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Meet Jonathan Bailey: Star who Plays Anthony in Season 2 of Bridgerton

Get ready to fall in love with Jonathan Bailey aka Anthony. In season 1 of the show Bridgerton we saw Regé-Jean Page ruling over the hearts of the people. Now our eyes are all set on Jonathan. We are pretty excited to see him on our screens.

Jonathan wanted to be an actor since he was little

Right from the start, Bailey was inclined towards the world of cinema and he knew the answer to the question what do you want to become when you grow up. When most of us were just trying to figure out life and what we want to do in the future, Jonathan was all clear he aspired to be an actor someday.

During an interaction with Whatsonstage.com, he spilled the beans on acting and how he got inspired to become an actor after seeing a performance of Oliver! He said, “I remember announcing to my family something very cliched like ‘I want to be up there one day.'” If by any chance he wasn’t acting, then he would be a teacher.

Where is Jonathan from?

Jonathan Stuart Bailey was born on April 25, 1988, in the Oxfordshire village of Benson. At first, he studied in local Benson C of E Primary School, and then he went to Oxford to complete his A levels at Magdalen College School. He further went on to get a degree from an Open University instead of attending drama school.

Bailey has starred in a lot of theater productions

The actor got his big break at the young age of 7 when he bagged a role in the 1995 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Christmas Carol in London. After that, he appeared in a couple of other theater productions such as American Psycho in 2013, King Lear in 2017, and the second West End revival of Company in 2018.

Jonathan even secured the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role in a musical. He portrayed the role of Jamie in the musical. This year, we will also see him in a production of Mike Bartlett’s Cock in London’s West End opposite Taron Egerton.

In which projects have Bailey acted in before?

Over the last couple of years, Jonathan has been a part of some great films, theater productions, and TV shows. He has featured in movies like Five Children and It, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Testament of Youth, The Young Messiah, The Mercy Walk Away and I Stumble, and many more.

Bailey is best known for his roles in Jack Ryan, Chewing Gum, Doctor Who, W1A.  He portrayed the character of Jack Patterson in W1A and Olly Stevens in Broadchurch. His latest on-screen appearance is Bridgerton.

What role does Jonathan play in ‘Bridgerton’?

In Netflix’s period drama, Bailey plays the role of Anthony Bridgerton. He is the older brother of Daphne and the eldest Bridgerton sibling. He has been the head of the family after the passing away of his father.

Season 2 of the series follows Anthony as he is on a quest to find a wife. He ends up striking a chord with Edwina Sharma, but here comes the twist in the tale. Edwina’s sister Kate proves to be a bit of a problem.

Jonathan got to know that he got ‘Bridgerton’ on his birthday

The 33-year-old gave an audition for Netflix’s Bridgerton when he was working in the West End revival of Company in 2018.  Bailey found out that he has been selected to play the character of Anthony Bridgerton a year later.

In an interview with Evening Standard, the star talked about how he got to know that he bagged a role in Bridgerton. He said, “I got offered the job on my 31st birthday, 25 April 2019.”

A little bit about Jonathan’s personal life

In 2020, during an interaction with Ian McKellan, Bailey talked about his sexuality. He said, “I was coming to terms with my own sexuality, I hadn’t necessarily hidden it, but I’ve never been not honest about it. It’s just there had never been a need to talk about it. There’s a sense of shame, I think, that’s palpable throughout gay men within the industry.”

He came out as gay to his friends and family at 20 but he thought telling the same to the world will hamper his acting career. He also got deeply affected by the advice of an actor friend from the industry.

In an interview with GQ, Jonathan shared his coming out experience. The interview saw the light of the day on March 9, 2022. He said, “At the time, he was told, ‘There’s two things we don’t want to know: if you’re an alcoholic or if you’re gay.’” Those words had a big impact on him.

He further added, “All it takes is for one of those people in that position of power to say that, and it ripples through. So, yeah, of course, I thought that in order to be happy I needed to be straight. I reached a point where I thought, ‘Fuck this’, I’d much prefer to hold my boyfriend’s hand in public and not be so concerned about that than get a part.”

Is Bailey on Instagram?

Yes, the actor has a profile on the social media platform. His Instagram username is @jbayleaf. He keeps updating his fans all over the world about his personal life and professional life through the platform. So what are you waiting for? Go check out this profile.

On his Instagram feed, you will find photos from his trips around the world, photoshoots, and lots of behind-the-scenes pictures from his latest projects including his show Bridgerton and stage play Cock. All in all his feed is quite organized.

If you liked the first season of Bridgerton then you can surely watch the second season of the show it is streaming now on Netflix. I know many of you have already binge-watched the series. Make sure to drop your final take on season 2 of the show in the comments section below. Stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.
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