Producer Sam, Lee, and presenter Antonia
Lee Mead: Joseph's Tehnicolour dreamboat
Lee Mead captivated viewing audiences as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber when, in Spring 2007 he beat off all competition to land the role of Joseph in the West End musical. Here, he talks to Antonia Brickell about fame, family and his new album.
Lee Mead takes time out of his whistle-stop album promotion tour to pop into the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire studios and chat with Drive presenter, Antonia Brickell...
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"Joseph was incredible," enthuses Lee. "I had an amazing two years."
Lee in our studio
He was hoping for a bit of a rest after that, but fame and potential fortune are no respecters of tired bones, aching feet, a hoarse voice and drooping eyelids - not that any of these are in evidence as Lee Mead bounces into the studio at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for a chat with our Drive presenter, Antonia Brickell.
He's made the smooth transition from stage star to recording an album which he's busy promoting on radio and network television, and, he says, enjoying every moment.
Joseph: This is how most people know Lee
'Joseph' has pretty much dominated his life since he first turned up on our screens in the BBC One talent show headed up by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Any Dream Will Do. The search for the perfect Joseph to take on the role in the West End production lasted for six months, and, having beaten off stiff competition, Lee won the role, and spent the next 18 months living the dream.
That period of his life - which he describes as "quite intense" - involved working eight-hour days, six days a week; but he maintains he had "the time of my life".
"It's a little bit like being in a bubble... but once you leave you almost have to learn how to plan your career and move forward - it's been a learning curve."
This album's his first foray into new territory and later this year he plans to "tie the knot" (with Denise van Outen) - "Yay - I'm going to be a married man. I'm very excited!"
Of the new album (his first was very much linked to Any Dream Will Do), he says he's thrilled to have had so much more input into the creative side of the recording, co-writing for almost a year. He's written around 20 songs over the past year and two were deemed good enough to go on the album, an achievement of which he is unashamedly proud.
Lee's now looking forward to touring with the album and is hoping to find some time "to chill and get away from London... be with some sheep [he laughs]... just relax, y'know?" at the farmhouse he and Denise have bought in Kent.
And the next step for Lee Mead? Well, he's certainly not ruling out more theatre work - "if the production's the right one" - but he doesn't see himself working on one musical after another after another; although mutterings about a new show charting the life of 70s pop icon Mark Bolan are clearly tempting him - and let's face it, he's already got the hair for it - and quite a pretty face to boot!
Click here to listen to the full interview between Lee Mead and Antonia Brickell:
last updated: 10/03/2009 at 13:50
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