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O'Connell performing at Hampton Court Palace in 2022
Emilia Rose O'Connell

(1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 27)
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Years active2015–present

Emilia Rose O'Connell (born 18 January 1997) is an English musical theatre actress and singer. She is best known for portraying Anne Boleyn in the original UK tour and West End production of the musical Six. She is part of pop girl group SVN.

Early life

O'Connell is from Shanklin, Isle of Wight.[1] She is of Maltese, Irish, and Italian descent.

From the age of three, O'Connell took classes at the Gillian Cartwright School of Dance. She attended Christ the King College. After completing her GCSEs at 16,[2] she won a scholarship to train at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom,[3] graduating in 2015, aged 18.


O'Connell made her professional stage debut in the international revival of the show 42nd Street in 2016, in Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris[4], forming part of the ensemble whilst understudying Peggy Sawyer. In 2017, she moved back to the UK, performing in the same show in Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, forming part of the ensemble whilst understudying Anytime Annie. In 2018 she joined the UK tour cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie, understudying Millie Dillmount.

Her rise to fame stemmed from her role of Anne Boleyn in the original UK tour cast of Six in 2018. The show's success gave it a permanent home in the West End's Arts Theatre, where she starred in the show until October 2019. Prior to leaving the show, Millie had played the most shows out of every actress in the original West End cast.

Late 2019 brought O'Connell the role of Velcro in Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre.[5] In 2020 she starred in Be More Chill as Chloe Valentine in The Other Palace.[6] She left the show two weeks before its original closing date to rehearse for Hair at the Turbine Theatre, where she portrayed the role of Jeanie. Following this, Millie landed 'her dream role' of Maureen Johnson in Rent. She starred in this revival alongside Six cast alumna Maiya Quansah-Breed, portraying the leading role of Mimi Marquez. Due to Covid-19, the show only had five live performances before shutting due to government guidelines.[7] In response to this, the team livestreamed a recorded version of the show during lockdown. They returned to the show in 2021, Millie returning to the role.

In 2021, Millie returned to the role of Chloe Valentine in Be More Chill, showing at the Shaftesbury Theatre[8], and then returned to the role of Jeanie in Hair, showing in the London Palladium.

In April 2022, it was announced that The Cher Show would be touring the UK. Millie took on the role of Babe (Cher) on the year long tour.[9] The show launched at the Curve Theatre in Leicester.[10] The creative team of the show included director Arlene Phillips, choreographer Oti Mabuse and costume designer Gabriella Slade.[11]

August 2022 brought the original cast of Six together to film a proshot, and Millie, reunited with her castmates, were granted the opportunity to reprise their roles once more at Hampton Court Palace in July.

Year Production Role Venue
2015 Laine Leaps Ahead Lead/Featured Singer Epsom Playhouse
2016 Aladdin Slave of the Ring/Understudy Jasmine Civic Theatre
42nd Street Ensemble/Understudy Peggy Sawyer Theatre Du Chatelet
2017 Ensemble/Understudy Anytime Annie Theatre Royal Drury Lane
2018 Six Anne Boleyn UK tour
2019 Arts Theatre
Soho Cinders Velcro[12] Charing Cross Theatre
2020 Be More Chill Chloe Valentine The Other Palace
Hair Jeanie Turbine Theatre
Rent Maureen Johnson Hope Mill Theatre
Catfish the Musical DD (Stars Concept Cast) -
Halls Natalie (Stars Concept Cast) -
2021 Rent Maureen Johnson Hope Mill Theatre
Be More Chill Chloe Valentine Shaftesbury Theatre
Hair Jeanie The London Palladium
2022 The Cher Show Babe (Cher) UK & Ireland tour
Six the Musical: Live at Hampton Court Palace[13] Anne Boleyn Hampton Court Palace


Millie also forms a part of the pop girl group SVN (pronounced 'seven') alongside six former West End cast members of Six: Jarnéia Richard-Noel, Natalie May Paris, Alexia McIntosh, Aimie Atkinson and Maiya Quansah-Breed, and Grace Mouat (former swing and dance captain of the original cast of SixSix (musical)|). After a limited series of concerts in October 2020, their debut concert was rescheduled from February 2022 to 7 August 2022 at the O2 Academy Islington, with the group releasing singles such as 'Stars' (2021) and 'Woman', 'Free', 'Boss' and 'At Christmas' (2022).


Songs released
Year Title Artist Album
2021 Queen SVN SVN
2022 Woman
At Christmas


Year Concert Date Venue Producer Notes (if necessary)
2020 Girl Power: the Reunion 10th-11th October Oval Space, Bethnal Green, London Aimie Atkinson -
2022 SiX: Live at Hampton Court Palace 19th-20th June Hampton Court Palace Kenny Wax Members did not perform as SVN but as their significant roles in SIX. Grace Mouat did not feature in the event.
SVN 7th August O2 Academy Islington SVN Production all in-house; BOSS music video on set, with MBV productions and Genesis Lynea

Personal life

O'Connell is openly queer and pansexual.[14]


Year Title Role Broadcasting channel
2015 The People's Strictly for Comic Relief Dancer BBC
2016 The Entire Universe
2018 This Morning Anne Boleyn ITV
2019 The One Show BBC One
Olivier Awards ITV
BUILD Ldn Herself The Build Series LDN
2020 Rent Maureen Johnson -
2022 This Morning Herself ITV

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result
2019 Six Olivier Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nominated


  1. "'I never ever want to stop' — spotlight on Isle of Wight actress nominated for Olivier Award". Isle of Wight County Press. 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2023-07-01.
  2. Wigwam. "Talking Homes with Millie O'Connell". Wigwam. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  3. "Millie O'Connell". The Cher Show. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  4. "Millie O'Connell". TresA. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  5. "Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre". Charing Cross Theatre. Retrieved 2023-07-02.
  6. "Be More Chill Musical Tickets | The Other Palace Official Box Office". LW Theatres. Retrieved 2023-07-02.
  7. "Rent revival unveils 2021 cast". 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  8. "Be More Chill in the West End: meet the full cast". 2021-06-21. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  9. Scott, Clementine. "BWW Interview: Millie O'Connell Talks THE CHER SHOW". Retrieved 2023-07-02.
  10. "The Cher Show – first look images of UK premiere released". 2022-04-19. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  11. "The Cher Show – we meet Oti Mabuse, Arlene Phillips and three leading ladies in rehearsal". 2022-04-15. Retrieved 2023-06-30.
  12. "Soho Cinders at Charing Cross Theatre". Charing Cross Theatre. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  13. "Original West End Queens to perform Six Live at Hampton Court Palace". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  14. "Millie O'Connell on Instagram: "🌈 happy pride everyone!!! love is LOVE stay strong, stay beautiful, we out here doing the MOST being vibrant, loud and shining bright ✨ More Beautiful artwork by @liberaljane - thank you for constantly sharing your voice and talent for us to see ✨ do you like my edit lol x 🌈 #queerpride #panpride 🌈"". Instagram. Retrieved 2022-12-22.

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