||Meet The Cast... Jess Conrad is Prince Charming
Jess Conrad is one of the most versatile actors to emerge from the 1960s. From his early success as a pop star, Jess went on to become an accomplished actor and has appeared in many films, musicals and TV shows as well as continuing to star in concert all over the world.
Jess stared his showbiz life as a repertory actor with the famous Charles Danville Company and played seasons in Barnsley and Derby before hw was discovered by Jack Good because he "looked like a pop star".
Good immediately put him on television starring in the original ‘Oh Boy’ TV shows. He became a ‘teenage idol’, a pop star with many hits on the Decca label including ‘Mystery Girl’, ‘Cherry Pie’, ‘Pretty Jenny’, and ‘This Pullover’.
Many years later, Jess’ track ‘This Pullover’ found a second lease of life as comedian Kenny Everett’s favourite worst record. In more recent years his recording of ‘The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook’ gave him a gold record.
Jess has many accolades to his name, and was voted Most Popular Singer in 1961 NME Poll. Jess has played the London Palladium and sell-out concert tours throughout the world.
In the early 1970s Jess made the transition from pop star to musical star playing Jesus in ‘Godspell’ for which he received rave reviews. Perhaps most famously, Jess originated the role of Joseph in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. This production played two seasons in the West End of London and broke box office records in Blackpool during the summer of 1982.
Jess has starred in dozens of films over his long and varied career, the highlights of which include the campy 1960s romp Kanga, in which Jess is taken captive by a giant chimpanzee up London’s Big Ben, and the highly acclaimed Sidney Furie move ‘The Boys’, 1961. Last year he starred in the critically acclaimed ‘Punk and the Princess’.
A television light entertainment regular, Jess’ recent television appearances include ‘The Des O’Connor Show’, ‘Jim Davidson Special’, ‘Rock Gospel Gala’, ‘Pebble Mill’, ‘Big Break’, ‘Paul Daniels Christmas Show’ and ‘Open House with Gloria Huniford’.
Soap fans will recognise Jess as Philip Bailey from ‘Crossroads’, and Jess’ role as Mr Walpole of the Sports Department in ‘Are You Being Served?’ has made audiences laugh the world over. Similarly, starring as Raymond Starr in BBC’s ‘Miss Marple’ series Jess captivated audiences with his sinister charm in ‘The Body in the Library’.
Television and film aside, Jess has achieved great personal success with his performances for royalty in over a dozen ‘Royal Variety Shows’.
Jess’ theatre work includes playing Conway Terl in the nationwide tour of ‘Leave Him to Heaven’, ‘Seagulls Over Sorrento’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Boeing Boeing’ and Eric in ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ in London’s West End. Last year found him starring in ‘The Complete Wives of Henry VIII’ and Shere Khan in ‘The Jungle Book’.
No stranger to playing biblical roles, having created the role of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the same name, Jess also headlined a national tour of the Rick Wakeman musical ‘The Gospels’, in which he played Jesus. He has over 20 star roles in pantomime under his belt. However, more recently Jess has achieved new levels of fame sending himself up in the sell-out Jim Davidson romp ‘Sinderella’, which has also spawned a best-selling video release.
In fact of late Jess has been an integral part of the team on ‘Jim Davidson’s Generation Game’ playing The Voice of Viagra where his good humour has been acclaimed by viewers.
A keen sportsman, Jess has been running the Showbiz XI Football Team for many years and plays golf for the Variety Club of Great Britain.
Jess is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats and has been raising money for a variety of worthwhile causes since 1960s.
He is thrilled to be in Jim Davidson’s team to bring you ‘Sinderella’.
Visit his website: http://www.sinderella2.co.uk/jessconradsite