Blackpool Illuminations 2018: What you should know about Alfie Boe
Born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe in Blackpool in September 1973, and raised in Fleetwood, Alfie's first performance was at Marine Hall at 14.
At 17, he became an apprentice mechanic at the TVR factory in Bispham and, while singing on the job, was overheard by a customer with connections in the music business.
After successfully auditioning for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in London, he embarked on a singing career.
Alfie Boe announced as Blackpool Illuminations's 2018 Switch-On starBlackpool Illuminations 2018: A busy Lights season aheadHe is perhaps best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables, but has also sold more than one million albums in the UK.
His last album, Together Again, recorded with Michael Ball, topped the charts. Accolades include a shared Tony Award in 2003 with the ensemble cast of Baz Luhrmann’s revival of La boheme, and a Silver Clef Award in the Classical category in 2011.
Since his debut performance in Fleetwood 31 years ago, Alfie has risen to become Britain’s best selling vocalist of his generation. Earlier this year, he was celebrated in his hometown as part of BBC Music Day, when a plaque was unveiled at Marine Hall.