Who is Brett Gray?
One of the stars of the popular Netflix television series “On My Block”, besides famous actors Jason Genao and Sierra Capri, was young actor Brett Grey, who played the character of Jamal Turner. Through his performance, Brett attracted a lot of audience attention, and people wanted to know more about his life and work.
If you are one of them, let us tell you all about this talented actor, who besides the mentioned role, has over 10 acting credits to his name, and is equally well-known for his roles in “Chicago P.D”, “Star Trek: Prodigy” and “Dramaworld”, among others.
Early life and education
Brett Gray was born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on 13 January 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, thus he holds American nationality, and comes from a family of African-American descent.
He was raised in his hometown by his parents Holly and Jeffrey Gray, alongside his brother whose name he hasn’t shared, but it’s known that he served in the US Navy. Brett respects his family’s privacy, thus there isn’t much info regarding them.
Brett showed a big interest in acting from an early age, and began appearing in school plays when he was six, then had his first professional role at the Academy of Music when he was just seven years old. His mother wanted to encourage his passion for acting even more, so she brought him to the New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, and the two enjoyed watching plays.
Talking about Brett’s educational background, he attended The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and upon matriculating in 2014, he didn’t enroll in college but pursued his dream of becoming a successful actor.
In his interview for Pop Sugar, Brett said about his high school days: ‘I went to a performing arts high school, so it wasn’t a normal high school experience. I was definitely super popular, not in a way of being the cool kid, but I just had lots of friends and it was always good vibes.’
Brett added that he got the class clown superlative in the yearbook, because he would be singing and dancing through hallways, telling jokes, and acting crazy.
Roles in movies
Brett made his acting debut portraying Mezzy in the short movie “Tortoise” in 2015, and then in the following year he was seen as Greg in “The Tale of Four”, followed by his role as Henry in another short movie, entitled “Metrocard”.
Next, Brett was cast in the 2016 movie “Ardmore Junction”, a comedy-drama also starring Amy Frear and Brian Gallagher, and then he was cast to play Brian in the 2018 short movie “Afterparty”, which was his most recent movie role.
Roles in series
Brett made his first television appearance as Reggie Price in an episode of the popular crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2018, before he was cast to play his most notable role to date, as Jamal Turner in “On My Block” which was broadcast until 2021.
Brett said about his role as Jamal that it was ‘just so much fun to play’ adding: ‘It’s been awesome to go to work and play and remove the ego for a second and just kind of dive into this incredible character. But also working with the cast — they’ve really become like a second family to me.’
Concurrently, Brett was seen playing his role as Dancer in “Rise” in 2018, and as Aiden West in “Chicago P.D.” in 2019, and in the same year he made an appearance as Clarence in an episode of the TV mini-series “When They See Us”, which had 78 award nominations and won 30, including two Primetime Emmys.
In 2021, Brett was cast to play Evan in “Dramaworld”, followed by his guest role as Jeremy in an episode of the series “The Ghost and Molly McGee”, and then from 2021 through 2022, he was heard as Dal, one of the main characters in the animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy”, also starring Dee Bradley Baker and Rylee Alazraqui.
Brett’s fans will be happy to hear that it is announced that he will star as Felix in the new series “I’m a Virgo”, which is currently in development.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors concerning both Brett’s love life and his sexual orientation, and in 2021, some rumors were saying that he is in a relationship with the popular American rapper Bri Steves, who is perhaps known best for her songs “Jealousy” and “ANTI QUEEN”, however, neither she nor Brett confirmed these assumptions.
Brett is quite secretive when it comes to his personal matters, however, in one of his interviews, he shared that he is romantic, and about his ideal first date he said: ‘I would love to do something where we both are kind of on our toes and we get to really share an experience together.’
He also shared that one of the romantic things that he’s done for his ex-girlfriend (whose name he hasn’t revealed) was that he would put her towels in the dryer before she finished showering, and so the warm towels would wait for her, and according to him, she loved that. He also said that he would love to have someone who would do nice things for him.
As of July 2022, it seems that Brett is single, he hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Brett’s fans can keep track of his life and work through his social media accounts; his Instagram has been followed by over two million people, while he doesn’t have other social media accounts except for his official Facebook page, which has amassed over 10,000 followers. He’s mostly active on his Instagram account, on which he posts updates about his work, everyday life, and traveling.
In his spare time, he likes to go for a walk with his friends and his dog.
Another favorite hobby is music producing – he often posts about his new, and asks his fans for their opinions.
Brett likes to read books, and his favorite is “The Myth of Sisyphus” a novel by Albert Camus. He’s a big fan of movies, although he prefers to watch them at the cinema. His number one movie is “Fight Club”, starring his favorite actor, Brad Pitt.
Brett is into traveling, and he has visited several US states, while he’s also traveled around the world; his favorite destination is Korea, where he lived for seven months in 2020, and as he said, it was an incredible experience for him.
Age, height, and net worth
Brett’s age is 25 – he has black, curly hair and black eyes, weighs around 140lbs (65kgs), and is 5ft 7ins (1.73) tall.
According to sources, as of July 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $400,000, most of the income he’s earned is thanks to his acting career.