Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo b. September 19, 1978) is an Iranian-born Canadian actor and singer recognised chiefly for his work in London’s West End. He has played leading male roles in both of the West End’s longest running musicals: the Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, and Jean Valjean, Enjolras, and Marius in Les Miserables.

He also originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Love Never Dies, which continues the story of The Phantom of the Opera. He made his Broadway debut as Valjean in the 2014 revival production of Les Miserables, for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

In Canada, Ramin moved to Richmond Hill from Peterborough and attended Alexander Mackenzie High School. After dropping out of school at 18, he began his performing career in rock bands and various theatre projects before moving on to perform in theatre companies for Airtours and P&O Cruises.

After moving to England, his first role was in a pantomime of Aladdin in Chatham, in which he played the title role. Following this, in 2001, he went on to join the UK national tour of The Pirates of Penzance, understudying and then playing the role of the Pirate King.

In 2002, he joined the national tour of Sunset Boulevard, playing Artie Green and covering the role of Joe Gillis. Les Miserables was his West End debut; he played Feuilly and understudied the roles of Marius and Enjolras.

After this, in 2003, the artist took one of the lead roles, Raoul Vicomte de Chagny, in The Phantom of the Opera. His final matinee performance was filmed for use on a behind-the-scenes feature on the DVD of Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera, a film in which he also appeared, in a cameo role as Gustave Daae.

During the same period, Ramin also appeared in two concerts of Les Miserables (as Marius), and one of Jesus Christ Superstar (as Simon Zealotes, and a featured singer in “Superstar”), as well as being involved in several theatre workshops.

In 2004, Ramin returned to Les Miserables, this time taking on the role of Enjolras. In the December of that year, he appeared in a concert of Les Miserables at Windsor Castle, in honour of the French president Jacques Chirac. Excerpts from this were shown on Easter Sunday 2005, in a behind-the-scenes documentary about Windsor Castle.

In June 2005, Ramin joined the UK national tour of Miss Saigon, playing the role of Christopher Scott. He appeared in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, this time as the Phantom, starting in September 2007. He was the show’s 21st anniversary Phantom. He brought a new interpretation to the role and a vitality which was recognized by fans of the show as it earned him a Theatregoers Choice Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Take Over Role.

Ramin has also released an EP, Within the Six Square Inch, on which he duets with Hadley Fraser and Sophia Ragavelas, both of whom he had already appeared with in Les Miserables(Marius and eponine).

 

Love Never Dies ‘Till I Hear You Sing”

 

In July 2008, he was asked to take part in the Sydmonton Festival and was the first actor to play The Phantom in the workshop presentation of Love Never Dies. It was the first act to the sequel of The Phantom of the Opera. It was confirmed he would play the role alongside Sierra Boggess when the sequel opened in London, England, March 2010.

In 2008 Ramin recorded a song, I Only Wish for You, with Shona Lindsay and Dianne Pilkington, for the CD Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange, an album of 20 brand new recordings by 26 West End stars, released in November 2008 on Dress Circle Records.

In 2009 he was asked to take part in the recording of new musical album called Bluebird, by Gareth Peter Dicks. Bluebird is a dramatic WW2 musical, in which he plays the part of US serviceman Ben Breagan. He appeared along with a host of West End stars. The 24-track album was released in four countries in September 2009.

Ramin’s last regular performance in The Phantom of the Opera took place on November 7, 2009. He moved on to playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel, Love Never Dies, alongside Sierra Boggess, performing the role until the show closed on August 27, 2011.

On October 3, 2010, he played the role of Enjolras in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables at The O2 Arena in London. In 2011, Ramin sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera at the Miss World Competition, which took place in London.

On October 1 and 2, 2011, he played The Phantom for three performances alongside Love Never Dies co-star Sierra Boggess as Christine Daae in the unique 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and was streamed live to cinemas across the world and later released on DVD and Blu Ray worldwide.

 

 

Phantom of the Opera Royal Albert Theatre London 2011

 

From November 29, 2011 to March 31, 2012, Ramin returned to Les Miserables, to play the lead role of Jean Valjean at The Queen’s Theatre, London, for which he won the 2013 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Takeover in a Role.

Ramin recently had a guest appearance in Warwick Davis’s BBC2 comedy Life’s Too Short as a Scientologist. This episode aired Dec 8, 2011. He has also has a recurring role in The Spa (TV series) on Sky in the United Kingdom.

As part of the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Ramin performed the title song at The Royal Variety Performance  held in The Lowry, Manchester  on Monday, December 5, 2011. Performing alongside Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, Ramin was joined by three other former Phantoms (Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones). The performance was aired on ITV1 on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Ramin can also be found on The Music Box album as a hidden track. The song is from the musical Bluebird by Gareth Peter Dicks and is a short acoustic version of a track from the album of the same name.

His solo album, Ramin, was released by Sony Music Entertainment on April 9, 2012 in the UK. The album was released in Canada and the US in August 2012.

On January 26, 2013, Ramin joined John Owen-Jones, Peter Joback, and Hugh Panaro to sing the title song from Phantom with Sierra Boggess and The Music of the Night for the encore of Phantom’s 25th Anniversary on Broadway.

Ramin plays Valjean in the Canadian production of the newly staged Les Miserables, which opened in September 2013.

Ramin will again play the role of Jean Valjean in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables beginning March 2014, making his Broadway debut.

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