Regé-Jean Page

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Regé-Jean Page
Born1988 (age 32–33)
OccupationActor
Years active2004–present

Regé-Jean Page (born 1988) is an English and Zimbabwean actor. He is known for playing Chicken George in the 2016 miniseries Roots and from 2018 to 2019 was a regular cast member on the ABC legal drama For the People. As of 2020, Page stars in the Netflix period drama, Bridgerton as Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Page was born in London[2][3][4] and spent his childhood in Harare, Zimbabwe, before returning to London for secondary school.[5] His mother was a nurse from Zimbabwe and his father an English preacher.[6] In a 2016 interview with "Interview Magazine", Page shared that he is the second youngest of four children, and he was also in a band with his little brother.[7] In the same interview, Page opened up about his home life as a child: “But throughout that period my family was rather spread out—I have family in South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Grenada, Florida—so you make pit stops and you grow your perspective.” Speaking of Zimbabwe, Page said: “It’s the most beautiful place in the world. Everyone says this about their own country, but it’s objectively beautiful. And because it was so young I think there’s a genuine generosity in people from Zimbabwe, which is slowly being chipped away at, as we hit our terrible teens and realise the world is a harsh, cold, difficult place that one must be strong enough to survive.[8]

After returning to the UK, Page took up acting as a hobby,[9] stating "I went to a Saturday school where you would do an hour of dancing, an hour of acting, and an hour of singing. It’s basically childcare." He says the National Youth Theatre changed his trajectory. After two years of auditioning, Page was accepted into Drama Centre London, graduating in 2013.

Career[edit]

Page began his career on stage, appearing in The History Boys and The Merchant of Venice opposite Jonathan Pryce.[10] He also starred in the final season of BBC Three drama series Waterloo Road in 2015.

In 2016, Page made his American debut playing the role of Chicken George in the History Channel big budget miniseries Roots, a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name, based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The series and Page's performance received critical acclaim.[11][12][13] Also that year, he was cast as a male lead in the ABC pilot Spark.[14] The following year, he was cast in the Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama series For the People.[15][16] The series was canceled after two seasons in 2019. Page also appeared in the 2018 post-apocalyptic film Mortal Engines and had a supporting role with Tessa Thompson in the 2020 drama film Sylvie's Love.[17] He later was cast in a male leading role in the Shonda Rhimes-produced period drama series Bridgerton for Netflix.[18][19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Troublemaker Jayu Short film
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Uncredited Appears as a wedding guest
2015 Survivor Robert Purvell
2016 Second Summer of Love Rupert Short film
2016 The Merchant of Venice Solanio
2018 Mortal Engines Captain Khora
2020 Sylvie's Love Chico

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Casualty Daniel Kimpton Episode: "Teacher's Pet/Crash and Burn"
2013 Fresh Meat Dean 2 episodes
2015 Waterloo Road Guy Braxton Regular role; 8 episodes (Series 10)
2016 Roots Chicken George Miniseries
2016 Spark Alex Lavelle TV pilot
2018–2019 For the People Leonard Knox Regular role; 20 episodes
2020 Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas Prince Charming BBC Christmas Special
2020 Bridgerton Simon Basset Lead role

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Stars Of 'Bridgerton' On Making The Year's Most Provocative Costume Drama". British Vogue. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  2. ^ "The Stars Of 'Bridgerton' On Making The Year's Most Provocative Costume Drama". British Vogue. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  3. ^ Ahern, Sarah; Ahern, Sarah (2017-04-18). "Regé-Jean Page Finds 'Streak of Hope' in New Shonda Rhimes Legal Pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  4. ^ "Actor and Advocate Regé-Jean Page Can't Be Pinned Down". THE FALL. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  5. ^ "Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page on being a heartthrob and the period drama's lack of 'puritan sense of shame about sex'". inews.co.uk. 2020-12-24. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  6. ^ ""Everything's fuel." The wonderful mind of Regé-Jean Page". Square Mile. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  7. ^ Brown, Emma. "Discovery: Regé-Jean Page". Interview Magazine. Interview Magazine. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Williams, Max. ""Everything's fuel." The wonderful mind of Regé-Jean Page". Square Mile. ThreadNeedle Media. Retrieved Dec 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Brown, Emma. "Discovery: Regé-Jean Page". Interview Magazine. Interview Magazine. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Regé-Jean Page | For The People". ABC.
  11. ^ "Performer of the Week: Regé-Jean Page". TVLine Team. June 4, 2016.
  12. ^ Kosin, Julie (May 31, 2016). "Regé-Jean Page on Remaking 'Roots': "I Don't Think It's Ever Irrelevant to Know Your History"". Harper's BAZAAR.
  13. ^ Blyth, Antonia (June 21, 2016). "Rege-Jean Page Revives Chicken George In The Iconic 'Roots': "The World Has Changed In 40 Years"".
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (March 12, 2016). "Rege-Jean Page Set As Male Lead in ABC Pilot 'Spark'; Danielle Savre In CBS' 'Four Stars'".
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (February 24, 2017). "ABC's Shondaland Legal Pilot Casts Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall & Regé-Jean Page".
  16. ^ "Leonard On 'For The People' Is Your Next TV Crush". Romper.
  17. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 6, 2019). "'Sylvie': Ryan Michelle Bathe, Regé-Jean Page Join Tessa Thompson In Jazz Era Romance Film".
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 10, 2019). "Phoebe Dynevor & Regé-Jean Page To Headline Shondaland's 'Bridgerton' At Netflix; 10 Others Cast".
  19. ^ "'Bridgerton': Regé-Jean Page To Lead Shondaland Netflix Series Set In 1800s London High Society". shadowandact.com.

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