Michael Ball has enjoyed a very successful and varied career over the last 20 years, both in the West End and on the Concert Stage, working with some of the 20th century's most prolific musical theatre composers. His big break came when he appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance in the role of Frederick. In London's West End, he originated the roles of Marius in Les Miserables (his West End Debut) and Alex in Aspects of Love - a role he later recreated on Broadway. Michael also played Raoul in Phantom of the Opera.
He appeared on the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse in a one-man show titled Alone Together. The premise of the show was to tell the story of the life of a performer through song. No props, no orchestra, it was simply Michael alone on the stage with only a pianist accompanying him. He followed this success by originating the role of Caractacus Potts in the stage adaptation of the popular film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He has twice won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; for his role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and for the title role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
He represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song One Step Out Of Time, finishing in second place. He has presented The One Show and appeared on three ITV shows with Alfie Boe: Ball and Boe: One Night Only 2017 - Ball and Boe: Back Together 2019 - Ball and Boe: A Very Merry Christmas. He has been on Radio 2 for many years.