Stephen Rahman-Hughes is a multi-talented singer and actor who enjoys a successful career on the musical theatre and concert stage as well as on the cinema screen and in front of the TV cameras.
Stephen began his career in a funk band at the very successful Ronnie Scott’s in London.
Bitten by the music and acting bug, his first stage role was in ‘Homeless’ the musical. He then trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance following which he danced with several acclaimed dance companies including dancing at the Royal Opera House and La Scala in Milan.
Interested in choreography, Stephen formed his own company, Red Rain Dance Theatre and created several works for his own company and other companies like 4D, Scottish Ballet, Green Candle and NYDC. He won the Jerwood Award for Hedo-scetic (Red Rain Dance Theatre) and
the Peter Darrell’s Choreography Award for Stravinsky’s Renard (Scottish Ballet). Stephen’s work can also be seen in numerous pop promos and TV Ads.
Stephen turned his talents to musical theatre and was cast in the UK tour of ‘West Side Story’, the lead role in ‘Drive Ride Walk’ at Bridewell Theatre and also played the role of Hardeep (Horner) in an adaptation of William Wycherley’s ‘The Country Wife’ at Watford Palace Theatre. He played the lead role of Akaash in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit show ‘Bombay Dreams’ in the West End and was invited to head a showcase on Broadway.
As a principal actor in the TV show ‘Dream Team’, Stephen showed off his silky football skills as Carl Caskey, a midfield footballing ace. He also played lawyer James in the screenplay ‘Molly’ for the BBC’s acclaimed series Afternoon Plays. Stephen also starred in ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ and ‘Swinger’ for the BBC. He has also made guest appearances in ‘Bad Girls’ (ITV) and ‘Doctors’ (BBC). More recently, Stephen was in the ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’ where he played Detective Inspector Dasari for a season.
Stephen was a founding member of the critically-acclaimed vocal group TEATRO and signed a record deal with Sony. Within 2 weeks of the release of Teatro’s album, he received his first gold disc in the UK. Teatro were invited to perform in the Stars of Europe concert, and also at the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty The Queen. The album also went to No 1 in South Africa.
Enjoying a very successful career in Malaysia, Stephen reprised his role as the mighty warrior Hang Tuah in the multi award-winning ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical’ and he choreographed ‘Cuci the Musical’ in Kuala Lumpur. For ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang’ Stephen was nominated as ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role’. He also received a nomination for Best Actor at the Monte Carlo awards for his role in ‘The Kitchen Musical’ TV show. Stephen took the lead role in the action epic feature film ‘Malay Chronicles – Bloodlines’ and the role of Zai in ‘Highlander - The Source’ – all to great acclaim. Stephen has performed sell-out solo concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has released a solo album in Malaysia.
In the UK, Stephen is a founding member of the dynamic ‘West End Men’ concert show which has been performed around the country and in Singapore. In August 2013, the ‘West End Men’ spent four weeks in London at the Vaudeville Theatre. Also in 2013, Stephen appeared in the charismatic leading role of Don in ‘Bollywood Carmen’ for the BBC, staged live in Bradford City Centre. In this show, Stephen was able to display his outstanding abilities as a talented singer, actor and dancer.