Christian Borle

Christian Borle Biography

Christian Borle (born October 1, 1973) is a Tony Award-winning American actor featured in several Broadway productions. He starred as Tom Levitt on the NBC musical-drama series Smash.

Early life

Christian was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His love for Star Wars and drawing made him want to become a comic book artist when he grew up, but it was only when a friend of his convinced him to audition for a school play in sophomore year when he soon developed an interest in acting.

Christian attended St. Edmund's Academy in Pittsburgh, where he played Scrooge in a 1987 production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, but graduated from Shady Side Academy. He went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University before moving to New York in September 1995.


Christian made his Broadway debut in 1998, understudying the role of Willard in the stage adaptation of the film Footloose. He was featured in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and was the dance captain and understudy of several characters for the short-lived 2002 musical Amour.

In 2003 he replaced Gavin Creel for the role of Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He married his co-star, actress Sutton Foster, who had played Millie, in September 2006. On a radio interview in 2010 it was confirmed that Borle and Foster had separated.

Christian performed Monty Python's Spamalot, in which he originated a number of roles, including Prince Herbert and the Historian. His performance earned him a 2005 Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Audience Award as Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical. He is best known on Broadway, however, for originating Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The musical is based on MGM's 2001 film of the same name.

He was featured in the Encores! staged concert version of On the Town as Ozzie, running in November 2008. He appeared in a workshop production of a new play titled "Peter and the Starcatcher" in 2009. He played Bert in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins, replacing Adam Fiorentino in the role on October 12, 2009 and then left the cast July 15, 2010.

In 2010, he appeared in The Bounty Hunter, in which he played a golf caddy. In Fall 2010/Winter 2011, Christian played the role of Prior Walter in Signature Theatre Company's 20th anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.

On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Borle had joined Steven Spielberg's new NBC pilot Smash with Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee, Brian d'Arcy James, and Megan Hilty. The series follows a cross section of characters who come together to mount a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical (which is called Bombshell) on Broadway.

In May 2011, it was reported that NBC had picked up the show as a series for the 2011-2012 season. In March 2012, NBC announced it would renew the series for a second season with 15 episodes.

Christian was a member of the original cast in the Regional and Off-Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher that ran until April 24, 2011. He reprised the role of Black Stache on Broadway in April 2012, where his performance earned him his second Tony Award nomination and first win as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Christian ended his run in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher on June 30, 2012, to take a break before taping for Smash began on August 2012.

Christian will play Max Dettweiler in The Sound of Music Live!, which will air on NBC December 2013.


Christian actress Sutton Foster in college, and married her on September 18, 2006. During a radio interview in 2010, it was confirmed that Borle and Foster had gone their separate ways. Foster and Borle still remain good friends and continue to support each other's work.

Christian also briefly dated Legally Blonde co-star Laura Bell Bundy.

Theatre Credits

Year Production Location/Category Role
2012 Peter and the Starcatcher Broadway Black Stache (Original Broadway Cast)
2011 Off-Broadway Black Stache
2010 Angels in America Off-Broadway Prior Walter
2009 Peter and the Starcatcher Regional Black Stache
Mary Poppins Broadway Bert (Replacement)
2008 On the Town Concert Ozzie
2007 Legally Blonde Broadway Emmett Forrest (Original Broadway Cast)
2005 The Flamingo Kid Workshop Performer
Spamalot Broadway Historian / Not Dead Fred / French Guard / Minstrel / Prince Herbert (Original Broadway Cast)
2004 Snoopy! The Musical Concert Snoopy
Time After Time Reading H.G. Wells
2003 Elegies: A Song Cycle Off-Broadway Original Performer
2002 Amour Broadway Dance Captain, Advocate (Understudy) / Bertrand (Understudy) / Dusoleil (Understudy) / Newsvendor (Understudy) / Painter (Understudy)
Thoroughly Modern Millie Broadway Jimmy Smith (Replacement)
Prodigal Off-Broadway Kane Flannery / Zach Marshall (Original Cast)
2001 The Baby and Johnny Project Off-Broadway Billy Kostecki
Just So Regional Kangaroo / Cooking Stove / Bushbuck
The 3 Musketeers, One Musical For All Regional Planchet (Original American Cast)
2000 Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway Disciple
1998 Footloose Broadway Willard Hewitt (Replacement)
1997/98 West Side Story National Tour Riff
1995 The Who's Tommy Offenbach, Germany Pinball Lad 1

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2011/12 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Peter and the Starcatcher
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actor Audience Choice Awards Favorite Funny Performance Theater Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play
2011 Tina Award Best Actor (Play) Peter and the Starcatcher
Angels in America
Tina Award Best Ensemble (Play) Angels in America
Tina Award Best Stage Duo (shared with Zachary Quinto)
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance
2010 Audience Choice Awards Best Replacement Mary Poppins
2007 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Legally Blonde
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Spamalot
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Male Audience Choice Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical Audience Choice Awards Favorite Onstage Pair (shared with Hank Azaria)

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