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Billy Elliot - Killian Donnelly joins cast

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Casting Update

ON NOVEMBER 12, 2012, Killian Donnelly (as Billy’s brother Tony) will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical, which is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre until December 21, 2013.

He will perform alongside Gillian Bevan (as Mrs. Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Ann Emery (Grandma), Sean Kearns (George), Kay Milbourne (Dead Mum), Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy).

Meanwhile, new ensemble members Matthew Dale, David Muscat, Nic Greenshields, Ruri James and Spencer Stafford will join Craig Armstrong, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Dawn Buckland, James Butcher, Spencer Cartwright, Lucinda Collins, Gillian Elisa, Helen French, Sergio Giacomelli, Ian Gareth Jones, Connor McAllister, Steve Paget, Steph Parry and Mike Scott.

Killian Donnelly is currently playing Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera. His previous theatre credits include the title role in Michael Collins (Cork Opera House) and the 25th Anniversary concerts for both The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall) and Les Miserables (O2 Arena).

Donnelly will also appear as Combeferre in Tom Hooper’s forthcoming film adaptation of Les Misérables. His other screen credits include Showbands II, The Last Furlong and The Tudors.

Gillian Bevan’s theatre credits include Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Relatively Speaking (Watermill Theatre), Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse), In the Midnight Hour (Young Vic) and The Boys From Sycracuse (Regents Park Open Air Theatre). She was also in the original London cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), while her work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes As You Like It and The Wizard of Oz.

Although best known for her roles in Holby City (as Gina Hope) and Teachers (Claire Hunter), she has also appeared on television in The Innocents, Lewis and Lost Empires.

Ann Emery created the role of Grandma in Billy Elliot The Musical when it opened in London in 2005. In 2010, she took a break from the production to play Mother Dear in Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre) but returned to the role last November. Her extensive theatre credits include Hard Times (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre) and Cats (New London Theatre).

On television her credits include Rentaghost, Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde and Radio Roo. She also made guest appearances in her late brother’s BBC hit comedy The Dick Emery Show.

Deka Walmsley was previously on stage in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters playing George Brown, a role he created in the original production at Live Theatre, Newcastle and reprised in subsequent runs at the National Theatre, on tour in the UK and on Broadway. His other theatre credits include Cyrano De Bergerac (Bristol Old Vic), Enemies (Almeida Theatre) and Playing with Fire (National Theatre).

His television work includes EastEnders, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Inspector George Gently and Holby City.

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