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Julian Ovenden

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Julian Ovenden
Julian Ovenden April 2016.png
Ovenden in April 2016
Julian Mark Ovenden

(1976-11-29) 29 November 1976 (age 44)
EducationEton College
Alma materNew College, Oxford
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1999–present
(m. 2010)

Julian Mark Ovenden (born 29 November 1976) is an English actor and singer. He has starred on Broadway and West End stages, in television series in both the United Kingdom and United States, in films, and performed internationally as a concert and recording artist.

Early life and education

Ovenden was born on 29 November 1976 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.[1][2] He is one of three children[2] of the Reverend Canon John Ovenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II.[3] He sang in the St Paul's Cathedral Choir, London as a child. He later won a music scholarship to Eton College.[3] He subsequently read music at New College, Oxford on a choral scholarship.

Whilst he has received training as an opera singer,[4] he has professionally used his music training in musical theatre. He continued academic studies in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]


His theatre work includes the multi award-winning Merrily We Roll Along[5] and Grand Hotel[6] for Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse; Annie Get Your Gun for Richard Jones at The Young Vic;[7] Michael Legrand's Marguerite at the Haymarket for Jonathan Kent;[8] King Lear for Yukio Ninagawa at the RSC;[9] Butley at the Booth Theatre on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane;[10] Death Takes a Holiday for The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York;[11] A Woman of No Importance for Adrian Noble at the Haymarket;[12] Finding Neverland for The Weinstein Company;[13] the Parisian premiere of Sunday in the Park with George;[14] Show Boat at the Lincoln Centre in New York;[15] My Night with Reg at the Donmar Warehouse;[16] Ivo van Hove's All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre opposite Gillian Anderson;[17] and South Pacific at the Chichester Festival Theatre.[18]

Ovenden has also sung musical theatre songs in several concerts at the Proms, in particular concerts of Stephen Sondheim[19] and of Rodgers and Hammerstein.[20] In 2015, he played Captain Georg von Trapp in the ITV live musical adaptation, The Sound of Music Live.[21]

Ovenden first appeared on British TV in a recurring role over five seasons of Foyle's War opposite Michael Kitchen. He also appeared in two seasons of Downton Abbey. Other British TV work includes The Forsyte Saga, Any Human Heart, and The Royal. On US TV, Ovenden was a recurring cast member in Person of Interest (Jeremy Lambert) for three years. He has also appeared in seasons of Cashmere Mafia, Related and SMASH. Recently he has portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in The Crown and is starring as William de Nogaret in Knightfall.

Ovenden's recent film work includes Colonia opposite Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl, The Confessions with Daniel Auteuil, Toni Servillo and Connie Nielsen and British indie war film, Allies (Captain Gabriel Jackson).

As a solo singer Ovenden has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic,[22] the New York Pops,[23] The Northern Sinfonia,[24] the Liverpool Philharmonic,[25] the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,[26] the London Philharmonic Orchestra,[27] the John Wilson Orchestra,[28] the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra[29] and the BBC Concert Orchestra.[30] He has also appeared at The Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall, where he is a regular performer.[31] Ovenden made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014[32] and followed it up with another concert in 2015.[33]

Ovenden recorded a debut album for Decca Records in 2013 titled If You Stay[34] and has since made a Rodgers and Hammerstein record with John Wilson for Warner Classics[35] and a Downton Abbey Christmas record for Warner Music that went double platinum.[36] In late 2015, he signed a multiple record deal with East West Records and his new album was released in February 2016.[37]

Personal life

Ovenden lives with his wife, opera singer Kate Royal, and their son and daughter.[3]



Year Title Role
2010 1st Night Tom Chambers
2014 Allies Captain Gabriel Jackson
2015 Colonia Roman Breuer
2016 The Confessions Matthew Price
2018 Made in Italy Gordon
2018 Head Full of Honey Serge
2018 Surviving Christmas with the Relatives Dan


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Come Together Matt Television film
2002–2003 The Forsyte Saga Val Dartie 6 episodes
2002–2008 Foyle's War Andrew Foyle 6 episodes
2003-2004 The Royal Dr David Cheriton Main role (series 1–3)
2004 A Christmas Carol Fred Anderson Television film
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Michael Shane Episode: "After the Funeral"
2005–2006 Related Jason Greenstein 13 episodes
2006 Charmed Novak Episode: "12 Angry Zen"
2008 Cashmere Mafia Eric Burden Main role
2010 Any Human Heart Ernest Hemingway Miniseries; 3 episodes
2011 Midsomer Murders Ben Viviani Episode: "Dark Secrets"
2013 Smash Simon 4 episodes
2013–2014 Downton Abbey Charles Blake 9 episodes
2014 The Assets Gary Grimes Miniseries; 5 episodes
2014–2016 Person of Interest Jeremy Lambert 7 episodes
2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Michael Faraday (voice) Episode: "The Electric Boy"
2016 Death in Paradise Dan Hagen Episode: "The Complex Murder"
2016 Major Crimes Peter Ogden Episode: "Tourist Trap"
2017–2019 Knightfall William de Nogaret Main role
2017 The Crown Bobby Kennedy Episode: "Dear Mrs. Kennedy"
2020 Bridgerton Henry Granville
2020 Adult Material Tom Pain Channel 4 series
2020 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Himself BBC


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  2. ^ a b c Liz Hoggard (20 May 2008). "Marguerite's man". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Chrissy Iley (15 April 2012). "Julian Ovenden: the sweet-singing son of a Queen's chaplain". The Telegraph.
  4. ^ Dalya Alberge (30 October 2010). "Opera: it sounds like being the next big thing in movies". The Observer. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ Michael Billington (13 December 2000). "The heart-piercing, time-travelling Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  6. ^ Michael Billington (30 October 2010). "Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  7. ^ Michael Billington (18 October 2009). "Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  8. ^ Michael Billington (21 May 2008). "Marguerite (Haymarket, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
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  11. ^ Set Aside That Scythe, and Let’s Put on a Show, Charles Isherwood, New York Times, 21 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  12. ^ "A Woman of No Importance, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London". The Independent. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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  16. ^ My Night With Reg review – fine revival for caustic study of gay manners, Michael Billington, The Guardian, 6 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Sonia Friedman Productions". Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  18. ^ Supercool (10 July 2021). "South Pacific". Chichester Festival Theatre. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
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  20. ^ Andrew Clements (23 August 2010). "A Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  21. ^ "How will The Sound of Music Live work?". Radio Times. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham Will Star in New York Philharmonic Show Boat". Playbill. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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  29. ^ RTÉ. "RTÉ Orchestras: RTÉ Concert Orchestra New Year's Eve Gala with Julian Ovenden". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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