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John originally comes from Burry Port, South Wales, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London (BA in Acting).
John has performed many different roles in theatre all over the country, has appeared on television and radio countless times and has been seen in concert all over the world but is perhaps best known for his performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. John is delighted to create the role of The Phantom in this brand-new 25th Anniversary production. He first wore the mask at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London between 2001 & 2004 and again in 2010/2011 and has played The Phantom more times than any other actor in the show’s West End history – enjoying nearly 2,000 record-breaking performances. He also featured as special guest in the finale of the spectacular Phantom 25th Anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall (shown in cinemas worldwide and released on DVD). John has also enjoyed a long and happy association with the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, having played the role to critical acclaim on Broadway, in the West End and most recently on the Les Misérables 25th anniversary tour – which played in theatres such as Le Châtelet in Paris, and the Barbican Centre, London. John was the first British actor to play the role on Broadway and is one of only a handful to play the role on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2006, he was voted Best Valjean Ever and Best Les Misérables Performer Ever in a worldwide online poll of fans of the show, and he first played Jean Valjean at the age of 26 – making him the youngest actor ever to do so. He has also appeared as Jean Valjean in a special finale of the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert at The O2 arena (also shown in cinemas worldwide and released on DVD) and in the Les Misérables 21st anniversary concert (Mermaid Theatre, subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 2) and can be heard as Jean Valjean on the 2010 25th anniversary cast recording of Les Misérables Live!
John has released two solo albums Hallelujah (2006), John Owen-Jones (2009) and will soon release his new album Unmasked (2012).
John Owen Jones will be performing as The Phantom from 27 February – 29 September 2012.