Ben Forster won the ITV talent show to find a Jesus for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production "Jesus Christ Superstar"
He returned to his roots in Sunderland ahead of his North East debut in a national tour of the rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ben’s music teacher Mrs Bennett was a real inspiration to him and encouraged him to perform. She introduced him to The National Youth Theatre and then the Italia Conti stage school.
After Stage school he got his first West End gig - performing in Le Cava. He then played Doody in Grease a few years later.
Ben was presented with one of his old school reports on his visit back to Thornhill School in Sunderland today.
Ben will perform alongside Tim Minchin as "Judas Iscariot", Melanie C as "Mary Magdalene", Chris Moyles as "King Herod" and his friend Michael Pickering who also went to Thornhill School.
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