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Michael Praed

Birth Place: Berkeley, ENGLAND

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Praed was born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, and educated at Eastbourne College, after which he became an actor.

He discovered that the British actors' union Equity already had a "Michael Prince" among its members, so he chose a surname out of a telephone book to use as a stage name. The name Praed is a Cornish word meaning "meadow".[better source needed]

Praed is remembered for his roles as Prince Michael of Moldavia on the American primetime soap Dynasty, Robin Hood in the Robin of Sherwood (1984 TV series), and as Phileas Fogg in The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000). He is also known in the British Isles for his stage work in musicals and drama and lately for his narrations. He has been the regular narrator for BBC TV's history programme Timewatch since 2003. In July 2009, he starred as Captain von Trapp in a national tour of a revival of The Sound of Music.

In 2016, Praed began to appear in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, as Frank Clayton, the father of the characters Vanessa Woodfield and Tracy Metcalfe. His character was killed off following an explosion in the sweet factory. His last appearance aired on ITV on 1 August 2019.


[West End]
Original London Production, 2004

Broadway Revival, 1984

[West End]
Original London Production, 1983

[West End]
London Production, 1982

Michael Praed News

Review: 42ND STREET, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

“Come and meet those dancing feet” on Hope Street, where the UK tour of 42nd Street is making its Glasgow stop at the Theatre Royal. This sparking revival of this show-within-a-show started life at the Leicester Curve earlier this year.
Milton Keynes Theatre Confirms Autumn Season Line Up

Milton Keynes Theatre has enjoyed a fabulous season so far this year with smash- hit musicals, stunning dance, thrilling drama and sublime opera and the lineup for the autumn season is just as spectacular.
Photos: First Look at the UK Tour of 42ND STREET

All new photos have been released from the UK tour of 42nd Street. Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer.
42nd STREET is Coming to Theatre Royal Glasgow in August

The Theatre Royal Glasgow has announced that the UK tour of 42nd STREET is coming to the venue from Monday 21 August to Saturday 26 August 2023.
UK Tour of 42ND STREET Comes to Milton Keynes Theatre in August

Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer in the UK tour of 42nd STREET. The production will visit Milton Keynes Theatre 28 August – 02 September. 
Photos: Ruthie Henshall, Adam Garcia & The Cast of 42 STREET Arrive at Sadler's Wells

See photos of the cast of 42nd Street arriving at Sadler’s Wells ahead of their first performance, where it will play until Sunday 2 July!
Photos: First Look at 42ND STREET at Curve, Leicester and Sadler's Wells

Production photos have been released from 42nd Street at Curve, Leicester ahead of playing Sadler’s Wells. The production plays at Curve, Leicester until Saturday 3rd June, followed by a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from Wednesday 7th June 2023.
Photos: See Ruthie Henshall, Les Dennis & More in Rehearsals for 42 STREET

See rehearsal photos for 42nd Street, playing Curve, Leicester and Sadler’s Wells!
Milton Keynes Theatre Announces Autumn Season Of Shows

Milton Keynes Theatre is looking forward to an exciting season ahead. Full of song, dance and drama there's something for everyone!
LIFE OF PI, THE DRIFTERS GIRL & More Set for Upcoming New Victoria Theatre Season

The New Victoria Theatre in Woking has released their newest brochure announcing full details of their upcoming season. See full programming, and learn how to purchase tickets!
Samantha Womack, Michael Praed, Faye Tozer, Les Dennis and Nicole-Lily Baisden Will Lead 42ND STREET UK Tour

​​​​​​​Samantha Womack will star as Dorothy Brock, alongside Michael Praed as Julian Marsh, Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones, Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer in the UK tour of 42nd STREET.
THE CARDINAL Finds Full Company at Southwark Payhouse

Natalie Simpson (Royal Shakespeare Company's recent productions of King Lear, Hamlet and Cymbeline) joins an eleven-strong cast to play Duchess Rosaura alongside the previously announced Stephen Boxer in THE CARDINAL at Southwark Playhouse. James Shirley's tragic masterpiece, directed by Justin Audibert, plays from 26 April - 27 May with a press performance on 28 April.
THE CARDINAL Comes to Southwark Playhouse Next Year

"All great men know, the soul of life is fame."
Rodney Ackland's AFTER OCTOBER Rediscovered at Finborough Theatre

The first Central London production in eighty years of Rodney Ackland's After October opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited four and a half week season on Tuesday, 22 November 2016.
Photo Coverage: Marquee At The Dominion For THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

Jeff Wayne's musical reimagining of The War of the Worlds is currently running at the Dominion, starring David Essex, Michael Praed, Jimmy Nail, Madalena Alberto and Heidi Range.
BWW Review: Jeff Wayne's THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, Dominion Theatre, Feb 18 2016

When Jeff Wayne decided to write a musical version of HG Wells's sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds, he could have had no idea that 40 years later his score would be performed in a West End theatre. It tells the tale of a journalist who witnesses the Martians' descent to earth - and their subsequent battle with humankind.
Photo Coverage: First Look at THE WAR OF THE WORLDS at the Dominion Theatre

Jeff Wayne's musical version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS began February 8 at the Dominion Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
DON'T MISS: Uzo Aduba Leads This Week's Top 10 New London Shows, February 15 2016

The Maids, Trafalgar Studios Jamie Lloyd has enlisted a cracking trio of actresses to take on this contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet's psychological thriller. Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Dowton Abbey) join forces to explore sex, murder and class.
David Essex, Jimmy Nail and More Join Cast Of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS At Dominion

Alongside the onscreen appearance of Liam Neeson and the onstage appearance of Jeff Wayne and his magnificent Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA string orchestra, casting has now been announced for the World Stage Premiere of The War of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre.

Direct from the West End, critically acclaimed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The Musical starring Michael Praed, Noel Sullivan, Carley Stenson and special guest Mark Benton, is set to transport audiences to the French Riviera with style, sophistication and a good deal of mischief when it comes to the Lyceum from Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 August.


How many Broadway shows has Michael Praed been in?

Michael Praed has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Praed been in?

Michael Praed has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Michael Praed's first West End show?

Michael Praed's first West End show was The Pirates of Penzance which opened in 1982

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