Keala Settle

Inside Biography


Keala Settle is an American singer and actress best known for her role in Hands on a Hardbody. Starting off as an actress in 2002, Settle has been in the industry for a decade now. At present, she is known for her work in The Greatest Showman (2017).

Keala Settle was also nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Drama Desk Award.

Early life and Education

Settle was born as Keala Joan Settle on November 5, 1975, in Hawaii and is the oldest of five children in her family.

Settle was born to a British-born father, David Settle, and mother of Susanne Settle's descent from New Zealand, Susanne. She was brought up in the Mormon faith.

She graduated from Kahuku High school in 1993 and was an alumna of Southern Utah University.


Keala Settle made her Broadway debut from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Shirley in the year 2011. Before being known, she played the role of Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of Hairspray, which is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman.

In 2009, she got another opportunity to appear as Bloody Mary, in the national tour of Lincoln Center production of South Pacific. For her performance the reviewer for the Pioneer Press, Ma s sachusetts, stated

Better cast is Keala Settle, who plays the conniving Tonkinese trader lady Bloody Mary with a rolling gait, the venom of viper and � buried deeply but achingly visible in strategic moments � the maternal fierceness of a lioness.

In 2012, she played the role of Mrs. Fezziwig in the Pioneer Theatre Company production of the musical A Christmas Carol. And from July 31 to August 25, 2013, Settle played the role of Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine.

Keala Settle also performed with Sutton Foster in the Encores! a concert staging of Violet on July 17, 2013, but couldn�t move to Broadway revival as she took the role of  Madame Th�nardier in the revival of Les Mis�rables. Thus, Settle was replaced in Violet by Annie Golden.

She describes herself as more of an R&B singer than being musical theatre performer.

In the words of Settle

I really am not a musical theatre performer. I'm more an R&B singer and have been doing that my whole life. My mother is � well, was � also an R&B singer, in New Zealand...I was too busy wanting to sing backup or doing studio work singing chorus stuff, and singing backup for Gladys Knight in Vegas.

Also, she added

Didn�t know how to live in that world..." and so for several years worked backstage with designers until she was cast in South Pacific.

Her latest appearance includes a role as a bearded lady Lettie Lutz in the biographical musical drama The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya.

Personal Life

Keala Settle is committed at present to her boyfriend. 

Well yes, though she keeps her romantic like pretty low key she has been dating a guy named Kadot Son who has an Instagram account by the name @kadotson.


Well, if you believe the sources, Keala Settle has an estimated net worth of $200, 000. Her primary source of income is acting and has been in the industry for more than a decade.

According to some sources, a musical theatre performer gets paid $200 to $2000 a week. 

by admin, 2018-01-04 10:09:05

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