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At last, says Luke Evans with a grin – after a decade in musical theatre, and another decade in movies and television, the Welsh actor is finally able to fully dive into his first love: singing.
“If you know anything about my past, you know I come from singing,” begins the man who, in his mid-teens, was taught at musical college in Cardiff by Charlotte Church’s singing coach, and then won a scholarship to London Studio Centre.
But, for a long time, his other performance skills took over. Evans’ thriving West End career saw him appear in Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q. Then his even-more-thriving film career took him from Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll to Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers to Fast & Furious, Dracula Untold to The Hobbit and Beauty and the Beast. At least in the latter, playing Gaston in Bill Condon's 2017’s blockbuster live-action reboot, he had the opportunity to sing.