Girl of the Week: Laura Michelle Kelly

Laura Michelle Kelly was born March 4th 1981.  She  an Award-winning English actress and singer who achieved critical acclaim in the role ofMary Poppins in the musical of the same name.

Kelly’s West End musical credits include Beauty and the Beast, Whistle Down The Wind as Swallow (2000), Les Misérables as Eponine at The Palace Theatre (2001), Mamma Mia! as Sophie at Prince Edward Theatre (2002), and My Fair Lady as Eliza at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (2003).She made her Broadway debut in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Hodel (2004).

Mary Poppins premiered in September 2004 at the Bristol Hippodrome, followed, in December, with its arrival in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre. For her role as Mary Poppins, Kelly earned rave reviews. At the 2005 Olivier Awards, she won the award for Best Actress in a Musical. She left Mary Poppins on 29 October 2005 after more than 400 performances and was succeeded by Scarlett Strallen. Kelly then went to Singapore to star in a revival of A Twist of Fate produced by the Singapore Repertory Company. It also starred Anthony Drewe (who co-wrote the music with Singaporean composer Dick Lee).

In 2006 she returned to the London stage performing in A Tribute to Dirty Dancing at Kenwood House and Marble Hill. Kelly and Michael Ball performed at the Hackney Empire on Thursday 1 August 2006 to celebrate Anthony Newley for BBC Radio Two which was broadcast on 29 September 2006. Kelly was the Special Guest for Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on tour during December 2006. On 27 August 2007, Kelly made her BBC Proms debut, performing “The Prayer” from the film Quest for Camelot alongside Michael Ball.

From May 2007 until 4 February 2008, Kelly played the role of Galadriel in the London stage production of The Lord of the Rings at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to critical acclaim.

She plays the dual role of a nun and former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs’s trophy wife in an ITV1 production of Agatha Christie’s Nemesis. and made her film debut as Lucy Barker in the Tim Burton/DreamWorks film Sweeney Todd.

Kelly appeared alongside Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in David Mamet’s play Speed-the-Plow at London’s Old Vic theatre from 1 February to 26 April 2008 and at the Ruhrfestspiele inRecklinghausen, Germany, in May 2008.

Since 12 October 2009, Kelly is reprising the role of Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway, replacing Scarlett Strallen.


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