Kerry Jane Ellis (born 6 May 1979) is an English stage actress and singer who is best known for her work in musical theatre and subsequent crossover into music. Born and raised in the Suffolk village of Haughley, Ellis began singing at an early age and developed a great interest in musicals. After graduating from performing arts college Laine Theatre Arts, she made her West End debut in the 2001 revival of My Fair Lady as Martine McCutcheon''s understudy in the role of Eliza Doolittle. Later originating the role of Meat in We Will Rock You and playing lead roles in Les Mis├®rables, Wicked, Chess and Oliver!, Ellis has since become a well-recognised stage actress in the West End and on Broadway. While receiving several awards and nominations for her performances, she has been hailed the new First Lady of the West End. Expanding her repertoire as a solo artist in collaboration with rock musician and Queen guitarist Brian May, Ellis has released an extended play Wicked in Rock (2008) which was followed by her debut studio album Anthems (2010). Peaking at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart, the debut album was supported by her first headlining concert tour Anthems: The Tour. In addition to singing in concerts across the world, Ellis appears as a featured artist on several albums and is featured on three cast albums.