Gwilym Lee Biography
Gwilym Lee was born in Bristol, United Kingdom. He is a Welsh actor best known for his roles on The Tourist, Jamestown, Midsomer Murders and as Brian May in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Gwilym Lee Age
Gwilym Lee was born on November 24, 1983, in Bristol, England. He is 35 years old as of 2018.
Gwilym Lee Family | Gwilym Lee Siblings
Lee was born in Bristo to Tom and Ceinwen, both from Welsh. He has three older siblings: Geraint, Owen, and Rhiannon.
Gwilym Lee Wife
Gwilym’s dating history is shrouded in mystery. There is no clear information about his relationship life.
Gwilym Lee Height
He stands at 1.88 m tall
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Gwilym Lee Career
Lee starred in the 1997-1998 television adaptation of the Animal Ark books. Aged 16 he started working on Richard III with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Also, Lee featured in a leading role in the final series of Land Girls (2011) and had several guest roles on television (including Ashes to Ashes, Fresh Meat, Monroe and Henry V). He has also worked on the radio (The Emerald Tiger, The Silver Turk and in an adaptation of The Cruel Sea).
Lee appeared in the National Theatre’s production of Oedipus and in 2009 played Laertes to Jude Law’s Hamlet in the Donmar West End season. He won a first prize of the 2011 Ian Charleson Award for his role as Edgar in the 2010 King Lear production at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2012 Lee starred in the Donmar Trafalgar Studios production of Aleksei Arbuzov’s The Promise.
At Christmas 2013 Lee began a television starring role as DCI Barnaby’s new sergeant, DS Charlie Nelson, in the 16th series of Midsomer Murders, which also included the show’s 100th episode, partially shot in Denmark in collaboration with the local national broadcasting corporation, In early 2014 he featured in Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse.
In April 2016 it was announced by ITV that Lee was not returning for season 19 of Midsomer Murders. Lee, on his Twitter account, indicated he would be involved in an upcoming series Jamestown. Lee played guitarist Brian May in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), which earned him a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Gwilym Lee Net Worth
Gwilym Lee estimated Net Worth is under Review.
Gwilym Lee Bohemian Rhapsody
Gwilym Lee starred in the film Bohemian Rhapsody a 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen and portrayed Brian May playing the role of Queen’s lead guitarist. It follows the singer’s life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at the original Wembley Stadium in London.
Gwilym Lee And Brian May
Brian May is Gwilym Lee stage name in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
Gwilym Lee The Tourist | Gwilym Lee Guitar
Gwilym Lee played Brian May, where he portrayed Queen’s lead guitarist on his performance in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
Gwilym Lee Queen
Lee played guitarist Brian May in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody where it earned him a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Gwilym Lee Jamestown
Gwilym Lee starred in the 2017 British drama television series, Jamestown where he played the role of Samuel Castel portraying Company Recorder to the Virginia Company.
Gwilym Lee Movies
A Song for Jenny
DS Charlie Nelson
Reverend Henry Jameson
Ashes to Ashes
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Gwilym Lee Interview
Published: October 16, 2018
Wylde: What was your first-ever acting role?
Gwilym Lee: I reckon I was about 10 and it was in a school production of My Fair Lady; I played Alfie Doolittle – I was playing above my age slightly! There’s probably a VHS video of it lying around somewhere… I’m hoping that it’ll stay hidden in the family collection and no one will see it!
What inspired you to go into acting?
I remember going to see Julius Caesar at Birmingham Rep. David Schofield had a soliloquy to the audience… I was sat six rows back and he kind of eyeballed me and gave me a wink. I remember thinking how electrifying that little moment was and how I was the only one that had had that experience in the whole audience! I remember being completely thrilled by it, so I think that was a turning point. Also, when I was a little bit older, about 16, and I was already starting to think about being an actor, I went to the National Theatre in London to see Not About Nightingales, the Tennessee Williams play. It was incredible. The play was about a high-security prison and there was this whole sequence where they were putting all these prisoners who had been misbehaving into a boiler room. When the actors fell onto the radiators, there was this big sound effect of hissing, like burning skin, and screams. Theatre at its best really transports you, and you’re part of this whole experience as an audience.
Can you tell us about the timeline of your new film, Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody?
It starts in the early Seventies, and actually the first time you see a band on stage, it’s not Queen; you see Smile, the previous incarnation of Queen. Tim Staffell, Brian May and Roger Taylor were in that band. Tim Staffell then left Smile, believing he was going on to greater things and Freddie quickly joined, because he used to go and watch their gigs, and was quite musically minded himself. And so it starts from that moment and you see them growing the band, experimenting with different styles and recording techniques…
I was reading recently about a hilarious meeting between Freddie Mercury and Sid Vicious in the Seventies…
Yes, that was such a cool little encounter. That’s what’s brilliant about Queen; they were making this kind of irreverent, joyful, over-the-top music at a time when the country was in turmoil when punks were strutting up and down the street. And Queen was being outrageous! And it has given them longevity; they’re just fun, and people love that kind of irreverence.
All four members of Queen got the chance to write for the band, didn’t they?
All of them had the ability to do that. John Deacon, the bass player, who was the quieter member of the band, wrote Another One Bites The Dust.
And I Want to Break Free, with its infamous video. Did you recreate that?
Yes, we did! That was a blast; we were all very much looking forward to that! One of the strange things about getting this job was knowing that you would be reliving these iconic moments. The I Want to Break Free video, the Bohemian Rhapsody video with the four heads on the black background… all these things were a bit of a buzz and slightly surreal to be doing.
Did the band watch you do some of these live recreations?
Yes, they were quite often on set. We started the whole shoot with the Live Aid sequence. We shot that for about a week so that was quite an intimidating way to start; being the culmination of the film, and obviously, the biggest sequence that we were going to shoot, but it was great because it galvanized us. It was good to jump in at the deep end because you forge together as a band. It was made more nerve-wracking by the fact that both Roger and Brian were there on day one to see the first run-through.
You learned to play guitar to do this role, didn’t you?
Well, I already played a little bit of rhythm guitar but I had to brush up on my lead-guitar skills, which was quite a singular task because you’re not trying to learn to play the songs perfectly; you’re trying to look like you can play them and it’s effortless as well. Sometimes I’d nail a solo and be really pleased with the fact that I got my head around it and I’d be trying to show the world that I could do it, but in so doing it looked too obvious. The fact of the matter is Brian moves his fingers so fluidly and easily he’s not trying to show anything off, he’s just doing it.
Did you ever end up jamming with him?
Yes! We had a little pre-recording session in Abbey Road. Brian took me aside and said: “Do you want to go into the studio and have a little play?”, to which I obviously said: “Absolutely, yes please!”
Did you have to shave your head to put the Brian May wig on?
No, they just clipped the wig down. There would be occasions, early in the morning, when it would resemble a dead cat, but 10 minutes with the hairstylist and some old-school curling tongs, and I turned into Brian May!
How did Brian react when he first saw you dressed as himself?
Brian knocked on my trailer door. I opened the door and he was blown away! So there were five minutes of him being in awe… and then he said: “Actually, I think my hair is a bit longer!” and he started adjusting it!
Iran’s wife also came on set. How did she react?
I think she found it quite emotional, actually, because she came over, looked at me and said: “Oh my God… You look exactly the way Brian did when we first met!” She must have been going back into a kind of time warp, I suppose!
Speaking of time warps, how did the band react to seeing Freddie “reincarnated” in front of them?
Emotional, at times, without a doubt, but it was also exciting for them to know they were in good hands with Rami because he put so much into it and really nailed the character and the speaking voice. Freddie had that kind of cutting, acerbic sarcasm. A real quick wit; it’s a very English wit, in a way. There are some great lines in the film.
Did you ever go to the pub dressed as Brian May after a day’s shooting?
No, I didn’t, funnily enough… there’s the only man who could get away with that look… and that’s Brian May!
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