David Essex enjoys a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television.
He has written, recorded and produced albums and singles that have sold millions of copies worldwide – twenty three Top 30 singles in Britain alone.
Recent credits include:
2 UK tours and a sold-out West End run of “All The Fun of The Fair”, directed by Nikolai Foster and written and devised by David.
A critically acclaimed run in “Eastenders” as Eddie Moon.
He stars in the British Independent feature, “Traveller”, which is due for release early next year.
David shot to fame in the musical “Godspell”. This resulted in him being offered “That’ll Be The Day” and “Stardust” by David Puttnam.
He wrote the score for his next movie, “Silver Dream Racer”, co-starring Beau Bridges and Cristina Raines.
He created the role of “Che Guevara” in the original production of “Evita”.
While in New York recording a musical version of HG Wells “War of The Worlds”, he saw the play “Childe Byron” about the life of Lord Byron. He worked with director Frank Dunlop on a hugely successful run at The Young Vic in which he played the title role.
He recorded “Mutiny” as a concept album and then collaborated with Richard Crane to create the musical version which ran at The Picadilly Theatre for 16 months and was nominated for “Best Musical” at the Ivor Novello Awards.
Peter Hall cast him as Tony Lumpkin in “She Stoops To Conquer”, which played in the West End for seven months.
Other theatre productions include tours of “Boogie Nights 2” and “Aspects of Love”. He appeared in “Footloose”, in the West End which broke all box office records for the show.
He also starred in a TV comedy series “The River”.
He was nominated for a Grammy for “Rock On”, which was one of his biggest hits.
In 1999 David received an OBE in recognition of his services to charity, especially to The VSO for which he was Ambassador and continues as a Council Member.
He returned to Africa for Comic Relief along with David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Nick Hancock, who played football with local teams which was filmed and televised in 3 half-hour programmes shown in March 1997 at the beginning of Comic Relief week.
He is also a member of The Gypsy Council which aims to improve conditions for Gypsies and Travellers in Britain.
He narrated and appeared in a video of Gypsy life which is sold to aid their cause.
On October 20th Variety, the children’s charity, will be honouring him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.