Jonathan Le Billon
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|Jonathan Le Billon|
|Born||Jonathan Keith Le Billon
20 September 1980
Lindley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
At age 4, Le Billon began attending Nora Bray's School of Dance. At age 9 he began attending the Audrey Spencer Theatre School of Dance & Drama (1989-1996). He began his professional acting career at age 13.
Le Billon graduated from Greenhead College in Huddersfield, although he was nearly dismissed in his first year because of the demands on his time that his acting activities consumed. He also attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after a few years of professional acting.
Le Billon’s first television appearance was in 1997, in a guest role on the ITV series Heartbeat. This was followed by guest roles in: City Central (BBC) and Cold Feet (Granada). His first leading role was in the Renaissance season of How We Used to Live playing the role of Tom Byngham, after which he returned to college to graduate.
Following on from this, Le Billon took leading roles in the Channel 4 show Hollyoaks, and the Emmy nominated series At Home with the Braithwaites, and between the two, shot over 100 episodes of series television from 1998 through 2001. He also toured for a year with the Northern Broadsides theatre company before gaining a coveted place on the 3 yr B.A. course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
At drama school Le Billon played several roles, including 'Jaques' in the school’s international tour of As You Like It. He graduated with a B.A. in July 2007, and after graduation, worked for the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, on their National tour of Richard III (2008), receiving a notable mention for his performance in the role of 'Catesby'. He was then as 'Robert Juet' in the New York run of the play River of Tides (2009).
Early work in the U.S.
In 2010, Le Billon took roles in two film projects: Casting Shadows (2011), an adaptation of a Korean folk tale, and the feature film Bright in the Dark (2011). He was also cast for the title role in the Lewis Family Playhouse’s production of The Gingerbread Man. A significant boost to his profile came with a role opposite Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia in the feature film The Apostle Peter (2012), as well as several international commercial campaigns.
Le Billon also continued with theatrical works, appearing in stage productions of: Amadeus, The Chronicles of Narnia and as 'The Engineer' in Miss Saigon (all for the San Bernardino Playhouse). Physical theatre projects included the technically challenging roles of Vaslav Nijinsky in Eleanor Antin's Before the Revolution (Billy Wilder Theatre), and 'The Creature' in Theatrical Arts International's production of Nick Dear's Frankenstein (2014).
- How We Used to Live (1 episode, 1996) as Tom Byngham
- Heartbeat (1 episode, 1998) as Rickie
- City Central (1 episode, 1999) as Kyle Hooper
- Cold Feet (2 episodes, 2000) as Student Three
- At Home with the Braithwaites (14 episodes, 2000-2001) as Kieran
- Hollyoaks (97 episodes, 2000-2005) as Brian Drake
- Sarah McKinley Oakes (12 March 2011). "Jonathan Le Billon... Got the Part". Backstage. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Jonathan Le Billon bio". Discovery Onstage. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- Richard Edmonds (30 June 2008). "Theater review: Richard III". The Stage. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- Julia Silverman (29 January 2011). "A Tasty Gingerbread at MainStreet". Los Angeles Stage Alliance. Retrieved 6 September 2011.