After sitting spellbound though a production of “The Mikado” at the age of 5, Paul made up his mind to become an actor! A career that has already spanned 30+ years, Paul has played lead roles in West End musicals Grease, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph, performed in number one tours all over the UK and has sung leads in shows all over the world from Qatar to Japan, performing before kings and queens including our very own Prince William.
He has played many TV roles and played opposite John Malkovich in the movie ‘Colour Me Kubrick’. He is also proud to state that he has even appeared as Big Bird in Sesame Street! Paul also presented, wrote and directed his own show ‘Toonatics’ for Children’s BBC for 2 years. This led to a long career of over 17 pantomimes, losing count of how many times he’s played the ugly sister.
Not just an ‘light’ entertainer, Paul has also sung in the ‘full fat’ productions of Carmen, Eugene Onegin and Cosi Fan Tutte and even narrated the notoriously difficult Facade for the English Symphonia, after critical acclaim for his portrayal of the part of The Proprietor in ‘Assassins’ at the Pleasance Theatre, London.
Moving to Spain 6 years ago gave Paul the opportunity to be in “The Jersey Boys” playing the part of Frankie Valli. At which time he was asked to do a drag show, and “she” just took over!!!
Paul's drag creation “The Contessa Guapatini” is only 4 years old. My but she's a big girl! Guapatini has taken off like a sequinned rocket on the Costa Del Sol. She became the most sought after live singing comedy drag entertainer on the coast and was featured in Ch4's fly on the wall documentary called "A New Life In The Sun"
Folowing on from this he has done three UK tours as Guapatini with the highly acclaimed “Music Hall Tavern-MHT Show” until deciding the time was right and the opportunity presented itself to own his own club on the simply gorgeous Costa Del Sol.
In june 2018 it arrived with all the fanfare she could muster and Guapatini's Showbar was born!
Laura is an accomplished all round performer with over 16 years experience in the entertainment industry. After training in musical theatre at Hertford Regional College she then went to North Hertfordshire University where she completed a HND in Performing Arts. Following this she honed her considerable talent at Arts Educational School in London.
Laura has worked alongside notable industry names such as West End Olivier Award winning composers Styles and Drew in the debut performance of Honk where she starred as Ida. Other theatre credits include Ensemble in Cabaret at The Playhouse Theatre. Laura has performed one night only concerts with other names such as Clem Curtis
(The Foundations) and Gwen Dickie (Car Wash). She was also chosen to perform at Disneyland Paris for a special anniversary performance as lead vocalist at the Fantasyland Theatre
Alongside her own professional work as a performer, Laura considers it absolutely fabulous to be joining Guapatini once again for the 2019 season.
Oliver graduated with a first class honours degree at Middlesex University in Theatre Arts and Design specialising in directing, puppetry, lighting, sound and costume design. Oliver has also worked with the Ambassador Theatre Group in London at the Fortune and Piccadilly Theatres. Recently, Oliver has both written and directed plays on the coast and regularly produces and performs in plays and musicals at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola. Oliver was born in Malaga and speaks both English and Spanish fluently.
He is overcome with delight to be performing as a ‘Fabulous Boy’ with Guapatini again!
Lee trained at the prestigious Paul McCartney school of fame, LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts). His professional work includes; Backing dancer for ¨The Wanted¨, Channel 4´s ¨Gok Wan´s Road Show, Dancer for E3 In several hotels in Europe and his most recent contract was as Lead Singer/Dancer for Med Playa Hotels on the Costa del Sol.
Lee is literally bursting with joy to be joining Guapatini for the 2019 season.