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Joseph McManners (born 3 December 1992) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and actor.

Joseph McManners
Joe McManners on DofE.jpg
Background information
Born (1992-12-03) 3 December 1992 (age 26)
OriginCanterbury, United Kingdom
GenresClassical, Opera, Pop
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter, musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, violin, percussion
Years active2004–present
LabelsSony BMG, unsigned


Personal lifeEdit

McManners is the son of musician and writer Hugh McManners[1] and Deborah McManners[2][3]

Singing careerEdit

At the age of 8, McManners heard the song My Heart Will Go On from the 1997 film Titanic[4]

Shortly after he sang the song at a family gathering, he realized that singing was what he wanted to do.[5]

He plays the violin and the piano and is learning to play the guitar. At that age, he sang 'In Dreams', though it is not the version which is featured in The Lord of the Rings (film) with Howard Shore as the composer.[3]

McManners auditioned for the lead role in the BBC's operatic version of "The Little Prince" directed by Francesca Zambello and was chosen from 25000 others to play the part.[citation needed]

During filming for "The Little Prince", he was spotted by executives from Sony BMG which led to a UK£2 million 4-album record deal.[6][7]

McManners went to Prague with his producer Nick Patrick in 2005 to record the music for his first album In Dreams. Most of the music was performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and McManners' brother plays violin on "Where is Love".[3][6] The album was released on 5 December 2005.

His debut album release reached number five in the classical charts within a few days.[8] The album was nominated for "Album of the Year" at the 2006 Classical BRIT Awards and the release of "Bright Eyes" from the same album debuted at number one in Asian airplay.[9][10]

In December 2006 it was reported that McManners had left Sony BMG over artistic differences.[11] In the same year, McManners was a guest singer at Liam Lawton's live concert held at the Dublin docklands, an event attended by almost 5,000 people. The orchestral arrangements were done by composer and arranger Nick Ingman.[12][13]

Acting careerEdit

In 2004, McManners starred as Oliver Twist in a local production of the play at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre opposite Ron Moody who played Fagin in the 1968 film adaptation of the famous novel. He reprised his role as Oliver Twist two years later in the BBC's "Celebrate 'Oliver!'" presented by Shane Ritchie[14] on 26 December 2005,[15] and he appeared in an episode of BBC's The Sound of Musicals on 4 February 2006 (filmed in 2005).[16]

McManners made his feature film acting debut in Hot Fuzz. He played the part of Gabriel who is described as being an 'angelic schoolboy'.[17] The back-story and sub-plot surrounding his character was cut from the final version and can be found in the bonus material of the DVD.[18] One reporter noted shortly after the film's release in early 2007 that because of McManners' age, he was unable to legally view the film until his 15th birthday later that year.[19]

It was also reported that McManners had turned down an earlier offer in 2005 to star as the young Hannibal Lecter in the Hollywood film about the serial killer's childhood called Hannibal Rising due to school and other commitments.[20]

In the summer of 2007, McManners auditioned for the role of Eustace Scrubb, a character in the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was released in 2010.[21] However, the part went to British actor Will Poulter.[22]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hugh McManners
  2. ^ Deborah McManners
  3. ^ a b c Interview from the Limited Edition Japanese DVD release of "In Dreams".
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b sound generator - Joseph McManners - In Dreams review Archived 28 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 28 August 2006).
  7. ^ "Schoolboy earns £2 m record deal". BBC News. BBC. 14 September 2005. p. 1. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
  8. ^ Silver screen beckons for teenage singing sensation Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine from Kent newspaper Kent on Sunday (accessed 19 December 2005).
  9. ^ The BPI Unveils Nominees for The Classical BRIT Awards 2006 (published 11 April 2006; accessed 28 August 2006).
  10. ^ Number 1 Airplay Archived 28 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine at Sony (accessed 28 August 2006).
  11. ^ Britcher, Chris (23 December 2006). "Joe's dream deal is over". Saturday Observer. p. 1. Retrieved 2 January 2007.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Liam Lawton - Biography at (accessed 14 May 2008)
  13. ^ Liam Lawton - CURRENT BIOGRAPHY 2007 at (accessed 14 May 2008)
  14. ^ Celebrate 'Oliver!' at the Internet Movie Database.
  15. ^ "Celebrate Oliver!" to be screened on Boxing Day Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine at Sony (accessed 28 August 2006).
  16. ^ "Cached version of a BBC 1 television listing for The Sound of Musicals".
  17. ^ Singing star Joseph even hotter stuff Archived 13 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine from Canterbury Gazette newspaper (accessed 15 February 2007).
  18. ^ Joseph McManners 'Hot Fuzz' scenes cut at (accessed 21 October 2007)
  19. ^ Joe's too young for own film Archived 13 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine from Kent newspaper Saturday Observer (accessed 17 February 2007).
  20. ^ "Schoolboy star turns down killer role" Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine by Chris Britcher, Saturday Observer (published 17 September 2006; accessed 17 November 2006) (details in PDF version)
  21. ^ Joseph auditions for role as Eustace Scrubb at (accessed 21 October 2007)
  22. ^ Will Poulter Cast as Eustace Scrubb at (accessed 22 June 2008)

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