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Ruthie Henshall

Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall has been a major part of London's theatrical and musical life and in the last twenty years she has rarely been absent from the West End stage and she has also conquered New York's Broadway.

She was born in Bromley, London, England. Ruthie's early ambition was to be a ballet dancer, but her teacher said she had something that needed to be channeled in to more than just ballet. At the age of 19, after studying at the Laine Theatre Arts drama school in Epsom, she earned her first professional credit in the Cascade Review at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea before taking part in A Chorus Line. She made her mark in London's West End in the late 1980s and early 1990s, in Cats, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables as Fantine.

Her first starring role came in the 1993 in the Broadway smash Crazy for You, opening at the Prince Edward Theatre. Her performance earned her the first of four Olivier Award nominations.

In 1994, she starred in She Loves Me, winning the Olivier as Best Actress in a Musical. That same year, she performed a concert of Gershwin songs at London's Royal Festival Hall. She recreated her role of Fantine for the 10th Anniversary Concert performance of Les Miz at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1995. In 1996, she took on the role of Nancy in Oliver! at the Palladium. She has also appeared at the Chichester Festival, has toured Britain in the revue The Magnificent Musicals, and has performed in Hey, Mr. Producer, a celebration of the works of Cameron Mackintosh.

In 1997-1998, she starred as Roxie Hart in the West End revival of Chicago.

Ruthie was cast in the title role of the stage musical adaptation of the film Peggy Sue Got Married, which opened in London in August 2001, she was once again nominated for an Olivier for her performance.

Ruthie’s Broadway credits include Chicago, Putting It Together and The Vagina Monologues.

Her solo recordings include The Ruthie Henshall Album, Pilgrim, and Love Is Here to Stay. Her first feature film was a musical version of 'A Christmas Carol' and she recently appeared in BBC series 'Celebrate Oliver!' Christmas 2005 and 'The Sound of Musicals' January 2006.

Her latest West End performance was playing Marian Halcombe in ALW's The Woman In White.

Since ending her role as Marian, Ruthie has been living in New York while Tim has been playing the lead role of Roger in RENT. She has participate in several projects during this time. These include playing the role of Emma (Yes Emma =D) In 'The Other Woman,' performing in the 10th Anniversary of Chicago, and she most recently played the role of The Sophisicated Woman in the Encores! production of Stairway To Heaven.

This august Ruthie performed alongsideBryn Tefrel, Michael Ball, John Owen-Jones and Connie Fisher at the Faenol Festival in Wales, this August.

Ruthie is set to appear at London's 10th anniversary of Chicago this year as well as Barbara Cook & Friends World AIDS day concert and she will be a guest on A Audience With Stewart White for Children In Need which she will also perform at.

Ruthie's triumphant return to the West End will be Marguerite next may so keep your eyes peeled for info!

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