Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Soldier Soldier, Ripper Street
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
1985 - Present
March 16, 1963
Soldier Soldier, Ripper Street
Between singing and acting, Jerome Flynn is no stranger to the entertainment world, and it’s been that way his whole life. While he’s spent most of his time as a supporting actor, Flynn has been part of some major productions that have put him at the forefront of some massive audiences. This includes becoming part of the cast of “Game of Thrones”, all while adding in another long-running series during the show, and now has a lot of jobs lined up for the future.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Flynn got into acting as both of his parents were in the business. Flynn’s father is Eric Flynn, an actor that appeared in many stage productions, as well as films like “A Challenge for Robin Hood” and “Empire in the Sun”. Jerome was born on March 16, 1963 in Bromley, England, and both of his brothers had gone into acting as well. Training for much of his youth, Flynn expectedly got into acting when he started landing on-screen roles during the 1980s.
That first role on television for Flynn was actually a stage production that was being broadcast in 1985 with “American Playhouse”. More drama series would continue throughout the rest of the 1980s, while Flynn also added roles in TV movies, miniseries and had guest spots on shows such as “Flying Lady”. During this time, Flynn also had his film debut, appearing in both “A Summer Story” and “To Kill a Priest” in 1988.
The 1990s kicked off very well for Flynn as he landed the role of Paddy Garvey on “Soldier Soldier” that ran for four years in the early part of the decade. Because of the role, Flynn was getting more work from other television films and also appeared in the movies “Edward II” and “Kafka”. After 1991, though, Flynn appeared in just one film over the next 16 years with 2000’s “Best”. At the end of the 1990s, Flynn had a role on the show “Badger” before taking a bit of a break from acting.
Then, in 2011, Flynn came back to acting to become part of the cast of “Game of Thrones” when he was cast as Bronn, appearing in more than 30 episodes over the course of the show’s run. As a supporting character, Bronn has certainly had memorable moments as a complicated character that knows how to wield a sword and use it well. They needed a tough person to fit the bill of Bronn, and Flynn has played it to perfection.
When you’re away from acting for that long and landing such an important role, it’s not always easy. For Flynn, a big part of it had to do with the money. “It was partly financial and partly because I felt like I needed to get back out there,” Flynn said of his desire to appear in “Game of Thrones”. “I hadn’t been on screen for 10 years. My agent didn’t give up on me completely, even though I was handed around among people. I think I was probably quite a frustrating client to have.”
It was a stroke of luck for Flynn who just happened to be in London where the auditions were being held. “I was going up for this killer mercenary, and I was staying at my brother’s and I pulled out his kitchen cupboard on to my face and I had this big bruise over my eye,” Flynn said before the audition. “I put my hair back and suddenly I started to feel the character, although I had no idea what it was.” The hair and the injury really morphed Flynn into the character, allowing him to land the role.
Flynn has been incredibly busy since beginning his “Game of Thrones” career. After not having been in a film for six years, Flynn returned to the big screen with a role in “Dante’s Daemon”. Then, in 2017, he added a role in “Loving Vincent” and will be part of the cast for the third “John Wick” film titled “Parabellum” in 2019. Meanwhile, Flynn has also continued his television career. He landed a starring role on the series “Ripper Street” that ran for five seasons from 2012 to 2016. On top of that, Flynn had a guest spot on the popular series “Black Mirror”.
Though Flynn didn’t receive a major award nomination for his individual work in “Game of Thrones”, he did get nominated for being part of the large cast from the Gold Derby Awards. In terms of individual performances, Flynn’s biggest nomination came from the BAFTA Awards when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor on “Ripper Street”. There have also been several SAG Award nominations, and it’s likely that the final season will continue to bring awards in for the cast of “Game of Thrones”.
Talking about his newfound fame during the 2000s, Flynn says that “With fame, thank God, I never wanted anyone to open a door for me but it works on subtle levels as you get used to being recognized. I was the youngest and least clever in (my) family and was always striving to be noticed and when I started acting, I got affirmation from peers and my elders. Acting is like saying, ‘I’m here’ and people respond, saying ‘We see you’ and that helps you to form a fams, to be a golden boy, without even knowing you’re doing it.”
It’s mainly “Game of Thrones” that Flynn has been associated with. Even his postman wouldn’t deliver his mail at first after a certain scene with a dragon. “I actually haven’t seen him since,” Flynn said. “He really doesn't seem to be speaking to me at all.” If anything, that’s quite the testament to Flynn’s acting ability that he’s shown during his career.