Jonno Davies

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Jonno Davies (born 17 July 1992) is a British actor born in Chesterfield.

Career[edit]

Davies is best known for playing the lead role of Alex DeLarge in Action to the Word's all-male stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, touring Norway and Singapore[1][2][3][4][5] in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The announcement that A Clockwork Orange was to be staged in Singapore generated considerable media interest, as all theatre productions of Anthony Burgess' dystopian classic had been banned in the city-state for over 30 years.[6][7][3] Much of the show's promotion and marketing concentrated on the production's all-male cast and Davies' muscular physique hadn't gone unnoticed, with 8 Days Magazine featuring him as their Shirtless Guy of the Week[8] in the run-up to the show opening at the Esplanade Theatre on November 4, 2015. The Singaporean edition of Esquire Magazine also ran a four page interview with Davies.[2]

Davies revived the role during the show's run at Park Theatre, London in February and March 2017 to enthusiastic reviews. Debbie Gilpin of Broadway World described his portrayal as "without doubt this is one of the standout lead performances of the year so far"[9] and Jane Kemp of WhatsOnStage.com commented "Alex is played with brutal splendour by Jonno Davies".[10] The show transferred[11] to the New World Stages[12] theatre, off Broadway, New York in September 2017 with Davies, making his US stage debut,[13][14][15][16] leading a new, all-American supporting cast.[17][18]

Reviews of the New York production were polarised, with Helen Shaw from Time Out describing the show as "rancid and confused",[19] and vulture.com's Sarah Holdren commenting that it was "shockingly unshocking" with Davies' performance as "a bit unvarying"[20] being examples of bad reviews. On the other hand, Roma Torre from New York One stated "Davies, fresh from the London production, is phenomenal"[21] and Frank Sheck from The Hollywood Reporter enthused "Davies, repeating his London stage success and making his U.S. theatrical debut, is so physically charismatic you can't take your eyes off him"[22] typifying the praise. Davies' portrayal was strong enough for The New York Times' Michael Paulson to include him as the only actor in a "Tomorrow’s Marquee Names, Now in the Making"[23] feature.

Whilst in New York, Davies modelled for several fashion designers and clothing manufacturers, including Loris Diran,[24] Florshiem, Scarci and Cego.

In addition to performing in A Clockwork Orange, Davies played the title role in Dracula[25] at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 and was also a cast member of the Olivier Award-nominated production of Shakespeare In Love[26] at the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End in 2015.

Davies has appeared in several TV series and films, including Kingsman: The Secret Service as Lee Unwin,[27] Casualty,[28][29] Spotless, Silent Witness,[30] Hollyoaks[31] and Doctors.[32] He plays the role of Andrew King in the British cyber-crime thriller King of Crime[33] released at the end of 2018.

Davies trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts,[34] graduating in 2013. He was Italia Conti's nominee at the Spotlight Prize[35] competition in his final year. He has been in a relationship with actress Rachel Bright, best known for playing Poppy Meadow in Eastenders, since 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pew, Gwen. "Review: A Clockwork Orange". Time Out. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Sitaram, Manasa (October 2015). "Milk and Mayhem". Esquire (Singapore edition) (October 2015): 94–97.
  3. ^ a b "Derbyshire-born actor to perform in play banned for 30 years". Yorkshire Evening Post. Johnston Publishing.
  4. ^ "Review: An Orange worth biting into". StraitsTimes. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Jonno Davies in A Clockwork Orange: "I'd say I'm more cheeky than rebellious"". Buro 24/7. Buro 24/7 Singapore. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. ^ Shetty, Deepika. "Provocative all-male production gets approval from MDA". Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  7. ^ Sivaram, Varsha. "Shock factor: A Clockwork Orange finally reaches Singapore". Buro 24/7. Miroslava Duma. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ Jieying, Yip (22 October 2015). "Shirtless Guy of the Week". 8 Days Magazine: 70.
  9. ^ Gilpin, Debbie. "BWW Review: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Park Theatre". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  10. ^ Kemp, Jane. "Review: A Clockwork Orange". What's On Stage. Theatermania.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  11. ^ "A Clockwork Orange Is Heading to the New York Stage | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  12. ^ "A Clockwork Orange to Make New York Stage Debut". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  13. ^ "British Invasion! Jonno Davies & Alexandra Spencer-Jones Bring the Brotherhood of A Clockwork Orange Stateside". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  14. ^ Desk, BWW News. "First Look at Jonno Davies, Matt Doyle and More in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Off-Broadway". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  15. ^ "What Does It Take to Be One of Off-Broadway's 'Clockwork Boys'? | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  16. ^ "Milton Keynes actor is ready to wow with New York stage debut". www.miltonkeynes.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  17. ^ "Jonno Davies, Matt Doyle & the Hunks of A Clockwork Orange Meet the Press". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  18. ^ "Anthony Burgess' Acclaimed London Production of A Clockwork Orange Meets The Press | Times Square Chronicles". t2conline.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  19. ^ "A Clockwork Orange". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  20. ^ Holdren, Sara. "Theater Review: An Ultra-Male, Female-Directed Clockwork Orange". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  21. ^ "Theater Review: 'A Clockwork Orange'". Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  22. ^ "'A Clockwork Orange': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  23. ^ Paulson, Michael (2017-09-06). "Tomorrow's Marquee Names, Now in the Making". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  24. ^ "Englishman in New York". W42ST. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  25. ^ "Action to the Word's Dracula review". EQ View.
  26. ^ "Shakespeare In Love cast". shakespeareinlove.com. Disney. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Kingsman The Secret Service (2015)". BFI. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  28. ^ "Casualty series 28 episode 4 - The Longest Day". BBC.
  29. ^ "Casualty series 28 episode 19 - For Auld Lang Syne". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  30. ^ "Silent Witness series 22 episode 4 - Lift Up Your Hearts, Part Two". BBC.
  31. ^ "Hollyoaks episode 3990". Radio Times. BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  32. ^ "Doctors series 16 episode 28 - Dorian Blue". BBC. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  33. ^ "King of Crime Released". totalmk.co.uk.
  34. ^ "Graduate Actors 2013". Italia Academy of Theatre Arts. Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
  35. ^ "2013 Spotlight Prize Nominees announced". Spotlight.

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