Definition of juvenile lead in English:

juvenile lead

noun

  • 1(in a play or film) the chief part performed by a young actor or actress.

    ‘Fred was cast as the male juvenile lead’
    ‘I never had the shape for juvenile leads’
    • ‘I never had the shape for juvenile leads so I've always had to play character parts.’
    • ‘The next day he received a letter from London saying his audition for the juvenile lead in a musical comedy called Wild Grows the Heather had been successful.’
    • ‘As Dr Jekyll, he was lit, flatteringly, from above, as the conventional handsome, juvenile lead in any play would have been.’
    • ‘In the toughest role in the show O'Connell is the roguish juvenile lead Billy, in romantic pursuit of Peggy and a match for her in fleet footwork.’
    • ‘From his first major juvenile lead role as Rolf in The Sound Of Music, he has reinvented himself from musical theatre to the Abbey Road recording studios.’
    • ‘He progressed to a whole sentence in a play at the Garrick, then joined Colchester rep, where he graduated to juvenile leads.’
    • ‘"I got kicked out of my first big part as a juvenile lead in To Kill a Cat, despite the fact that my father wrote it," he later recalled.’
    • ‘Haynes is notably charming as Billy Lawlor, the so-called juvenile lead.’
    • ‘Eventually, he got an acting job of 16 weeks in weekly rep, playing juvenile leads in 16 different plays - where he honed his technique.’
    • ‘They met when they were both playing juvenile leads in an amateur dramatic production in Birkenhead in the 1930s.’
    1. 1.1 The actor or actress performing the part of juvenile lead.
      ‘the juvenile leads try hard’
      • ‘Weldon, fresh from playing Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, makes for a likeable juvenile lead.’
      • ‘Like other former juvenile leads who've appeared in too many romantic comedies, he has been consistently underestimated as an actor.’
      • ‘Rarely has a show dealt so honestly with the ageing of its juvenile leads, with them all seeming to grow up quicker on screen than they were in real life.’
      • ‘Watch out for a different player in the role of the Dame and a juvenile lead with bags of drive and initiative.’
      • ‘John had once been actor-handsome, the juvenile lead.’
      • ‘The picture is pitched to the music-video crowd and for good measure has the juvenile lead complain that his grandfather's house lacks MTV.’
      • ‘Things liven up a little when Captain Hook hits the decks and looks as if he may dispatch several of the juvenile leads with the lack of compassion that they deserve.’
      • ‘A couple of horrible juvenile leads ruin the early childhood scenes.’
      • ‘In a movie universe dominated by ageless action heroes and charmless juvenile leads, he is an authentic grown-up.’
      • ‘Manners maketh the man and the golfer is behaving like a juvenile lead who has lost his audience.’