the hearts of the British public, who selected him to go on to win the coveted role and star alongside Spice Girl Melanie C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles, in a spectacular arena tour of the UK. Owing to the huge success of the production, Universal Pictures produced a movie version of the show, which played in cinemas across the world, became a best selling DVD and was shown on British television. In 2013 the show toured Australia, before Ben then returned back to the UK with the show, winning critical acclaim once more for his portrayal of the role. In between these tours Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show for which he achieved rave reviews.

Ben has also produced two acoustic albums, which have won him international acclaim and established him as a successful recording artist. 

During 2014, Ben returned to the West End to guest star in the role of Magaldi in the hit musical Evita alongside Marti Pellow for its run at the Dominion Theatre. He returned to the West End stage reprising his role as Brad Majors in the special celebrity run of The Rocky Horror Show, alongside the creator and theatrical legend Richard O’Brien. The show was viewed by thousands after being broadcast live from the Playhouse Theatre to cinemas all over Europe.

In 2015 Ben assumed the leading role of Buddy the Elf in Elf The Musical. Elf ran at the Dominion Theatre over the Christmas period and Ben has garnered considerable critical acclaim for his performance as Buddy and was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at the What’s on Stage Awards.

In February 2016 Ben took the title role of the “Phantom”, in “The Phantom of the Opera” in London’s West End for, leading the show in its 30th anniversary year to an Olivier Award and 5 star reviews.

In 2017 Ben took his own solo show to Japan and performed to sell out audiences. He also reprised his role of Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical, which was also shown on Channel 5 over Christmas.  In 2018 Ben performed in various concerts and worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber on his show ‘Unmasked”.

In 2019 Ben returned to Japan to sell out audiences and also headlined his own sold out solo show in London’s West End.  As theatres shut down in 2020, Ben had returned to the Phantom of the Opera, playing the role of The Phantom in theatres across Greece.