Julian Ovenden

Active - 2002 - 2016  |   Born - Nov 29, 1976 in Sheffield, England  |   Genres - Drama, Musical

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To refer to British actor Julian Ovenden as a "thespian" marks the understatement to end all understatements. The son of Queen Elizabeth II's chaplain, Ovenden came of age in a regal environment and, at an early point, demonstrated his sharpest and clearest talent in the musical realm. By seven years old, Ovenden received an invitation to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral; by the age of 13, he won a musical scholarship to Eton College. A tenure at Oxford University on a choral scholarship followed, as did post-graduate studies at London's esteemed Webber-Douglas Academy of Performing Arts, which found Ovenden acting opposite such legends as Nigel Hawthorne and under the aegis of director Michael Grandage.

Ovenden pursued film and television acting alongside his theatrical and musical work from the earliest stages of his career. His first high-profile filmed role arrived around 2002, when cast in the Working Title telemovie Come Together opposite James D'Arcy. A popular turn as a doctor on the British series The Royal ensued, as did a role in the widely viewed miniseries Foyle's War (as Andrew Foyle) alongside the revered Michael Kitchen (Out of Africa). In 2004, Ovenden put his vocal and dramatic talents to use for a single television project: the Arthur Seidelman-directed telemovie A Christmas Carol: The Musical, starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge and Jane Krakowski as The Ghost of Christmas Past. Ovenden played Fred Anderson in that film. Meanwhile, the actor continued to pursue both theatrical and cinematic projects with equal vitality. Ovenden also signed for a regular supporting role on the 2008 series drama Cashmere Mafia, produced by Darren Star; however, the series didn't make it past its first season.

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  • Son of Rev Canon John Ovenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Won a choral scholarship to St Paul's Cathedral School at age 7; and later, a music scholarship to Eton College.
  • Appeared as a hunky builder in a UK Diet Coke commercial in the '90s, garnering him an overnight female fanbase.
  • Appeared in the West End premiere of Merrily We Roll Along in 2000.
  • Married soprano Kate Royal in October 2009, in a ceremony conducted by his father.
  • Signed a recording contract with Decca in 2012, releasing his album If You Stay the same year.