Joe Van Moyland

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Joe Lean/Joe van Moyland
Birth name Joseph Antony Bernays
Born 1983 [1]
York, England
Genres Indie rock, Indie pop
Years active

2003–2007 (As a member of the Pipettes)

2007–2009 (with Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong)
Associated acts Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, The Pipettes

Joseph Antony Bernays (born 1983 in York) is an English singer, drummer and actor who works under the pseudonym Joe Lean. He was frontman in the band Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong and previously drummed for The Pipettes.

Acting career[edit]

Bernays has appeared in a number of television shows, most notably in The Tudors, where he played the famous composer Thomas Tallis. He has also appeared in Peep Show as Sophie's brother, Nathan Barley as Mudd, as well as having minor roles in Waking The Dead, Simon Schama's Power of Art and Fortysomething. To date, he is credited as appearing in films such as Starter for Ten, Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story and Brothers of the Head. He has recently stated that he has "fallen out of love" with acting after becoming more involved with music. Van Moyland also appears in three episodes of the Channel 4 drama Fresh Meat.

Music career[edit]

Under the name Joe Lean, Bernays fronted Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, who released their first single in October 2007 and have been tipped for success by the NME and finished seventh in the BBC Sound Of 2008 poll.[2] However they disbanded before ever releasing an album. He had previously been drummer for the Pipettes, working under the name Robin of Loxley. His last appearance with the Pipettes was 23 June 2007 on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. The NME reported that he had written songs for the Sugababes' new album, however in a later interview Van Moyland said that the agreement had fallen through.[3]


  1. ^ Joe van Moyland profile -
  2. ^ "Sound of 2008: The Top 10". BBC News. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Radar: Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong", New Musical Express". 7 August 2007. 

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