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Olivier winner Leigh Zimmerman to relocate to UK

Leigh Zimmerman rehearsing for A Chorus LIne. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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US performer Leigh Zimmerman has revealed she will be relocating to London permanently following her Olivier award-winning stint in A Chorus Line.

The performer, who won the best performance in a supporting role Olivier for her part in the musical, has been based in the US for the past five years. Prior to this, she was in the UK for a seven-year run of work, during which she appeared in productions such as Chicago, Contact and The Producers.

The actor said she and her husband, performer Domenick Allen, would remain in London permanently. “We are thrilled with the decision and I am looking forward to continuing to work in the West End, on television and in film, as I have in the past,” she said.

Zimmerman admitted that many people assumed she would return to the US after A Chorus Line, but said she and her family had made the decision to stay here partly because of the way the UK had welcomed her back after five years away.

She said: “I think the thing that solidified it was the community embracing me the way they did when A Chorus Line opened, which I found extraordinary. And that is everybody – creative people, the press, producers and writers. Then, of course, winning the Olivier was a huge deal for me, as I did not anticipate it. The outpour on that night was extraordinary and opened our eyes even more. So we asked ourselves, ‘Where do we really want to be?’ And this is what we decided.”

The performer and her husband will premiere their new cabaret show, A Love Affair from A2Z, at the St James Theatre on October 13. Weaving together musical theatre and rock songs, the show will form part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

Zimmerman also revealed she is having meetings about appearing on stage again and in television series in the UK. Her previous TV credits in this country include Feel the Force for the BBC.