A versatile actor, singer AND dancer
Hervé is a charismatic and versatile French actor, singer and dancer living and working in London. Classically trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he went on to graduate with an MA in Musical Theatre (Performance) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Born in Mali (West Africa) he grew up in a white family living in Africa and then moved with them to the South of France. The extraordinary tale of his adoption was made into a moving and powerful one-man show titled HERVÉ that was nominated for a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Read about the One-man Show.
His career to date includes performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Arcola Theatre, the Old Red Lion Theatre, Tara Arts Theatre, the Cockpit Theatre and other well-established venues. Highlights of his theatre roles include Caliban in Shakespeare's La Tempête, Horse in The Full Monty, Poncho in Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Carmen Jones (performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Hlabeni in Kurt Weill’s musical tragedy Lost in the Stars (broadcasted on BBC Radio 3), Nat and Orville in Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens and Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Hervé is currently playing the role of Ezekiel in Peter Brook's new play The Prisoner. The tour includes performances at The National Theatre in London, The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and other cities (Rome, Perugia, New York, Yale…). Also, he recently appeared in Black Earth Rising, a new television drama series for BBC Two and Netflix. More credits here. My CV on spotlight.
Hervé has long standing experience in choral singing. He sang professionally with 100 Voices of Gospel which toured many countries in Europe. He was also a full-time singer in the Chœur de l’Armée Française (French Army Choir), part of the prestigious Republican Guard in Paris. Alongside his acting career, Hervé's ambition is to work in arts management. He recently founded HERVÉ Productions which will produce a UK tour of his one-man show.
He is also a jazz and blues lover and in his spare time enjoys playing chess (he used to be a French chess champion in another life). From time to time Hervé enjoys performing his Michael Jackson dance routines in the streets of London, Oxford and Glasgow. It keeps him fit and down to earth.