Who is Joey Batey?
In the episode “Four Marks” of the fantasy adventure series “The Witcher” which follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, viewers get to know his bard and close friend Jaskier, the character portrayed by the young and talented actor, Joey Batey. One of the main questions related to him was – ‘did he actually sing in the series,’ and the answer is, yes he does. He sang “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher”, as well the songs “Her Sweet Kiss” and “The Fishmonger’s Daughter”, among others shown in the episodes in which he acted.
Besides his acting career, Joey is a musician and vocalist for the indie-folk band The Amazing Devil, and is also a composer and writer; his band has released three albums, entitled “Love Run” (2016), “The Horror and the Wild” (2020), and “Ruin” in 2021. He has over 15 credits to his name, and besides the mentioned role, Joey is perhaps known best for his role as Pierre in the series “Knightfall”, while to movie lovers, he might be known for his portrayal of Eager Chap in the 2014 movie “The Riot Club”, also starring Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth and Max Irons.
Early life and education
Joey Batey was born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on 1 January 1989, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, where he was raised by his parents about whom little is known, since Joey prefers to keep his private life away from the media’s attention.
He has mentioned that he was raised in a ‘musical family’, so it’s unsurprising that he became interested in music at an early age. Later, he developed an interest in acting and writing, which led to his first co-writing work of the comedic sketch show “Good Clean Men” with his schoolmates, in which Joey also performed. Speaking of his educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2007, he enrolled at Robinson College, Cambridge England, from which he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. He then attended the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, in Paris, France, after which he began acting at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, in Stratford, England.
Roles in movies
Joey made his acting debut portraying Dixie in the 2013 movie “Murder on the Home Front”, followed by his role as Eager Chap in “The Riot Club” in 2014, and his next role came in 2016 when he was cast to play Colin Montcrawknox in “Bloody Cakes”. In the following year, he had an uncredited role in the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”, which is his most recent movie appearance to date.
Roles in series
Joey made his first television appearance was in 2013, as Edward of Lancaster in the TV mini-series “The White Queen”, followed by his role as Gavin Redman in “Whitechapel”, and next, he was seen starring as Gopher in the 2016 series “Mount Pleasant”.
In the following year, Joey was cast to play Shelley in the TV mini-series “In the Dark”, and in the same year, he was seen as Al Rokeby in “C. B. Strike”, followed by his role as Pierre in “Knightfall”, also starring Tom Cullen and Simon Merrells. In 2018, Joey guest-starred in “Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators”, and in “Lucky Man”, and then in 2019, he was seen as Henderson in “The War of the Worlds” before he was cast to play his most notable role to date, as Jaskier in “The Witcher”, an action adventure drama, also starring Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan; it had 17 award nominations and won five, including two British Academy of Film and Television Art (BAFTA) Awards.
Joey was seen as Jaskier in both seasons, and it still isn’t clear if his character willbe seen in the third season. However, his fans can enjoy watching him as Patrick McCarty in the series “Billy the Kid”, which was released in April 2022.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors both concerning Joey’s love life and his sexual orientation – rumors about him being gay or bisexual started because of his character in “The Witcher”, Jaskier, who was presented as being in love with Geralt, and many fans pointed out that he had more sexual chemistry as Jaskier than with the female characters, however, the creator of the series, Lauren S. Hissrich, denied any homoerotic undertones, and said that their relationship is ‘just an example of male friendship.’
As mentioned, Joey is quite secretive when it comes to personal matters, and hasn’t spoken about his relationships, but some rumors say that he might be in a relationship with one of his band members, Madeleine Hyland, a British artist and actress known for her role as Lady Crawley in the 2018 movie “Vanity Fair”, however, neither Joey nor shehave confirmed these assumptions. As of June 2022, it is assumed that Joey is in a relationship, but he hasn’t been married or engaged and doesn’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
Joey’s age is 33; he has brown hair and blue eyes, weighs around 200lbs (90kgs), and is 6ft (1.83m) tall. For his role as Jaskier, Joey worked out with celebrity personal trainer Leanne Marshall, and to get ripped to play this character his daily workout consisted of triceps exercises, chin-ups, standing dumbbell hammer curls with bench dumbbell bicep curl, and this was just the first half of training routine.
Next, he would focus on triceps extension and triceps pushdowns, and then he was doing abs, leg raises, crunches, and work with barbells, all sets done during a single workout session. When fans saw him shirtless in the second season, they were amazed with his muscles. According to sources, as of June 2022, Joey’s net worth has been estimated at over $500,000, with most of his income earned through his acting and music career.