Born in Llanelli and brought up in Burry Port, South Wales, John trained in acting at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and, after a varied career so far, is probably best known for his portrayals of the iconic leading characters in The Phantom of The Opera and Les Miserables.

He has a long and happy association with Les Miz in particular for at the age of twenty six, John became the youngest actor ever to play the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables. He is one of a handful of actors to have played the role of Valjean both in the West End and on Broadway and was the first British actor to do so. In an online poll, John was voted the “Best Ever Valjean” and “Best Ever Performer in Les Miserables" by fans of the show worldwide. John returned to play the role of Jean Valjean in a brand new production of Les Miserables for its 25th anniversary tour and was awarded the Manchester Evening News Award for the Best Actor in a Visiting Production for his performance as Jean Valjean. The Manchester Evening News described his performance as “a truly astonishing achievement that must be one of the greatest stage performances of all time.” John was also part of the Valjean quartet featured in the finale of the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, London. He has played Jean Valjean to great acclaim twice on Broadway and most recently appeared as Valjean in the show's Middle East premiere at Dubai Opera, Dubai. He can be heard playing Jean Valjean on the official cast recording Les Miz Live! (2010)

 

John originally played the role of The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera between 2001 and 2004 in the West End production to great acclaim -The Daily Mail said he was "better than all the actors that preceded him in the role" He returned to the role of The Phantom in the West End in 2011 culminating in a performance as part of the Phantom quartet in a special finale at the Phantom 25th Anniversary Concert at The Royal Albert Hall. He is the West End’s longest running Phantom with nearly 2000 performances in the role. He appeared in a special finale of the show at the Majestic Theatre, New York to celebrate Phantom's 25th year on Broadway and is the first British actor to have appeared as The Phantom in Russia - in a special excerpt from the show commissioned for the 2014 Golden Masks Awards at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. 

After reinterpreting the role of Valjean on the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables in 2010, John was asked to reinterpret the role of The Phantom in the brand new production of The Phantom of the Opera for it's 25th anniversary UK tour in 2012. His performance on the tour earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Visiting Production from the Manchester Theatre Awards and he is in the unique position of being the only actor to have the opportunity to reinvent Valjean and The Phantom - two of the greatest roles in musical theatre history.

John has performed extensively in other theatre productions  throughout the UK and he has appeared on television and radio numerous times. He has performed as a soloist in concerts all over the world. 

 

John has released six solo albums. The independently released ‘Hallelujah’ (2006) and on the Sain Records label 'John Owen-Jones' (2009) and 'Unmasked' (2011) and 'Rise' 2015; and two compilation albums - "Bring Him Home" (2017 Sain records) and the Japan only compilation "Music of the Night" (2015 Sony Records Japan).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT 

John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Acting from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, graduating in 1994.

 

Theatre Awards:

Manchester Evening News Award WINNER for Best Actor in a Visiting Musical Production 2010

WhatsOnStage Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical 2010

WhatsOnStage Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical 2012

Manchester Evening News Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Visiting Musical Production 2012

 

Achievements include:

John holds the record for the most performances of the character of The Phantom in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera with nearly 2000 performances in the famous title role.

In 1996 at the age of 26, John became the youngest actor to play the role of Jean Valjean full time in Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables – a record that still stands today.

John was the first British actor to play Jean Valjean both in London and New York.

John has the unique distinction of being the first actor to have the opportunity to reinvent the iconic roles of Jean Valjean and The Phantom in brand new productions of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera and has appeared in the 10th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 30th anniversary performances of Les Miserables and the 25th and 30th anniversary performances of The Phantom of the Opera.

John has been voted the ‘best performer of all time’ and the ‘best Jean Valjean of all time’ in Les Miserables in a worldwide online poll of fans of the show.

John is an International Ambassador for the Wales Millennium Centre - a theatre and Centre of Excellence for the Arts in Cardiff, Wales. 

John sponsors a Scholarship for students of vocal training at The Voice College, UK.

John has released four internationally acclaimed solo studio albums on UK label Sain Records and has released a successful Japan-only album on the Sony Records Japan label.

In 2017, John was named as one of the Top 10 best actors in musical theatre by The Stage Newspaper

In 2015, he came third in a BBC Radio Wales poll to find the greatest living Welsh voice beating legends Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones

John recently sang the UK National Anthem at a special event at the private London residence of The United States of America’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Hall in New York.

 

Theatre work: 

2017 Burrs in THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace Theatre, London. Directed by Drew McOnie

        John Crichton-Stuart in TIGER BAY at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Directed by Melly Still

        John Crichton-Stuart in TIGER BAY at Cape Town Opera, South Africa. Directed by Melly Still

2016 Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES (NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION), Imperial Theatre, NYC for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by James Powell

        Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES at Dubai Opera for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by James Powell

2015 Adolfo Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD -THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at Coliseum Theatre London for English National Opera. Directed by Lonny Price

2012  The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL TOUR for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Laurence Connor

2011  The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Her Majesty's Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Hal Prince.

2010  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES - 25TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL TOUR for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by James Powell/Laurence Connor

2008  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES (BROADWAY REVIVAL) at Broadhurst Theatre, NYC for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by John Caird

2005-2007  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES at Queen's Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird

2006  Ravenal in SHOW BOAT at Royal Albert Hall, London for Raymond Gubbay Productions. Directed by Francesca Zambello

2001-2004  The Phantom in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Hal Prince 

2000  Friar Francis in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Directed by Rachel Kavanagh 

         Samuel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Directed by Ian Talbot

         Friar Francis in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in various theatres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Directed by Rachel Kavanagh 

1998-2000  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES at Palace Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird

1998  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES UK TOUR for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by John Caird

1997  Grantaire/Factory Foreman in LES MISERABLES at Palace Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird

1996  Mr Erlanson in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at The Royal National Theatre, London. Directed by Sean Mathias

         Valere in LE MEDECIN VOLANT at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Directed by Toby Jones

         Cleante in THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Directed by Toby Jones

1995  Feuilly/Ensemble in LES MISERABLES at Palace Theatre, London West End for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird

1994  Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse in THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate. Directed by Andrew Manley

         Lorenzo in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate. Directed by Andrew Manley

         Herr Zeller in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Directed by Irina Brown

 

Television work:

2014  Keith in IN THE FLESH for BBC TV. Directed by Jonny Campbell

         Appeared as himself in reality show CARIAD@IAITH for S4C TV

2013  Adam Armitage in SCOTT AND BAILEY for Granada Television. Directed by Morag Fullerton

         Welsh Minister in THE MILL for Channel 4 TV. Directed by James Hawes

2012  Guest performer on THIS MORNING, ITV

2011  Headline Performer in THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW 2011, ITV

2010  Headline Performer in THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW 2010, ITV

         Guest performer on THIS MORNING, ITV

2006  Guest performer on PEBBLE MILL, BBC

2001  Policeman in THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY for Channel Four TV. Directed by Stephen Whittaker

2000  Steven Barnes in THE BILL for Thames Television. Directed by Chris Lovett

 

Radio work:

2016  Headline Performer in FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT (LIVE CONCERT) at Royal Festival Hall for BBC Radio 2. Produced by Antony Cherry

2015  Headline Performer, FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT (LIVE CONCERT) at Theatre Royal Drury Lane for BBC Radio 2. Produced by Anthony Cherry

2014  Headline Performer on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT (LIVE CONCERT) at Glasgow City Halls for BBC Radio 2. Produced by Anthony Cherry

2013  Headline Performer on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT (LIVE CONCERT) for Leslie Bricusse & Mermaid Theatre London on BBC Radio 2. Produced by Anthony Cherry

2011  Headline Performer on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT (LIVE CONCERT) at Mermaid Theatre London for BBC Radio 2. Produced by Anthony Cherry

2008  Live Broadcast Presenter on MUSIC UNDER THE STARS - LIVE AT THE FAENOL FESTIVAL 2008 for BBC Radio Wales. Produced by Lynne Rosser

         Guest Presenter (2 episodes) on THE SHAN COTHI SHOW for BBC Radio Wales. Produced by Llinos Jones

2007  Headline Performer, MUSIC UNDER THE STARS - LIVE AT FAENOL FESTIVAL 2007 for BBC Radio Wales

2006  Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES 21ST ANNIVERSARY CONCERT for Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2. Produced by Anthony Cherry

 

Special events:

2017  Headline Performer at WEST END LIVE 2017 in Trafalgar Square, London

2016  Headline Performer at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK in New York, USA

         Headline Performer at STARS IN THE ALLEY in Shubert Alley, New York, USA

         Headline Performer at THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 30TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE at Her Majesty's Theatre, London

2015  Headline Performer in LES MISERABLES 30TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE at Queen's Theatre, London

         Headline Performer at WEST END LIVE 2015 in Trafalgar Square, London

2014  Performer and presenter at THE GOLDEN MASKS AWARDS CEREMONY at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia

2013  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA BROADWAY 25TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE at the Majestic Theatre, New York, USA

2012  Performer and presenter at BAFTA CYMRU AWARDS, Cardiff, Wales

2011  Headline performer at THE LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS (TELEVISED ON BBC) at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

         Headline Performer at THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW (TELEVISED ON ITV) at the Lowry Theatre, Salford

2010  Headline performer at THE LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London 

         Headline Performer at THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW (televised on ITV) at the London Palladium, London

 

Concert work includes:

2017  JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT (Solo shows in Cardiff, Llanelli, Blackwood, Rhyl, Aberystwyth, Treorchy)

         The Music of Andrew Lloyd-webber with obc at L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain

         LIVE AT 54 BELOW at Feinstein’s 54 Below in NYC, USA

         NORTH AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF WALES in Rochester, NY, USA

         Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC IN CONCERT, Cadogan Hall

2016  BOUBLIL AND SCHONBERG: DO YOU HEAR THER PEOPLE SING? in Carnegie Hall, NYC with The New York Pops Orchestra

         JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan

         JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT at Samsung BlueSquare Theatre, Seoul, South Korea

         KATHERINE JENKINS: CELEBRATION at Barbican, London (as special guest)

         PROMS IN THE PARK BELFAST (TELEVISED ON BBC), BBC TV - Last Night of the Proms, Northern Ireland

         John Tallentire in THE HIRED MAN IN CONCERT at Cadogan Hall, London

2015  BROADWAY TO THE BAY at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (Directed by John Owen-Jones)

         BRYN AT 50 (TELEVISED ON SKY ARTS) at Royal Albert Hall, London

         KATHERINE JENKINS: HOME SWEET HOME UK TOUR – (special guest)

         MUSICALS MEET SYMPHONY at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan

         WALES AT NUMBER ONE at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

         WALES NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD (TELEVISED ON S4C) in Llanelli, Wales

2014  MUSICALS MEET SYMPHONY, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan

         JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan

         JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT at Sankei Breeze Hall, Osaka, Japan

         JOHN OWEN-JONES IN CONCERT at Simply Theatre, Geneva, Switzerland

         TONY HATCH - A LIFE IN SONG in Royal Festival Hall, London

         WELSH NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD (TELEVISED ON S4C) in Meifod, Wales

2013  A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS WITH BRYN TERFEL & THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at Symphony Hall, Liverpool (Directed by John Owen-Jones)

         Peter/Andreas in ACROSS THE WALL - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT at Bloomsbury Theatre, London

         MELHOR DOS MUSICAIS at Coliseu de Recreios in Lisbon, Portugal

         PROMS IN THE PARK CAERPHILLY (TELEVISED ON BBC TV), BBC TV - Last Night of the Proms, Wales

         THE THREE PHANTOMS IN CONCERT SCANDINAVIAN TOUR in Stockholm & Gothenburg in Sweden and Copenhagen, Aalberg & Aarhaus in Denmark

         THE THREE PHANTOMS IN CONCERT UK TOUR (Cardiff, Llandudno, Liverpool, Buxton, Weymouth)

2012  GWYL GOBAITH FESTIVAL (TELEVISED ON S4C) at Bangor, Wales

         LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD (TELEVISED ON S4C) at Llangollen, Wales

         CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSICALS, Bâtiments des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland

         UNICEF GALA CONCERT, Hilden, Germany

2011  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Royal Albert Hall, London

         URDD EISTEDDFOD GALA CONCERT (TELEVISED ON S4C) Swansea, Wales

2010  LES MISERABLES - 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at the O2 Arena, London

2008  BRYN AT CHRISTMAS WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Indigo2, London

         MUSIC OF THE NIGHT: BANGKOK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

2007  FAENOL FESTIVAL (TELEVISED ON BBC WALES), Faenol Estate, Wales

         JONES, JONES, JONES (televised on S4C) at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

2002  Enoch Snow in CAROUSEL IN CONCERT at Royal Festival Hall London and St David's Hall, Cardiff

2000  Adolfo Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD -THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - THE 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Royal Festival Hall, London

1996  LES MISERABLES 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at Royal Albert Hall, London

 

Recordings:

2017  Main performer and record producer of BRING HIM HOME (SOLO COMPILATION ALBUM) on Sain Records

         Main performer and record producer of MARIA (single track) on Sain Records

2016  Paul Decateur on AN AMERICA VICTORY - CAST RECORDING for Broadway Records

2015  Main performer and record producer of MUSIC OF THE NIGHT (SOLO COMPILATION ALBUM) for Sony Records Japan 

         Main performer and record producer, RISE (SOLO ALBUM), for Sain Records

         Main performer and record producer of KISS THE AIR/WISHING YOU WERE SOMEHOW HERE AGAIN for Sain Records

         Main performer and record producer of RISE LIKE A PHOENIX/BREAD OF HEAVEN for Sain Records

2014  Main performer and record producer of ANTHEM FAWR Y NOS/ADRE'N OL for Sain Records

         Guest performer and songwriter on LOVE ON 42ND STREET for Dischromedia Records

2013  Headline Performer on PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 25TH ANNIVERSARY" CONCERT LIVE CD for First Night Records 

         Main performer and record producer of O HOLY NIGHT/TIL I HEAR YOU SING for Sain Records

2012  Main performer and record producer of UNMASKED (SOLO ALBUM) for Sain Records

         Main performer and record producer of MAY EACH DAY for Sain Records

         Main performer and record producer of THUNDERBALL/MUSIC OF THE NIGHT for Sain Records

2011  Guest performer on THE CLASSICAL ALBUM 2011 for Decca Records

         Guest performer on BRING HIM HOME BY THE VALJEAN QUARTET for First Night Records

         Jean Valjean on LES MIZ LIVE! CAST RECORDING for First Night Records

         Guest performer on SURROUNDED BY THE SOUNDS by Tim Prottey-Jones for My Protégé Records

2009  Main performer and record producer of JOHN OWEN-JONES (SOLO ALBUM) for Sain Record

2006  Main performer and record producer of HALLELUJAH (SOLO ALBUM) for John Owen-Jones Associates

2004  Jack on THREE SIDES –CAST RECORDING by Grant Olding 

1995  Ensemble performer on LES MISERABLES 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CAST RECORDING for First Night Records

 

New writing workshops:

2017  Arthur in FREE FRINGE for National Theatre Studio

         Sullivan in SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS for National Theatre Studio

2008  Bones in SISTER ACT for Stage Entertainment

2007  K'Nipp in SPITTIN' DISTANCE for Royal National Theatre Studio

2006  Jack in TOMORROW MORNING for Hilary Williams Productions 

2006  Mr Potter in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE for Avalon Productions

1996  Thomas in THE LADIES' PARADISE for National Theatre Studio

 

Promotional work includes:

John has appeared as a guest on various shows on BBC TV, ITV, Channel 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru in the UK, on Channel One Russia, Channel 7 Thailand, Fine Music Radio South Africa and on NY1 and Fox 5NY in the USA

 

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