The Joseph star has never been there and longs to see Hollywood

As Lee Mead prepares to hang up his Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat loincloth for the last time, his fans are in for a double shock.

Not only is he leaving the production, but he’s also heading to Hollywood with his TV star girlfriend Denise Van Outen.

Lee, 27, currently has to fight his way out through the stage door past his waiting fans on a nightly basis after his sellout performances in London’s West End.

But on 10 January, he’s handing the Dreamcoat over to singer Gareth Gates, 24.

Lee’s quitting his starring role to spend more time with Denise, 34, who he met when she was hosting Any Dream Will Do, the show that gave him his big break. They now live together in Kent.

‘We’ve both been very busy,’ he tells Now. In the New Year, the couple are planning to take a complete break.

‘Somewhere hot – hopefully the Caribbean,’ Lee reveals. I’ve got a new album coming out at the end of March, so I’ll come back to promote that.

‘After that, we’re going to LA. Denise has a place there and I’ve never been, so I’m really looking forward to it.’ 

See the full story about Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen in Now magazine dated 5 January 2009 – out now!