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Marlain was born in Athens but has lived in many countries including Venezuela, Belgium, Cyprus, USA, UK and now lives in Greece.

Although she completed a BSc in Biochemistry with Management from Imperial College, London her heart was elsewhere. She chose to study for a while at Boston Conservatory and ended up with a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music, London.

While she was studying she made her professional debut as the lead in the Stavrosa Siderasa's musical Pygmalion, The True Story (Aphrodite/Galatea) opposite Peter Polycarpou. She was chosen amongst 5000 teenagers for the National Youth Music Theatre production of Annie (Miss Hannigan) at the Edinburgh Drama Festival. She also represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Thane Erotasa' (It Will Be Love)

Her professional career started in 1999-2000 with the production of Aznavoura's Lautrec in London's West End. During 2000-2002 she starred in lead roles in musicals such as Hair (Dionne), Elegies (Judith), toured the UK with Living La Vida Loca (Fantasia), Legends of Swing (singing Ella Fitzgerald songs) and toured Europe with Flower Power Musical Story (Lainer) and Broadway Musical Gala (Principal Soloist) where she had the opportunity to sing solo in front of 11,000 at La Scala in Milan. At the same time she appeared in performances at the Berklee Performance Centre, Boston, USA, Festival Rose Da'Or in Juin Les Pins, France, some charity events in Basel Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland and in concerts with the Cyprus State Orchestra as a soloist.

At the end of 2002 at the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre International Competition in Cardiff, Wales she was the semi-final winner and one of only 6 finalists. As an actress in 2002, she played Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello, where she was then offered a full scholarship by the British Council, Cyprus to study for a Masters in Acting. But she turned down the scholarship and came to Greece in 2003 for the first time since her birth to become a member of the first female Greek pop group HI-5.

After 3 albums, one platinum and one gold HI-5 broke up in 2005. From 2005-2006 Marlain then continued with her true love singing rock with various bands in clubs and festivals around Greece, namely Volume (Christophoros Chrokides, Stephanos Demetriou, Dimitris Frosinis) and Dickens' Zoo. She also played the leading role in the musical Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano).

In the summer 2006 she then joined the legendary greek rock star Vassilis Papakonstantinou in his sell-out concert tour of Greece as one of his soloists. The tour continued 2006-2007 as a club-tour of Greece and Cyprus.

Being a fan of cartoons, Marlain also lends her voice regularly to cartoon voice-over translations for Disney and Dreamworks playing a variety of characters from Mulan in Mulan 2, to Lady Bug in James and the Giant Peach, the Soul Singer in Emperor's New Groove 2, Rita the Dog in Oliver and Company plus many more.

For the winter of 2007, Marlain was singing with sell-out artist Michalis Hadzigiannis at VOX in Athens.

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