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Scarlett Strallen (born 3 July 1982) is an English stage actress, best known for her work in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway. She has received two Olivier Award nominations, in 2006 for her portrayal of Josephine in HMS Pinafore, performed at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and in 2012 for her role in Singin' in the Rain.

Scarlett Strallen
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Born
Scarlett Aimee Vaigncourt-Strallen

(1982-07-03) 3 July 1982 (age 37)
London, England
EducationThe Arts Educational Schools London and London Studio Centre
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1990 - present
Spouse(s)Nicholas Skilbeck

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BiographyEdit

Strallen played the title role in the West End production of Mary Poppins opposite Gavin Lee as Bert, at the Prince Edward Theatre from 2005 (as a replacement to original cast member Laura Michelle Kelly) to 2006, when she left to join The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Stratford. She returned to Poppins in 2007, replacing Lisa O'Hare, and stayed with the production until it closed in January 2008. For her performance as Mary Poppins, Strallen was nominated for the Best Takeover Role Award at the 2006 Theatregoers' Choice Awards. Strallen was invited to play the role in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins in 2008, replacing Ashley Brown and stayed with the show until October 2009, when she was replaced by Laura Michelle Kelly. She then temporarily played the part again in the Sydney production from November to December 2011. Strallen reprised the role of Mary Poppins with two other actresses who had also performed the role, Lisa O'Hare and Caroline Sheen, for the special benefit concert of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's songs, "A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe", at Her Majesty's Theatre.[1] She had expressed interest in the West End production of Wicked, but could not audition due to her involvement with Mary Poppins.

In 2011, Strallen originated the role of Kathy Selden in the UK revival of Singin' in the Rain, a production that opened at the 2011 Chichester Festival Theatre and then moved to the West End Palace Theatre.[2][3] She was nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award, Best Actress in a Musical for this role.[4]

In 2013, Strallen originated the role of Cassie in the West End revival of A Chorus Line, which opened at the London Palladium in February 2013 and closed on 31 August 2013, and was directed by the original choreographer Bob Avian. [5]

Later in 2013, Strallen appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Candide, where she played the role of Cunegonde from 23 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.[6]

She has also performed in the ensembles of the West End productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches of Eastwick and Mamma Mia!.

Strallen has appeared on a number of audio books down the years. One of her first, as a child, was as Matilda Wormwood in an audio dramatisation of Roald Dahl's Matilda in 1990, released on audio cassette as part of the Roald Dahl Theatre Collection, dramatising a selection of the author's most popular children's books. She also appears in plays for BBC Radio 4.

Voice WorkEdit

Strallen provided the voice of Princess in the 1995 animated film The Snow Queen. She also lent her voice to the animated television series The Dreamstone, The Big Knights and Molly's Gang.

Theatre appearancesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

She is the eldest sister of Summer Strallen, Zizi Strallen and Saskia 'Sasi' Strallen, all of whom are also actresses. Zizi played Mary Poppins like her eldest sister, only in the UK tour. Her parents, performers Sandy Strallen and Cherida Langford, both performed in the original London production of Cats (but had met prior to this show). She is the niece of Broadway, stage and TV actress Bonnie Langford[10] (her mother's sister). Her godfather is Christopher Biggins. She has been married to musical director Nicholas Skilbeck since 2010.[11] However, they separated in 2014.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shenton, Mark (8 December 2008). "Songs of Stiles & Drewe Heard on New Spoonful Concert CD". Playbill. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  2. ^ Spencer, Charles."'Singin' in the Rain', Palace Theatre, review" The Telegraph, 16 February 2012
  3. ^ Shenton, Mark. "Chichester's 'Singin' in the Rain' Will Transfer to West End, with Adam Cooper, Scarlett Strallen" Playbill, 15 September 2011
  4. ^ "Olivier Awards, 2012" olivierawards.com, accessed 21 September 2016
  5. ^ Shenton, Mark. "West End's 'A Chorus Line' Revival to Close After Six-Month Run" Playbill, 24 June 2013
  6. ^ Shenton, Mark. " 'Candide 'at London's Menier Chocolate Factory to Feature Fra Fee, Scarlett Strallen, David Thaxton, Ben Lewis and Cassidy Janson" Playbill, 11 September 2013
  7. ^ "Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton cast in Menier’s 'Candide'" Thestage.co.uk, 11 September 2013
  8. ^ "Immersive Production of Macbeth, With Kenneth Branagh, Closes at Park Avenue Armory June 22 - Playbill". Playbill. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  9. ^ A Gentlemans Guide [@GentlemansGuide] (8 February 2015). "Today, we say goodbye to lovely Lisa O'Hare. Help us welcome our new Sibella, the dazzling, deadly Scarlett Strallen!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Bonnie Langford to return to Broadway". Telegraph.co.uk. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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