The ultimate womanizer of Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey, aka Anthony Bridgerton, has always been very open about his sexuality. However, in recent interviews, the proud gay actor revealed the pressure and struggle he faced in the early days of his career.
The W1A actor stated that his sexuality almost made him quit acting. What actually happened? Is the romantic at heart, Bailey dating someone? We have all the details.
Did Hollywood Pressure Jonathan Bailey To Hid His Sexuality?
We have heard many struggling stories of closeted celebrities in Hollywood over the years. People have hidden sexuality to get work, not typecast, and face discrimination. Though we like to call it a modern era, the reality is still heartbreaking.
The 33-year-old promising actor Bailey also revealed his struggle in the initial phase of his career. During an interview, he said that one of his actor friends asked him to hide his sexuality, making him feel pressured.
“All it takes is for one of those people in that position of power to say that, and it ripples through,” he explained. “So, yeah, of course I thought that. Of course I thought that in order to be happy I needed to be straight.”
However, the Birdgerton star did not compromise with his happiness and decided to come out to his family and friends. He was even ready to quit acting if it meant he could be himself.
“I reached a point where I thought, ‘F— this,'” he said. “I’d much prefer to hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that than getting a part.”
Likewise, in 2020, during his one-on-one with actor Ian McKellen, Bailey stated:
“I was coming to terms with my own sexuality, I hadn’t necessarily hidden it, but I’ve never been not honest about it. It’s just there had never been a need to talk about it. There’s a sense of shame, I think, that’s palpable throughout gay men within the industry.”
Does He Have A Boyfriend?
As the world is again ready to witness Jonathan’s romantic side in Bridgerton, one also wonders about his real-life romance. The actor has mentioned a few times about his desire to hold the hands of his boyfriend out in public.
The current heartthrob of the nation, however, seems to be single as there are no official reports of his dating life. The actor is quite active on Instagram, but no hints of any romantic relationship.
Career Highlights: Anthony Bridgerton In Bridgerton, Jack Patterson In W1A, Sam In Crashing
Jonathan Bailey has been active in the industry since 1995 and has been part of many successful films, television shows and theatre.
He was enchanted by acting at the age of five when he saw a stage production of Oliver!. Bailey is a theatre boy who debuted at the age of seven from the 1995 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Christmas Carol at the Barbican Theatre in London. He has also worked on Les Misérables, Girl with a Pearl Earring, American Psycho, The Last Five Years.
In 2019, the actor worked in the 2018 West End revival of the Company. He appeared as Jamie and won a 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
Similarly, Bailey made his film debut in 2004 from Five Children and It. His other movies include Permanent Vacation, Testament of Youth, The Mercy and so on.
The Testament of Youth actor made his television debut from Bramwell in 1997. He has been part of many iconic roles over the years, including Jack Patterson in the British sitcom series mockumentary W1A from 2014–2017.
In like manner, Jonathan appeared as Sam in yet another British comedy-drama miniseries. The series was a big hit which was a much-needed punch to his career.
Finally, after years in the industry, he found the role of a lifetime as Anthony Bridgerton in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. The show became an internet sensation, making him a heartthrob overnight.
He was one of the second leads on the show, which mainly focused on Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset’s (Regé-Jean Page) romance on season one. In season two, Bailey is the lead actor who will romance two sisters, Kate and Edwina Sharma, played by Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran.
The show will release on March 25, 2022.
How Much Is His Net Worth?
The Crashing alum Bailey is estimated to have a net worth of $1 million as of March 2022. An average salary of an English actor is £23,487 per year or £12.04 per hour.
Reportedly, after the renewal, Birdgenton producers have been generous to their actors. The payment has increased from 20k-30k per episode to $50-$60k. But, Bailey’s exact income is not revealed.
Additionally, he also earns from endorsements and sponsorships. Instagram is his other income source, and as per the reports, he earns $2,896-$4,827 per sponsored post from his official account with 970k followers.
Early Life: Age And Height
Jonathan Bailey was born Jonathan Stuart Bailey on 25 April 1988 in Benson, Oxfordshire, England, to Rowse Honey managing director Stuart Bailey. He has three elder sisters.
He is currently 33-year-old and stands tall at 5 feet 9 inches or 180cm.
The actor completed his A-Levels at Magdalen College School in Oxford and later joined Open University.