Hollyoaks actor Ben Richards will star alongside Beverley Knight in the hit musical The Bodyguard when it returns to the West End later this year.

Richards will play Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron, played by Knight, from an unknown stalker.

A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard is based on the hit film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner and features the classic songs Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Ben Richards can currently be seen in Hollyoaks playing Sergeant Ben Bradley, a role he has been playing for just over a year. Previously television credits include The Bill, Footballer’s, Doctors and Holby City. His many leading roles in musical theatre include Sky Masterson in Guys and (West End), Danny Zuko in Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium), Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre), Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Palace Theatre), Bill Sykes in Oliver (Sheffield Crucible) as well as Franklyn Hart in 9-5 and Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, both on tour.

The Bodyguard will play a strictly limited six-month run from15 July 2016 until 7 January 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

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