Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Hottest Men in the West End 2018 | 5th Anniversary Edition

Ben Irish


Ben was most recently seen playing the hunky geek Toxie in the London transfer of the sell out hit, The Toxic Avenger. His other credits include Cover Sam Wheat and Carl in GHOST The Musical (Asia tour); Josephine in Sasha Regan’s All Male HMS Pinafore (UK tour); Ensemble in Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai Culture Square), Ensemble/cover Mabel in Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates of Penzance, Great British Musicals (St. James Theatre), West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre) and 42nd Street Gala (London Palladium). @bencirish 


Luke Jackson



Luke was one of our favourites on So You Think You Can Dance and since then we've been following this handsome chaps career. He will appear in the London premiere of the new musical adaptation of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre this year having just appeared in the UK tour of Cabaret. His other credits include Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Viva Forever! and Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), Cabaret (UK Tour), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), CATS (UK Tour and South Korea), & The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre). @lukewjackson


Matthew Wesley


Matthew has been on our radar for a while now and was actually meant to be in our list before but due to there being far too many people to chose from we saved him for this one! He last appeared in the UK tour of Cabaret, a show he previously appeared in at the Savoy Theatre. His other credit include The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre & UK tour), From Here to Eternity (Shaftsbury Theatre), Chicago (Garrick & Cambridge Theatre) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre). @wezer03

Jonny Labey

Photographed by Darren Bell
Jonny is someone who has recently come to our attention, after having been cast as the lead in the new West End production of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. He best known for playing Paul Coker in BBC1’s flagship show EastEnders. He also starred in the film Soft Lad, for which he was nominated for a BIFA Award for Best Newcomer. His other credits include White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), In the Heights (Southwark Playhouse) and Rock 'N' Roll Heaven (UK tour). @jonnylabey 


Ashley Day

Photographed by Darren Bell
Ashley Day is one of the top leading men of the West End at the moment, having his moment to shine in the recently closed An American in Paris. His other credits include Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate (Opera North/National Tour), Curly McLain in Oklahoma! (National Tour), understudied and played Elder Price in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales), Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), Troy Bolton in High School Musical (National Tour), Evita (Adelphi) and Mary Poppins (Prince Edward). @Ashleyday_86 


Will Lucas

Photographed by Max Parker
Will is currently appearing in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, playing Chistery and he is working it in that monkey costume! His other credits include Dance Captain for Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse), ‘Bill Bailey’ and understudy ‘Mungojerrie’ in Cats (UK tour), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens) and Anthems: The Concert with Kerry Ellis and Brian May (Royal Albert Hall). @WillJayLucas


Jacob Maynard

Photographed by Max Parker
After seeing Jacob step up and take over last minute as a leading man in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in On the Town, we couldn't not add him to the list this year. His other credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Grand Palais – Theatre du Chatalet), Top Hat (Kilworth House Theatre), Know Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Guys and Dolls (Savoy and Phoenix Theatres and National Tour), Love Me Tender (National Tour) & Coalhouse in Ragtime (Pleasance Theatre). He will appear in the London premier of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. @Jacob_maynard 


Adrian Hansel


Since seeing the original production of Hairspray in London, Adrian has been one to keep your eye on and he is currently in Five Guys Named Moe at the Marble Arch Theatre. His other credits include Carousel (National Theatre); Dancin’ in the Streets (PlayHouse Theatre); Fame (Cambridge Theatre); All You Need is Love(Queens Theatre) and Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre). @adrianhansel  

Jordan Shaw

Photograph by Claire Bilyard
After being a stand out when we saw Miss Saigon, Jordan hasn't stopped since then. He is currently featured in Folles at the National Theatre after having previously played Michael in Tick, Tick... BOOM! at the Park Theatre. His other credits include Stevie Wonder and understudied/played Marvin Gaye in Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Pouncival in Cats (London Palladium and Blackpool Opera House) and u/s Charlie, Olen, Andy, Clarence and Dance Captain in The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic). @jordanshawuk

Will Young


Will was last seen in the UK tour of Cabaret playing Emcee, a role he has returned to numerous times having played it on tour and at the Savoy Theatre. He will appear in the West End premiere of Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. @willyoung


Bradley Jaden

Photoprgahed by Nik Pate
One of our reviewers saw Bradley in West End Heroes in 2015 and said "This guy is special - keep your eyes on him because he's got IT". He's now a leading man and is playing Fiyero in the London production of Wicked after having previously played the role on the International Tour of the show. His other credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables (Queen’s and 30th Anniversary cast), Freddie in My Fair Lady 60th Anniversary Celebration (St Paul’s Actors Church), Ghost the Musical (No 1 UK Tour) and Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). @BradleyJaden 


Nick Afoa

Photographed my Matt Crockett for Gay Times
Nick's performance in The Lion King was everything you could ever ask from a Disney leading man. He is currently playing Simba in the West End production of the Show after having previously played the role on the Australian tour. @NickAfoa 

Matthew Croke



After many years performing in the West End, Matthew is finally making his name as a West End leading man in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre and what an amazing job he is doing! His other credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Crucible, Sheffield), Singin’ in the Rain (Octagon, Bolton/New Vic/Salisbury Playhouse/Palace Theatre), Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), West Side Story (UK tour), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Shall We Dance? Sadler’s Wells), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre) and A Chorus Line (Sheffield Theatres). @Matthew_croke 


Jon-Scott Clark


Having seen Jon-Scott in the majority of his jobs, we can't wait to see him in the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace. His other credits include Bill Bailey in Cats (London Palladium), Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre), Peter Pan in Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Mamma Mia (International Tour). @JonScottClark6 

Johnny Bishop


This is a face to remember, Johnny is currently appearing in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace, his other credits include playing Graffiti Pete in In The Heights at the Kings Cross Theatre. @johnny_bishop1 


5 favourites from our previous list that we just couldn't leave off...

Lewis Griffiths

Photographed my Matt Crockett for Gay Times
Lewis was featured in our most recent list and as he returns to the role of Nick Massi in Jersey Boys, he makes a return on this list too! His other credits include Johnny in Dirty Dancing (UK tour), Ghost – The Musical (UK Tour), Legally Blonde – The Musical (UK Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Original West End Cast), Buddy (UK tour), Rent – Remixed (West End), Fame (West End), Love Shack (UK Tour) and Whistle Down The Wind (West End). @TheGriffmiester 


Sam Mackay


His performances will stay with your for a long time, which is why we couldn't get him out of our head and he makes a return onto our list. Sam was part of our original list in 2014, his theatre credits include Usnavi in In the Heights (Kings Cross Theatre & Southwark Playhouse), Tweedle Dee in Wonder.Land (National Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre), Jimmy in Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre). @sambmackay 


Jeremy Taylor



Currently starring as Rauol in The Phantom of the Opera, we couldn't leave Jeremy off this list. His other credits include Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) u/s ‘Galileo’ in We Will Rock You (Dominion); Evita (UK Tour); ‘Rolf’ in The Sound of Music (UK Tour); u/s ‘Rolf’ in The Sound of Music (Palladium). @JeremyTaylor___ 


Oliver Tompsett


He's proved himself to be on to the top leading men in the West End and we couldn't not feature him again. Oliver was most recently seen playing Greaseball in Starlight Express at the Other Palace and also playing the Prince in Snow White at the Churchill Theatre. His other credits include Sky in Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre), Phil Davis in White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Drew in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). @OliverTompsett 


Ethan Le Phong


We're missing Ethan from the West End so we had to feature him in our newest list after we featured him last year. He is currently on Broadway in Aladdin where he covers the title role, a job he did in London at the Prince Edward Theatre. His other credits include Thuy in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward), Luntha in The King & I (Royal Albert Hall/UK Tour/Palladium), Abner in South Pacific (National Theatre), Original cast of We Will Rock You (Dominion/original cast recording) and the original cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftbury). @ethanlephong  
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