Jonathan Stuart Bailey (born April 25, 1988) is a well-known English actor. He has received a Laurence Olivier Award and also nominations for Evening Standard Concert hall and Screen Actor Guild Awards for his roles on stage and screen.
Bailey began his career as a model-actor in Royal Shakespeare Company productions at the age of six, and by the age of eight, he was playing Gavroche in a West End production of Les Misérables. Since then, he has appeared in the play South Downs, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2012, the Royal National Theatre’s Othello in 2013, where he played Cassio, the London revival of the musical The Last Five Years in 2016, the West End gender-swapped revival of Company, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical in 2019, and the West End revival
Bailey has appeared in the CBBC adventure series Leonardo (2011–12), the ITV crime drama Broadchurch (2013–15), the BBC Two sitcom W1A (2014–17), and the Channel 4 miniseries Crashing (2016). In 2020, he began his role as Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, the de facto patriarch of the eponymous family in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, for which he received international acclaim.
Jonathan Bailey Career
He began performing at a very young age, and at the age of seven, he was cast in A Christmas Carol at the Barbican Centre in London, where he has since performed. In 1997, he was cast as ‘Gavroche’ in the London production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre.
Among the many theatre productions in which he has appeared are King John (2003), Beautiful Thing (2006), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2008), South Downs (2011), Othello (2013), King Lear (2017), and Company (2018-19).
Television and movies
In 1997, he made his television debut in the BBC series Bright Hair, in which he played the role of ‘Ben Devilish.’
The actor has appeared in numerous television shows, including Baddiel’s Syndrome (2001), Doctors (2007), Campus (2011), Leonardo (2011), Me and Mrs. Jones (2012), Broadchurch (2013), Doctor Who (2014), W1A (2014-17), Hooten & the Lady (2016), Crashing (2016), and Chewing Gum (2017, among others) (2017). In 2018, he made his web series debut as ‘Lance Miller in the American series Jack Ryan, which launched on Amazon Prime in the role of Jack Ryan.
In 2020, he will appear as ‘Anthony Bridgerton’ in the Netflix series Bridgerton. Cyril was his first role in the film 5 Children and It (2004), in which he made his film debut.
There have been a few films in which he has appeared, including the British films Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007; Permanent Vacation (2009); Testament for Youth (2014); and The Mercy (2018); as well as the American film The Young Messiah (2001). (2016).
Bridgerton season 2 Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley dating?
Despite the fact that Bailey and Ashley portray love interests Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma in Bridgerton season 2, they are not in a relationship with one another. Bailey, who is openly gay, is currently in a relationship with actor James Ellis. Despite the fact that neither Bailey nor Ellis have publicly confirmed their relationship, Bailey did disclose to GQ in a 2022 interview that he has a “boyfriend” in his life. A former “actor friend” of Bailey’s shared the following advice with him: “‘There are two things we don’t want to know: if you’re an alcoholic and if you’re gay,'” Bailey recounted in the interview. “All it takes is for one of those people in a position of authority to say something like that, and it has a ripple effect across the entire system.” So, yep, that’s exactly what I thought at the time. “Of course, I believed that being straight was necessary for happiness,” he explained.
In the end, I thought to myself, ‘Fuck this, I’d much rather hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to put my own face image on Tinder and not have to be so cautious about it than obtaining a part.’ Bailey and Ellis were also caught eating supper together in Notting Hill in July 2021, according to the Daily Mail.