Talent show winner Ben Forster, who headlined Will Ferrell’s musical version of Elf, is suing for £1.7million

Talent show-winning theater star who headlined Will Ferrell’s musical version of Elf is suing for £1.7million after breaking his ankle on the show

  • Ben Forster, 40, played Buddy on stage and injured himself decorating a tree
  • He fell from an 8ft wheeled ladder at the Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester
  • Elf The Musical (UK) denies negligence but Mr Forster alleges elves tailed him
  • The 2012 ITV Superstar winner also played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar

A talent show-winning theater star who headlined the musical version of Will Ferrell’s Elf is suing for £1.7million after breaking his ankle on the show.

Ben Forster, 40, was playing Will Ferrell’s character Buddy in Elf The Musical when he alleges elves shot him “violently” while he was on a ladder decorating a Christmas tree.

He then fell from an 8ft wheeled ladder at the Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester and injured himself in January 2018.

His solicitor, David White, told the High Court he could no longer ‘return to the physical demands of being a top theatrical actor in the West End’.

According to The Sun, Mr Forster claims he was then unable to do things you would normally see in a musical such as dancing, climbing stairs, lifting another actor or acting around a moving set.

But he says he can stand up and sing after breaking his ankle.

Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie ‘Elf the Musical’ at the Dominion Theater in London in 2015

Will Ferrell's film Elf was a hit in 2003 and later turned into a musical by Elf The Musical (UK)

Will Ferrell’s film Elf was a hit in 2003 and later turned into a musical by Elf The Musical (UK)

Mr White said: ‘He is unable to return to the physical demands of being a leading theatrical actor in the West End.’

Will Ferrell’s film Elf was a hit in 2003 and was later turned into a musical by Elf The Musical (UK).

In a 2015 production, former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh starred opposite Ben Forster as Buddy on West End show Elf: The Musical.

Mr Forster won ITV’s Superstar in 2012 and as the winner played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.

He also had roles in the Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Mr Forster, played Buddy since the UK premiere in 2014 at Plymouth, but failed to complete another run on Elf when he fell on January 6, 2018.

Elf The Musical (UK) denies any negligence.

The High Court will decide the trial date at a later date.

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