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    Meet Billy Elliot: Bradley Perret

    Note: Bradley’s final show as Billy was in the West End (London) production of the show on 25-Jul-2015.

    Debut: November 13, 2013 (London)

    Total Performances: 177.7 (through 31-JuL-2015)   (includes 3 partial shows credited @.5 ea and the 10th Anniversary show credited at .2)

    Bradley Perret Thumb2When he debuted on 13-Nov-2013, Bradley Perret was 11-years-old and the first French Billy Elliot to ever grace the Victoria Palace Theatre stage.  He is the West End’s 35th Billy and the 72nd boy in the world to play the role.

    Bradley Perret in front of the Cast Board (Resize)When not in London to prepare for and then portray Billy on stage, Bradley lives with his parents and sister in the south of France town of Juan-les-Pins, which is located between Nice and Cannes.

    Like most young men who have played the role of Billy, Bradley started dance early in life – in his case at the age of five.  His first lessons were at L’Ecole de Spectacle where his first love was the Jazz style of dance.  His learning process gradually expanded into other dance forms.  He writes in his official BETM bio that he first tried ballet at the Jakobson Ballet School in a Swan Lake workshop in St Petersburg, Russia.

    Bradley has performed many times at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, and recently won second prize with L’Atelier (dance school) in an international modern jazz competition.

    After several auditions and callbacks, Bradley was asked to come to London for final training before his debut as Billy on November 13, 2013.

    In February of 2014, Bradley’s episode of “Meet the Billys” was released by BETMUK:

    Credit: Video by BillyElliot

    Each year, West End LIVE, an annual free celebration of London theatre, takes place on a mainstage in Trafalgar Square and in a historic 1920s Spiegeltent in Leicester Square. Billed as the largest event of its type in the world, over half a million people attended last year. This year marks the 10th year of the event and on 18-Jun-2014, representing BETM, Bradley Perret performed the show’s signature piece Electricity:

    Credit: Video by MYSTiiC KiinG

    On November 2, 2014, Bradley appeared at the UK’s National Teaching Awards show broadcast on BBC2. Here’s a video of his street version of Electricity on that show:

    Credit: Video by MYSTiiC KiiNG 

    Bradley’s final show as Billy came on 25-Jul-2015. It was his 177.7 performance in the role (see the top of this profile for the details). And thus the West End’s only French Billy (to date) has tread the boards of the Victoria Palace Theatre for the last time. But this true triple threat has the talent to go on to a very successful career in the performing arts, if that’s what he chooses to do with his life.  We wish him much success!

    Credit:  Production Photos in this article are by Alastair Muir

    Bradley Perret as Billy in The FinaleFor more information about Bradley Perret, visit:

    Billy Elliot The Forum, Bradley Perret Appreciation Society

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