December 30, 2009

JB London’s Stephen Ashfield Interview in the Evening Times!

December 30th, 2009

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From left, Stephen Ashfield with his castmates Ryan Molloy, Glenn Carter and Philip Bulcock (Photo Credit: Brinhkoff & Mogenburg)

Sarah Swain of the Evening Times has a marvelous interview with JERSEY BOYS West End’s Bob Gaudio, Stephen Ashfield. Despite the fact that the Glasgow-born actor is starring in a hit West End show, has sung with Sir Elton John, and has entertained Posh and Becks, he crashes back to earth when he travels on the London Underground.

The 30-year-old, who grew up in Carntyne, has his face emblazoned on dozens of posters advertising his show, Jersey Boys, by the Tube escalators.

He said: “It’s weird because you see bits of chewing gum stuck to your face.

“And to get all four of us on the poster they had to superimpose legs on us – they cut our own legs off. And there was one before that, where they used my left leg twice.”

Gum and wrong legs aside, it has been an amazing a year for Stephen, whose mum and dad Evelyn and Derek, both 53, and sister Stacey, 25, a Ryanair cabin crew member, live in Condorrat, near Cumbernauld.

As well as starring as one of the four leads in the musical, a show that tells the tale of 1960s band Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, in September he was chosen to sing with Sir Elton John at a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

He performed a song from Sir Elton’s vampire-inspired Broadway musical, Lestat, with the maestro on piano.

Stephen said: “It was brilliant. You walk out there and you can’t help but look up because it’s such a massive space.

“Then I got to go and sit in the Royal Box for the second half. I was sitting beside the Duchess of Gloucester. Every time she left to powder her nose everyone had to stand up. Annie Lennox and Katherine Jenkins were also in there.

“My parents also came down but had to sit with the commoners – I gave them my royal wave from the Royal Box!”

Read the full interview on the Evening Times website.

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