Jerome Flynn

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Jerome Flynn
Jerome Flynn 2013 (cropped).jpg
Flynn at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards.
Born (1963-03-16) 16 March 1963 (age 52)
Bromley, Kent, England
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1985 – present

Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is known for his roles as Corporal Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier and Bronn in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones.[1] He rose to prominence as half of the singing duo Robson & Jerome, who had several UK number one singles in the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Flynn was born in Bromley, Kent, the son of actor and singer Eric Flynn and drama teacher Fern Flynn.[2] He has a brother and sister, and a half-brother and sister from his father's second marriage.[3] His brother Daniel Flynn is also an actor, and his half-brother Johnny Flynn is a musician and actor.[4]


In 1986 Flynn appeared in the London's Burning pilot as Firefighter Kenny "Rambo" Bains. In 1988 he played the character Freddie in the ITV drama; The Fear which was about the London underworld. He appeared as D.S Eddie Hargreaves for six episodes of the police drama Between The Lines (1992).

Flynn portrayed Corporal Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier. The series began in 1990. He acted alongside Robson Green in the series. After Flynn and Green performed Unchained Melody on the programme, ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song, and the pair were persuaded by record producer Simon Cowell to record it and release it as a single, a double A-side with White Cliffs of Dover. The single was released under the name Robson & Jerome and reached number one in the UK chart in 1995.[5] It stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 1.9 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year, and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. The duo had two more number one hits in 1995 and 1996 with "I Believe" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" both re-makes of standards, they also produced two number one albums.[6]

Soldier Soldier ended in 1997. Flynn went on to star as Eddie Wallis (alongside singing partner Robson Green) in the comedy-drama Ain't Misbehavin' (1997), and was the star of the short-lived police show Badger in 1999. He Played Bobby Charlton in the 1999 film Best. On stage, he played Tommy Cooper in Jus' Like That, a tribute to the comic magician written by John Fisher and directed by Simon Callow. In 2007, Flynn directed and starred in the low budget movie, Rude Tales. The film was split into a series of short stories, all centred around the lead character, Jerome Rude, played by Flynn. The film was screened at a small number of independent cinemas in the Pembrokeshire area.

In July 2010, it was confirmed that Flynn would be playing the role of Bronn in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels of George R.R. Martin.[7][8]

Flynn provides the voice of Daniel (the hound) in the children's television show Tommy Zoom. He also appeared on the television programme So You Think You're Royal?, where it was established that through his mother he is a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, through his son Henry Cromwell, and also a descendent of Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III of England.

Flynn stars alongside Matthew Macfadyen in three series of Ripper Street for the BBC.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 London's Burning: The Movie Rambo TV Movie
1988 A Summer Story Joe Narracombe
1988 To Kill a Priest
1991 Edward II Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent
1991 Kafka Castle Attendant
1993 Don't Leave Me This Way Tony Fleming TV Movie
1995 A Mind to Murder Peter Nagle TV Movie
2000 Best Bobby Charlton
2007 Rude Tales Jerome Rude
2013 Dante's Daemon Fisherman
Year Title Role Notes
1985 American Playhouse Kurt 1 episode ("Displaced Person")
1986 Screen Two Nigel 1 episode ("The Russian Soldier")
1986 The Monocled Mutineer Franny 2 episodes ("When the Hurly-Burly's Done", "Before the Shambles")
1986 Breaking Up John Mailer
1988 Troubles Matthews TV Mini-series
1988 The Fear Freddie
1989 Flying Lady Benny Barton 1 episode ("The Trip")
1990 Bergerac Alan Bruton 1 episode ("Under Wraps")
1991 Casualty Alan Deacon 1 episode ("Living in Hope")
1991 Boon Chris Shepley 1 episode ("Lie of the Land")
1991-95 Soldier Soldier Patrick "Paddy" Garvey
1992 Between the Lines Eddie Hargreaves 6 episodes
1997 Ain't Misbehavin' Eddie Wallis TV Mini-Series
1999 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Martin Urban 1 episode ("The Lake of Darkness")
1999-00 Badger Tom McCabe
2007 Tommy Zoom Daniel Voice role
2011–present Game of Thrones Bronn
2012–present Ripper Street Bennet Drake

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2013 British Academy Television Awards Best Supporting Actor Ripper Street Nominated

Personal life[edit]

Vegetarian since the age of 18 and a patron of The Vegetarian Society,[11] Flynn said, "It's what we do that counts – the effect we have – and for that I don't need any motivation. The thought of not being a vegetarian is ridiculous, it's just unthinkable, like going backwards. I won't eat meat again for the same reason I gave it up in the first place – I don't want to be part of all that suffering."[12]

Flynn was reportedly linked to Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey, however the relationship ended on bad terms, resulting in the couple being kept apart on-set.[13]


  1. ^ "Stars on set today at Vila Dalmacija, and Maisie Williams heads to Braavos to film season 5". Watchers On The Wall. 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Swann, Yvonne; Ellis, Janet (15 August 2009). "Me an My School Photo". Daily Mail – Weekend magazine. 
  3. ^ "Eric Flynn's obituary". The Telegraph. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Johnny Flynn's special relationship". The Guardian. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "'I owe my wife to Simon Cowell,' says Robson Green". The Daily Mail. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Robson Green live on Breakfast". 4 December 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ BBC News
  8. ^ George R.R. Martin's blog
  9. ^ "Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn get to work on the set of bloody new series Ripper Street... as 19th century London is recreated in Dublin". The Daily Mail. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "In like Flynn: Soldier Soldier star Jerome is back on TV in Ripper yarn". The Mirror. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "List of patrons". Vegetarian Society. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jerome Flynn". Viva! Vegetarians International Voice for Animals. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
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