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Kiril Kulish is an American actor, dancer, and singer who is best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Billy Elliot in the Broadway production of "Billy Elliot the Musical."

Born on February 16, 1994, in San Diego, California, Kulish began his training in ballet at the age of five. He studied at the San Diego Academy of Ballet and later at the California Ballet School. He also trained in tap, jazz, and acrobatics.

Kulish made his Broadway debut in 2006 when he was cast as the understudy for the title role in "Billy Elliot the Musical." He eventually took over the role and received critical acclaim for his performance. In 2009, he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, becoming the youngest actor to ever win the award.

Aside from his work in "Billy Elliot," Kulish has also appeared in several other productions. He played the role of Young Josh in the Broadway production of "High Fidelity" in 2006. He also appeared in the national tour of "The Nutcracker" and in the San Francisco Ballet's production of "Coppélia."

Kulish has also made appearances on television and in film. He appeared in the 2009 film "Somewhere" directed by Sofia Coppola. He also made a guest appearance on the television series "The Wendy Williams Show" in 2011.

In addition to his work in acting and dancing, Kulish is also a talented singer. He has performed in several concerts and events, including the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2010 Tony Awards.

Kulish has received numerous accolades for his work in the entertainment industry. In addition to his Tony Award, he has also won a Theatre World Award and a Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in "Billy Elliot the Musical."

Overall, Kiril Kulish is a talented performer with a bright future ahead of him. His work in "Billy Elliot the Musical" has cemented his place as one of the most talented young actors on Broadway. His dedication to his craft and his passion for the arts make him a true inspiration to aspiring performers everywhere.

Kulish's most recent work includes his appearance in the 2019 film "The Wrong Todd" directed by Rob Schulbaum.

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Kiril Kulish has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Kiril Kulish has not appeared in the West End

Kiril Kulish has been nominated for several awards for his role in the Broadway musical "Billy Elliot." He was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards, received a Special Achievement Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was recognized for his performance at the Theatre World Awards. Additionally, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for his portrayal in "Billy Elliot, The Musical."

Kiril Kulish has won several awards for his performance in the Broadway musical "Billy Elliot." These include the Best Leading Actor in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Performance at the Theatre World Awards, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards.

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