WhatsOnStage Logo
Home link

Shows That Shaped Me: Jenna Russell

This week's guest is the Tony nominee and Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Shows That Shaped Me is a theatre podcast from WhatsOnStage in which we ask leading theatre actors and makers about their most memorable productions, the production they wished they'd seen and the person, dead or alive, that they'd most like to work with.

This week's guest is actress Jenna Russell.

Russell's professional stage debut came in 1987 as an understudy for Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, a show she returned to as Fantine in 1991 and 2000.

Her subsequent 30-year theatre career includes West End productions of Follies in 1987, Martin Guerre in 1998, Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor in 2005 and Sunday in the Park with George in 2006, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for the show's Broadway transfer.

Further notable credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and Harold Pinter Theatre, Urinetown at the St. James and Apollo Theatre and Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse.

In 2016 she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing Michelle Fowler for two years.

She is now starring in Fun Home, which runs at the Young Vic until 1 September.

Subscribe to the Shows That Shaped Me podcast on iTunes.