Who is the Bridgerton actor joining Ariana Grande in the new Wicked movie?

Who is the Bridgerton actor joining Ariana Grande in the new Wicked movie?

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It has been confirmed that Jonathan Bailey, one of Bridgerton’s big heartthrobs, will play Fiyero in the two-part Wicked blockbuster.

It promises to be an absolute must-see production, as Bailey joins an all-star cast that includes Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo.

Director Jon M. Chu tweeted: “He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They would be perfect together. Born to be forever….. I’m too excited to pretend this hasn’t happened. We have a Fiyero!!!!”

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. Part one of the adaptation is set to be released in Christmas 2024, while part two is scheduled to be released a year later.

But what do we really know about the super-talented 34-year-old? Bailey is best known as Anthony Bridgerton, but he is also a stalwart of the theater (he began acting on stage in the mid-Nineties) and has appeared in dozens of highly acclaimed productions since.

Here’s everything else to know about the Oxfordshire-born acting star.

He is one of four siblings

And he is the only son. 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 he was 100 percent about his family (he also said he was 100 percent about his friends and 100 percent about his work, meaning it appears he has a lot passion).

He’s been playing for ages

His first role was apparently way back in the nineties when Bailey played Tiny Tim in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Christmas Carol. Then, a year later, he was Gavroche in Les Misérables, and around the same time he had his first screen role, playing in the period drama Bramwell.

The child actor then went on to have roles in theater productions, including in the RSC’s 1996 production of Les Enfants du Paradis and then the 2001 production of King John.

He has gone from strength to strength

It was his role in CBBC’s 2011 series Leonardo, in which Bailey played the Italian Renaissance painter, that brought the young actor some recognition.

After this, Bailey seems to have worked non-stop: he had a leading role in David Hare’s South Downs in 2011 (a play set in a public school in 1962), and he received high praise from The Telegraph who said he was, “the brightest up-and-coming actors currently playing the West End stage.”

He then starred in Disney Channel’s Groove High, played a journalist in ITV’s Broadchurch, played Cassio in Nicholas Hytner’s Royal National Theatre’s production of Othello 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.

He loves the theater, or the theater loves him

From there it was back to the stage, with Bailey starring in Peter Gill’s The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse and then in a Marianne Elliott-directed Stephen Sondheim Company production. For the role, Bailey won a prestigious Olivier Award.

This was his first major victory

He had previously been nominated for the 2012 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award, for a 2018 Broadway World UK Award and for a 2019 WhatsOnStage Award. Since his 2019 win, the actor has been nominated for half a dozen further awards for his work with Bridgerton.

Who does he play in Bridgerton?

Then in 2020 it was Bridgerton. Bailey played Anthony, the head of the Bridgerton family and the main character in the second series.

If you can cast your mind back to 2020 TV, it seemed like Bridgerton was all anyone was talking about for weeks.

In fact, the show managed to amass as many as 656 million viewing hours in the first month of its release. It made Bailey an international star when the show debuted at number one in 92 countries.

He is sporty

So we’ve established that Bailey is good at acting, but did you know his efforts don’t stop there? He is reportedly fond of cycling, has run marathons, loves mountain climbing and has gone to Everest base camp.

He is well loved

In addition, he is well loved by those who have worked with him. Phoebe Waller-Bridge said he was “absolutely brilliant … incredibly charismatic in real life … and so energetic” and that “Jonny operates with a different excitement. He’s a meteorite of fun with an incredible amount of energy and playfulness. »

He is a heartthrob

Okay, we’ll stop collecting praise soon. But well, the actor’s apparent sex symbol status must be mentioned? (Fans who have noticed include the Los Angeles Times). He was also listed by Time Magazine as one of their Next Generation Leaders of 2022, with the magazine saying he “redefined the Hollywood Heartthrob”.

He is fashionable

He has graced the covers of ES Magazine, Attitude, L’Officiel and Flaunt since 2020, sharing the images on his Instagram account (he currently has 3.4 million followers).

What else has he played in recently?

The actor recently starred in Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed play Cock, about a gay couple who take a break after seven years of marriage and then one of them falls for a woman.

“Elliot’s production is polished and well-calibrated, the cast share great chemistry and occupy a complex matrix of audience appeal. If you’ll allow me a cheeky joke, I’d say Cock demands sensitive but confident handling, and gets it here,” said The Standard.

What is he up to?

In addition to Wicked, Bailey returns to play Anthony in the third season of Bridgerton. Simone Ashley, who plays Bailey’s on-screen love interest Kate, told Deadline in March: “We’re coming back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started.”

In July, it was also announced that Bailey will star alongside Matt Bomer (American Horror Stories, Magic Mike XXL) in Showtime’s upcoming series Fellow Travelers, which was described by Attitude as a “gay romance political thriller”.

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