David Bedella (born September 25, 1962) is an American actor. He is currently based in London and is best known for his Olivier award-winning roles in Jerry Springer – The Opera, In The Heights and & Juliet.
Bedella was born in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Merrillville High School in 1980. After performing in Showboat‘81 at Opryland U.S.A. he began eight years of theatre in Chicago from 1982–1990 during which, in 1985, he won his first professional acting award, the Joseph Jefferson Award (Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical) for his performance in A Chorus Line.After several National Tours including Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar and 42nd St., he relocated to New York City in the autumn of 1990 and began what would be 11 years of regional and Broadway work which included Goodspeed Opera House in 1991 and a tour of La Cage aux Folles starring Gene Barry and Lee Roy Reams.From 1992 to 1995, he played Caiaphas in the 20th anniversary national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Dennis DeYoung, Irene Cara and Syrita Wright. In 1995, he joined the original company of Smokey Joe’s Café on Broadway which he played, on and off, for five years before leaving to tour the United States with Diahann Carrol in Lerner and Lowe’s Almost Like Being in Love. In 2001, he and his boyfriend at the time, Pressley Sutherland, relocated to the United Kingdom where Bedella began his London career. His first West End show was the legendary and controversial Jerry Springer the Opera at The National Theatre, for which he won his first Olivier Award in 2004 for best actor in a musical. He went on to perform the lead roles in the Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Producers and eventually, the role for which he won the What’s On Stage and his second Olivier Award, Kevin Rosario in the London premiere of In The Heights in 2015. For several years, Bedella has hosted his own live chat show, David Bedella And Friends (DBAF) which took the London Cabaret Society’s Best Long Running Cabaret Award, in 2015. The chat show began at the Alley Cat and moved to the St. James Theatre in Victoria, London, hosting an array of artists from stage and screen. Bedella’s work is not limited to the stage but includes five television series for the BBC and three Hollywood feature films as well as voicing several characters on the series Thomas and Friends. He has also performed in four pantomimes alongside Christopher Biggins, Bradley Walsh and for the last two years, has partnered the John Linehan (aka: May McFettridg) at the Belfast Grand Opera House in NI.
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A Reel Life
A new film script is taken on a life of its own by a screenwriter. Unable to tell fact from fiction, reality from unreality, he finds his life slowly becoming a film in this dark and weird comedy dram...
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When a man who believes he has retired from MI6 is called back to do one more job to regain his life, only to discover that this job may mean he has no life to go back to, that is what happens.
Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie
Thomas wants to see the world. This heroic quest takes Thomas across deserts, through jungles and over dangerous mountains as he travels across five continents seeing sights he has never seen before.
Thomas & Friends: Christmas on Sodor
Enjoy a true-blue Christmas with Thomas & Friends! Terence takes a shortcut across a frozen lake while collecting Christmas trees for the holiday market. Disaster strikes as the ice begins to crack, ...
Thomas & Friends: Extraordinary Engines
Excitement spreads across Sodor with the arrival of a new and unusual engine. Worrying they'll be replaced by the fast and modern Hugo; the engines fail to be good friends by not making him feel welco...
Thomas & Friends: Full Steam To The Rescue!
There are six episodes from the nineteenth series and two bonus episodes from the twentieth series on Full Steam to the Rescue! There are duty calls at the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre. The Search a...
Thomas & Friends: Start Your Engines!
Thomas and Friends are racing on the rails. The clock is ticking for Thomas, Bertie and Spencer to get to the castle on time. As Philip shows Gordon how fast he can go, slow Stephen proves he can save...
Thomas & Friends: Whale of a Tale and Other Sodor Adventures
Thomas and Friends will tell tall tales. There is a rumor about Toby that is spreading. Thomas blamed a made up engine for the stranding of the whale. "Who's Geoffrey?", "The Truth About Toby," and "L...
Rocky Horror Show Live
The Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs was the location of The Rocky Horror Show, which went on to become an international stage smash hit and a major motion picture.
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie
I wish I had timbers. Surprises await Thomas and his friends as they dig up their most daring adventure yet. Thomas is on the hunt for Sodor's lost treasure. Thomas is on a boat with some new friends....
Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Christmas Carol
It's a winter wonderland on Sodor! Diesel gets a visit from some 'ghostly' Christmas engines, while Kevin enjoys playing in the snow until he's snowed under. Thomas and Cranky drop an important Christ...
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Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines
Thomas and his friends are in holly, jolly Christmas spirits, ready to be Santa's engine helpers! Percy brings holiday fun to Reg at the scrapyard, while Duncan tries to overcome his bah humbug attitu...
Inside No. 9
An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'
Thomas & Friends: The Thomas Way
Join Thomas and Friends for five all-new, exciting adventures! Featuring the episodes: The Thomas Way, The Switch, Percy's Lucky Day, Calm Down Caitlin and The Lost Puff. Also contains a bonus episod...
Thomas & Friends: Santa's Little Engine
Ho Ho Ho! Thomas is full steam ahead as a Really Useful Reindeer, saving the day by guiding Santa's sleigh straight to the Sodor Christmas celebration! When snowfall transforms the island of Sodor int...
Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief
There's trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends. Gordon and Cranky don't want to listen to Really Useful advice from Paxton and Kevin. Scruff, Winston and Stafford lose track of themselves, c...
Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway
When Sir Robert Norramby comes to the Island of Sodor, Thomas must help a new friend, save a ruined castle, and find some treasure.
Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters
Through mud, garbage, and muck, Thomas and his engine friends show that being really Useful can be a dirty job! See James turn into the Really Muddy Engine, and Thomas get showered with rubbish. Watch...
Thomas & Friends: Go Go Thomas
Thomas and his friends are charged up and ready to Go Go! Thomas shows Gordon that being quick is as useful as being strong, while Flynn the fire engine learns to put his pride aside and race to the r...
Thomas and Friends: Up Up & Away!
Thomas and Percy have a special Special as they try and try again to bring balloons to Mr. Bubbles' Big Balloon Show. At the Children's Steam Fair, Emily learns there are great rewards - and laughs - ...
Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations
The engines on the Island of Sodor find themselves in some sticky and slippery situations! Thomas and Butch are stuck in a bind when they don't fully listen to directions. Spencer gets lost in the fog...
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas
All aboard for a special holiday delivery filled with friendship, teamwork and fun! Rheneas picks the perfect Christmas tree when he finally stops to smell the evergreen. Charlie knows how fun snow ca...
Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery - The Movie
When trouble strikes at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Thomas is sent to help his Narrow Gauge engine friends. While shunting and hauling, he catches a glimpse of a small engine trying to hide, yet no one ...
Thomas & Friends: Schoolhouse Delivery
There are important lessons to be learned on the Island of Sodor. Diesel gets a hero's welcome when he makes a delivery. Hiro teaches Thomas about his homeland, while Henry learns how to handle health...
Thomas & Friends: Wobbly Wheels & Whistles
Travel along with Thomas for a wonderfully wobbly and wheel-spinning good time! The No. 1 blue engine has bridges to cross and tracks to uncover in these exciting adventures. When Victor gets overload...
Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas, Thomas!
Thomas lights up the tracks in a magical Christmas collection! Watch as your favourite engines prepare for a festive celebration. Charlie discovers how much fun snow can be whilst Percy gets covered i...
Thomas & Friends: Pop Goes Thomas
Thomas is bubbling with excitement as he delivers special cargo to the picnic extravaganza! His friend Percy joins in on the fun for a game of Hide and Seek and Emily goes full steam ahead to cheer on...
Thomas & Friends: Rescue on the Rails
The Sodor Search and Rescue Team is ready to save the day. Being heroic is more than having speed and strength; it's about team work and a big heart, which puts every Really Useful Engine on the right...
Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels
The Steamies and the Diesels face off in this action-packed movie adventure! There is a fire on Sodor and two new fire fighting engines - Flynn and Belle - arrive to help Thomas and Percy save the day...
Thomas & Friends: Thomas in Charge!
Clickity-Clack, Thomas is back in exciting, engine-packed adventures! Thomas and his friends are preparing for the Railway Inspector’s visit to Knapford Station. But when the coal trucks crash, coveri...
Thomas & Friends: Thomas & The Runaway Kite
There's a kite on the loose and Thomas needs to catch it before the wind blows it from Sodor! With Gordon, Charlie, and Toby by his side, Thomas learns that a helping hand keeps him right on track wh...
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
The Sodor Search and Rescue Center is being built by the engines. When Thomas helps a friend in need, he is rewarded with a trip to the mainland. Along the way, he gets lost at sea and ends up on a my...
Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky
In this collection of uplifting episodes, Thomas and his friends deliver cargo-loads of fun. Thomas learns that it pays to listen to advice, that there's more to a train than its undercoat, and that s...
Thomas & Friends: Splish, Splash, Splosh!
Even when it's wet outside you can still have plenty of fun, especially when you share your adventures with Thomas and his friends! Grab your galoshes (wellies in the UK release, gumboots in the Austr...
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails
The British children's series THOMAS & FRIENDS follows the animated adventures of a helpful locomotive named Thomas the Tank Engine as he and his train buddies work the rail lines and teach kids about...
Chess in Concert
The story of a romantic triangle between two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other, all in the context of ...
The Man Who Predicted 9/11
Morgan Stanley security chief Rick Rescorla put into effect plans he had developed years before. As part of evaluating the risk posed to his wards within their building, Rick had seen the potential fo...
Jerry Springer: The Opera
The story of a day in the job of Jerry Springer is told in 'Jerry Springer- The Opera'. A man who wants to dress up as a baby, a man with 3 lovers, and a fat woman who wants to be a pole dancer are so...
Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home. Unable to work within the system, he created a new identity called The Batman, a symbol of fear for the...
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Days That Shook the World
A British documentary television series called "Days That Shook the World" was aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation. The programme features a lot of important events in history. The series wa...
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Thomas & Friends
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