About Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey is an English actor best known for playing Viscount Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton son in the Regency-era romance drama Bridgerton.
Benson, Oxfordshire, England
His early life and career beginnings
Jonathan spent his childhood in the Oxfordshire village of Benson alongside his three older sisters. From the early age of five, he aspired to become an actor after witnessing a production of Oliver in the village. At seven, he got involved with a dance club in Henley-on-Thames and had the opportunity of auditioning for a part in a British theater production of A Christmas Carol in London. Although none of his family members were into entertainment, he was undeterred and joined a local drama club. Also, wandering behind the class uninvited while one of his sisters practiced ballet was his thing. However, he quit dancing at twelve. Jonathan attended the local Benson Church of England primary school, secondary education in Magdalen College School in Oxford, and shunned drama school for a degree in Open University.
Jonathan’s professional career life
Jonathan began his stage career in childhood, portraying roles in Les Miserables, King John, Beautiful Thing, and several other theater performances. In 2011, he starred as Leonardo da Vinci in a British children’s series Leonardo and portrayed Alfie Jones in a comedy sitcom Me and Mrs. Jones in October 2012.
He played reporter Olly Stevens in the Mystery drama Broadchurch that ran from 2013 to 2017, made it to Time Heist, the fifth episode of the eighth-series science fiction tv program Doctor Who, and starred in a musical comedy Groove High in 2012, all British tv series.
In 2013, Jonathan appeared in Some Girls and landed a recurring role in a mockumentary comedy tv series W1A as Jack Patterson, starred in the comedy-drama Crashing, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in 2014. The fine actor made a guest appearance alongside Cynthia Erivo and Vera Chok in the tv sitcom Chewing Gum, created by the talented Michaela Coel that aired in 2015 and was Edward in six episodes of Hooten & the Lady, an adventure drama series.
The whole time, Jonathan’s acting was mostly in British films, but in 2018, he portrayed Lance Miller in Tom Clancy’s three episodes of the American action thriller Jack Ryan. In 2020, fortune smiled on him when he became a cast member of the Regency-era drama Bridgerton, portraying Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest sibling. His role in the most-watched period series of 2020 gained him global fame, and he’s getting set to take center stage in season two, with another part on the pipeline for 2022. The outstanding actor has had nominations, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical and graced notable magazines.
His personal life
Jonathan is gay and is vocal about the adequate representation of gay actors in films and television. He loves the outdoors, surfing, hiking, and posting his adventures on his Instagram page of 912k followers.
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