Who is Gwilym Lee? Wiki Bio
Gwilym Lee was born in Bristol, England on 24 November 1983, so his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds British nationality. He is an actor, best known for having portrayed one of the lead characters, Brian May in the biographical music film “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2018 which also starred Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton, and which is about the life of Freddie Mercury, the late British singer, songwriter and member of the band Queen. The movie won 44 awards including four Oscars, and was nominated for 76 others.
Childhood and education
Gwilym was raised in Bristol alongside his older brothers Geraint and Owen and older sister Rhiannon, by their father who was a lawyer, and their mother who was working as a secretary at a local insurance company.
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Gwilym became interested in acting while attending high school, where he was a member of the school’s drama club and appeared in most of the plays performed at school, and a few performed at a local theatre. He was also physically active as his was playing soccer with his peers. Upon matriculation in 2001, he enrolled at Cardiff University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and drama in 2004, then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 2008 he was awarded the Guildhall Gold Medal.
Roles in TV series
Gwilym made his debut TV series appearance in 1997, portraying James Hunter in 13 episodes of the children’s book series “Animal Ark”, but his next role wasn’t until 11 years later in the British comedy drama series “Mutual Friends”, which starred Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes, and Alexander Armstrong.
The story is about two friends who are meeting up after their mutual friend committed suicide; the series was nominated for three awards.
In 2009, Gwilym guest starred in single episodes of three series: the British detective drama “Lewis”, the British drama “Waterloo Road”, and the British fantasy crime drama police procedural series “Ashes to Ashes”. In 2010, he starred in the episode “Idle Hands” of the British medical soap opera series “Doctors” as Anatole Karpski, and then portrayed the recurring character Reverend Henry Jameson in the British period drama series “Land Girls”, which starred Becci Gemmell and Susan Cookson and is about four women who are members of the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War.
In 2012, he portrayed the supporting character Giles in the British comedy drama series “Fresh Meat”, as well as Alexx Scholfield in the British medical drama series “Monroe”. He went on to play the supporting role as Sean Gilmartin in the movie “Restless” which was closely based on the eponymous novel written by William Boyd. The film follows a woman who is searching for her mother who ran away during Second World War after having worked for the British Secret Service for several years. The movie was a success winning one award and becoming nominated for eight others including two Primetime Emmys. From 2013 to 2016, Gwilym starred as DS Charlie Nelson in the British detective drama series “Midsomer Murders”, which is still running today, and which currently stars Neil Dudgeon, Fiona Dolman and Nick Holman.
It follows two detectives who are investigating murders in Midsomer County. and since the series aired its first episode in 1997, it has been nominated for seven awards, winning one.
Some of Gwilym’s latest roles in TV series have been in the documentary series “The Royal House of Windsor” in 2017, in which he was the narrator, the British drama series “Jamestown” in which he portrayed Samuel Castell in eight episodes in 2017, and the comedy series “The Great” in which he is portraying Grigory Orlov and which will have its premiere on 15 May 2020.
Roles in movies and other ventures
Gwilym made his debut film appearance in 2008 when he portrayed a supporting character in the short drama film “The Escort” which starred Carolyn Allen and Taylor Bowden and which was directed and written by Claire Holman.
— Gwilym Lee (@Gwilymlee) April 23, 2020
The year 2011 saw him play Senior Technician Mountain in the critically acclaimed romantic thriller movie “The Tourist” which starred Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and which follows Frank with whom Elise falls in love after he comes to Italy from America. The film was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards.
In 2011, Gwilym appeared as DC Block in the action crime thriller movie “Isle of Dogs” which received rather poor reviews as it has the rating 3.5/10 on the movie and TV series rating website IMDb.com. In 2012, he played the supporting character Williams in the fourth film of the tetralogy of films entitled “The Hollow Crown”, before appearing in the drama film “A Song for Jenny” in 2015 which starred Emily Watson and Ryan Coath.
Some of Gwilym’s latest appearances in movies have been in the British-Polish thriller “The Last Witness” in which he portrayed John Underwood in 2018, and in the Australian romantic comedy movie “Top End Wedding”, in which he starred as Ned in 2019; the film also starred Brooklyn Doomadgee, Helena Johnson, and Dan Collins and follows Lauren and Ned who have to search for Lauren’s mother around Australia, so that they could finally marry.
In 2011 Gwilym appeared in the William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” starring as Edgar, and has been featured in three video games which are “Cloud Chamber” in 2013, the hack and slash game “Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below” and the massive multi-player online role-playing game “Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward” both in 2015.
Love life and relationships
Gwilym has been keeping the details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention, and many people believe that the popular actor is gay due to the fact that he hasn’t spoken about any women he might have dated. However, rumor has it that Gwilym started dating Leila Crerar, a Welsh actress, after they met while shooting for the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2017. Gwilym and Leila were lovers in the movie, and apparently made their love scenes appear too realistic which led to their fans believing that they were together in real life. According to some of these rumors, they have been together for nearly three years now.
Leila was born in Powys Mid-Wales, and fell in love with acting at the age of nine while watching movies with her parents.
She attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama from which she graduated in the late ‘90s with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. She gained recognition after portraying the lead character Gwen in the movie “Two Way Journey”, and then went on to appear in the British science fiction series “Torchwood” in 2011. Today, Leila is mostly focused on acting on the stage, and is a member of The Factory Theatre Company, while she is also a founding member of The Likes Of Us Theatre Company.
Hobbies and other interests
Gwilym is a philanthropist who has donated money to many charity organizations such as Blood Cancer UK, and AMMF which is the only British cholangiocarcinoma charity. He is a huge lover of animals, and has donated money to several animal shelters around the UK – he has a pet dog and a pet cat.
He is physically active as he has several training sessions at the gym each week, and he also likes to play soccer and go fishing. Gwilym is keen on reading history books, and two of his favorites are “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally and “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay, both of which are about the Second World War.
He enjoys watching movies late at night, and some of Gwilym’s favorite actors and actresses are Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie, while some of his favorite movies include the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Avengers”, and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life”.
Appearance and net worth
Gwilym is 36 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, and weighs around 178lbs (81kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $3 million.