Gwilym Lee is a famous British actor who is perhaps best known for playing Brian May in the biographical musical film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He’s also made appearances in the series “The Great” and “Midsomer Murders.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Gwilym Lee hails from Bristol, United Kingdom, and was born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 24 November 1983, which makes him 39 years old as of 2022. He’s the son of the attorney Tom Lee and the insurance firm secretary, Ceinwen Lee, and the younger brother of Owen Lee and Geraint Lee, and also has a sister named Rhiannon. He is of Welsh ancestry and was partly raised in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Gwilym developed an interest in acting after he went to high school, joining the school’s drama club and appearing in many plays; he was also very good at soccer. Lee matriculated in 2001 and joined Cardiff University, fom where he graduated with a BA in English Literature and Drama in late 2004. He later enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and his spectacular performance in the school’s annual music competition saw him winning the Guildhall Gold Medal in 2008.
Hobbies and Interests
Gwilym is actively involved in philanthropy, and has donated to numerous charity organizations, including Blood Cancer UK and AMMF, which is the only cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) charity in Britain.
He also supports many British animal shelters with generous donations, as he’s a huge lover of animals, and has kept two pets, a cat and a dog.
The British actor enjoys being outdoors compared to indoors, and likes going hiking and fishing in his spare time.
He is also an avid history book reader – his favorites are Tatiana de Rosnay’s “Sarah’s Key” and Thomas Keneally’s “Schindler’s Ark.”
Lee grew up very physically active, and played rugby and soccer when he was young; he now hits the gym at least three times per week.
He learned how to play the guitar for his role in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and is now very competent .
Moreover, he loves watching late-night movies starring his best-loved actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Angelina Jolie. His favorites are the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life,” and “Avengers.”
Lee made his TV debut aged 14, in the kid’s book series “Animal Ark” in 1997, playing James Hunter in 13 episodes. He took a break from the screens and made his next TV appearance 10 years later in the British comedy “Mutual Friends” in 2008. He appeared in single episodes of three more TV shows before the decade ended, then 2011 saw him playing Reverend H. Jameson in five episodes of the BBC series “Land Girl,” which starred Becci Gemmell, Jo Woodcock and Susan Cookson. Between 2013 and 2016, Lee was cast to star as DS Charlie in the British crime drama “Midsomer Murders,” which now stars Fiona Dolman, Nick Holman and Neil Dudgeon. He recently appeared in the documentary “The Royal House of Windsor” (2017) and the comedy “The Great,” in which he portrayed Grigory Orlov from 2020 to now.
Gwilym made his film debut in the Claire Holman-directed short film “The Escort,” and shared the screen with Taylor Bowden and Carolyn Allen. He was later cast in the acclaimed romantic thriller “The Tourist” in 2011; the three-time Golden Globe Award-nominated thriller starred Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and had an impressive box office collection of around $278 million against a budget of $100 million. 2018 saw him appearing in two films, “The Last Witness” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which also starred Rami Malek, Ben Hardy and Brian May. The musical film was directed by Dexter Fletcher and Bryan Singer and had an impressive box office collection of over $900 million. He recently played Ned in the Australian romantic film, “Top End Wedding.”
Stage Appearances and Other Works
Gwilym made his official stage debut in 1999 in the play “Richard III,” performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He later appeared in “Oedipus” in 2008, “Hamlet” in 2009, and “Danton’s Death” in 2010, among others. He is also popular for playing Cassio in Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello,” which was performed at the Sheffield Crucible in 2011, and 2014 saw him playing Leonard in “Versailles.”
The British actor has voiced several characters in six video games – Cid in three games including “Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers”, and also contributed to “Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below.”
Awards and Social Media Appearances
Lee has received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2019, and jointly for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for his role in “The Great” in 2021. He bagged the 2009 Ian Charleson Award for his praised appearance in the tragedy “King Lear,” which was performed in Donmar Warehouse.
Lee is very popular on social media, and has over 470,000 followers on his Instagram, @mrgwilymlee. He joined Twitter in August 2011 and is currently followed by over 60,000 fans – his Twitter handle is @Gwilymlee. He is also active on Facebook, and has around 4,000 followers.
❥ ɴᴇᴡ; Gwilym Lee photographed for the Saga Awards, April 2021 pic.twitter.com/mdIHWNZ1rz
— Gwilym Lee News | fan (@GwilymLeeNews) April 4, 2021
Lee refrains from talking about his personal life; he previously played a gay role in the play “Versailles,” which led to some believing that he might be gay in real life, but he hasn’t addressed the allegations. Rumors have it that he was romantically linked with his “Bohemian Rhapsody” cast member Leila Crerar, who is his on-screen lover. He met with the Welsh actress on the set of the musical film in 2017, and it’s reported that they dated for more than three years before parting ways. Crerar is a native of Powys, Wales, who became interested in acting at a very young age. She attended the Royal Welsh College of Drama and Music, and graduated with a BA in theater in the late ‘90s. She rose to prominence for her starring role of Gwen in the film “Two Way Journey”, and is also known widely for her appearance in the 2011 sci-fi film “Torchwood.” Moreover, Lee’s former girlfriend is one of the founding members of the Likes of Us Theater Company.
Lee is good friends with “The Sapphires” starlet, Miranda Tapsell, who hails from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The duo likes documenting their moments together on their respective social media accounts.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Lee is of White descent and has a set of blue eyes and light brown hair. He’s 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs approximately 175lbs (79kgs.)
Gwilym has been active in the showbiz industry since 1997 and has become famous for his praised performances. He has a net worth of approximately $3 million as of 2022, and appears to be living a modest lifestyle.