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Michael Ball is a 58-year-old actor, singer and broadcaster from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

In 2015 Michael was made an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to musical theatre and he is particularly known for his work on the stage, as well as his collaborative projects with Alfie Boe.

He is also known for singing the UK Top 40 single ‘Love Changes Everything’ from the musical Aspects of Love, which featured on his 1992 album Michael Ball.

When he was younger, Michael Ball joined a youth theatre group before earning a place to study at the Guildford School of Acting.

While his first role was in Godspell in Aberystwyth, his major break was in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance in Manchester.

Aged 23, he made his West End debut playing Marius in Les Misérables in 1985.

He later played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and appeared in stage productions of Hairspray and Sweeney Todd, before representing the UK in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest. He finished in second place with the song ‘One Step Out Of Time’, which appeared on his 1992 self-titled album.

In July 2018, he hosted an episode of ITV's This Morning with Sara Cox, as the pair stood in for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.