Michael David Smith
27 November 1977
Xavier attended St. Francis Xavier's College in Liverpool, Knutsford High School in Cheshire, and ultimately completed his professional acting training at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999. His first professional role was in the musical comedy Pageant at London's Vaudeville Theatre in 2000.
Xavier has worked in lead roles on stage in the United Kingdom for nearly 15 years. Notable productions in which he has appeared include Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma!, and The Sound of Music. In 2014, he played Sid Sorokin opposite Joanna Riding in The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London.
In 2008, Xavier played Rock Hudson in Tim Fountain's play Rock at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool, the Library Theatre in Manchester, and the Oval House Theatre in London. It went on to be produced as a radio play by production company Made in Manchester, and won the Best Online Only Audio Drama award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2012.
Xavier has been nominated twice for a Laurence Olivier Award. He was first nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical in 2011 for his performance as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf in Into The Woods at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The same year he was also nominated for the Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Oliver in the musical Love Story at the Duchess Theatre. In January 2017, Xavier's lead performance in "Sunset Boulevard" (at the London Coliseum) won the 2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Award for Best Actor in a New Production of a Musical.
|2017||Performer||Prince of Broadway||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre||Hal Prince, Susan Stroman|
|2017||Joe Gillis||Sunset Boulevard||Palace Theatre||Lonny Price|
|2016||Archibald Craven||The Secret Garden||Shakespeare Theatre Company||David Armstrong|
|2016||Joe Gillis||Sunset Boulevard||London Colliseum (English National Opera)||Lonny Price|
|2016||Hookbeard||Bumblescratch||Adelphi Theatre||Stewart Nicholls|
|2015||Gaylord||Showboat||Sheffield Crucible||Daniel Evans|
|2015||Suffolk / George of Clarence||The War of the Roses||Rose Theatre Kingston||Trevor Nunn|
|2015||John Wilkes Booth||Assassins||Menier Chocolate Factory||Jamie Lloyd|
|2014||Sid Sorokin||The Pajama Game||Shaftesbury Theatre||Richard Eyre|
|2013||Captain Von Trapp||The Sound of Music||Regent's Park Open Air Theatre||Rachel Kavanagh|
|2012||James Prince||Soho Cinders||Soho Theatre||Jonathan Butterell|
|2012||Bob Baker||Wonderful Town||UK No. 1 Tour||Braham Murray|
|2012||Cornelius Hackl||Hello Dolly||Curve Theatre Leicester||Paul Kerryson|
|2010||Oliver||Love Story||Duchess Theatre||Rachel Kavanagh|
|2010||Wolf / Cinderella's Prince||Into The Woods||Regent's Park Open Air Theatre||Timothy Sheader|
|2009||Curly||Oklahoma!||Chichester Festival Theatre||John Doyle|
|2008||Rock Hudson||Rock||Oval House Theatre||Tamara Harvey|
|2006||Raoul||The Phantom of the Opera||Her Majesty's Theatre||Hal Prince|
|2004||Artie Green||Sunset Boulevard||Cork Opera House, Ireland|
|2004||Sky||Mamma Mia!||International Tour||Phyllida Lloyd / Paul Garrington|
|2003||Freddy Eynsford-Hill||My Fair Lady||Theatre Royal Drury Lane||Trevor Nunn|
|2003||Christopher Scott (Alternate/Cover)||Miss Saigon||UK Tour||Matthew Ryan|
|2000||Miss Great Plains||Pageant||Vaudeville Theatre||Bill Russell|
In 2013, Xavier co-presented the Olivier Awards BBC Radio 2 Covent Garden Stage with Claudia Winkleman, and returned again in 2014 to co-present on the ITV Stage with Myleene Klass. He also hosted the UK Theatre Awards at the historic Guildhall in the City of London in both 2013 and 2014.
Xavier's film work includes his portrayal of Tom in the 2014 production Never Let Go with director Howard J Ford for Latitude Films, scheduled for release in 2015. In 2013, he appeared as Rob in the short film Gnomeland by writer/director Francesca Jaynes, as well as playing a Russian Gulag Prisoner in Walt Disney Pictures' Muppets Most Wanted, filmed at Pinewood Studios.
In addition, Xavier has worked as a recording artist, with both radio and original soundtrack credits to his name. In 2007, BBC Radio 2 presented a special edition of Friday Night is Music Night, celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein and the 50th anniversary of West Side Story. Paul Gambaccini presented the program at London's Mermaid Theatre, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and Xavier as Tony. He also played Artie Green in the BBC Radio 2 live recording of Sunset Boulevard, performed at the Cork Opera House with Michael Ball and Petula Clark. Outside of radio, his work in recordings includes Bumblescratch (2016 London Concert Cast Recording) Collaborations: The Songs of Elliot Davis (2013), Lift (2012 Concept Album), Soho Cinders (2011 Concert Cast), Love Story (2011 Original London Cast), and Little Women (2004 Studio Cast).
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Xavier is the Principal of MX Masterclass, a training school for musical theatre students which aims to aid them in gaining acceptance to professional training colleges. The school runs every Sunday, based at The Umbrella Rooms in the West End. Their patron is Matthew Bourne. Regular teachers over the years have included Anna Tringham, Ross Sharkey, Lucinda Lawrence, Brandon Lee Sears, Nicola Coates, Peter Polycarpou and Alex Young. Students are also taught by guest performers and practitioners including Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Rebecca Trehearn, Marc Antolin, Robbie Sherman, Katie Brayben, Louise Dearman, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Matt Henry (singer). The students are often given an opportunity to perform at various charity and West End events at which Xavier also appears. The students also appear at a Christmas concert at St Paul's, Covent Garden, alongside industry professionals. The 2016 concert was hosted by Rufus Hound. Students have many performance opportunities throughout the year and gain national and local news coverage in the process. Last year they performed at The Best Of The West End concert at The Royal Albert Hall starring many big West End names including Xavier himself. They have also performed at Lambert Jackson Productions concert, West End Women  and Main Men Of Musicals