Johnny Flynn (musician)

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Johnny Flynn
Johnny Flynn by Steve Gullick 2010.jpg
Born (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 32)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality British
Other names Joe Flynn
Occupation Musician and actor
Spouse(s) Beatrice Minns (2011–present)[1]
Children 1

Johnny Flynn (born 14 March 1983) is a South African born English musician and actor.[2]

He is the frontman of the folk-rock band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. As an actor he is credited as Joe Flynn, because there was already another actor registered as "Johnny Flynn".[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Flynn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of Eric Flynn and Caroline Forbes.[2] From his father's first marriage he has two older half-brothers, actors Jerome Flynn and Daniel Flynn, and an older sister, Kerry Flynn, and from his father's second marriage, a younger sister, Lillie Flynn, who sings with the Sussex Wit.[4] At the age of three he moved with his family to Hampshire, England, fleeing South Africa after apartheid-supporters murdered his mother's cousin and her husband, a mixed-race couple, for lending support to the African National Congress.[4]

Flynn was educated at Winchester College, an independent school in the city of Winchester in Hampshire, where he sang in the chapel choir and was required, due to his music scholarship, to learn two instruments: the violin and trumpet.[5] Later, he would teach himself guitar and win a second music scholarship to Bedales School, an independent school in the village of Steep, near the market town of Petersfield, also in Hampshire.[5]


Film and Television[edit]

In 2005, Flynn was one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow. He is best known for his starring role of Dolf Vega in the film Crusade in Jeans (2006). He had smaller parts in television series Murder in Suburbia, Holby City and Kingdom.

In 2014, he appeared in the lead role of the Channel 4 television series Scrotal Recall.[6]

In 2013, Flynn was cast in Song One, a film starring Anne Hathaway.[7] Flynn plays a musician by the name of James Forrester, who becomes involved with Hathaway's character, following an accident involving her brother.[8]


Flynn has performed in Propeller's all-male Shakespeare troupe, playing Curtis (The Taming of the Shrew) and Sebastian (Twelfth Night) in the 2007 season.[9] He has also performed in several other plays including Richard Bean's play The Heretic at the Royal Court Theatre (2011).[10] Johnny Flynn was cast in the role of Lee in Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth's hit play, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for best supporting actor.[11] In summer of 2012, Flynn appeared in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's productions of Richard III, as Lady Anne, opposite Jerusalem co-star Mark Rylance and then as Viola/Cesario in the Globe's production of Twelfth Night with Rylance as well.[12] The productions transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End until February 2013. From March 2013 Flynn played the lead role in Bruce Norris' play The Low Road at the Royal Court.[13]


Flynn has released several studio albums and plays folk-influenced songs of his own composition. He wrote the theme song for the BBC Four television series Detectorists[14] and made a cameo appearance performing the song in episode 3. Flynn's music has made a huge impact on the North West of England and North Wales, most believing "his sound captures the life and struggles of the urban and rural working communities with raw vocals and a beautifully harmonising guitar melody" according to Saddleworth Monthly magazine.




Year Title Role Notes
2006 Crusade in Jeans Dolf Vega
2011 Lotus Eaters Charlie
2012 Something in the Air
2014 Song One James Forrester
2014 Clouds of Sils Maria Christopher Giles Post-Production
2015 A Smallholding Tonkey Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Murder in Suburbia Josh Egan 1 episode
2006 Holby City Karl Massingham 1 episode
2008 Kingdom David Matthews 1 episode
2014 Scrotal Recall Dylan 6 episodes
2014 Detectorists Johnny Piper 1 episode


  1. ^ "Johnny and Beatrice's wedding". 
  2. ^ a b "Eric Flynn Obituary". Daily Telegraph. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Flynn poised to be latest British folk star". 13 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "On the Road With Johnny Flynn'". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Purcell, Andrew (2 December 2010). "Johnny Flynn's special relationship". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Sam Wollaston (Oct 3, 2014). "Scrotal Recall; Detectorists; Peaky Blinders review – two charming comedies about sex and metal-detecting, and the return of the Shelby gang". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "Song One (2014)". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Patten, Dominic (28 May 2013). "Mary Steenburgen Joins Anne Hathaway In 'Song One'". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Theatre programme, Old Vic Theatre, London, January 2007.
  10. ^ Rudland, Victoria (12 February 2011). "Theatre Review: The Heretic @ Royal Court". Londonist. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Theatre information". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Bosanquet, Theo (3 February 2012). "Cast: Spiro is Globe Shrew, Flynn & Barnett support Rylance". What's On Stage. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Spencer, Charles (28 March 2013). "The Low Road, Royal Court". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Johnny Flynn - Detectorists (Original Soundtrack from the TV Series) - Out Now". Transgressive Records. October 3, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 

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