Fra Fee

actor, singer

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Fra Fee
Fee in 2016 - Photo by Ruth Crafer.jpg
Fee in 2016
Born
Francis Martin Fee

(1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 (age 34)
EducationUniversity of Manchester
Royal Academy of Music (2009)
OccupationActor
Years active2009–present

Francis Martin "Fra" Fee (born 20 May 1987) is an Irish actor and singer, known for playing Courfeyrac in Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Les Misérables.[1][2][3] He played the role of Michael Carney in Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, West End and Broadway directed by Sam Mendes, for which he won the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play.[4] Fee is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kazi in the upcoming series Hawkeye, debuting on Disney+ in 2021.[5]

Background

Fee, born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and raised in rural Killyman, attended school at St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, performed regularly with Bardic Theatre in his early days before taking up music at the University of Manchester.[6] He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2009. In 2014 Fee was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Professional career

Fee appeared in numerous productions at Belfast's Grand Opera House in conjunction with the Welsh National Opera, including The Beggar's Opera, The Mikado, Sweeney Todd, as well as a production of The Elixir of Love as Nemorino, directed by John Doyle. In 2004, he was a guest soloist for Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in Tynan's Dublin concert, titled "The Impossible Dream". Immediately following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, Fee was cast as Billy Kostecki in the West End production of Dirty Dancing.[7]

He played Schlomo in the RTÉ Irish tour of Fame, before essaying the title role in Aladdin at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. From June 2011 to 2012 he played Jean Prouvaire, and covered the roles of Marius and Enjolras in Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre, London. During his time in the West End production, Fee was cast as Courfeyrac in Tom Hooper's film Les Misérables, starring alongside Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert.[8]

From November to December 2012, Fee played Florizel in Howard Goodall's professional world premiere of A Winter's Tale.[9]

Fee played Young Buddy in Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Toulon Opera in March 2013,[10] before playing Robbie in A Man of No Importance for Salisbury Playhouse.[11][12]

On 16 June 2013, he portrayed Henrik Egerman in a special concert performance of Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, starring alongside Janie Dee, David Birell and Joanna Riding.[13] On 2 August 2013, Fee was a guest soloist for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night singing America's Greatest Broadway Hits.[14]

Fee starred in the title role of Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, alongside Scarlett Strallen as Cunegonde and David Thaxton as Maximillian, from 23 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.[15] He later starred as Philip Ashley in Dublin's Gate Theatre production of Dame Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, adapted for the stage by Joseph O'Connor at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina as part of the Spoleto Festival USA from 22 May to 8 June 2014.[16] In September 2014, he filmed the role of Kieran in Tom Lawes' forthcoming psychological thriller Monochrome, starring Jo Woodcock, Cosmo Jarvis and James Cosmo.[17]

On 26 January 2015, Fee reprised the role of Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music for one night only at the Palace Theatre in London's West End, reunited with previous co-stars Janie Dee as Desiree, David Birell as Frederick, Joanna Riding as Countess Malcolm as well as new cast members Jamie Parker as Carl Magnus and Anne Reid as Madame Armfeldt.[18]

Fee made his Shakespeare debut as Romeo in Dublin's Gate Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Wayne Jordan from March 2015 to May 2015.[19]

In June 2015, Fee returned to Belfast to take up the role of Jamie in a production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years directed by Stephen Whitson, working alongside fellow West End actress Amy Lennox.[20]

From September 2015 to 5 March 2016, Fee played the role of Amiens in Polly Findlay's production of As You Like It at the National Theatre in London starring Rosalie Craig as Rosalind.[21] During this period he also played Man 2 in Stephen Sondheim's revue Putting It Together at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, directed by Stephen Whitson (December 2015).

Fra played the role of Mole in the new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows with music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe and a book by Julian Fellowes in a production that starred Rufus Hound as Toad from August to November 2016.

In April 2017, he originated the role of Michael Carney in The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre, ahead of a transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.[22] Fra played his final performance in the West End production on 6 January 2018. For his performance as Michael Carney in The Ferryman Fra was awarded the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play.[4]

In the spring of 2018 he filmed the role of Jim in the movie adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth's novel Animals, directed by Sophie Hyde, starring alongside Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. Filming took place in Dublin. The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.[23]

He performed the role of Chip in John Wilson's production of Leonard Bernstein's On The Town on 25 August 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall, having performed two weeks earlier in the same venue as one of the Jets in John Wilson's production of West Side Story.[24][25]

Fra reprised his role in the Broadway transfer of The Ferryman in New York alongside most of the original cast as well as newcomer to the play Fionnula Flanagan. The play won the Tony Award for Best Original Play at the 2019 Tony Awards.[1] During his time in New York, Fra made his New York cabaret debut at 54 Below performing his show Seisún.[2]

Fra plays William Bogue in Irish horror-comedy Boys From County Hell written and directed by Chris Baugh, due to premiere at TriBeCa Film Festival 2020. He plays Fergus in Irish Western Thriller Pixie, alongside Alec Baldwin, Olivia Cooke and Ben Hardy.[26]

In June 2019, Fra took part in a semi-staged concert version of The Clockmaker's Daughter, a musical by Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn, in which Fra also plays the same character in the studio cast recording, performing alongside Christine Allado and John-Owen Jones.

From October to December 2019, Fee replaced actor Colin Morgan in the role of Owen in the National Theatre’s production of Brian Friel’s Translations, directed by Ian Rickson, alongside Ciarán Hinds, Seamus O’Hara and Judith Roddy.[27]

Personal life

Fee is openly gay.[28]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Les Misérables Courfeyrac National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2016 Monochrome Kieren[26]
2016 National Theatre Live: As You Like It Amiens[26]
2018 Troubles Liam[26]
2018 On the Town: BBC Proms Chip Televised Live Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
2019 Animals Jim[29] Sundance Feb 2019 premiere; Adelaide Film Festival pop-up April 2019
2020 Boys From County Hell William
2020 Pixie Fergus
2021 Cinderella Hench
2021 The Laureate Geoffrey Phibbs Motion Picture; Post-Production
2021 Hawkeye Kazi Upcoming series

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Theatre Location
2009 Dirty Dancing Billy Kostecki Piccadilly Theatre West End
2009-10 A Man of No Importance Robbie Arts Theatre Off-West End
2010 Fame Schlomo N/A Irish National Tour
2011 Aladdin Aladdin Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Dublin
2011-12 Les Misérables Jean Prouvaire / Understudy Marius & Enjorlas Queen's Theatre West End
2012 A Winter's Tale Florizel Greenwich Theatre Off-West End
2013 Follies Young Buddy Toulon Opera Toulon
2013 A Man of No Importance Robbie Salisbury Playhouse Salisbury
2013 A Little Night Music Henrik Egerman Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
2013-14 Candide Candide Menier Chocolate Factory Off-West End
2014 My Cousin Rachel Phillip Ashley Gate Theatre Off-West End
2015 A Little Night Music Henrik Egerman Palace Theatre West End
2015 Romeo & Juliet Romeo Gate Theatre, Dublin Dublin
2015 The Last Five Years Jamie Lyric Theatre, Belfast Belfast
2015-16 As You Like It Amiens National Theatre London
2016 Putting It Together Man 2 Lyric Theatre, Belfast Belfast
2016 The Wind in the Willows Mole N/A UK National Tour
2017-18 The Ferryman Michael Carney Royal Court Theatre / Gielgud Theatre Off-West End / West End
2018 West Side Story Action Royal Albert Hall London
2018 On The Town Chip Royal Albert Hall London
2019 The Ferryman Michael Carney Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Broadway
2019 The Clockmaker's Daughter Will Semi Staged Concert London
2019 Translations Owen National Theatre London

Awards and reviews

Year Award Category Film Result
2012 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Acting by an Ensemble Les Misérables Won
Best Ensemble
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Ensemble, Motion Picture Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
(Source: IMDb.com)

Reviewing Candide for The New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote that "Mr. Fee proved himself a most ingenious practitioner of ingenuousness, with a glorious tenor voice."[30] Also reviewing for Candide Libby Purves noted that "Fra Fee from Dungannon is a real find: innocent elfin face but a voice so deep, honeyed and flawless that your heart melts.[31] Reviewing My Cousin Rachel at the Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, Debra Charlton wrote "Playing the protagonist of this taut drama, Fra Fee portrays Philip's tormented journey through desire, guilt and suspicion with keen sensitivity and detail. His tour de force performance demonstrates immense emotional range and admirable control."[32] "Fra Fee as Philip Ashley does most of the heavy lifting in My Cousin Rachel. Rarely offstage during the entire two-plus-hour performance, Fee's stamina is incredible. Without melodrama, he convincingly portrays his character's appropriately gothic emotional swings and perfectly captures Philip's tragic flaw of youthful impulsiveness."[33]

References

  1. ^ Adair, Gordon. "Les Miserables: Fra Fee on his role in the upcoming blockbuster". BBC News. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ Tyrone Times profile of Fee, tyronetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Tyrone man' starring role in Les Mis, BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards announced: David Tennant and Olivia Colman win". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Hawkeye Season 1 (2021) | Cast, Characters, Release Date | Marvel". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Music graduate Fra Fee stars in Les Mis, musicatmanchester.blogspot.fr, February 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ Fee cast as Billy Kostecki in the West End production of Dirty Dancing, accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  8. ^ Fra Fee profile, spotlight.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Helena Blackman, Alastair Brookshaw, Fra Fee, and Pete Gallagher announced for A Winter's Tale", westend.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  10. ^ Toulon Opera website Archived 2 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  11. ^ Fra Fee in A Man of No Importance, whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  12. ^ Review of the musical version of A Man of No Importance Archived 15 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine, salisburyplayhouse.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Fra Fee to feature with Holly Conrad, Austin Jones, Joanna Riding and Hadley Fraser in A Little Night Music", Playbill. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  14. ^ Fee profile, BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  15. ^ Fra Fee to star in Candide, along with Scarlett Strallen, David Thaxton, Ben Lewis, and Cassidy Janson, Playbill. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  16. ^ Spoleto Festival USA website Archived 13 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  17. ^ Monochrome (2016) at IMDb
  18. ^ Shenton, Mark (10 October 2014). "Casting Announced for West End Concert Performance of A Little Night Music". Playbill. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Romeo and Juliet". Gate Theatre Dublin. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  20. ^ "The Last Five Years – Lyric Theatre, Belfast". 1 July 2015.
  21. ^ http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/as-you-like-it?cast[bare URL]
  22. ^ "Cast and West End transfer confirmed for Sam Mendes' The Ferryman". WhatsOnStage.com. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Grainger, Shawkat star in Sophie Hyde's Dublin-set comedy 'Animals'". IF Magazine. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  25. ^ "Prom 39: West Side Story". BBC Music Events. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  26. ^ a b c d Fa Free at IMDb
  27. ^ Roy, David (23 November 2019). "Nothing is lost in Translations for Dungannon star Fra Fee". The Irish News.
  28. ^ Fee, Fra. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  29. ^ Animals at IMDb
  30. ^ Brantley, Ben (23 January 2014). "London Theater Journal: Stripped of Illusions, but Still Glittering and Gay". Artsbeat. The New York Times.
  31. ^ "Candide - Menier, SE1". 3 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  32. ^ Charlton, Debra (28 May 2014). "BWW Reviews: Dublin's Gate Theatre Presents MY COUSIN RACHEL at the Spoleto Festival". Broadway World.
  33. ^ Pandolfi, Elizabeth (21 May 2014). "Gate Theatre goes gothic with My Cousin Rachel". Charleston City Paper.

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