Jonathan Bailey, the golden bachelor of ‘The Bridgertons’


Some and some still mourn the departure of ‘The Bridgertons’ by Regé-Jean Page, now focused on the new ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ movie, initially a project with fewer excuses for bedroom scenes.

But, in return, the producer Shonda Rhimes has proposed a more than worthy solution for the second season, which will arrive on Netflix on March 25: more, much more Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), as dictated by the second novel in the book saga written by Julia Quinn; ‘The viscount who loved me’, to be exact.

Love and Anthony? We are sure? Everything seems to indicate yes. The steamy period drama will explain the curious love triangle between Anthony and sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma (Simone-Ashley and charithra chandran), arriving in this explosive version of 19th-century London from India for the social season. It seems that Anthony is interested in the second, but as Kate tells her sister, he only intends to “do her duty” and is not interested “in the true love that she deserves.” The worst thing (for Edwina; the best for the viewer) is that, after some verbal confrontations, Kate also begins to take an interest in this playboy.

gay in real life

There was a time, when he was still a teenager, when Bailey didn’t sing his homosexuality from the rooftops; not that he hid her, but he didn’t see the need to talk about her either. And many in the industry had advised him not to. “There’s a certain shame, I think, quite palpable among gay men who inhabit the industry,” she told Ian McKellen. in ‘Attitude’ magazine in 2020. “And then there’s this very heteronormative, heterosexual understanding of sexuality.”

According to ‘GQ’ calculationsBailey’s is a rare case of a British actor whose sexuality does not define the kind of roles he is offered. After ‘The Bridgertons’, he has become a clear sex symbol among men and women, but he doesn’t want to hear about the concept. “An actor who thinks of himself as a sex symbol? What cringe,” he said in the aforementioned magazine.

No drama studies

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Born in Benson, a small Oxfordshire town, 33 years ago, Bailey did not need to study drama to carve out a career. He was worth knowing his vocation early and not stop working. At the age of four, after seeing a montage of ‘Oliver!’, he decided to be an actor, and three years later he was auditioning for (and getting) the role of Tiny Tim in a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Barbican in London. A couple of decades later, seasoned in all kinds of roles, he received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for playing Jamie (originally the female character Amy) in the West End revival of ‘Company’, from Stephen Sondheim.

In his television work, ‘secondary’ had also been the key adjective until recently. He starred in ‘Leonardo’ as a teenage Da Vinci, but was later mixed in big casts in the influential ‘thriller’ ‘broadchurch’ or auteur comedies like ‘Crash’ (from Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and ‘chewing gum’ (by Michaela Coel). Now, ‘The Bridgertons’ highlights him as the great star he has always been.


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