BIOGRAPHYRoger Wright

Roger Wright trained at 'Morley college' and 'the Actors centre' in London England.

He started his career in the entertainment industry as a model with a top London agency. He Joined 'Models1' after appearing in a modelling competition for 'Just Seventeen' magazine.

Roger had much success internationally as a model. He did photo shoots for magazines for advertising campaigns and catologues. He did film shoots for music videos, tv commercials and graced the catwalk in fashion shows in London, Milan, New York and Paris. As well as being with a top modelling agency in London Roger was also with top modelling agencies in Milan, Paris, New york, Miami, Cape town and even Tel Aviv.

During his modelling career, Roger kept his dream of becoming a recording artist in sight, by singing daily and writing songs. He formed the pop group 'Fresh' with his brother Steven and began writing songs with producer/songwriter Simon Lang.

The 'Fresh' boys were asked to perform their songs on a 'Just Seventeen' Roadshow,which was hosted by Phillip Schofield. During this tour they met Peter Powell {former radio one DJ } who introduced them to Colin Lester {a recording artist manager.} Roger and Steven Wright signed a recording contract with 'East West' records and released two singles 'Feel My Rhythm' and 'Did I say Tiamo.'

Following 'Fresh' Roger went back into modelling, for a few years. One day, his modelling agency called him to go to a casting for a TV commercial.

When he arrived at the studio the receptionist sent him to the wrong room by mistake! In that room, a totally differant audition was taking place.

Paul Kerryson, theatre director and Julian Kelly musical director, were auditioning for two musicals one of which, was a musical called 'Hotstuff.'

Roger apologised for walking in but joked with them and told them that he could sing,not thinking that they would take him seriously. To Roger's surprise they invited him to sing!

His professional singing and acting career began that day! He got the lead character in 'Hotstuff!' Roger played 'Joe Soap' at the Haymarket theatre in Leicester.

Roger later then went on to perform as the Jazz Legend 'Cab Calloway' in the West End musical, 'The Blues Brothers' which toured the UK and Germany for one year.

RW also had a taste of the film set when he worked on two films the James Bond movie, 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and the Sci fi movie 'The Fifth Element.'

In 1999, Roger was chosen out of literally thousands of hopefuls to play the adult Simba in the original cast of 'The Lion King' {Walt Disney Theatrical.} He played Simba in the West End smash hit musical for three and a half years at the Lyceum theatre in London.

Roger returned to the West end stage as 'Marvin Gaye' in the Motown musical 'Dancing in the Streets' at the Cambridge theatre in London.

Prior to the West End opening of this production, he toured the UK with the same Company performing with the Motown Legend 'Martha Reeves' who was narrator and star of the show.

Roger played 'Simba' for a second time, this time at the Disney Resort in Paris in the show, 'The Legend of The Lion King.'

In 2005/6 Roger Wright, Steven Wright and Shaun Escoffery formed a 'Motown style' vocal harmony group and signed a recording/ publishing contract with Relentless/EMI records.

Although the group have since moved on from the 'Relentless' label they have written/recorded a great catologue of songs.

Roger is currently writing/recording music for his next project.

CVRoger Wright

Unions: Equity
Spotlight: www.spotlight.com/6052-6726-5819
Height: 6'2" (187cm)
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Hair Length: Mid Length
Voice Character: Assured
Voice Quality: Clear

TRAINING

Actors Centre, Morley College

SKILLS

Accents & Dialects: London, Caribbean, Cockney, New York, RP
Music & Dance: Aerobics, Free Style, Chereography, Break Dancing, High Baritone / Strong Falsetto, Guitar
Performance: Compare, Professional Singer, TV Presenting, Voice Over
Sports: Athletics, Football, Boxing, Badminton, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Gym, Cycling
Vehicle Licences: Car

CREDITS

2006/7 - Music
Publishing / Recording Agreement
EMI/Relentless Records

2005 - Stage - 'Dancing In The Streets'
Role: Marvin Gaye {Original cast}
Producers: Flying Music
Director: Keith Strachan
Cambridge Theatre, West End

2004 - 'Dancing In The Streets' UK tour with Martha Reeves
Role: Marvin Gaye
Director: Keith Strachan

2004 - 'The Legend Of The Lion King' Disney Resort Paris
Role: Simba
Director: Craig R Horwood

2003 - Channel 4 Documentary '100 Greatest Musicals'
Himself / Simba
Shine Productions

2006/7 - Music
Publishing / Recording Agreement
EMI/Relentless Records

2005 - Stage - 'Dancing In The Streets'
Role: Marvin Gaye {Original cast}
Producers: Flying Music
Director: Keith Strachan
Cambridge Theatre, West End

2004 - 'Dancing In The Streets' UK tour with Martha Reeves
Role: Marvin Gaye
Director: Keith Strachan

2004 - 'The Legend Of The Lion King' Disney Resort Paris
Role: Simba
Director: Craig R Horwood

2003 - Channel 4 Documentary '100 Greatest Musicals'
Himself / Simba
Shine Productions

1999 - ITV Documentary, 'The South Bank Show'
'The Lion King'
Himself / Simba

1999-2003 - Stage - 'The Lion King' {Original Cast }
Role: Adult Simba
Director: Julie Taymor
Producers: Walt Disney Theatrical

1997 - Feature Film - 'Tomorrow Never Dies'
Himself
Director: Roger Spotisfield

1997 - Stage - 'The Blues Brothers'
Role: Cab Calloway
Director / Producer David Pugh Ltd

1996 - Feature Film - 'The Fifth Element'
Role: Afro Scott
Director: Luc Besson

1996 - Stage - 'HotStuff'
Role: Joe Soap
Director: Paul Kerryson

1993 - Commercial
Woolworths, 'LadyBird clothing'

1990 - Music video - 'Its a Shame' Monie Love
Role: Lead Man
Chrysalis Records

OTHER CREDITS

Music - 'Fresh'
East West Records 1990-92
Released two singles
1989-1999 - Fashion Model