Julian Ovenden (born May 1976, Sheffield) is an English stage, television and film actor and singer. He is one of three children of Canon John Ovenden, chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. Ovenden sang in the St Paul''s Cathedral Choir as a child. He later won a scholarship to Eton College. He subsequently studied at the University of Oxford on a choral scholarship. Whilst he has received training as an opera singer, he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Ovenden''s roles in the theatre have included: Ovenden has also sung musical theatre songs in several concerts at The Proms, in particular concerts of Stephen Sondheim and of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Future plans include tentative casting as Daniel Cleaver in a musical adaptation of Helen Fielding''s Bridget Jones''s Diary (musical).. Ovenden''s work in television has included: In private life, Ovenden and his wife, the soprano Kate Royal, have a son, Johnny Beau, born in October 2009. The couple married in December 2010, the ceremony being conducted by Ovenden''s father, who also christened their son in a double ceremony.
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