Johnny Flynn’s BiographyJohnny Flynn is a British actor and musician, famous for his roles of young Einstein and a blue-eyed hunter in a shocking psychological thriller Beast. He will also portray young David Bowie in the biopic Stardust.
ChildhoodJohnny was born on March 15, 1982, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is one of five children of Eric Flynn, a British musician, and actor. Johnny’s mother, Caroline Forbes, is an artist and sculptor. Johnny has a sister, Lillie, two half-brothers, and a half-sister.
Eric Flynn was a sought-after musical production actor; both sons from his first marriage went to a drama school. Famous actors and musicians were frequent visitors in the house. Consequently, Johnny grew up in an artistic environment and knew he would be an actor since he was a small boy. He went to school in the city of Winchester in Hampshire, learned to play the trumpet and violin; he also sang in the school choir.
At the age of 14, Johnny won a scholarship to the famous Bedales School; Lily Allen and Sir Daniel Day-Lewis graduated from that school. It was there that Flynn developed a flair for drama and started participating in student productions.
Career. The BeginningAlthough he never left his dream of starting his own band, he saw music only as a hobby and gave preference to an acting career. After graduating from the Academy, Johnny played in a few episodes of the popular British series Holby City and Murder in Suburbia.
Best RolesIn the 2014 movie, Song One Johnny portrays a musician who tries to use his music to save his friend and his girlfriend’s brother. This romantic story received mixed reviews, though the audiences enjoyed Johnny and Anne Hathaway’s duo.
The drama thriller Beast (2017) became the focus of all festivals and generated a huge stir due to its unique interpretation of the Beauty and the Beast story. In this riddle-story with many unknowns, the viewer is left to wonder who the true monster is: the girl, her mother, or the handsome blue-eyed hunter, played by Flynn. The critics noticed Jessie Buckley’s and Geraldine James’ brilliant acting, but they specifically admired Johnny, who managed to demonstrate the beast’s dark side and the pain he had once encountered.
In the TV series Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo’s novel, Johnny plays the rich prodigal Felix Tholomyès. The filming of the series was completed at the beginning of 2019. Other actors starring in Les Misérables are Lily Collins, Olivia Colman, and Sir Derek Jacobi.
However, both the audience and critics were stingy with praise. The film received rather low ratings, especially in contrast to another musical biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which made a real splash. But they were not so strict about Johnny himself, many noted that he was the only plus in the entire tape. There were, of course, attacks on the lack of similarity between Johnny and David, to which the actor rightly replied: "Nobody looks like David Bowie! Did you want me to have an operation?".
But the audience liked the comedy melodrama "Emma" and the acting trio of Johnny Flynn, Mii Goth and Anya Taylor-Joy. According to the plot, the heroine of Anya, a bored rich woman, tries to arrange the personal life of her companion, but only makes it worse.
Johnny Flynn’s Personal LifeThe actor doesn’t appear at gala parties, seldom does interviews, and leads quite a secluded life.
When Flynn lost his father to cancer in 2002, it hit him hard. In his own words, his family and music helped him through his grief.