Who is Josha Stradowski?
Josha is an award-winning Dutch actor, probably best known to the world as Rand al’Thor in the TV series “The Wheel of Time” (2021-2022), among several other notable appearances that he’s made during his young career.
Josha Stradowski Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Josha Stradowski was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1995. Despite becoming an internationally known actor, Josha has kept his exact date of birth a secret, as well as information about his parents and any siblings.
Of Dutch and Polish ancestry, Josha became interested in acting at an early age, which led to him being enrolled at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdamse Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten).
He later studied acting at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts, Amsterdam, moreover, he attended Youth Theater Hofplein, Rotterdam from 2004 to 2008, and in 2008 then enrolled at Codarts, a dance studio in Rotterdam.
Josha launched his career early in his youth, appearing as an 11-year-old boy in the play “Kuifje: De Zonnetempel”, directed by Frank van Laecke. He continued with theater roles in such projects as the musical “Ciske de Rat” in 2007, and “The Sound of Music” in 2008. After successfully starting his on-screen career, he didn’t work in theater for a while, but has still appeared in the plays “Gender” (2017), “Bromance” and “Oedipus” both in 2018.
His on-screen career began in 2011, when he was a teenager in the kids TV series “Naranjina En De Kadekapers”, about a girl who lives in Rotterdam harbor with her big dog Dokko, without knowing who her parents were. He appeared in one episode of the popular series, before he portrayed Pascal Roozen in the Dutch daytime soap opera “Spangas”, which follows the lives of a group of students at their high school, Spangalis College.
He continued his career with a one-time appearance as Wil in the TV family drama series “Verbogen Verhalen”, which starred one of Netherland’s most-promising actors, Nils Verkooijen, while in 2013, Josha starred in the short romantic-drama film “Uitgesproken”, next to Joel Mellenberg and Yldau de Boer.
His first English language project was the drama film “Boys on Film 13: Trick & Treat” in 2015, which starred Liam Boyle, Dan Connolly and Austin Fryberger. Two years later, he starred in the short fantasy comedy film “I Can Fly”, directed by Ruwan Suresh Heggelman and co-starring Frieda Barnhard.
Rise to Prominence
Josha’s performance raised attention, and in 2018 he was cast alongside Majd Mardo and Jenny Arean in the award-winning romantic comedy movie “Gewoon Vrienden”, also known as “Just Friends”. His performance as a young gay man won him the Jury Prize at the OUT at the Movies Int’l LGBT Film Fest in the category for Best Performance in a Leading Role.
The same year, Josha appeared in the award-winning comedy film “Mannen van Mars”, and subsequently featured in the award-winning thriller-drama film “Instinct”, which starred Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari and Marie-Mae van Zuilen.
Moreover, he had the lead role in the short drama film “Alpha”, and in 2020 he was announced as the main star of the Dutch TV drama series “Hoogvliegers”, about promising young Royal Netherlands Air Force fighter pilots.
However, in 2021, he was chosen for his most prominent role to date as Rand al’Thor in the epic fantasy series “The Wheel of Time”, based on Robert Jordan’s novel series of the same name.
Josha’s character is the main protagonist of the series, also known as the Dragon, and he’s so far has starred in all eight episodes of the popular TV series, and is scheduled to return in the second season later in 2022. His co-stars include Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, an Aes Sedai who searches for the Dragon, and Daniel Henney, who plays al’Lan Mandragon, Moraine’s Warder, among other stars.
As of mid- 2022, Josha Stradowski’s net worth has been estimated to be around $2 million, earned through his successful acting career, during which he’s already appeared in a dozen film and TV titles.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Gay, Single?
Since his appearance in the epic fantasy series “The Wheel Of Time”, Josha took the world by storm, and every major publication wanted to interview him about all the juicy details related to his personal life. However, Josha has remained silent on his most private events, such as his love life.
This, and the fact that he portrayed a gay character who shared a passionate kiss with his co-star, has created a buzz surrounding his sexuality.
However, the young Dutch star hasn’t addressed these speculations just yet, and is primarily focused on his rising acting career. According to reports, he’s single and isn’t pursuing a romance.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent actor has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at the height of 6ft 2ins (1.89m), while he weighs approximately 180lbs (82kgs), with vital statistics of 44-34-37, and his biceps size is 16.5.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
An avid traveler, Josha has been to such destinations as Brazil, Poland, and Bonaire, and has stated that he would like to visit as many countries as possible in the years to come.
He is pretty active on social media, on which he’s shared adventures from some of his travels.
He enjoys spending time in the water, swimming, surfing and boating. Instead of spending time in the gym, he likes to work out outside, and is a massive fan of running and hiking.
Although he hasn’t come forward regarding his sexual orientation, Josha is a huge supporter of the LGBT population and has voiced opposition to Polish President Andrej Duda’s statement that promoting LGBT rights is an ideology more destructive than communism. His father, of Polish ancestry, has supported young Josha in his advocacy for the LGBT population.
Josha is a talented photographer, and has showcased his talents by uploading pictures he has taken onto his official Instagram page.