Meet Billy Elliot: Lewis Smallman

    Note: Lewis’s final show as Billy in the UK/Ireland Tour was on July 22, 2017.

    Debut: February 24, 2016 (Theatre Royal Plymouth)  

    Total Performances as Billy to Date:  125  (Includes 6 partial shows credited @.5 each)

    Lewis Smallman ThumbLewis Smallman was 12 years old at the time of his debut as Billy and he is from West Bromwich, a town near Birmingham in England.

    Lewis Smallman Gymnastics2Lewis discovered gymnastics at an early age and it continues to be a passion.  He has trained and competed in many gymnastic events via his involvement with the Sandwell Flyers Gymnastic Academy.

    The picture to the right is of Lewis receiving a trophy for his involvement in the Schools regional competition in Birmingham on 30-Nov-2014.  (Credit: Photo by Sandwell Flyers Gymnastic Academy)

    Lewis’s dance training has been at Arabesque Dance Academy and Renaissance Arts.

    Prior to his involvement with BETM, Lewis has appeared in the English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake (child cast Wolverhampton Grande Theatre 2012) and as ‘Kurt’ in The Sound of Music in the 2014 Trinity Players production at Sutton Town Hall. 

    The Children from Sound of Music
    The Children from the Trinity Players Sound of Music (Lewis Smallman is 1st from left)

    Lewis performed as Billy in the opening show of the UK/Ireland Tour on 24-Feb-2016, and therefore was the first of the tour Billys to debut in the role.  He also became the 124th actor to play the role of Billy worldwide.

    On 10-Mar-2016, Lewis’s “Meet The Tour Billys” video was released:

    Learn more about Lewis in this quick-fire interview:

    Credit: Videos on this page are by Billy Elliot The Musical

    When it was announced that the last stop of the tour would be in Hamburg, Lewis and some of the creative team made the trip to Germany in order to promote the upcoming shows there.  While there, on 22-Nov-2016, Lewis performed Electricity on the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt stage, which would be the home of BETM while they were in Hamburg.  Here is a video of this performance:

    Credit: Video by

    Lewis Smallman is Billy Elliot

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