Iwan, who has already made a name for himself in the stage version of Legally Blonde and the film version of Les Miserables, is part of the cast of a very unusual Britain’s Got Talent act. For the first time it is a show – rather than a person, group or animal – that has won through to the semis of the prime-time ITV talent contest.
Last Sunday night, viewers saw the cast of the musical Chasing The Dream — a production written by Peter Gallagher and Danny Davies – win the hearts of the judges and secure a place in the semi-finals.
Although Iwan did not perform in Sunday’s audition, he will be singing one of the musical’s other numbers, watched by millions of viewers live on Friday, in a bid to get the British public voting for the act. For a preview of the song please click here
Iwan, who graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2010, said he was approached by Peter Gallagher earlier this year.
"He's an actor, but also directs too and I'd auditioned for him before, so it was quite nice that he approached me," he said.
Iwan's role is as The Man, a Brit and former London financier, who goes to chase the big bucks on Wall Street. A womaniser and — in Iwan’s words a bit of an idiot — his life is turned upside down when he meets the love of his life.
The musical tells the tale of six venturers who touch the tarmac at JFK airport who all have different goals — and whose paths will change each other’s lives. The dream is to win the contest and be set up in a West End theatre or take the production on a national tour.
"Speaking as someone who works in musical theatre, the music in it is just incredible," added Iwan. "I'll treat the camera as an extra audience member. If you think too much about it, it can do weird things to your performance.”
The act with the highest number of public votes will automatically go through to the Britain’s Got Talent live grand final and the two runners-up will then face the judges who will pick their favourite to accompany them.
The live final will take place on June 8 when it will be revealed which act has won the £250,000 prize and a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance.
Iwan’s former drama teacher at Llandovery College, Fiona Earle, is urging fans to pick up the phone and vote for Iwan this Friday.
“Iwan has a great following and I’m sure all his fans will be voting for him. Hopefully people will watch, enjoy what they see and vote!”