Watch: With 'Bridgerton' Trailer, His Sexy West End Play, and a 'RPDR' Appearance, Out Actor Jonathan Bailey Has a Moment

Monday February 21, 2022
Originally published on February 16, 2022

Jonathan Bailey in the tralier for Season Two of "Bridgerton"
Jonathan Bailey in the tralier for Season Two of "Bridgerton"  (Source:Netflix)

After his appearance on the most recent episode "RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Vs. The World," the latest in the franchise's drag competitions available on the World of Wonder site, Jonathan Bailey is trending.

His appearance occurred just as Netflix released a trailer for Season 2 of "Bridgerton," where the Olivier-Award-winning actor takes the lead from departing Regé-Jean Page. He is also getting considerable attention for his upcoming appearance in the West End play "Cock," in which he co-stars with Taron Egerton. The production opens on March 5 and runs for 12 weeks.

The "Bridgerton" trailer "teases the much-anticipated romance between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and newcomer Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), which will be the centerpiece of the season," Variety said.

In addition, the official Instagram for "Cock" posted a short video that featured images of Bailey and Egerton.

"It feels like you know, we've sort of got our war paint on and reclaiming the theater and hopefully going to do everyone proud," Bailey said.

The production marks the West End debut of Mike Bartlett's play. It premiered in 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre with out actors Ben Whishaw and Andrew Scott as the gay couple at the center of the story. In the West End production, directed by Marianne Elliott (the current Broadway revival of "Company"), Bailey plays a man who identifies as gay and has been in a relationship with a man for seven years. Things, though, become complicated when he finds himself attracted to a woman.

On "The Graham Norton Show," Egerton explained the play's dynamic. "It's the story of a young gay couple who have been together for a number of years," he said. "They end up taking a break — it's very Ross and Rachel."

He added: "One of them sleeps with somebody else and it transpires that that person is a woman. And what happens is they all try to get together and have a chat about it."

"It's very, very funny and actually very moving".

Bailey won an Olivier Award for his performance in Elliot's "Company." At the age of 33, he already has a very prolific career, appearing in more than a dozen plays and musicals in England, as well as numerous television and film appearances. And while other queer actors may remain closeted, Bailey said: "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," he told Attitude in a 2020 interview.

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