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When Joseph Met Maria

What have our Josephs and Marias been up to? Watch a clip of the special

What have our Josephs and Marias been up to? Watch a clip of the special

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do have not just catipulted Connie Fisher and Lee Mead to fame, all our Marias and Josephs have gone on to find success.

Here's an update as to what they've achieved.

The Marias

Belinda Evans
After How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Belinda went straight into the West End to join the cast of Phantom of the Opera. After a year she decided to move back into opera and has just finished a nationwide tour with Opera UK.

Laura Sicurello
Police Officer Maria hung up her truncheon for good when she was eliminated from the show. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at prestigious stage school, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, in London. Laura can now be found staring as Alice Fitzwarren in the pantomime, Dick Whittington, in Greenwich.

Leanne Dobbinson
Leanne came out of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria straight onto the stage at the Theatre Royal Windsor, to star as Snow White in their annual panto. Since then she has performed in a new musical in Nottingham, Make Do Amend, and more recently has been getting lots of acting, singing and dancing lessons with the hope of being on stage in the West End in the next year.

Meliz Serman
After How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Meliz returned to university to complete her studies in Music Performance. Having completed her course, she can now be found gigging with her band at venues across London.

Connie Fisher
Since winning Maria, Connie's career has got off to an award winning start, having won numerous accolades, including Lastminute.com's Peoples' Choice for ûBest Newcomerú. With her time in The Sound of Music almost at an end, Connie is now looking forward to new projects. When she hangs up her habit for the last time, she will be turning her attention to a new role, this time on TV.

Siobhan Dillon
Siobhan won praise from panellist and West End producer, David Ian, week after week during Maria. After the competition, he was quick to cast her in his West End production of Grease. As well as playing Patty Simcox, she also understudies Sandy in the show.

Helena Blackman
Runner-up Maria is now a leading lady herself in a national tour of the musical South Pacific. Since How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Helena has also sung in the Royal Albert Hall and was even invited by Andrew Lloyd Weber to perform in several concerts in Toronto!

Aoife Mulholland
It's been a busy year for Aoife, having starred in not one, but two major West End productions! After Maria, Aoife was cast in the part of Roxie in Chicago and can now be seen in The Sound of Music playing Maria two shows a week.

Abi Finley
Abi's first major project after Maria was the role of Fiona in Tim Rice's Blondel. Soon after that she dusted off her jazz shoes and leg warmers to tour the nation as Serena in Fame. Abi is still good friends with Aoife and they are both very excited to be taking part in the Christmas special, When Joseph Met Maria.

Simona Armstrong
Since the show, Romanian Maria has turned her attention to straight acting and has embarked on a successful TV career. She recently appeared in the popular BBC drama, Doctors and will be back on our screens in the new year in the BBC's Love Soup.

The Josephs

Anthony Hansen
After leaving Any Dream Will Do, Anthony was offered a place at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he is now doing a 3 year BA course in Musical Theatre. He hopes to break into the West End when he has finished his course.

Chris Barton
Chris was snapped up shortly after Any Dream Will Do to play Benjamin in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Starring alongside Craig Chalmers and Keith Jack, he also alternates as the Narrator and Joseph in several of the weekly shows.

Chris Crosby
Chris is currently starring in the touring production of Half a Sixpence with Gary Wilmot. He will be taking a break from the tour over Christmas to appear in the panto, Cinderella, in the Theatre Royal Windsor, starring alongside fellow Joseph Johndeep More.

Johndeep More
After leaving Any Dream Will Do, Johndeep appeared in the touring production of Nevermind The Broadway. He can now be found appearing alongside fellow Joseph, Chris Crosby, in the pantomime Cinderella, in Windsor. Johndeep was also lucky enough to receive funding from the BBC's Musical Theatre Bursary to help pay for singing lessons and membership to the actors union, Equity.

Seamus Cullen
After Any Dream Will Do, Seamus appeared as of one the lead vocalists in the tour of Thriller Live – a tribute to Michael Jackson. He has also released an EP with his band, and is working on producing a brand new musical.

Lee Mead
After winning Any Dream Will Do, Lee went straight to the West End to take on his role as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. As well as doing eight performances a week, Lee has made countless TV and radio appearances. A particular highlight was performing in Wembley at the Concert for Diana. He has recently released a hugely successful album which includes this top-selling debut single, ûGonna Make You a Starú. In his short time as a West End leading man, Lee has already notched up a host of awards, including Lastminute.com's Peoples' Choice for ûBest Newcomerú, the Variety Club's ûAward for Outstanding New Talentú and the much contested award for ûRear of the Yearú.

Keith Jack
Straight after Any Dream Will Do, Second place Joseph, Keith found himself entertaining royalty when he performed before Her Majesty the Queen at Picnic At The Parliament in Edinburgh. He is currently playing the Narrator in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Craig Chalmers
After Any Dream Will Do, Craig closed the door on his cabaret days and took on the role of Joseph in the UK touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also been recording an album featuring other Josephs from the programme.

Lewis Bradley
Finishing in third place, Lewis went straight from Any Dream Will Do to tour the country in the production Chicago and Beyond, a musical show featuring a compilation of hits from big shows. He recently received the exciting news that he will be covering for Lee Mead as Joseph in the West End during Lee's holiday periods in 2008.

Daniel Boys
Daniel went straight from Any Dream Will Do to perform alongside opera star Bryn Terfel at the Royal Festival Hall, in a dramatised concert of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Soon afterwards he took on a role at the Landor Theatre in a production of I Love You Because and is now starring in the West End's Avenue Q.

Rob McVeigh
Potential Joseph Rob the Builder left the building site for good after Any Dream Will Do, and returned up North a local celebrity. Having done over fifty school appearances and various charity gigs, Rob is now starring in the panto of Cinderella in his home town of Sheffield.

Ben Ellis
After being stripped of his Joseph coat, Ben joined the touring production of The Music of Dirty Dancing which saw him perform at various venues, in both London and Slovenia. His success didn't stop there: shortly afterwards Ben landed a leading role in the West End production of Hairspray, which opened in November and has already received stunning reviews.

The BBC Musical Theatre Bursary
Every time you voted on the Maria and Joseph programmes, a proportion of the cost of your call went directly to the BBC's Musical Theatre Bursary. This fund provides financial support to help young aspiring performers achieve their goals and will be open to new applications in Spring 2008. To find out more about the people currently benefiting from the scheme and for information on how you can apply, visit www.bbc.co.uk/fameacademybursary

Don't forget to watch When Joseph Met Maria, Christmas Eve at 7pm, BBC One - you can watch a teaser clip here.

Plus, there's Joseph: The Winner's Story, Saturday 29th December at 5pm, BBC One

Show Times

Don't forget to watch When Joseph Met Maria, Christmas Eve at 7pm, BBC One

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