Janie Dee stars in The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre (from 20 April 2023) and Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (from 16 September 2023).
Janie is a multi-award winning actress, singer and musical theatre performer.
Her work on stage has earned her the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actress Awards for the leading role in Comic Potential in the West End and on Broadway as well as the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Carousel at the National Theatre.
She has worked extensively with writer and director Alan Ayckbourn, originating the roles of JC 333 in Comic Potential, Joanna in House and Garden, and Amanda in Dreams from a Summerhouse. Her work with Director Peter Hall includes Much Ado About Nothing, Betrayal and Design For Living.
Lead roles in classic West End musicals include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre; Follies at the National Theatre; Cats; My One and Only (Olivier Award Nomination); Mack and Mabel; and audiences outside London have been able to enjoy her performances in many shows including her starring role as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! at the Curve Theatre, Leicester for which she received a TMA UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical this year.
Recent dramatic roles include Hand to God (Vaudeville Theatre); Irina Arkadina in Chekov’s The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic); 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse); Blithe Spirit opposite Angela Lansbury and Charles Edwards (Gielgud Theatre); Michael Frayn’s Noises Off at The Old Vic and in the West End; and Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW at the Royal Court, which earned her a fourth Olivier nomination.
Her film credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild.
Her television credits includes: Chimeric, Crashing, In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards.
Janie is a leading light in the resurgent cabaret scene and regularly champions new musical theatre writing.
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