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Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008 and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show, selling well over 4 million records in the UK alone.

After winning The X Factor, Alexandra released the winner's single, Hallelujah, which became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 copies in one day. The song also became the top-selling single of 2008 in the UK and the UK's Christmas number one. By January 2009, the single had sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, a first for a British female soloist.

Her debut album in 2009, Overcome, debuted at number one in the UK Album Charts and spawned four number one singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart – ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Bad Boys’ (selling over 780,000 in the UK and becoming a Platinum-selling single), ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Start Without You’. The album became one of the most successful albums of that year in the UK and the singles released from the album earned her three BRIT Award nominations. The album also saw the release of UK top 10 hit, ‘Broken Heels’ and ‘The Silence’. In late 2010 Alexandra released Overcome: Deluxe Edition, which was followed by 'Elephant' with Erick Morillo in February 2012, which became a hit single with a peak position of number three in the UK. ‘Let It Go’ served as the second single, and Alexandra's second album Heartbreak on Hold was released in June 2012. In May 2015 she released her self-funded EP Renegade, which has received critical acclaim.

In 2014 Alexandra made her full West End debut when she played the lead role of Rachel Marron in the much-acclaimed musical The Bodyguard. The reviews for her performance were stellar, so much so that she was asked to carry on the role and went on to tour the UK and Ireland, performing to over 700,000 people. She then starred as Deloris Van Cartier in the UK Tour of Sister Act, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, which again was met with praise.

In 2017, Alexandra competed in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing where she won over audience members and TV viewers with her fantastic routines and performances. Both Alexandra and her partner Gorka Marquez lost out to Joe McFadden and Katya Jones in the final, however, this did not stop her forward momentum as she then starred in the musical opera Chess at the London Coliseum. Alexandra then joined the West End cast of Chicago playing Roxie Hart and is reprised the role of Rachel Marron in the UK tour of The Bodyguard. At the end of 2020, Alexandra took part as a contestant and consequently won SAS: Who Dares Wins and made her big screen debut in Pretty Red Dress which premiered in 2022 to critical acclaim (BIFA nominated).

In 2021, she starred as the iconic narrator in the new Palladium revival production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and she made her pantomime debut as Scherezade in the Manchester Opera House production of Aladdin.

In 2022, she gave birth to her first child and reprised her role as Narrator in the UK Tour of Joseph. She ended a massive year playing the role of Mrs Blunderbore in the iconic London Palladium pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Alexandra is a celebrity ambassador for WellChild and Breast Cancer Care, as well as a huge supporter of Diabetes UK and Chain of Hope Jamaica.

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