Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

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Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman at Dragcon by dvsross (cropped).jpeg
Bowyer-Chapman in 2019
Born (1984-10-21) October 21, 1984 (age 34)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2003–present

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (born October 21, 1984) is a Canadian actor and fashion model. He is known for appearances in films and television, most notably as Jay in the Lifetime dark comedy-drama series Unreal (2015–2018).

Early life[edit]

Bowyer-Chapman was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Rimbey.[1] Born in 1984, he was adopted when he was 12-days old.[2] He carries the family name of both his mother and father. His biological younger brother is Cleyon Laing, defensive end for the Toronto Argonauts.[3] His biological father is Jamaican.[4]


At the age of 16, he began his modeling career, shooting for a number of fashion brands.[5] He is represented by Wilhelmina Models.[6] Alongside modeling, Bowyer-Chapman also began acting career, making his screen debut in gay-themed film Shock to the System (2006). He was named one of "Five of the Best..." in Out magazine's 2007 feature article "Canada's Coolest" and was listed in Mwinda magazine's 2009 special issue "The 10 Most Beautiful Africans In Entertainment". He has modeled in many venues including USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe and modeled in international campaigns for American Apparel and Levi's.[citation needed]

He went to appear in the television series Noah's Arc and The L Word, and well as the film The Break-Up Artist (2009). From 2009 to 2011, Bowyer-Chapman had a recurring role in the Syfy series, Stargate Universe.[5]

In 2012, he starred alongside Jussie Smollett in Patrik-Ian Polk's LGBT-themed romantic comedy-drama film The Skinny.[7] In 2015, he began starring alongside Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby in the critically acclaimed Lifetime dark comedy-drama series Unreal, playing the role of Jay, a gay reality television producer.[8][9][10] In 2016, Bowyer-Chapman appeared in the comedy film Dirty Grandpa.[11]

In 2018, Bowyer-Chapman joined the cast of the FX anthology series American Horror Story for its eighth season, subtitled Apocalypse

Personal life[edit]

Bowyer-Chapman is gay.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Shock to the System Levon
2007 I Know What I Saw Marco Television film
2007 The Brown Bag Mystery Justin Short film
2008 On the Bus Jeremy Short film
2009 Encounter with Danger Mr. Gaitan Television film
2009 The Break-Up Artist Steven
2010 Another Brief Moment Trevor Short film
2010 Dear Mr. Gacy Male hustler
2012 The Skinny Joey
2012 Grave Encounters 2 Vlogger
2013 Lucille's Ball Walter
2015 Stray Alex Short film
2016 Dirty Grandpa Bradley
2016 Tao of Surfing Val Stone
2017 Love by the 10th Date Freddy Mitchell Television Film
2019 Falling Inn Love Dean


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Stargate SG-1 Server Episode: "Memento Mori"
2006 Noah's Arc Brandy's Assistant Episode: "Under Pressure"
2007 The Virgin of Akron, Ohio Brick Unsold pilot
2007 The L Word Cowboy Episode: "Livin' La Vida Loca"
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Pvt. Darren Becker Recurring role, 19 episodes
2011 Fairly Legal Server Episode: "Coming Home"
2011 Warehouse 13 Jalapeño Episode: "Trials"
2009–2012 Iron Man: Armored Adventures Black Panther Voice, 4 episodes
2013 Hatfields & McCoys Owen Rodney Unsold pilot
2015–2018 UnREAL Jay Series regular
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge Episode: Season 9, Good Morning Bitches, week 4
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Guest judge Episode: Season 3, The B*tchelor, week 3
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Andre Stevens 3 episodes


  1. ^ "'UnReal's Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman on Why He Prefers to Play Queer Characters". 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  2. ^ "Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman at the 2015 HRC Seattle Gala".
  4. ^ Shapiro, Eileen (2016-06-16). "Interview:Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^ a b "Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Wilhelmina International - jeffrey bowyer chapman new york direct portfolio". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "The Skinny Film Review - To Be Young, Black and Gay in New York". Splash Magazines - Los Angeles. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  8. ^ Kelly Marino. "UnREAL's Jay: 'No Better Time' for Black Suitor -- Vulture". Vulture. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  9. ^ Comcast Interactive Media. "'UnReal' Star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Talks Gay Characters and More Darkness Coming". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  10. ^ Debra Birnbaum. "'UnREAL' Team Talks Season Two, Casting A Black Bachelor And Men's Rights". Variety. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ Nick Schager. "'Dirty Grandpa' Review: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron Hit Rock-Bottom - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Dana (June 15, 2016). "On Being Black, and Being Gay, With 'UnREAL' Star Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman". Observer.

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