Jonathan Bailey (actor)

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Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey 2015.jpg
Bailey in April 2015
Jonathan Stuart Bailey

(1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 32)
Years active1995–present
Known for

Jonathan Stuart Bailey (born 25 April 1988)[1] is an English actor. He won a Laurence Olivier Award for his portrayal of Jamie in the 2018 West End revival of Company.[2] His television work includes the ITV drama Broadchurch, the CBBC series Leonardo, the BBC Two series W1A, the Channel 4 comedy Campus, and the Netflix period drama Bridgerton.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of former Rowse Honey managing director Stuart Bailey, Bailey was born in Wallingford and grew up in the nearby village of Benson with his three older sisters.

Bailey decided he wanted to be an actor at the age of 5 after seeing a stage production of Oliver!.[1] He attended a dance club in Henley-on-Thames, through which he auditioned for and landed an alternating role in the 1995 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Christmas Carol at the Barbican Theatre in London when he was about 7.[3][4]

He attended the local Benson C of E Primary School and then completed his A Levels at Magdalen College School in Oxford. He did not go to drama school and instead pursued a degree with the Open University.[5][6][7]


Film and television[edit]

In 2011, Bailey was cast as Leonardo da Vinci in the BBC series Leonardo and went on to play opposite Sarah Alexander in the BBC comedy Me and Mrs. Jones.[8]

In September 2014, he appeared in the Doctor Who series 8 episode "Time Heist".[9] Bailey portrayed reporter Olly Stevens in the ITV series Broadchurch.[10] He also had a recurring role as Jack Patterson in BBC Two comedy W1A appearing in all three series of the show. He's also had one of the lead roles in Crashing and had a guest role in Chewing Gum.

In 2019, he was cast in a leading role on the Shonda Rhimes-produced Netflix period drama series Bridgerton playing the role of the Viscount Anthony Bridgerton.[11][12]


Bailey was nominated for the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 for his performance in David Hare's South Downs.[13] He played the role of Tim Price[14] in the musical American Psycho alongside Matt Smith at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013.[15]

In 2017, Bailey appeared alongside Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack and Dervla Kirwan in King Lear at the Chichester Festival Theatre.[16] In 2018, Bailey was cast in the second West End revival of Company, playing Jamie (originally written as a female character, Amy).[17] For his portrayal, Bailey won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Bailey is gay. He has spoken about his experiences as a gay actor in interviews with The Times and Attitude magazine.[18][19][20]



Year Title Role
2004 Five Children and It Cyril
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Courtier
2007 Permanent Vacation Max Bury
2007 St Trinian's Caspar
2014 Testament of Youth Geoffrey Thurlow
2016 The Young Messiah Herod
2018 The Mercy Ian Wheeler


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bramwell William Kilshaw Series 3, episode 6
1997 Bright Hair Ben Devenish Television film
1998 Alice through the Looking Glass Lewis Television film
2001 Baddiel's Syndrome Josh Main role
2005 The Golden Hour Stephen Martin Miniseries; episode 4
2005 Walk Away and I Stumble Justin Television film
2007 Doctors Johnno Mitchum Episode: "See You in the Morning"
2008 The Bill Chris Villiers Episode: "The Hit"
2009 Off the Hook Danny Gordon Main role
2010 Lewis Titus Mortmaigne Episode: "The Dead of Winter"
2011 Campus Flatpack Main role
2011–2012 Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci Main role
2012 Pramface Glynn Three Episode: "Edinburgh... in Scotland"
2012 Me and Mrs Jones Alfie Main role
2012 Groove High Tom Mason Main role
2013, 2015 Broadchurch Olly Stevens 16 episodes
2013 Some Girls Nick the Counsellor Three Series 2, episode 1
2014–2017 W1A Jack Patterson Recurring role (series 1)
Main role (series 2–3)
2014 Doctor Who Psi One Episode: "Time Heist"
2016 Crashing Sam Main role
2016 Hooten & the Lady Edward 6 episodes
2017 Chewing Gum Ash Episode: "Replacements"
2018 Jack Ryan Lance Miller 3 episodes
2020 Bridgerton Anthony Bridgerton Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2014 Forza Horizon 2 Dan Williams
2015 Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Rhys Shipley
2019 Anthem Gunther
2019 Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Crystal Exarch / G'raha Tia
TBA Squadron 42 Aaron Seetow


Year Title Role Venue
1995 A Christmas Carol Child Scrooge / Tiny Tim (alt) Barbican Theatre
1997–1998 Les Misérables Gavroche Palace Theatre, London
2003 King John Prince Arthur Royal Shakespeare Company
2006 Beautiful Thing Jamie Sound Theatre
2007 Pretend You Have Big Buildings Leon Manchester Royal Exchange
2008 The Mother Ship Elliot Birmingham Rep Theatre
2008 Girl with a Pearl Earring Pieter Cambridge Arts Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket
2009 House of Special Purpose Alexi Chichester Festival Theatre
2011 South Downs Duffield Chichester Festival Theatre
2012 South Downs Duffield Harold Pinter Theatre
2013 Othello Cassio Royal National Theatre
2013 American Psycho Tim Price Almeida Theatre
2016 The Last Five Years Jamie St. James Theatre, London
2017 King Lear Edgar Chichester Festival Theatre
2018 The York Realist John Donmar
2018–2019 Company Jamie Gielgud Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Forsytes Jon BBC Radio 4
2016 Deliverers Lee BBC Radio 4
2017 Just One Damned Thing After Another David Sussman Audiobook
2018 Cast Long Shadows: Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Book 2 Narrator Audiobook
2018 Home Front Daniel Marriott BBC Radio 4

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Evening Standard Theatre Award[13] Outstanding Newcomer South Downs Nominated
2019 Laurence Olivier Award[2] Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Company Won


  1. ^ a b "20 Questions with ... South Downs' Jonathan Bailey". What's One Stage. 19 April 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Olivier Awards (7 April 2019). "The Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical goes to… @JonnyBailey for @companywestend! #OlivierAwards⁠ ⁠". Twitter.
  3. ^ "Introducing… Jonathan Bailey". Official London Theatre. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  4. ^ "A Christmas Carol". RSC Performances. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  5. ^ Cheesman, Neil (25 April 2012). "Interview With Jonathan Bailey: South Downs". Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Leonardo: Jonathan Bailey plays Leonardo". BBC Press Office. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  7. ^ Harrison, Emma (30 April 2013). "'Teacher inspired me' says Broadchurch star". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Me and Mrs Jones: A new romantic comedy for BBC One". BBC. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  9. ^ DWTV (24 February 2014). "Series 8: Meet Danny Pink - Doctor Who TV".
  10. ^ Earnshaw, Jessica (6 January 2015). "Broadchurch star Jonathan Bailey 'runs away' when pestered for series two plot details". Daily Express.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (10 July 2019). "Phoebe Dynevor & Regé-Jean Page To Headline Shondaland's 'Bridgerton' At Netflix; 10 Others Cast". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ Thorne, Will (10 July 2019). "Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page Join Julie Andrews in Netflix Shondaland Series". Variety.
  13. ^ a b "London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 — Longlist revealed". Evening Standard. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  14. ^ "American Psycho Cast". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Doctor Who's Matt Smith set to regenerate … as American Psycho". The Guardian. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  16. ^ Mark Shenton (30 September 2017). "King Lear starring Ian McKellen review at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester – 'intensely moving'". The Stage.
  17. ^ Johnson, Robin (12 July 2018). "Jonathan Bailey & Alex Gaumond join Company revival". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Former 'Broadchurch' star Jonathan Bailey 'drew on own experiences' for new gay stage role". Attitude. 14 September 2018.
  19. ^ Durrant, Nancy (31 October 2018). "From Broadchurch to the West End: the star of Sondheim's smash hit Company". The Times.
  20. ^ "Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey talks sexuality and acting with Sir Ian McKellen". 30 December 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021.

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