See Michael Ball make bullied boy's dreams come true in this adorable video

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Michael Ball is starring in a new production of Les Miserables (Credit: PA)

Michael Ball has shown love really can change everything as he became the latest star of the West End to join the #CheerUpCharlie anti-bullying campaign.

Music teacher, Jacqueline Hughes, unwittingly propelled nine-year-old Charlie into the spotlight this week when she revealed he was being bullied for being a fan of musical theatre.

Ball, 57, surprised Charlie live in BBC Breakfast with a video message inviting him to come and watch him in a new production of Les Miserables.

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Charlie could not contain his delight as Ball told him: “Hi Charlie, it’s Michael Ball here. So look we have something in common - we both love musicals. But I hear you’ve been getting some tick for your enjoyment of them and your love of musical theatre. Well let me just tell you something - you’ve got the right idea - it is cool.

“I’m sending you lots of support #CheerUpCharlie - it’s a great campaign. Bullying is something that is unacceptable.

“Listen if you’re down in London and you fancy coming to see the new Les Mis. It’s sold out but I can sort you out a ticket and I’ll introduce you to everyone afterwards as well.

“Stay cool. Stay musical. Maybe we’ll got on stage together one day, who knows?!”

Ball made his West End debut as Marius in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables in the 80s. He will star as Inspector Javert opposite Alfie Boe in Mackintosh’s new production of the show which opens at the Gielgud Theatre in August.

Pixie Lott is also among the stars to have messages of love and support to Charlie after his plight was revealed and the hashtag #CheerUpCharlie has begun trending online. The Voice Kids judge has invited him to her summer school.

Olivier-awarding star of Hamilton Michael Jibson wrote: “How incredible for Charlie and for this campaign to have grown in the way it has. I hope this is only the beginning. Love what what you do and the bullies won’t win.”

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Little Britain star Matt Lucas wrote: “I was one of those kids. Now I'm in musicals.”

Teacher and musical actress Hughes sparked the #CheerUpCharlie campaign last week when she revealed Charlie was being bullied at school for loving musicals and was inundated with messages of support from the cast of West End shows.

She revealed on Twitter: “Industry friends I need a wee favour. Sadly a little boy I teach, Charlie, who is also a dear family friend is sadly being bullied at school for his love of MT, being called gay, fat, stupid....the list goes on. Today he was beaten up by 6 boys and left curled up, crying.

“know many people face bullies everyday and many have in their lifetime. But I wondered if you wouldn’t mind, if you have time sending me a little video to cheer him up, maybe some advice, your own stories, how you didn’t let them stop you, what you are doing now.”