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Grania Renihan  

Grania began her career as a country and rock singer based in Ireland. She spent two years singing with various bands in Ireland and toured the Continent with Jim Farley. She appeared on Irish television on a number of occasions and was awarded RTE’s Best Country Singer award.

In 1984 she made her theatre debut playing the star role of Joan of Arc in rock musical Voices opposite Colm Wilkinson at the Olympic Theatre, Dublin as a result of which she was invited to appear with Wilkinson and Marti Webb in the RTE Gala Concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She then came to Britain and joined the cast of The Pirates of Penzance at the Manchester Opera House for a season, following which she went on tour as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show and appeared as Principal Girl in the pantomime Dick Whittington opposite Tommy Boyd.

At the end of this engagement she joined the original cast of Chess at the Prince Edward Theatre where she appeared for six months in the role of Svetlana before taking over the starring role of Florence.

She recently made her BBC radio debut as guest singer on The Radio Orchestra Show and was a guest for RTE’s Saint Patrick’s Night Special last year. In January 1989 she took part in the British premiere of Starting Here, Starting Now, in a major gala performance at the Playhouse Theatre, London, and in April 1990 she was invited by the Odense Symphony Orchestra to Denmark to give two concert performances of Chess. She has just starred as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, and played the role of Giulietta in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love when it was first performed at its tryout at the Sydmonton Festival, prior to its West End run.

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