The result, reached by public vote, was announced in a live telecast July 25. Rory Taylor and Roger Wright were the runners-up.
Forster, who is originally from Sunderland, trained at London's Italia Conti Academy, during which time he was featured in the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary "The Dream Academy," before making his West End debut in La Cava at the Piccadilly Theatre. He subsequently appeared in the short-lived All You Need is Love at the Queen's Theatre, based on the Lennon and McCartney catalogue. He has also appeared in the West End as Doody in Grease and in Thriller Live, also appearing in the later on tour in South Africa, China and India.
He has written and produced a live album for an independent label that subsequently declared bankruptcy, before signing with K Entertainment, run by Nigel Lythgoe of "American Idol." Last year he released an EP with London-based label The Schizofrenicks.
The arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which also features Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and Chris Moyles as Herod, kicks off at London's 02 Arena Sept. 21, before touring nationwide.
The production is directed by Laurence Connor. The show will be lit by Patrick Woodroffe and designed by Mark Fisher.
After London, the production will visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Nottingham, before culminating in Sheffield Oct. 21.
To book tickets and for further details visit www.jesuschristsuperstar.com.