Frances Ruffelle (born 29 August 1965) is an English musical theatre actress and recording artist. Ruffelle played the role of Éponine in the original English-language production of Les Misérables, for which she won a Tony Award, Helen Hayes Award, Theatre World Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award. She has appeared in Starlight Express, Children of Eden and Chicago. Ruffelle recently was featured in the multi award winning film production of 'Les Misérables' (Tom Hooper) which was released in December 2012 as well as the films 'Devil's Tower', and Long Forgotten Fields both to be released in2014.
In 2013 she played the title role in Pam Gem's Piaf at The Leicester Curve Theatre for which she received a UK Theatre award nomination for Best Actor and in 2014 she created the role of Bella in The A to Z of Mrs P. Frances also performs her critically acclaimed solo shows 'Paris Original' and 'Beneath the Dress' in London and New York.