Johnny Flynn’s Biography
Johnny 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.
Johnny is not a typical celebrity: he doesn’t post selfies on Instagram, he doesn’t pose for glossy magazines, he seldom does interviews and he has been faithful to one woman his whole life. Net worth: around $1 million.
Johnny 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.
When the boy turned two, he was badly bitten by a Staffordshire terrier, so the whole family had to move back to Britain. Although Johnny received medical treatment, his face still bears the scars from the incident. The doctors suggested doing cosmetic surgery to remove the scars as soon as Johnny turned 15 (when the growth of the skull bones stop). However, growing up, he refused to have the scars removed.
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 11, Johnny was walking home from school one day when he suddenly heard a song playing and immediately fell in love with it. He walked into the music shop, where the tape was playing and asked to buy the recording of the song. This turned out to be Bob Dylan’s album The Freewheelin; it made such an impression on Johnny that he started dreaming of his own band and began learning guitar.
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.
He graduated in 2001 and enrolled in the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Career. The Beginning
Although 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.
In 2005, Johnny started his own band The Sussex Wit, joined by his sister Lillie and a few friends from the Bedales School. The band played folk-rock and made a pretty good living.
According to Zoomboola.com, in 2006, the actor played in the movie Crusade in Jeans, where his character accidentally ends up in the Dark Ages and finds his love there. The time-traveler’s mother is played by Emily Watson, and Stephanie Leonidas plays the girl he falls in love with.
After the movie’s release, Johnny worked in a theatre for two years and achieved some good results; he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in the Twelfth Night production. However, the actor realized he couldn’t combine music, cinema, and theatre, so he left Ed Hall’s troupe.
In 2009, Flynn played in a few episodes of the famous Kingdom series, starring brilliant Stephen Fry in the role of a solicitor who always ends up in ridiculous situations. Later the same year, Flynn got the leading role in the comedy series Lovesick.
From 2010 to 2013, the movies Salvation Boulevard, Real Steel, Something in the Air, and a few others were added to the actor’s filmography. In the 2013 artistic movie, Lotus Eaters Johnny plays a young wastrel Charlie, alongside Benn Northover, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, and Amber Anderson.
In 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.
In the 2015 refined psychological drama Clouds of Sils Maria the actor co-stars with Juliette Binoche, Chloë Grace Moretz and Kristen Stewart. The movie was named the best film of the year.
In 2016 Lydia Wilson became Flynn’s partner in the comedy-drama Love Is Thicker Than Water, a modern version of Romeo and Juliet; Henry Goodman also plays in the movie.
In 2017, the filming of the first season of the Genius series (an anthology of people who changed the course of history) was completed. The season was dedicated to Albert Einstein.
It is worth mentioning that Johnny received the role without going through any auditions. He recorded a video where he outlined his vision of the young Einstein’s character and sent it to Ron Howard, the director, who immediately reserved the role for Flynn and only then contacted him on Skype. The second interesting fact about this series is that Johnny and the great scientist share a birthday, but the actor only learned this during the making of the movie. Geoffrey Rush plays Einstein in later life, and Emily Watson plays his wife. The critics praised Flynn’s acting for managing to convey the scientist’s rebellious spirit, boldness, and genius.
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 2018 the actor worked on the set of the mini-series Vanity Fair, together with Frances de la Tour, Olivia Cooke, and Michael Palin.
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.
In the biopic Stardust, focusing on one of the most prominent periods of David Bowie’s creative life, Flynn played the legendary musician himself. The filming of the movie began in the summer of 2019. Marc Maron also stared in the movie, and Jena Malone played Bowie’s wife. The premiere was in 2021.
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 Life
The actor doesn’t appear at gala parties, seldom does interviews, and leads quite a secluded life.
Johnny met Beatrice Minns at Bedales school. The teenage love relationship stood the test of time and distance. Flynn studied in London, and Beatrice stayed in Winchester. The couple moved in together after finishing their education and got married in 2011. The actor says that Bea is the only woman in his life and they were destined to be together forever.
Their first son Gabriel was born in 2012; in 2016 Bea gave birth to a girl, Ida. Their third child was born at the end of 2018.
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.
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit band, founded by Johnny, is now one of Britain’s leading folk-bands; the band has released 6 albums so far.
Johnny Flynn Now
In 2021, the actor appeared in the military drama "Operation Mincemeat" with Colin Firth and the biopic "Excavation" starring Carey Mulligan. And in early 2022, the premiere of the film "The Suit" took place, where Johnny appeared in the company of Zoey Deutsch, Mark Rylance and Dylan O'Brien.
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