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A bell-voiced actor-singer who found overnight success in a TV role that was tailor-made for his talents, Chris Colfer was born in Fresno, Calif., on May 27, 1990. When he auditioned for his star-making turn in "Glee" (2009-), the short film Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident (2009) was the only thing on his professional résumé.

Playing gay high-schooler Kurt Hummel gave Colfer, who is also gay, the chance to show off his singing, dancing and acting chops. Thanks in large part to his sensitive portrayal of a conflicted teen coming to terms with his sexuality, he won a Golden Globe Award in 2011 for his work on the acclaimed comedy series.

Colfer's voice is rare among males: His top note is two octaves above middle C. In high school, he wrote, directed and starred in "Shirley Todd," a gender-bending musical spoof of composer Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd."

Chris Colfer in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

2016 R

Still hanging on grimly to their inebriated lifestyle, Edina and Patsy deliriously demonstrate that their talent for anarchy and outrage hasn't dimmed since their wildly popular BBC sitcom went off the air.

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