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Ansell: The Man of the moment; Scary role for former X-Factor contestant.


KNOWN for his angelic face and powerful voice, Jonathan Ansell would be the last choice for the role of scary character The Man, in the musical Whistle Down The Wind.

But he has shocked audiences by winning the role and is playing him in a touring performance, which heads to Llandudno this month.

Comparing himself to his character, he said: "The Man is a dark and frustrated character, he is completely different to what I'm like in real life."

Whistle Down The Wind is the tale of a murderer hiding in a barn -the children who find him believing he is Jesus Christ himself. The show mixes together contemporary and original songs with a dark tormented theme.

Jonathan and his wife, TV presenter Debbie King, have announced they are now expecting their first child, due in November. He said: "I am absolutely amazed. It's really exciting, I just want a healthy baby."

Rising to fame with his vocal group G4, they made it through the ranks of the infamous X-Factor before eventually losing out to Steve Brookstein.

After the final, they signed a record deal with Sony BMG, a rival company to Simon Cowell's. But there was no friction between the group and the music mogul.

"Simon Cowell is a lot nicer than you'd imagine," said Jonathan.

"He was intimidating, but not scary. He was driven, sweet and passionate."

The group went on to release three classical music albums as well as numerous celebrity appearances, showing contestants don't need to win to be a success story.

After the group split in 2007, Jonathan went on to release two solo albums as well as touring all over the UK.

"I have fond memories of the group, it was an amazing time but I don't miss it," he said.

Jonathan was also the youngest ever tenor to top the classical charts and hit the top ten in the pop album charts but he has no plans to release a third album at the moment, as he wants to explore different theatre roles. He said: "I would like to release an album of theatre songs that I have been involved in. I want to release an album that means something to me."

TICKETSWhistle Down The Wind Venue Cymru June 14-19, 2pm and 8pm.

01492 872000.


Jonathan Ansell as The Man in Whistle Down the Wind. The children who find him believe he's Jesus Christ
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2010
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