- Roland Gift
Gift pictured at a Grammy rehearsal in 1990
Born Roland Lee Gift
28 May 1961
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British Occupation Musician, Actor Known for Member of Fine Young Cannibals
Gift was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Hull, where his mother, Pauline, ran several second-hand clothes shops. He was educated at Kelvin Hall School in Hull. He has two sisters, Helga and Ragna.
His first recording was with a Hull ska band Akrylykz, the second release on nearby York's Red Rhino Records. Although this record was unsuccessful, it did bring him to the attention of Andy Cox and David Steele, who around 1985 asked him to be the lead singer of their new band Fine Young Cannibals after their old band, The Beat, had broken up. He also was a guest artist on the Ska City Rollers' Time Is Tight single.
In 1990, he was named by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
In 1987, Gift had his first screen role in the film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. In 1990 he did his first stage work, playing Romeo in the Hull Truck Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a production which had a brief run in the United States at the Staller Center for the Arts. He also appeared as a lounge singer (singing songs that were included in the Fine Young Cannibals album The Raw and the Cooked) in the film Tin Men, directed by Barry Levinson.
In 1993, he began the first of several appearances as the evil Immortal Xavier St. Cloud in the television series Highlander: The Series, and appeared in an episode of the Yorkshire Television series Heartbeat. He has also appeared in the movie The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife.
Year Information UK Album Chart 2002 Roland Gift —
Year Single UK Singles Chart Album 2002 "It's Only Money" 123 Roland Gift 2009 "Crushed"
*(as Roland Lee Gift)
— Non-album single
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