Stephen Ross Madsen (born 1992/1993) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his role as Jason "J.D." Dean in the Australian production of Heathers: The Musical, and most recently originated the role of Alexander Shkuratov in the musical Muriel's Wedding.

Early life and education

Madsen is the son of Sally, a doctor, and Doug, and Madsen grew up in Mona Vale, New South Wales. As a child he attended Mona Vale Primary School and, later, Manly Selective Campus. Madsen graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2014.


In 2015, Madsen appeared in a production of The Catalinas of Crawley Bay at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth on 29 April 2015. He later portrayed Jason "J.D." Dean in the premiere Australian production of Heathers: The Musical at the Hayes Theatre from 22 July until 9 August. Later in the year, he portrayed Mark Cohen in Rent, also at the Hayes Theatre, from October 13 until November 1.

The following year, in 2016, Madsen returned to the role of Jason Dean in Heathers at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre's Playhouse. From the 20th to 31st of January, he portrayed Richard Loeb in the Chapel Off Chapel production of Thrill Me. Madsen returned to the role of J.D. in Melbourne and a return Sydney season, at the Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse and Sydney Opera House Playhouse, respectively.

In 2017, Madsen appeared from August 3rd to 19th as Ruckly in Sport for Jove's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Reginald Theatre in the Seymour Centre, Sydney. Madsen was cast in the world premiere of Muriel's Wedding, portraying Alexander Shkuratov from 6 November 2017 until 27 January 2018.

Madsen returned to the Hayes Theatre as Patrick in the highly successful Australian premier of the Off-Broadway musical, The View Upstairs which played from 28 February to 11 March 2018.

In August 2018, Madsen portrayed Alan in Darlinghurst Theatre Company's production of Torch Song Trilogy at The Eternity Playhouse.

Personal life

Madsen lives in Paddington, New South Wales with his partner, fellow actor Matthew Backer.