Full Name at Birth
Alexander Goerge Newell
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Alex Newell (born August 20, 1992) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his recurring role as Wade "Unique" Adams on Fox's musical comedy-drama Glee, and as being a first season runner-up on Oxygen's The Glee Project.
Newell was born on August 20, 1992 in Lynn, Massachusetts. His father died of cancer when he was six-years-old, at which point his mother raised him as a single parent. He graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 2012, where he was involved in his school's choir, improv club, and costume club; he was also a member of his church choir.
The Glee Project
Newell auditioned for the reality television show The Glee Project via YouTube while he was still in high school, and was selected as one of the twelve contestants competing for a seven-episode arc on the show Glee. He appeared in every episode, including the finale, and although he was not named a winner, he was a runner-up alongside Lindsay Pearce. Both Newell and Pearce won two-episode arcs on Glee.
For his Glee Project prize, Newell was cast in the role of Wade "Unique" Adams, a male-to-female transgender teenager who expresses her female identity through music. He first appeared on Glee in the third season episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver". Fox News Channel's conservative political commentator Bill O'Reilly condemned the depiction of a young transgender woman. Newell commented, "That was my favorite, when Bill O'Reilly said something. My mother said, 'If Bill O'Reilly said something about you, you are doing something right.' He just showed the public and conservative viewers me. There are more people seeing me now. This is what is happening. They just can't shut it out. There are people like Wade and Unique, and [they're] being themselves. If kids want to go and do that, that is them expressing who they are." He completed his prize arc that season.
Newell as Unique returned as a Glee recurring cast member in the fourth season premiere, "The New Rachel".
Newell was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston for fall 2012, but moved to Los Angeles to be on Glee when he was asked to rejoin the cast for the show's fourth season.
Newell is gay.
Bishop Fenwick High School
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Actor, Singer, Transgender Performer
Claim to Fame
Glee, The Glee Project
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Amber Riley, Chris Colfer
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