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Alex Newell Biography

Birth Place:
Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Father died of cancer when they were 6 years old
  • Spent their high-school days performing in choirs as well as an improv club
  • Auditioned for the Oxygen network's reality show The Glee Project while they were still in high school
  • Was named the runner-up for The Glee Project
  • Their prize was a two-episode arc on the third season of Glee in the character of Wade Adams, a transgender student
  • Became a regular cast member in Glee's fourth season
  • Planned on attending Boston's Berklee College of Music after receiving a vocal-performance scholarship, but opted to pursue acting instead
  • Supports the American Cancer Society


  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated