Jason Orange

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Jason Orange
Progress Live 2011 Tour, Sunderland Stadium of Light Jason Orange (5783421663).jpg
Orange on stage with Take That, Progress Live 2011 Tour
Background information
Birth name Jason Thomas Orange
Born (1970-07-10) 10 July 1970 (age 48)
Crumpsall, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • musician
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1983–2014
Associated acts

Jason Thomas Orange (born 10 July 1970) is an English former songwriter, dancer, musician and actor. He was a member of Take That during their original run from 1990–1996 and again following their reunion in 2005. He departed from the group in 2014.

Life and career

Orange was born in Crumpsall in Manchester. He attended South Trafford College for two years beginning in 2001 and studied A-level English, and an access course including psychology, biology and history though he did not progress onto higher education.[1]

He was part of the Manchester-based breakdance crew Street Machine [2] in the mid 1980s. They won the Manchester round of the UK Breakdancing Championship in 1985.[3] He also appeared in the show The Hit Man and Her as one of the featured dancers on the show (and in a duo called Look Twice) [4] in the late 1980s.

Orange joined the boy band Take That in November 1990 and stayed with the band until their split in February 1996. He then pursued a career in acting and appeared in the television thriller Killer Net in 1998, and the London stage production of Gob in 1999.[5] He was the lead actor together with Tom Hayes in the play, which was written by Jim Kenworth, and directed by James Martin Charlton.

In 2005, Take That reformed as a four-piece and released a new greatest hits album, followed in 2006 by their first studio album since 1995, Beautiful World. Orange contributed both songwriting and lead vocals on the album. In 2008, they released another studio album, The Circus.[6] In 2010, the album Progress was released by the band as a five-piece. On 24 September 2014, it was announced that Orange had left the band stating that he did not wish to continue touring and recording music and remained out of the public eye.[7]

Orange appeared in a cameo role in the Channel 4 comedy Shameless, which aired in April 2013.[8]

Orange is notoriously private about his personal life, though in 2011 he was rumoured to be dating comedienne and actress Catherine Tate.[9] The two met when Tate portrayed Orange in a parody music video for Comic Relief.[10] The pair split in early 2012.[11]

References

  1. ^ Katie Shimmon (31 January 2006). "Orange's college days". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Guardian interview with Jason Orange 2006". 
  3. ^ "Video". 
  4. ^ "Video". 
  5. ^ Gardner, By Lyn (1999-03-29). "Gob". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  6. ^ Chris Johnston. "Jason Orange leaves Take That". the Guardian. 
  7. ^ O'Mance, Brad (24 September 2014). "Jason Orange has left Take That". Popjustice. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jason Orange in Shameless guest appearance". Telegraph.co.uk. 11 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jason Orange and Catherine Tate". The unlikely couple: Catherine Tate 'enjoying secret romance with Take That singer Jason Orange'. Daily Mail. 19 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fake That – Comic Relief". Take That meet Fake That: David Walliams and Alan Carr become man-band for Comic Relief. DailyMail. 2011-03-18. 
  11. ^ Dadds, Kimberley (20 February 2012). "Tate that: Singer Jason Orange and unlikely lover Catherine Tate end their whirlwind romance". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
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