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Alex Newell

Actor & Singer, Known for "Glee"

Alex Newell is a actor and singer. He is best known for his recurring role as Wade “Unique” Adams on Fox’s musical comedy-drama Glee, and as being a first season runner-up on Oxygen’s The Glee Project. Newell was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. His father died of cancer when he was six years old, at which…

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Alex Newell is a actor and singer. He is best known for his recurring role as Wade “Unique” Adams on Fox’s musical comedy-drama Glee, and as being a first season runner-up on Oxygen’s The Glee Project.

Newell was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. His father died of cancer when he was six years old, at which point his mother raised him as a single parent. After four years of education in the first class of Kipp Lynn Academy, he moved on to and graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2012, where he was involved in his school’s choir, improv club, and costume club; he was also a member of his church choir. Newell was accepted into the Berkley College of Music for fall 2012, but he decided instead to move to Los Angeles to be on Glee when he was asked to rejoin the cast for the show’s fourth season. He is “out” as a gay man, as revealed on The Glee Project.

Newell auditioned for the reality television show The Glee Project via YouTube while he was still in high school, and was selected as one of the twelve contestants competing for a seven-episode arc on the show Glee. He appeared in every episode, including the finale, and although he was not named a winner, he was a runner-up alongside Lindsay Pearce. Both Newell and Pearce won two-episode arcs on Glee.

For his Glee Project prize, Newell was cast in the role of Wade “Unique” Adams, a male-to-female transgender teenager who expresses her female identity through music. He first appeared on Glee in the third season episode “Saturday Night Glee-ver.”

Newell as Unique returned as a Glee recurring cast member in the fourth season premiere, “The New Rachel.” He, along with the rest of the cast, received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series nomination in 2012, but lost to Modern Family. For the fifth season, Newell was promoted to main cast.

After conquering the television world, Newell’s focus returned to his first love: music. A deal with Atlantic Records fell into place in late 2013, and opportunities began falling into Newell’s lap: he worked with “Rather Be” stars Clean Bandit on their empowering track “Stronger,” guested on the Knocks’ dazzling dance single “Collect My Love” and issued a magnetic cover of Sigma’s “Nobody to Love.

Newell’s playful yet potent approach to disco-injected dance-pop is on full display on his upcoming debut EP, which received a little help from some very famous new friends. Funk-guitar god Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk), songwriting legend Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion) and live production maestro DJ Cassidy all contributed to Newell’s first major-label outing, which precedes a debut album and previews the exuberant attitude Newell wants to bestow upon mainstream music.

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1:39 / 28:06 Show People with Paul Wontorek: Alex Newell of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

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