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Frances Ruffelle

Born 29 August 1965.
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Frances Ruffelle and Harry Hepple - Interview with Penny Smith

Penny meets actress and singer Frances Ruffelle and her co-star Harry Hepple.

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Frances Ruffelle (born Frances Jane Ruffell 29 August 1965 in Redbridge, Essex) is an English musical theatre actress and recording artist. She won a Tony Award in 1987 and represented the United Kingdom in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1984, Ruffelle starred as Dinah in the original West End production of Starlight Express. From 1985, she played the role of Éponine in the original English-language production of Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, winning the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other stage roles include, Yonah in Children of Eden (1991), Roxie Hart in Chicago (2003–2004, 2007), the title role in Piaf (2013) and Bella in The A to Z of Mrs. P (2014).

In 1994, she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, with the song Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free), finishing 10th. The song reached the UK top 30. Her albums include Fragile (1994), Frances Ruffelle (1998), Showgirl (2004) and Imperfectly Me (2010).

Ruffelle appeared in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables. Other screen credits include Secrets & Lies (1996) and Devil's Tower (2013). She has also performed one woman shows, Paris Original and Beneath the Dress, in London and New York.

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