Julian Ovenden

Julian Ovenden
Born Julian Mark Ovenden
29 November 1976 (age 39)
Sheffield, England, UK
Education Eton College
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor and singer
Spouse(s) Kate Royal (m. 2010)
Children Two

Julian Mark Ovenden (born 29 November 1976) is an English stage, television and film actor and singer. He has starred on Broadway and in the West End, in television series in both the UK and US, as well as having an international career as a concert and recording artist.

Early life and education

Ovenden was born on 29 November 1976 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.[1][2] He is one of three children[2] of the Reverend Canon John Ovenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.[3] He sang in the St Paul's Cathedral Choir, London as a child. He later won a music scholarship to Eton College.[4] He subsequently read music at New College, Oxford on a choral scholarship.[3]

Whilst he has received training as an opera singer,[5] he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]


His theatre work includes the multi award winning Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin) (2000)[6] and Grand Hotel (The Baron) (2004)[7] for Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse; Annie Get Your Gun (Butler) (2009) for Richard Jones at The Young Vic;[8] Michael Legrand's Marguerite (Armand) (2008) at the Haymarket for Jonathan Kent;[9] King Lear (Herald) (1999) for Yukio Ninagawa at the RSC;[10] Butley (play) (Joseph Keyston) (2006) at the Booth Theatre on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane;[11] Death Takes a Holiday (Death) (2011) for The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York;[12] A Woman of No Importance (Gerald) (2003) for Adrian Noble at the Haymarket;[13] Finding Neverland (J. M. Barrie) (2011) for The Weinstein Company;[14] the Parisian premiere of Sunday in The Park With George (Seurat) (2013);[15] Show Boat (Gaylord) (2015)at the Lincoln Centre in New York[16] and most recently My Night with Reg (John) (2014).[17]

Ovenden has also sung musical theatre songs in several concerts at the Proms, in particular concerts of Stephen Sondheim[18] and of Rodgers and Hammerstein.[19]

Ovenden first appeared on British TV in 5 seasons of Foyle's War (Andrew Foyle) opposite Michael Kitchen. He has most recently starred in two seasons of worldwide show, Downton Abbey (Series 4 and 5) (Charles Blake). Other British TV work includes The Forsyte Saga (Val Dartie), Any Human Heart (William Boyd), The Royal (Dr David Cheriton),. On US TV, Julian has been in Person of Interest (Season 3 and 4, CBS) (Jeremy Lambert) over the last three years. He has also appeared in seasons of Cashmere Mafia (Eric Burden), Related (Jason Greenstein) and SMASH (John F. Kennedy).

Julian’s recent film work includes Colonia (Roman) opposite Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl, The Confessions (Matthew Price) with Daniel Auteuil, Toni Servillo and Connie Nielsen and British indie war film, Allies (Captain Gabriel Jackson).

As a solo singer Julian has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic,[20] the New York Pops,[21] The Northern Sinfonia,[22] the Liverpool Philharmonic,[23] the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,[24] the London Philharmonic Orchestra,[25] the John Wilson Orchestra,[26] the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra[27] and the BBC Concert Orchestra.[28] He has also appeared at The Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where he is a regular performer.[29] Julian made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014[30] and followed it up with another headlining concert in 2015.[31]

Julian recorded a debut album for Decca Records in 2013 entitled If You Stay[32] and has since made a Rodgers and Hammerstein record with John Wilson for Warner Classics[33] and a Downton Abbey Christmas record for Warner Music that went double platinum.[34] In late 2015, he signed a multiple record deal with East West Records and his new album debuts April 2016.[35]

Personal life

Ovenden lives with opera singer Kate Royal, their son Johnny Beau, daughter Audrey, and Roman the dog. Julian and Kate married on 20 December 2010, the ceremony being conducted by Ovenden's father, who also christened their son in a double ceremony.[36]


  1. "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916–2005". Ancestry.com.
  2. 1 2 3 Liz Hoggard (2008-05-20). "Marguerite's man". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  3. 1 2 Sarah Oliver (2011-01-22). "The other Royal wedding: Opera singer Kate Royal on juggling her family with stellar performances worldwide". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  4. Chrissy Iley (15 April 2012). "Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen's chaplain". The Telegraph.
  5. Dalya Alberge (2010-10-30). "Opera: it sounds like being the next big thing in movies". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  6. Michael Billington (2000-12-13). "The heart-piercing, time-travelling Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  7. Michael Billington (2010-10-30). "Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  8. Michael Billington (2009-10-18). "Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  9. Michael Billington (2008-05-21). "Marguerite (Haymarket, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  10. "King Lear, Ninagawa/Horio, Royal Shakespeare Company, October 1999". www.ahds.rhul.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  11. Ben Brantley (2010-10-30). "Zingers Shoot Forth From Inside a Toxic Fog". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
  12. Set Aside That Scythe, and Let’s Put on a Show, Charles Isherwood, New York Times, 21 July 2011. Retrieved: 9 August 2014.
  13. "A Woman Of No Importance, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  14. Healy, Patrick. "Weinstein Company Moving Ahead With 'Finding Neverland' Musical, Its First". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  15. Benzel, Jan (2013-04-18). "Supersizing a 'Sunday in the Park'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  16. ]. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  17. My Night With Reg review – fine revival for caustic study of gay manners, Michael Billington, The Guardian, 6 August 2014. Retrieved: 9 August 2014.
  18. Andrew Clements (2010-08-01). "Prom 19: Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  19. Andrew Clements (2010-08-23). "A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  20. "Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham Will Star in New York Philharmonic Show Boat". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  21. "Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden Kick Off New York Pops Season at Carnegie Hall Tonight". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  22. Ltd, Made Media. "John Wilson & The John Wilson Orchestra". Sage Gateshead. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  23. Jones, Catherine. "Julian Ovenden on Peter Pan and singing with the John Wilson Orchestra". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  24. "Tim Rice: A Life in Song | Southbank Centre". www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  25. "A Conversation With Julian Ovenden". Edward Seckerson. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  26. "BBC - Proms - Julian Ovenden". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  27. RTÉ. "RTÉ Orchestras: RTÉ Concert Orchestra New Year's Eve Gala with Julian Ovenden". RTÉ. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  28. "Prom 19 - Prom 19". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  29. "BBC Proms". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  30. "Michael Feinstein". www.carnegiehall.org. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  31. "Downton Abbey's Julian Ovenden Will Replace Steven Pasquale Opposite Sierra Boggess at Carnegie Hall". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  32. "Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen's chaplain". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  33. ""Rodgers and Hammerstein At the Movies" CD to Feature Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden and More". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  34. "Downton Abbey now has a Christmas album". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  35. "Julian Ovenden - Timeline Photos | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  36. "The other Royal wedding: Meet opera star Kate Royal". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-01-25.

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