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Jonathan Bailey is an English actor who has a wealth of experience in stage, television, and film productions. He has appeared in everything from romantic comedies to period dramas, and first became popular with American audiences for his work in the BBC series Broadchurch.

With a juicy new role in the upcoming Shonda Rhimes series Bridgerton, a Netflix original, Bailey is about to get introduced to a whole new fan base — and fortunately, the young star has the charisma and charm necessary to handle the shift into the spotlight. 

How did Jonathan Bailey get into acting?

Bailey was born in England in 1988. Raised in a large family with three older sisters, Bailey knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts industry.

He studied ballet as a child before eventually settling on a career in theatre. By the mid-90s, Bailey had made his debut on stage, acting in shows such as Les Misérables. He also acted in several popular television shows, including Bright Hair.

Bailey first gained major critical recognition in 2011, when he played famed artist Leonardo da Vinci in the TV series Leonardo. He proved that he was capable of carrying any project, from drama to romantic comedy, and earned many fans in England and beyond.

Still, it wasn’t until his work in the BBC detective series Broadchurch that many viewers in the United States began recognizing and following Bailey’s career. 

What role does Jonathan Bailey play in ‘Bridgerton’?

Jonathan Bailey attends 'The Mercy' World Premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on February 6, 2018 in London, England.
Jonathan Bailey | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

In 2018, Rhimes, the creative force behind Grey’s Anatomy, announced her new series in collaboration with Netflix. The show, titled Bridgerton, is based on a popular series of novels and is set to debut on the streaming platform on December 25th, 2020.

The show features a star-studded cast, including Julie Andrews as the narrator, as well as a slew of other talented British actors. 

Bailey has one of the juiciest roles in the series, and as Andrew Bridgerton, he is poised to take over Netflix in a big way. In a recent interview, Bailey opened up about playing the character of Andrew, revealing that Andrew “loves people but it’s kind of toxic and I think it’s that horrible thing where he’s holding onto some and he just seems to slip. But you know, he’s got a long way to go.”

Is Jonathan Bailey dating anyone?


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With Bailey stepping into the spotlight, many fans are interested in the actor’s personal life. While Bailey prefers to keep his relationship status to himself, he has been very open about his experiences as a gay man in the entertainment industry.

In an interview with Attitude, Bailey opened up, admitting that he believes any actor should be able to play any role. He said: “Why not make that point, allow people to see gay actors playing gay roles. Am I the right person to talk about it? Maybe, maybe not, but I do chime into the argument, I do understand it, and again I do think that an opportunity has been missed because of how beneficial it would have been for so many people.”

Regarding gay marriage, Bailey also has a lot to say, stating that “gay men should be able to get married, absolutely we should. But the question of, ‘Just because we can, should we?’ is an interesting one.” While he didn’t directly reveal whether he is dating anyone, there’s no doubt that with his upcoming new series, more will soon come to light about Bailey and his personal life.