Matt Willis of Busted stars in Flashdance The Musical

MATT WILLIS in FlashdanceMatt Willis may be best known for singing in boyband Busted and winning the 2006 series of I’m A Celebrity… but he’s about to forge a whole new career.

Following in the footsteps of Hear’Say’s Noel Sullivan now starring in Grease, Simon Webbe from Blue in Sister Act and recent Legally Blonde cast member Duncan James from Blue, Matt joins the great migration from pop to stage.

He’s no stranger to acting though, having trained at Sylvia Young’s drama school as a child and winning parts in TV dramas The Bill, Casualty and EastEnders.

But getting a place in boyband Busted took his career in a whole new direction, and he toured the world with the band and then forged a solo career, releasing the singles Up All Night, Hey Kid and Don’t Let It Go to Waste as well as a cover version of The Primitives’ song Crash for the feature film Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Next up was a spot of reality TV and winning the 2006 series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. This has led to a number of presenting jobs including ITV2’s coverage of the BRIT Awards and as a co-host on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

However, getting back to acting has remained an ambition for Willis and with his starring role in Flashdance The Musical, alongside up-and-coming actress Victoria Hamilton Barritt, he will be hoping it’s the beginning of a big new chapter.

Book tickets to Flashdance The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London