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

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Jonathan Bailey, one of Bridgerton’s main heartthrob, has been confirmed to play Fiyero in the hit two-part film adaptation of Wicked.

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

Director Jon M. Chu tweeted: “He is perfect, they are perfect. They would be perfect together. Born to be forever… I’m too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening. 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 malevolent (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 part will be released a year later.

But what do we really know about the super-talented 34-year-old? Bailey is better known as Anthony Bridgerton, but he’s also a theater stalwart (he started acting on stage in the mid-’90s) and has starred in dozens of highly acclaimed productions since then.

Here’s everything else you need 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 father who has an incredible work ethic.”

In an interview with The Evening Standard in 2018, Bailey said he cared 100% about his family (he also said he cared 100% about his friends and 100% about his job, which means he seems to have a lot of passion ).

He has been acting for years.

His first role apparently came in the 1990s 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 the period drama Bramwell.

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

It’s gone from strength to strength

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

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

He went on to star in Disney Channel’s Groove High, played a journalist in ITV’s Broadchurch, played Cassio in Nicholas Hytner’s Royal National Theater production of Othello, and starred in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Crashing.

He went on to star in the musical The Last Five Years, acted in a 2017 production of King Lear at Chichester Festival Theater (alongside Ian McKellen), and had a role in Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum in 2017.

He loves the theater, or the theater loves him.

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

This was his first big win.

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

If you can remember 2020 television, Bridgerton seemed to be all everyone was talking about for weeks.

In fact, the show managed to rack up as much as 656 million hours of viewing in its first month after 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 that his efforts don’t end there? He reportedly loves to bike, has run marathons, loves to climb mountains, and hiked 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 that he was “completely brilliant…unbelievably charismatic in real life…and very energetic” and that “Jonny operates on a different voltage. He’s a meteor of fun with an incredible amount of energy and joy.” ”.

He is a heartbreaker

Ok, we’ll stop accumulating praise soon. But surely the actor’s apparent sex symbol status should be mentioned? (Fans who have taken notice include the Los Angeles Times.) He was also listed by Time magazine as one of their 2022 Next Generation Leaders and the magazine said he was “redefining the Hollywood heartthrob.”

he is fashionable

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 starred in recently?

The actor recently starred in Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed play Cock, which is 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 polished and well calibrated, the cast share great chemistry as well as occupying a complex matrix of audience appeal. If you’ll allow me a bawdy joke, I’d say that Cock demands sensitive but assertive handling, and he gets it here,” said The Standard.

What’s coming over him?

In addition to Wicked, Bailey will return to play Anthony in the third season of Bridgerton. Speaking to Deadline in March, Simone Ashley, who plays Bailey’s on-screen love interest, Kate, said, “We’ll be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started.”

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

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