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About Lydia

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The story so far...

Lydia Griffiths was born and raised in Wrexham, North Wales. At age 16, she won the second series of ITV's Big Big Talent Show hosted by Jonathan Ross. Later that year she was invited to perform for the Queen and Prince Phillip on The Royal Command Performance, where she shared the stage with artists such as The Spice Girls, Celine Dion and Michael Bolton, before meeting the Queen herself.

 

In the years following her early success, Lydia achieved her life long dream when she was cast as understudy Eponine in the west end production of Les Miserables. She later went on to take over the role of Cosette opposite S Club 7’s Jon Lee as Marius. In 2010, she was honoured to be asked back to join the company of the 25th anniversary concert at London’s O2 Arena as a featured soloist. The concert was filmed for DVD and was shown in cinemas all around the world.

 

Other theatre credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, understudied and played the role of Clarice in Napoleon, Cinderella in Cinderella, Agnetha in Abbamania, Malicia in Beauty and the Beast, Gerda in The Snow Queen, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Youth Opportunities Worker in Pravda.

 

Lydia has appeared as guest soloist at The Royal Albert Hall in a tribute to the music of Sir Tim Rice and has returned many a year to pay homage to musical greats alongside Glenn Close, Roger Moore and Cliff Richard.

 

Lydia’s concert and cabaret work has taken her all over the world, performing in arena’s and concert halls, on ships and in theatres. Other guest appearances include for Much Loved Productions, West End International and Beyond the Barricade. She has also performed with some of the UK’s leading military bands and concert orchestras, namely The British Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Prince of Wales Swing Band and the Band of the Royal Life Guards.

 

On television, Lydia played ‘Sophie’ in the BBC2 sitcom Empty along side Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) and Gregor Fisher (Rab C. Nesbitt). Other television appearances include The Mike Doyle Show, Just up Your Street and Noson Lawen, a popular Welsh tv show -  which led to the release of her first solo album in Welsh.

 

After falling in love with Melbourne, Australia whilst on tour, she decided to take the leap and move permanently in 2013. She has recently teamed up with a songwriting team to start writing and recording original music. Her debut single will be released in early 2024. Find out more about the song and how you can hear it, on the Turned on a Dime page.

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