Originally from Burry Port in South Wales, John has released 6 studio albums, worked extensively in theatre and has appeared on television, radio and in concert all over the world.


At the age of 19, John left Wales to study acting at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Since then he has worked as an actor and singer in theatres all over the country in a great number of different shows. However, he is probably best known for his acclaimed record-breaking performances in Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables and in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He remains the youngest actor in history to have played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (a role he also played twice on Broadway), was voted the “Best Ever Valjean” and “Best Ever Performer in Les Miserables" by fans of the show worldwide and can be heard as Valjean on the Les Miserables Live! album. His re-interpretation of the character on the re-imagined 25th anniversary production earned him a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2010. He has played The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera nearly 2000 times (more than any actor in the show’s West End history) and was a special guest in the finales for the Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary concert events – both seen by a global audience of millions. Elsewhere, John has performed in numerous plays and musicals and has appeared many times on television and radio in the UK. He has performed solo concerts all over the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York and the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. He has released 6 solo albums: Hallelujah (2006), John Owen-Jones (2009), Unmasked (2011), Rise (2015), Bring Him Home (2017) and Music of the Night (Japan-only release 2016). His new album Spotlight will be released in 2019.

There isn’t a singer-actor quite like John Owen-Jones in British Musical Theatre...his amazing vocal range is... sublime...It’s a voice like no other: creamy and caressing, fierce and fabulous by turns...
— Mark Shenton - Theatre Critic and Associate Editor of The Stage newspaper