Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the leading lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway. She has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems.
Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which Kerry won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’. She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theater for 6 months, where she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance, before returning to London for 6 months in 2009.
Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at Drury lane, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Kerry’s first major CD release was the amazing Wicked in Rock, a collaboration with long time friend and Queen guitarist, Brian May. This led to her being signed to Universal as a solo recording artist and her debut album Anthems was released in 2010 on Decca Records.
The success of the album, which reached No.15 in the UK album chart, and No.10 in the UK pop club charts (for Defying Gravity), led to a major tour Anthems: The Concert throughout 2011, which kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed internationally promoting the album, including performances at the Royal Variety Performance, at the Laurence Olivier Awards, duetting with Barry Manilow on BBC Television and Radio, at G.A.Y., on Loose Women, Alan Titchmarsh Show, BBC Breakfast, at the Henley Festival alongside John Barrowman, the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, continuing to a run of An Audience With Kerry Ellis at the Shaw Theatre.
Claudimar trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at The Urdang Academy, He also spent two years training in Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
He made his professional debut with American artist Beth Ditto in her European tour. Following on from this, he joined the touring cast of Thriller Live.
He later made his West End debut in the London production of Thriller Live at the Lyric theatre as second cover Michael Jackson.
From then he moved on to work in the commercial industry, working with artist such as Little Mix, Rita Ora, Gloria Gaynor, Ella Henderson, Girls Aloud, Cheryl, CeeLo Green, Jess Glynne, X-factor UK tours, Fleur East and MNEK.
After working with Little Mix for 3 years as their Dance Captain, he moved up to assisting Beth Honan, one of the UK’s leading choreographers. He later became assistant choreographer for the Little Mix.
Clauidimar has now established himself as a. choreographer in his own right, taking creative control as one of the choreographers for the X-Factor UK tour 2019, alongside Dean Lee.
Claudimar is currently on a USA & Canadian Tour with MNEK.