It has been confirmed that Jonathan Bailey, one of Bridgerton’s greatest heartthrob, will play Fiyero in the successful two-part film adaptation of Wicked.
It promises to be a must-see production, as Bailey joins a stellar cast that includes Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.
Director Jon M. Chu tweeted: “It’s perfect, they’re perfect. They would be perfect together. Born to be forever ….. I’m too excited to pretend it didn’t happen. We have a proud !!!! “
Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and details the origin story of the musical’s two witches: the evil (and green) Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. The first part of the adaptation will be released on Christmas 2024, while the second is expected to be released a year later.
But what do we actually know about the super talented 34-year-old? Bailey is best known as Anthony Bridgerton, but he is also an advocate of theater (he started acting on stage in the mid-1990s) and has since starred in dozens of acclaimed productions.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Oxfordshire born acting star.
He is one of the four brothers
And he is the only child. He was raised, as he put it, by “a cooperative of four brilliant women and a dad who has an incredible work ethic.”
In an interview with The Evening Standard in 2018, Bailey said it was 100% for his family (he also said it was 100% for his friends and 100% for his work, which means it looks like who has a lot of passion).
He’s been acting for years
His first role appears to date back to the 1990s, when Bailey played Tiny Tim in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Christmas Carol. Then, a year later, he was Gavroche in The Miserable and around the same time he had his first screen role, starring in the costume drama Bramwell.
The child actor went on to have roles in stage productions, including the 1996 RSC production of Les Enfants du Paradis and then his 2001 production of King John.
It has grown stronger and stronger
It was his role in the 2011 CBBC series Leonardo, in which Bailey played the Italian Renaissance painter, that brought the young actor some recognition.
After this, Bailey appears to have worked tirelessly: he had a starring role in David Hare’s South Downs in 2011 (a play set in a public school in 1962) and received praise from The Telegraph which he said he was, “the brightest up and coming actors currently playing on the West End stage.”
Then, he starred in Disney Channel’s Groove High, played a reporter on ITV’s Broadchurch, played Cassio in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Othello at the Royal National Theater, and starred in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Crashing.
He then starred in the musical The Last Five Years, starred in a 2017 production of King Lear at the Chichester Festival Theater (alongside Ian McKellen), and had a role in Michaela Coel’s 2017 Chewing Gum.
Love the theater, or the theater loves it
From there he returned to the stage, with Bailey starring in Peter Gill’s The York Realist at Donmar Warehouse and then in a production directed by Marianne Elliott of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. For her role, Bailey won a prestigious Olivier Award.
This was his first major victory
He was previously nominated for the 2012 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award, a 2018 Broadway World UK Award and a 2019 WhatsOnStage Award. Since his win in 2019, the actor has been nominated for half a dozen other awards for the his work on Bridgerton.
Who is playing at Bridgerton?
Then in 2020 it was Bridgerton. Bailey played Anthony, the head of the Bridgerton family and the main character of the second series.
If you can bring your mind back to 2020 TV, Bridgerton seemed to be everything everyone was talking about for weeks.
In fact, the show managed to garner up to 656 million viewing hours in the first month after its release. It made Bailey an international star as the show debuted at number one in 92 countries.
It is sporty
So, we’ve established that Bailey is good at acting, but did you know his endeavors don’t stop there? He reportedly loves cycling, ran marathons, loves mountaineering, and hiked to Everest Base Camp.
He is much loved
In addition, he is much loved by those who have worked with him. Phoebe Waller-Bridge said he was “completely brilliant … incredibly charismatic in real life … and so energetic” and that “Jonny operates at a different voltage. He’s a fun meteorite with an incredible amount of energy and energy. playfulness “.
He’s a heartbreaker
Okay, we will soon stop racking up praise. But surely the actor’s apparent sex symbol status needs to be mentioned? (Fans who noticed this include the Los Angeles Times). He was also listed by Time Magazine as one of its next generation leaders of 2022 and the magazine claimed he was “redefining the Hollywood heartthrob”.
She has graced the cover of ES Magazine, Attitude, L’Officiel and Flaunt since 2020, sharing the images on her Instagram account (she currently has 3.4 million followers).
What else has he been acting recently?
The actor recently starred in Mike Bartlett Cock’s acclaimed comedy, about a gay couple who take a break after seven years of marriage, and then one of them falls in love with a woman.
“Elliot’s production is refined and well-balanced, the cast shares great chemistry and occupies a complex matrix of audience appeal. If you allow me a lewd joke, I’d say Cock takes sensitive but assertive treatment and gets it here, ”The Standard said.
What’s coming up?
In addition to Wicked, Bailey will return to play Anthony in Bridgerton’s third season. Speaking to Deadline in March, Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, Bailey’s love interest, said, “We’ll be back! Kate and Anthony have just started ”.
It was also announced in July that Bailey will star opposite Matt Bomer (American Horror Stories, Magic Mike XXL) in the upcoming Showtime Fellow Travelers series, which has been described by Attitude as a “gay romance political thriller”.