Ramin Karimloo – Phantom of the Opera – Video
Phantom of the Opera – Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess
Classic BRIT Awards 2012
Ramin Karimloo (b September 19, 1978) is an Iranian-born Canadian actor and singer recognised chiefly for his work in London’s West End. He has played leading male roles in both of the West End’s longest running musicals; the Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera; and Jean Valjean, Enjolras and Marius in Les Misérables. He also originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, which continues the story of The Phantom of the Opera.
Ramin played Jean Valjean in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre until Aug 30, 2015 this was Ramin Broadway Debut.
In Canada, Ramin moved to Richmond Hill from Peterborough and graduated from Alexander Mackenzie High School. He began his performing career in rock bands and various theatre projects before moving on to perform in theatre companies for Airtours and P&O Cruises. After moving to England, his first role was in a pantomime of Aladdin in Chatham, in which he played the title role. Following this, in 2001, he went on to join the UK national tour of The Pirates of Penzance, understudying and then playing the role of the Pirate King.
In 2002, he joined the national tour of Sunset Boulevard, playing Artie Green and covering the role of Joe Gillis. Les Misérables was his West End debut; he played Feuilly and understudied the roles of Marius and Enjolras. After this, in 2003, the artist took one of the lead roles, Raoul, in The Phantom of the Opera. His final matinee performance was filmed for use on a behind-the-scenes feature on the DVD of Joel Schumacher’s The Phantom of the Opera, a film in which he also appeared, in a cameo role as Gustave Daaé.
In July 2008, he was asked to take part in the Sydmonton Festival and was the first actor to play The Phantom in the workshop presentation of Love Never Dies. It was the first act to the sequel of The Phantom of the Opera. It was confirmed he would play the role alongside Sierra Boggess when the sequel opened in London, England, March 2010.
In 2008 Ramin recorded a song, “I Only Wish for You”, with Shona Lindsay and Dianne Pilkington, for the CD Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange, an album of 20 brand new recordings by 26 West End stars, released in November 2008 on Dress Circle Records.
In 2009 he was asked to take part in the recording of new musical album called Bluebird, by Gareth Peter Dicks. Bluebird is a dramatic WW2 musical, in which he plays the part of US serviceman Ben Breagan. He appeared along with a host of West End stars. The 24-track album was released in four countries in September 2009. Ramin’s last regular performance in The Phantom of the Opera took place on November 7, 2009. He moved on to playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel, Love Never Dies, alongside Sierra Boggess, performing the role until the show closed on August 27, 2011.
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Memorabilia on Ramin HERE