West-End actor Paul Wilkins seen in Britain’s Got
Talent semi-final with The Frontline Singers
Last week saw The Frontline Singers make it to the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-finals; this inspiring group wasn’t just comprised of doctors, nurses and other care givers. You may have spotted Les Misérables star and stage favourite Paul Wilkins take to the stage with them
Known for playing Marius in Les Misérables in London’s West End and Claude Bukowski in the UK Tour of Hair, Paul and his girlfriend worked night shifts at their local supermarket throughout the pandemic having lost all his work in the entertainment industry. It was during this time, Paul’s friends James Beeny and Gina Georgio wrote Strange Old World and asked Paul to join other key workers to create a remote recording in aid of NHS charities. He was staggered when the video was published on YouTube; seeing himself alongside some of the most courageous human beings, fighting through the pandemic, he felt inspired
Although performing for a living, being part of The Frontline Singers and singing on Britain’s Got Talent, is a very different sensation. Paul comments, It was a privilege to offer support and guidance to the group during what was an astonishing experience – with every audience member cheering at the top of their lungs. For the amateur demographic of the group in particular, I will be forever proud
Paul Wilkins is well known from his time with the 30th Anniversary company of Les Misérables on London’s West-End. His journey with Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s original production accelerated when he was offered the lead role of Marius on the International Tour. Before Christmas 2016, Paul returned to London’s West End where he continued playing Marius for a further 18 months. Following his three-year run with Les Misérables, Paul workshopped and originated the role of Reggie in an original British musical called The Dreamers, written the founders of The Frontline Singers. Originally intended to play as a concert, The Dreamers took shape as a full scale and first-time production within the walls of the world famous Abbey Road Studios. Shortly after this experience, Paul toured the UK and Germany in the 50th Anniversary Tour of Hair in the role of Claude Bukowski.