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Laura Michelle Kelly

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Photo: Paul Smith

Agent:

Simon Beresford

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Film

Goddess.com Dir. Mark Lamprell
The Film Company
Sweeney Todd Dir: Tim Burton
Warner Brothers

Theatre

The King & I Dir: Bartlett Sher
Lincoln Centre Theatre, New York
Finding Neverland Dir: Diane Paulus
A.R.T Leob Drama Center
My Fair Lady Dir: Marcia Milgrim Dodge
Kennedy Centre, Washington DC
South Pacific Dir: Rob Ruggiero
St Louis, MUNY

The Second Mrs Tanqueray 

Dir: Stephen Unwin
Rose Theatre, Kingston
The King & I Dir: Rob Ruggiero
St Louis, MUNY
Mary Poppins Dir: Sir Richard Eyre
The New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway
Speed The Plow Dir: Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Lord Of The Rings Dir: Matthew Warchus
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Mary Poppins Dir: Sir Richard Eyre
Prince Edward Theatre, London
Fiddler On The Roof Dir: David Leveaux
Minskoff Theatre, Broadway
My Fair Lady Dir: Trevor Nunn
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Mamma Mia Dir: Phyllida Lloyd
Prince Edward Theatre
Les Miserables Dir: Trevor Nunn
The Palace Theatre
Peter Pan Dir: Julia McKenzie
Royal Festival Hall
Whistle Down The Wind Dir: Gale Edwards
The Aldwych Theatre
Beauty And The Beast Dir: Rob ROth
The Dominion Theatre

TV

Miss Marple - Nemesis Dir: Nicholas Winding Reen
Granada

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Reviews

THE SECOND MRS TANQUERAY
“Laura Kelly as Paula looks like a young Diana Quick and deploys the same intelligent range. Expecting a grateful shy pertinent, it is refreshing to find her cheeky and minxy at first then bitchy, bored and demanding. Kelly spares none of this, but as the nature of her trap becomes clearer, she reels in her sympathy with careful brilliance” - Libby Purves (The Times)

“Once Laura Michelle Kelly breezes on to stage, bringing carefree femininity, Pinero’s tale begins to soar.

Kelly holds the play in the palm of her hand: beguiling, jealous, catty, repentant - a woman in private turmoil. “Hurt me!” she exclaims at one point to Aubrey, squaring up to him, as she battles with self-destruction. The actress carries a raw and natural air to her performance.” - (The Huffington Post)

MARY POPPINS
“Note-perfect Laura Michelle Kelly shines as Mary Poppins, never ubiquitous, while relishing both the mischievousness and seriousness of her role.” - Lisa Martland (The Stage)

“Laura Michelle Kelly is a wonderful Mary Poppins, a delightful mixture of sternness and playfulness. When she sings that she is “Practically perfect in every way”, it is hard to disagree, as she creates an enigmatic endearing personality that is sure to find her Mary Poppins a place in every child’s heart.” - Alan Bird (www.londontheatre.co.uk)

MY FAIR LADY
‘Kelly announces herself as a Star… She is beautiful, sexy, funny and forthright, and her singing sends shivers down the spine.” - Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

“Miss Kelly is quite the most poignant, affecting Eliza I have ever seen. Even Audrey Hepburn was not quite so striking in her desolation and vulnerability.” - Nicholas de Jong (The Evening Standard)

“Laura Michelle Kelly is surely going to get tots of starring roles in future. Her good looks and fine voice are matched by splendid energy and sure sense of comedy.” - John Gros (Sunday Telegraph)

“My Fair Lady is as vibrant, funny and moving as ever. As the squashed cabbage leaf Eliza, Laura Michelle Kelly is the fairest of them al ~ effortlessly, irresistibly entertaining.” - Georgina Brown (Mail On Sunday)

“The best Eliza yet. She done me in!” - Kate Kellaway (The Observer)

“The real joy is Laura Michelle Kelly, who is poignant, vulnerable and yet wonderfully spirited as Eliza. She puts you in mind of a maltreated kitten: purring one moment, all claws, fur and yowls the next. This Eliza is used to being abused, you feel, and she reminds you that nice manners are a luxury for those with full stomachs. Kelly is delightfully funny but also traces movingly Eliza’s journey from girl to woman. She sings beautifully and sweetly, delivering her solos with soaring confidence and expression. With her at the centre, the dark undertones of the story come across vividly. This is abso-blooming-lutely luvverly, as Eliza might once have said.” - Sarah Hemming (The Financial Times)

’ “My Fair Lady is still magnificent. Eliza Dolittle is played by the marvellous, angelic-voiced Laura Michelle Kelly. She sings with the voice of an angel and looks beguiling. If you haven’t seen it already - do so without delay. If you have, then maybe it’s time you caught it again!.’ - Kevin O’Sullivan (The Daily Mirror)

“My Fair Lady continues to excite and exhilarate with the bright young talent of Laura Michelle Kelly gorgeously taking over as Eliza Dolittle. To paraphrase Dr Johnson, ‘When a man is tired of My Fair Lady, he is tired of musicals. A must see.” - Mark Shenton (Sunday Express)

“Kelly has a vibrant presence, a flair for comedy, a lovely voice and surely a bright future. She melts hearts as her punishing education progresses under Higgins. This My Fair Lady trumps the Oscar-laden 1964 screen version.” - Ian Johns (Sunday Times)

“Meeting Laura Michelle Kelly is something of a shock: I didn’t think that innocence like hers still existed in the world.” - Nick Curtis (The Evening Standard)

Laura is curently signed to EMI music and her debut album “The Storm Inside” was released on May 1st 2006.

THE STORM INSIDE ~ Debut Album
Laura Michelle Kelly, established actress and West-End star now adds singer/songwriter to her CV. At just 24 years of age she will astonish you with her delicate and sensitive interpretations of well-known songs and other original material. Her album, The Storm Inside, was released back in May on Angel Records.

The album was recorded last summer and was produced by Marius de Vries who also produced David Gray’s Life In Slow Motion and Bjork’s Debut amongst others. The album also contains collaborations from Jamie Cullum, Guy Chambers and Pete Vetesse. Of the twelve tracks, half are original and the rest are covers. It’s a risky move, having so little original material on a debut album but it serves well to allow an opinion to form, for her to find her voice without the complication of new material.

All the songs Laura reinterprets on the album have been chosen by her for their special meaning to her personally and so we are privy to an insight into her mind, her heart. Nick Drake’s Riverman, the first track on the album, is haunting and sweet; Paul Weller’s You Do Something To Me, rearranged the slightest amount, sounds phenomenal sung with the lightness of a woman’s loved-up voice. She even tackles Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know, a song I never really enjoyed as an original but when transformed into a twinkling Christmas carol of a tune, it’s suddenly much more bearable.

It’s not always easy to differentiate between her original material and the covers but it includes a jazzy little number entitled Sweet Solution, the sublime and weightless Butterflies and a blushing, shy, girlish crush of a song, Stumbling.

Her voice is stunning, able to envelope jazz, soul, indie and popular classics that I thought I’d never be able to bear listening to by anyone else. Mellow, gentle and beautiful yet with a strength beneath the surface; her silk and cashmere voice will capture your heart, your soul and spirit. Her song writing ability shows enormous potential but will remain to be tested on a second album. This is a treasure of a debut.

Tracklist: Riverman / There Was A Time / Sweet Solution / You Do Something To Me / Butterflies / Reach Out / Communication / Stumbling / Losing My Mind / Numb / The Storm Inside / Somewhere Only We Know
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Training: Shanklin Stagecoach Of Performing Arts

Eyes: Green   
Hair: Dark   
Height: 5'5" 

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