More about Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan has been on a fast-track to stardom for some time, but appearing in Company at the Gielgud Theatre and then in Shonda Rhimes drama Bridgerton on Netflix has consolidated what was already a meteoric rise.
Jonathan Bailey won an Olivier Award for his ground-breaking role of Jamie in Marianne Elliott’s West End revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company. Jonathan plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton in the Netflix’ period drama, Bridgerton, a role he is reprising in the second series scheduled for release in 2022. His other TV credits include the ITV series Broadchurch, Leonardo da Vinci in Leonardo, Me and Mrs Jones, Doctor Who and WIA (all for the BBC) and Crashing and Chewing Gum for Channel 4. His theatre credits include David Hare’s South Downs, American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre, The York Realist at The Donmar Warehouse, and King Lear (alongside Sir Ian McKellen) for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Jonathan Bailey will next be seen starring in Season Two of the Emmy and SAG nominated series for Netflix, Bridgerton, from the prolific Shondaland. Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, the series is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. Bailey will reprise his role of Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest sibling and head of the family, alongside Simone Ashley, when the show returns in 2022.
An Olivier Award winning actor, Bailey is known for his various roles on stage and television, most notably as budding journalist Oliver Stevens in the BAFTA Winning ITV crime drama series Broadchurch (2015), alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman, and as Jack Patterson in the BBC comedy television series W1A alongside Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes.
In film, Jonathan has starred in James Marsh’s The Mercy alongside Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, playing the key role of rookie reporter Wheeler, and in the adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel The Young Messiah, playing Herod alongside Sean Bean and Christian McKay.
Bailey’s breakthrough television performance was as a teenage Leonardo Da Vinci in the BBC adventure series Leonardo (2011-12). Other television roles include Lance Miller in Amazon Studio’s series Jack Ryan (2018), alongside John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish; Ash in Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum (2017); Sam in the Channel 4 comedy Crashing (2016) alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge; and appearing as the character of Psi in Doctor Who series 8, (2014) alongside Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi.
Bailey won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his stand-out role in Marianne Elliott’s West End revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (2018-19) at the Gielgud Theatre. He portrayed the role of Jamie – the role of Amy in the original show – as part of the production’s first same-sex couple.
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Jonathan’s stage roles include Company at the Gielgud Theatre directed by Marianne Elliot; The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Rob Hastie; King Lear at the Chichester Festival Theatre directed by Jonathan Munby; The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre directed by Jason Robert Brown; American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre directed by Rupert Goold; Othello at the National Theatre directed by Nick Hytner; The Golden Story at Buckingham Palace directed by Nick Hytner; South Downs at Chichester/West End directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Girl with the Pearl Earring at Cambridge/West End directed by Joe Dowling; and Les Miserables in the West End.
TV appearances and roles include Bridgerton, Hot White Heist, Jack Ryan, W1A, Chewing Gum, Hooten and the Lady, Crashing, Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Some Girls, Mr & Mrs Jones, Leonardo, Groove High, Pram Face, Campus, Lewis, Off the Hook, The Bill, Doctors, Golden Hour, Walk Away and I Stumble, Ferrari, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Bright Hair and Bramwell.
Film and movie appearances include The Mercy, Christ the Lord, testament to Youth, Every Breath, St Trinians, Permanent Vacation and Five Children and It.