Flynn at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards
16 March 1963 |
Bromley, London, England
Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his roles as Fireman Kenny "Rambo" Baines in the 1986 television film London's Burning, as Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, Bronn in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, and Bennet Drake in Ripper Street.
He and his Soldier Soldier co-star Robson Green also performed as Robson & Jerome in the later half of the 1990s. They released a version of "Unchained Melody" which stayed at number 1 for 7 weeks on the UK Chart, selling more than a million copies and becoming the best-selling single of 1995. The duo had two further number 1 singles: "I Believe" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted". Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up Take Two both reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Flynn was born in Bromley, London, the son of actor and singer Eric Flynn and drama teacher Fern Flynn. He has a brother and sister, and a half-brother and sister from his father's second marriage. His brother Daniel Flynn is also an actor, and his half-brother Johnny Flynn is a musician and actor.
In 1986 Flynn appeared in the LWT television film London's Burning as Fireman Kenny "Rambo" Baines. When the film spawned a series of the same name in 1988, he was the only member of the main cast who was unable to reprise his role due to previous commitments. 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. 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.
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.
Having semi-retired from acting and moved to Pembrokeshire, 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.
After almost 10 years away from the business, 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.
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.
|1986||London's Burning: The Movie||Kenny "Rambo" Baines||TV Movie|
|1988||A Summer Story||Joe Narracombe|
|1988||To Kill a Priest|
|1991||Edward II||Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent|
|1993||Don't Leave Me This Way||Tony Fleming||TV Movie|
|1995||A Mind to Murder||Peter Nagle||TV Movie|
|2007||Rude Tales||Jerome Rude|
|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|
|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")|
|2007||Tommy Zoom||Daniel||Voice role|
|2011–present||Game of Thrones||Bronn|
|2012–present||Ripper Street||Bennet Drake|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
Having taken childhood holidays in Pembrokeshire, Wales with his family, as a then follower of Ratu Bagus, Flynn and some friends moved to a Georgian house there in the late 1990s. Like other Ratu Bagus followers in Britain, Flynn was an investor in Business Consulting International, later exposed as the United Kingdom's biggest ponzi scheme.
- "Eric Flynn's obituary". The Telegraph. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Johnny Flynn's special relationship". The Guardian. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Robson Green live on Breakfast". BBC.co.uk. 4 December 2002. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- BBC News
- George R.R. Martin's blog
- "In like Flynn: Soldier Soldier star Jerome is back on TV in Ripper yarn". The Mirror. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Jerome Flynn". Viva! Vegetarians International Voice for Animals. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "List of patrons". Vegetarian Society. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- Steve Boggan and Stephen Wright (25 July 2009). "The pop singer, the Strictly Come Dancing star, the vibrating mystics... why DID so many fall for £85m 'scam'?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 March 2012.