Date: 2018-03-07 09:51
She also has a reputation as a man-eating sybarite. She has bared her bottom in public, played raunchy jailbird Roxie Hart in Chicago and a lesbian in the musical Rent. Hardly a suitable consort for Joseph?
The 97 year old has been married twice, first to Tudors actor Daniel Caltagirone and then to second husband Jack Cockings.
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'Me and Denise clicked instantly. We had the same sense of humour, but also we could be silent with each other. I knew at once it was right. She is very down to earth, which is refreshing in this business.'
Lee displays his first flash of petulance. 'I was quite upset by the reaction. I had just two days to learn the whole show - the rest of the cast had more, and it was supposed to be a relaxed reading. I think the reaction was, to a degree, because I'd won a TV talent show.'
Isn't that a bit embarrassing for a man living with Denise Van Outen? 'I hope that my varied fan base means I will have a longer career,' he repeats. It would be unfair to call Lee calculating, but he certainly lays plans for the future.
He sticks out his smooth jaw. 'I worked quite a bit in musical theatre. But the auditions for Any Dream were open to amateurs and professionals. Some people had more experience than me! I have absolutely no feeling of guilt.'
Lee's new album, Nothing Else Matters, which includes original songs and cover versions, is due out in time for Mother's Day.
“We just chatted for three or four months. My marriage was over. The marriage had many, many turns in the road as it went down that straight, as marriages do, you separate. It went stale.
Too to have gone through the rigor of the reality TV talent show, which won him the part of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Too to lead the Jews to anywhere but a creche.