Anthony Bridgerton Actor’s Life Off Screen – Hiding Sexuality and Surprising Roles

Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey, who plays eldest brother Viscount Anthony, has been shaping up for raunchy sex scenes ahead of Season 2 and has appeared on many hit TV shows

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Jonathan Bailey’s life isn’t quite as glamorous as his Bridgerton character – but he’s just as dashing in reality.

The 33-year-old actor, who plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton on the hit Netflix series, takes center stage in Season 2 as his character searches for a woman.

Anthony has been a bit of a nuisance trying to set his sister up with terrible suitors and blocking the path of true love.

When he didn’t stop Daphne and Simon from getting together and even tried to shoot the Duke in a double, Anthony failed to find a wife and drag singer Sabrina along.

Before Jonathan’s worldwide fame after the first season, he was quite well known on these shores for a number of television and theater roles.

As a teenager he appeared in the films Five Children and It, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and St Trinian’s, but his most prominent role was as Leonardo Da Vinci on the CBBC series Leonardo.

Jonathan Bailey plays the handsome Anthony Bridgerton



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He has also been in the BBC Two comedy W1A, Channel 4’s Campus, Doctor Who, The Bill and played the seedy reporter in Broadchurch.

The actor has also had a number of theater roles, playing a little Scrooge in A Christmas Carol aged eight, Les Misérables, Othello and Company, for which he won the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

This year, Jonathan will star alongside Taron Egerton in the production of Cock, which led to an awkward moment on The One Show where he couldn’t name himself.

Aside from acting, Jonathan has managed to keep much of his private life private but has spoken about feeling pressured to hide his sexuality.

Speaking to GQ, he said an “actor friend” told him, “There are two things we don’t want to know: whether you’re an alcoholic or whether you’re gay.”

He added: “All it takes is for one of these people in this position of power to say that and it ripples through. So, yeah, of course I thought so. Of course I thought that in order to be happy, I had to be straight.”

The Olivier Award winner said he’d “reached a point” where his attitude became “F*** this,” and he decided to prioritize openness over securing projects.

His first starring role was as Leonardo


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He played a creepy reporter in Broadchurch


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He said: “I’d much rather hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to post my own face picture on Tinder and not worry about it than get a role.”

Jonathan spoke to Sir Ian McKellen during a 2020 interview, whom he first met in 2017 when they shared the stage in a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

He explained, “The most conservative conversations I’ve had about being honest about my sexuality these days have come from gay men in the industry: ‘Oh no, you can’t come out. You really shouldn’t do that. If you do, you have to—”

“I’ve come to terms with my own sexuality, I hadn’t necessarily hidden it … But I’ve never been dishonest about it. It was just never necessary to talk about it. There is a sense of shame I think is felt by all gay men in the industry. But then there’s also this heteronormative, heterosexual understanding of sexuality.”

Jonathan once admitted that the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for him was to run a bath and then sit there and talk.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, he added: “Put down the toilet seat and just be there while you bathe. I think there’s something really sweet and brilliant and you’re naked, and you know – I think that’s really romantic.”

Jonathan Bailey won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Company


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He’s good at scrubbing off-screen


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In preparation for the new series, Jonathan has been getting in shape with a good diet plan and plenty of sleep.

The cast often strip for racy sex scenes, so Jonathan wanted to do his best – and also felt intimidated by the prospect of returning as the lead.

He said New! Magazine: “I’m following in Phoebe Dynevor’s footsteps [who returns as Daphne] and Rege-Jean Page, carried and guided so gracefully last season, taught me a lot.

“Taking on this responsibility was amazing for so many reasons. This season has required a lot of rest, consistency and willingness. It kept me on my toes. I got really fit, I made sure to eat well and get plenty of sleep, and everything else seemed to fall into place.”

Jonathan also sounded shy as he reflected on why Bridgerton season one was such a resounding success – suggesting he thought it just came out at the right time.

He mused: “It’s been a wild couple of years for the world and I think part of that has led to Bridgerton’s success. It came at the right time and blew everyone away. It’s given people the Christmas romance that we deserved after a really difficult year.”

The actor also revealed methods used to ensure his co-star Simone Ashley felt safe during sex scenes.

Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton



Simon, best known for playing Olivia Hanan on sex education, joined the cast for season two as Kate Sharma, Anthony’s love interest.

The couple signed a contract before the intimate scenes were filmed, and the show’s intimate moments will continue to be shot from the “female gaze.”

Speak with The Sunday Timeshe said: “It’s less exposed for a man. I wanted to make sure that Simone felt safe as a newcomer on the set.”

He said a contract had been drawn up detailing what the stars didn’t like being shown on screen, as well as “what bit of skin” they would expose and “where” and “how” they would be touched.

“Nobody goes into a scene shaking and worried about how it’s going to go on – if you’re worried you can talk to them,” he added.

“It turns sex scenes into a choreographed dance.”

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