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Five minutes with... Lee Mead

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:30 07 October 2014

Lee Mead

Lee Mead

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Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and musical theatre actor Lee Mead about being back on the road with his latest tour and performing in his home town at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

You have many exciting projects over the next couple of months, including your live tour. Please tell us more?

I’m very excited to be back out on the road with the band for limited dates. This is mainly down to filming commitments as I am now based in Cardiff during the week on the BBC’s Casualty, as nurse Lofty. I only have weekends free, so there are around 13 dates on this tour. It’s a new show with a mix of songs from musicals, a few from previous shows that I have starred in but with a fresh take on the arrangements. I also wanted to do three or four numbers from the MGM Hollywood film era, as these songs will be my next album. I have also started recording, which is really exciting. I have been asked many times over the last few years why I have never released a musical theatre record, and to be completely honest it’s because I felt that it had been done many times before with other singers, but not one like this album.

You grew up in Southend on Sea. How does it feel to be performing on your home turf?

It’s always without doubt the biggest date of the tour for me and I love coming home. I still come back once a month with my daughter and often I’ll be down the Theatre in the Arches for fish and chips or along the seafront with a Rossi’s ice cream. I love coming back to the Cliffs, as it was the first theatre I ever performed in when I was about seven years old.

Which is your favourite place in Essex to visit and why?

My favourite place has to probably be in Old Leigh, by the boats on the beach. I love it down there. I almost bought a place there a few years back, but ended up living out of a suitcase on tour for years.

Lee Mead will be appearing at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on October 5. For details, see www.southendtheatres.org.uk

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