• Hey, It's That Voice! #24: Alexia Khadime

    Good evening, ladies and gems! This is Little Ursa with a very special edition of that wonderful article entitled "Hey, It's That Voice!" Why is it so special, you ask? Why, that's because today we will be looking at the voice behind the lovely Sardonyx!

    Well, oh my stars, can you believe that we are already talking about Sardonyx? I must say, she is quite a fun individual to talk about! Theatrical, dramatic, pompous, humorous, cheerful, and even a little cocky. She even has her own popular late night show, Sardonyx Tonight! One part magician, one part stage performer, a dash of a showmanship, just a pinch of Bayonetta, and one magical war hammer come together to make the articulate and charming Sardonyx. But what about the voice behind the fusion? Why, that would be the magnificent Alexia Khadime!

    Was she worth the wait?

    Born in London, England on June 6, 1983, Alexia Khadime made her stage debut in Cinderella at the Hackney Empire. The next year she starred as Ronnie Spector in the UK tour of Leader of the Pack. In 2001, Khadime was part of the ensemble for the Lyceum Theatre production of The Lion King, where she was also the understudy for Nala. She would return to The Lion King as Nala in 2004 at the Lyceum until 2008. Khadime's next role would be as Elphaba in the Apollo Victoria Theatre production of Wicked from June to November 2008 and again from May 2009 to March 2010.

    Oliver Tompsett (left) and Khadhime (right) portraying Flyero and Elphaba respectively in Wicked.
    After a few other roles, including Harmonia in the premiere production of Welcome To Thebes and Deb in Ordinary Days, Khadime started as Éponine in the production of Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in the West End. This lasted from June 2011 to June 2012. From February 2013 until January 2016, Khadime had been cast as Nabulungi in the original West End production of The Book Of Mormon.

    When not on the stage, Khadime has been known to grace the silver and small screens with her presence. In 1996, she appeared in the television adaptation of The Sculptress. For two years, she was part of the cast of the long running British children's drama Grange Hill and had a regular role on Comin' Atcha! She also appeared on the television shows The Queen's Nose, The Bill, Dream Team, and Splatalot! She also appeared in cameos in the 2012 film of Les Misérables and London Road.

    And last, but certainly not least, Khadime has also ventured into music. Under the mononym of Alexia, she released a single entitled "Ring" in February 2003 through Virgin Records. The single reached #48 on the UK Single Charts. She has also recorded duets with Ben James-Ellis and Daniel Boys. Her voice can be heard on the soundtracks to the films Pride and Amazing Grace.

    And that will do it for this edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Join me next week when we look at what happens when you fuse three gems at once! (Or four, depends on who you ask.)