|Rebel Dean, Life in the Fast Lane
Born in Cornwall Rebel Dean was given his first guitar at the age of 10. After numerous school plays by the age of fifteen he played the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After leaving school his first job was driving a Ford pick-up truck for a company called 'Tescan'. His evenings were taken up with local performances in pubs and clubs and by the time he was 20 he turned professional.
Since his first stage appearance as 'The King of Rock'. he has continued to play many roles in theatre productions such as the Teen Angel in Grease for the R.A.O.S.T and Tommy Keeler in Annie get your Gun. Pantomime performances include Cinderella and Dick Whittington also for R.A.O.S.T.
During 1992 Rebel's poems and the short thriller 'Trevor's Book' were published both in hardback and softback by New Fiction. His ambition as a small boy whilst being raised on a farm in Cornwall was to appear on television. This was soon to follow, his many television credits, to name but a few, include: This Life (BBC 1), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), The Vet (HTV), Prince and the Pauper (BBC 1), Inspector Wycliffe (10 episodes) (HTV) and one of BBC1's most famous comedies Only Fools and Horses (Christmas special). He was also a porter on BBC 1's Casualty following in Robson Green's footsteps every week for 4 years. Currently enjoying a re-run on Sky TV's UK Gold. In March 1998 he played the lead role as Joe in the film Ebb Tide for Antidote Productions.
As a singer/songwriter Rebel has released three singles and five albums. He also co-wrote the anthem for his county's rugby team, Trelawney's Army, which has been released as a single by the BBC.
During 1997/1998 his one-man show, straight from the Stars in their Eyes auditions as Shakin' Stevens, played to full and excited audiences throughout the UK. When Shaky's old backing band The Sunsets saw the show they invited him to work with them in Portsmouth, Bristol and Wales, recreating their own original sounds. Rebel then met Shaky in 1999 who also approved! Rebel starred in the hit musical 4 Steps to Heaven for the latter part of 1998 and most of 1999 playing the young, middle and mature Elvis Presley. To complete the extensive UK tour which included visits to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Rebel made his West End debut in the Piccadilly Theatre for 9 weeks.
Beginning the year 2000 he toured his new one-man show 'A Tribute to the 70's Cliff' to rave reviews. From March until July he starred as Elvis in Bill Kenwright's 'Elvis the Musical' on yet another extensive UK tour. During August 2000 he recorded original material at the SW1 Studios. Since September 2000 Rebel has starred as Eddie Cochran in the musical 'Rockin on Heavens Door' - Yet another hit 'West End' musical! It's still rocking.
In June 2002 Rebel recorded 2 CD albums 'Life in the Fast Lane' and 'The Rock and Roll Legends Live On'. September 2002 Rebel had the honour of performing at the Eddie Cochran Memorial Weekend at Chippenham on the same bill as Scotty Moore, Darrel Higham, Rocky Burnette and other big names in Rock and Roll. In November 2002 he performed live on stage at the prestigious London Palladium as Eddie Cochran and signed hundreds of autographs for fans after the show.
In the beginning of 2003 Rebel toured the Middle East with "Rockin' on Heaven's Door" as well as a UK tour. During the summer months Rebel wrote, produced, directed and starred in his first musical "Let's Rock!" which played a full summer season at The Pavillions at Falmouth and The Palace Theatre in Paignton, Devon to great acclaim.
In September he starred once again alongside some rock and roll legends including Wanda Jackson, Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis' sister) and Graham Fenton to name but a few at the Eddie Cochran Memorial weekend.
After a brief tour of Holland he returned home and toured the UK until Christmas. With the special bonus on the 27th of October 2003 of becoming the father to a beautiful baby boy named Taijan James Dean.
Courtesy of Rebel Dean, 2004
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