Rebel Dean – Actor/Singer
“I’m a U.K. Singer/Actor, Songwriter, Musician who has been a professional Entertainer since I was 19 years old.
I’m currently Producing /Directing & Starring in a Theatre Touring Rock Musical called “Whole Lotta Shakin'”, have recently starred as the Male Lead in a couple of films and worked for 5 months on a new T.V. series for the BBC.
As a Singer, there is a brand new 10 track album and 7″ vinyl single out called ‘Rockabilly Man’, alongside a 1 hr documentary on DVD, all released by ‘Foot Tapping Records’.
Aside from work, family time is always precious. We have an 18 yr. old Son and a 10 yr. old Daughter and its always fun to spend time with them. I also have a pool room at home so friends come around and we shoot pool and listen to music. I have a Harley Davidson Road King that blows the cobwebs away and I watch films, read etc.”
Rebel Dean has established himself as a successful U.K. actor, singer, songwriter and musician since his first starring role as ‘The Pharaoh’ in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in 1981.
Since his first leading role in theatre as the ‘King of Rock’ he then starred in ‘Grease’ as ‘The Teen Angel’ in 1987 and played ‘Tommy Keeler’ in ‘Annie get Your Gun’ in 1989.
Early Pantomime performances included ‘Dick Whittington’ in 1987 and ‘Cinderella’ in 1989.
In 1989 he was also signed to the independent record label ‘Sex Records UK’ and recorded a full album of self penned songs called ‘The Final Paragon’. A 7″ vinyl single ‘Lose if I Stay’ was released from the album which became a Southwest Christmas hit that year due to being placed on the playlists of local BBC radio stations for the month.
As a writer, in 1992, Rebel’s poem’s and the short thriller ‘Trevor’s Book’ were published both in hardback and softback editions by ‘New Fiction’.
In 1993, Rebel played the male lead in a ‘Kit Kat’ commercial and in 1994 did modelling for a Chartered Trust promotional advert.
In 1995 Rebel played the male lead in a ‘BT Telecom’ commercial.
His ambition as a small boy was to appear on television. This was soon to follow. His many television credits, to name but a few , include : This Life (BBC1), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), The Vet (HTV), Prince and Pauper (BBC1), 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 BBC1’s Casualty following in Robson Green’s footsteps as a regular for 6 years, from 1992-1998.
In March 1988 he played his first starring role as the male lead in a film called ‘Ebb Tide’ for Antidote Productions. The BBC also wrote a script and shot a short film with Rebel as the Male Lead in their ‘widescreen’ test format, called ‘Superdoc’.
As a singer /songwriter Rebel has released four 7″ vinyl singles and 15 albums. He also wrote the anthem for his County’s Rugby team in 1990, ‘Trelawney’s Army’, which was released as a 7″ vinyl single by the BBC.
For the latter part of 1998 and most of 1999 Rebel starred in the hit rock musical ‘4 Steps to Heaven’ for the Legendary Producer – Bill Kenwright, in which he played , the young, middle and mature Elvis Presley. To complete the extensive U.K. tour which included visits to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Rebel also made his WEST END debut at the Piccadilly Theatre with the show, for 9 weeks.
From March until July 2000 he starred once again as Elvis in Bill Kenwright’s ‘Elvis the musical’ on yet another extensive U.K tour.
In September 2000 Rebel began starring as the Legendary Eddie Cochran in the Internationally selling ‘Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ rock musical. Not only playing over 200 shows a year in the U.K., but also touring Holland extensively, Belgium, Dubai, United Emirates, and Abu Dabi.
In 2002, Rebel performed live onstage at the World Famous ‘LONDON PALLADIUM’ as the highlight of the ‘Rockin’ on Heavens Door’ tour.
During 2003, Rebel wrote, produced and directed his first theatre touring musical – ‘Lets Rock’.
In July 2006 after 6 years of starring in the ‘Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ tour, Rebel was invited to join the cast of the U.K’s no.1 Rock ‘n’ Roll theatre touring show – ‘That’ll be the Day’ as a Male Lead. With over 200 shows a year, 2 tours of Denmark , a yearly Pantomime and an album and DVD produced annually, Rebel moved his family home from Cornwall to Bristol (U.K.), to keep up with the heavy schedule.
From 2010 onwards, still whilst on tour with ‘That’ll be the Day’, Rebel again returned to starring in films and proved to be a very skilled and reliable character actor.
In 2010 he starred as the Male Lead in 9 films – ‘West Country’, ‘Time Traveller’, ‘The Wisp’, ‘The Sunny Side of Town’, ‘The Haunted’, ‘Tempus Fugit’, ‘Hitting the Bottle’, ‘Charlotte and Anne’, and ‘Action Boy’.
In 2011, he starred as the Male lead in 4 films – ‘The Fantastic Adventures of Henry Hawke’, ‘She be My Devil’, ‘Getaway’ and ‘Disclosure’.
In 2012 he starred as the Male Lead in 3 films – ‘Free Radicals’, ‘Dismissed’ and ‘Breaking Point’.
In 2013 he starred as the Male Lead in 2 films -‘California Eden’ and ‘Scoop’, recorded a brand new album called ‘Rebellion’ of all self penned songs and wrote, directed, produced and starred in 12 videos released on DVD for ‘Foot Tapping Records’. Guest stars included , Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis’s sister) The Jets (80’s chart hit makers), Charlie Gracie (50’s legend), and Darrel Higham (U.K. Rockabilly legend).
In 2014 he starred as The Male Lead in the award winning Western – ‘Five Card Draw’.
In the Summer of 2015 , after 10 years of touring with ‘That’ll be the Day’, Rebel had written produced and began starring in his own theatre touring musical ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’- The Shakin’ Stevens Story’ which continues to the present day. He also wrote 9 original songs and recorded the album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy’ with Imelda May’s full band including Darrel Higham for release on Foot Tapping Records.
In 2016 he starred as the Male Lead in the film ‘Blood Runs Thick’ and began as a regular guest in the theatrical rock musical ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise’ all over the U.K..
In 2018 he starred as the Male Lead in the film ‘Mirror Image’.
In 2019, Rebel wrote 10 songs including the title track ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart’ with the Legendary P.J. Proby (they then recorded it as a duet), and co produced the album with the famous John David for release on ‘Foot Tapping Records’. Later in the year, Rebel and his band ‘The Star Cats’ recorded 11 tracks (7 self penned by Rebel) including a duet with Darrel Higham, as a Christmas album called ‘Merry, Merry Christmas’, for release on Foot Tapping records.
In 2020, Rebel wrote 7 more songs, with 3 cover’s and recorded with his band the ‘Star Cats’ a brand new album called ‘Rockabilly Man’, after the title track. Co produced with John David and released on Foot Tapping Records.
In 2021 Rebel starred as the Male Lead and played the voice of Elvis in the audiobook release ‘Guitar Breaks’, by John Hamilton. Rebel was also the subject of a one hour documentary released on DVD of his 6 years performing as ‘Eddie Cochran’, with rare footage, rare interviews, rare photos and a full live concert from 2003, thought to be lost until now. He also released 4 tracks from the ‘Rockabilly Man’ album on a special limited edition gold vinyl 7″ record in a picture sleeve on Foot Tapping Records.
Also in 2021 Rebel starred as the Male Lead in 2 films -‘Orphans’, and the film noir classic styled ‘- The Gilded Cage’. He also spent 5 months working on 2 series of the 17th Century based ‘Sanditon’, plus 2 films, yet to be released.
- Playing pool
- Harley Davidsons
- Zeitgeist – the movie
- Indian Food
- Family time
- Dianetics – the book
- Rock n Roll
- Night pay at garages
- Fake News
- Red traffic lights
- Pressing 8 automated options to speak to one person you want
- Traffic Wardens ~ (get a life!)
- Psychiatric drugging of Kids
- Stepping in dog sh*t
- Elvis – The Sun sessions
- The Very Best of Eddie Cochran
- Prince – Purple Rain
- Guns n Roses – Appetite for Destruction
- Michael Jackson – Thriller
- George Michael – Faith
- Rod Stewart – Atlantic crossing
- Shakin Stevens – Shaky
- Queen-Greatest Hits
- The Very Best of T-Rex
- Mystery Train (Elvis)
- Jolene (Dolly Parton)
- Teenage Heaven (Eddie Cochran)
- Purple Rain (Prince)
- Thriller/Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
- I don’t wanna talk about it (Rod Stewart)
- Paradise City (Guns n Roses)
- Marie Marie (Shakin’ Stevens)
- Are you Lonesome tonight (Elvis)
- Always look on the bright side of life (Monty Python)
- A Star is Born (Streisand and Kristofferson)
- That’ll Be the Day/Stardust (David Essex)
- This is Elvis (Elvis biopic)
- No Direction Home (Bob Dylan)
- Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean)
- Wuthering heights (Laurence Olivier)
- Alfie (old & new versions)
- The Aviator (Howard Hughes biopic)
- Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis biopic)
- Life of Brian (Monty Python)
Favourite Movie Stars
- James Dean
- John Wayne
- Michael Caine
- Marilyn Monroe
- Elvis Presley
- Tom Cruise
- Leonardo Di Caprio
- Sylvester Stallone
- Brad Pitt
- Laurel and Hardy
Favourite Sports Personalities
- Muhammed Ali – Boxing
- Alex Higgins – Snooker
- George Best – Football
- Harvey Smith – Show Jumping
- Big Daddy – Wrestling
- Eric Bristow – Darts
- Evel Knievel – Stunt Rider
- Barry Sheene – Motorcycle Racing
- Lewis Hamilton – Grand Prix Driver
- Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards – Ski Jumper
Favourite ‘Live’ Performers
- Elvis Presley
- Michael Jackson
- Rod Stewart
- Freddie Mercury
- Jimi Hendrix
- Jerry Lee Lewis
- Dolly Parton
- Freddy Starr
- Lee Evans
- Ricky Gervais
- Peter Kay
- Billy Connelly
- Joe Pasquale
- Dave Allen
- Spike Milligan
- Jim Davidson
- Lilly Savage