BEN FORSTER

BEN

Ben won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy at the age of 16. From there, 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 the 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. 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.
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.
In 2015, Ben assumed the leading role of Buddy the Elf in Elf The Musical. Elf ran at the
Dominion Theatre and Ben has garnered considerable critical acclaim for his performance as Buddy, and was nominated for “Best Actor in a Musical” at the WhatsOnStage Awards.
In February 2016 Ben started performing the title role of the “Phantom”, in The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End, leading the show in its 30th anniversary year to an Olivier Award and 5 star reviews.
In 2017 Ben took his own one man show to Japan and performed to sell out audiences. He most recently reprised his role of Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical which was also shown on Channel 5over Christmas.