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Alfie Boe

Updated on July 1, 2014

British Tenor Alfie Boe, Star of Les Misérables

Alfie Boe, now one of Britain's most famous tenors, hails from Lancashire in England.

Already recognized for his talent in opera circles (he won a Tony award in 2008), he has most recently won the hearts of the nation at large starring in the role of Jean Valjean in the O2 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables.

Quick Facts: Alfie Boe

Alfie was born in 1973

His full name is Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe

Alfie Boe is married to actress Sarah Boe and the couple have a daughter

His first job was as an apprentice car mechanic

Alfie is currently lodging with comic actor and fellow Les Miserables concert star Matt Lucas

He has a home in Salt Lake City

In 2011 Alfie will be performing the role of Jean Valjean on a regular basis in London's West End

Alfie Boe image: Pictured, the newest album from Alfie Boe, Bring Him Home, now available from Amazon.com

Matt Lucas Makes a YouTube Video of Friend Alfie Boe - Discover the incredible voice of Alfie Boe... filmed by Matt Lucas

A couple of friends decide to have a karaoke in the kitchen. Of course, when the pair are Alfie Boe and British comedian Matt Lucas, you can expect something out of the ordinary!

Bring Him Home - The New Album from Alfie Boe

The 2011 album from Alfie Boe features the title song Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, alongside classics such as Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific) and On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady), plus Come What May (Moulin Rouge) and many more favorites.

The album includes duets with musical theater star Kerry Ellis (most recently Nancy in Oliver! and Elphaba in Wicked in London's West End) and comic actor Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me).

I own this album myself and can't recommend it highly enough. Alfie Boe's voice lends itself perfectly to the different moods of the songs and each track has earned its place in this album, though the title track is as always the showstopper.

Boe and Valjean

Who am I? I'm Jean Valjean!

Jean Valjean is the main character of Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables. Valjean is a convict who ends up in a chain gang having been caught thieving food to feed a starving family. A powerful and strong-willed man, he does not give in to the discipline of prison life and so finds his sentence extended by many years each time he tries to escape. On finally leaving prison he breaks his parole to start a new life, in which he rises to the status of mayor of a small French town. However, his former prison guard and nemesis Inspector Javert is never far behind him.

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Les Misérables first came to the London stage 25 years ago and now has been performed in cities all around the world, as well as continuing its incredible 25 year run in London's West End.

Irish singer Colm Wilkinson was the first Jean Valjean. In 2011, Alfie Boe will take on the role in London for approximately 6 months (source: www.alfieboeuk.com).

Alfie Boe is Jean Valjean! - Boe takes on a classic role... and makes it his own

DVD: Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert - With Alfie Boe, Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas

A cast of stars give the performance of a lifetime in this 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the O2 stadium in London. Alfie Boe’s performance as Valjean is simply spectacular, Ramin Karimloo and Norm Lewis bring power and intensity to the roles of Enjolras and Javert, and Lea Salonga brings a raw, more human aspect to Fantine than I’ve seen before. Matt Lucas and Jenny Galloway are wickedly funny as the Thenadiers.

Les Misérables was always good, but this is it at its very best. A few stars from the original cast, including Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball, perform One Day More at the end of the show, followed by the breath-taking rendition of Bring Him Home by four of the greatest Valjeans: Alfie Boe, Simon Bowman, John Owen-Jones, and of course Wilkinson.

Alfie Boe with Colm Wilkinson, Simon Bowman and John Owen-Jones - Jean Valjean Quartet -- 4 Phenomenal Voices sing Bring Him Home

Boe is the fourth to sing. Although he's not shown in the preview (Simon Bowman, Colm Wilkinson and John Owen-Jones are pictured below) you will see him as he takes his turn in this magnificent quartet.

Discography - Don't Miss Alfie's Other Albums

In 2007 Boe's first album Onward was released.

This was swiftly followed by La Passione in 2008.

In 2009 Alfie Boe sings with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera on an album of Franz Lehar songs: Franz Lehar: Love Was A Dream

Bring Him Home was released in 2011. He also appeared on the Downton Abbey soundtrack, recorded in the same year.

2012 saw two albums, the eponymous Alfie and Storyteller.

He featured on Home for the Holidays in 2013.

Alfie's 2014 release was the highly-acclaimed Trust.

Alfie Boe Video - Alfie Boe interviewed by Vanessa

Sing Out For Alfie Boe! - Has Boe's talent captivated you too?

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    First saw Alfie Boe singing when PBS aired the Les Mis 25th Anniversary special. Alfie stopped me dead in my tracks with his awesome voice and performance. Since then have been a huge fan of Mr. Boe's. Was lucky enough to see him revise the role of JVJ on the West End. Would LOVE for him to revise the role yet again when Cameron MacIntosh brings Les Mis back to Broadway in 2014. Don't miss him whenever/wherever he performs. Amazing voice and all around nice guy.

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    geoffhoff 

    5 years ago

    Jeeze Louise, what a crystalline voice. I don't think I've ever heard him sing before. I'm not so sure Hugh Jackman should have done the movie, now. (Oh, and the kitchen scene was my favorite bit on the page!)

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    DoctorOrEngineer 

    5 years ago

    He is an amazing Valjean!!!!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I absolutely love Alfie Boeâs voice and acting. I am embarrassed to admit I was initially skeptically about casting an opera singer as Jean Valjean, but Boe completely nailed it. I hope he does more music theatre along with opera!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Can't deny it, I've been Boe-d in the USA! What a voice, talent and personality plus. We need to see more of him in the States. Love Alfie Boe!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    What a voice,seen les mis twice with alfie in and hope to see him in southend on june the first

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    I love Alfie, amazing voice lovely man, I went to him in Les mis absolutely fabulous I would love to meet him. I can't get a ticket for his concert at the Birmingham symphony hall, I am so annoyed. love Jean xxx

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    sherridan 

    6 years ago

    I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of him! My mother in law came down from Cheshire recently to see him in Les Miserables, although she had already seen the show twice. That said, she had not known that he was palying the leading role and when he came on he was so bearded and padded she did not even realise it was him at first!

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    jadehorseshoe 

    6 years ago

    VERY Cool Lens.

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    phoenix arizona f 

    7 years ago

    Great choice of music.

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    ipadreview 

    7 years ago

    The man has a great voice. Cool!

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    Indigo Janson 

    7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: I know just what you mean, Pam. That incredible voice... and a true stage presence too. How lucky for us that someone suggested he try for a singing career rather than stay as a car mechanic.

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    sukkran trichy 

    7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    interesting lens. thanks for introducing this great artist.

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    anonymous 

    7 years ago

    PBS was airing the 25th concert of Les Mis. I initially tuned in because it is one of my favorite musicals. But from the moment he opened his mouth to sing, I was captivated. His rendition of Bring Him Home stunned me with his vocal range. I have become am Alfie Boe fan and I always will be. It is ok that he does not like going to the opera. Neither do I. But I enjoy his opera DVDs.

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    cdevries 

    7 years ago

    A nice Lens. Squid Angel blessing!

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    puzzlerpaige 

    7 years ago

    Such an amazing voice and Alfie seems like a nice guy too.

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    anonymous 

    7 years ago

    When Alfie Boe sang with the four tenors and when his turn came he rose the notes 2 steps up, It just blew me away, what a singer and seems to be such a nice guy.

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    KimGiancaterino 

    7 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful introduction to Alfie Boe.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    7 years ago from United States

    Fabulously beautiful voice! Such talent is quite rare. Of course, you picked my very favorite play and very favorite musical song ever to feature :) I saw Les Mes for the first time in New York over 20 years ago. I did see it again in London. I think I have been to at least 12 performances world wide. I shall have to watch for this young man! Simply fabulous!

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 

    7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Thanks for a great introduction to Alfie Boe - I love Les Mis and he is certainly a wonderful Jean Valjean!

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    justholidays 

    7 years ago

    Wouaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! This is what I call a handsome man with an awesome voice! Excellent!

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    Carol Fisher 

    7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    Alfie Boe is a brilliant tenor as he proves in the anniversary performance of Les Miserables. He's been a favourite of mine for quite a while now.

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    Karen 

    7 years ago from U.S.

    Ahhh, what a nice way to spend a few minutes this morning, listening to Alfie Boe singing :)

    Nice lens!

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    ChrisDay LM 

    7 years ago

    He certainly is a prodigious talent. Thanks for collecting all this together so nicely.

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