If you don’t know the name Regé-Jean Page you will now. The handsome British actor is making quite the entrance into our lives — starring as the sexy, slightly scandalous Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series Bridgerton and as charming drummer Chico Sweetney in the Amazon Prime romantic drama Sylvie’s Love.
We caught up with the 30-year-old actor and his Bridgerton cast about the new series everyone’s talking about (above). We also compiled five things to know about him we’re sure you want to know.
He Started Acting as a Kid
Page grew up between Zimbabwe and the U.K. His mother was a nurse from Zimbabwe and his father was an English preacher. He trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, then Drama Centre London before landing a string of roles on stage. In 2016, he made his American debut playing the role of Chicken George in the History Channel big budget miniseries Roots.
He’s Not New To Shondaland
After Roots, Page starred on the short-lived Shonda Rhimes legal series “For the People” for two seasons. Page, who played Leonard Knox said he it was a no-brainer taking on another Shondaland project. “I love the people in this company, and I trust them. When they want to reinvent something, I know they will bring not only this kind of quick, fast-paced, modern, sexy sensibility to it, but they also have a very strong sense of social responsibility,” he said.
He’s Also A Singer
Page’s pipes deserve a category of their own. He and his brother, Tose, form a musical duo called TUNYA. According to their website, the brothers have “written together and featured in various bands since their teens, [and] now independently produce their own music and collaborations.” Page’s vocal talents are on display in the short film “Don’t Wait” by Lanre Malaolu featured on their Youtube channel.
He’s Addicted To Coffee
According to Netflix’s Queue & A, he’s addicted to coffee. “I’m a being of caffeine when I work. It is a vice, but as far as vices go, I’ll take it.” It comes in handy while Page is busy working, he also does voice-over work and can also be seen on BBC Two’s Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas.
He’s A Man Of Many Talents
In addition to reading the basis of Bridgerton, Julia Quinn’s novel The Duke and I (which is the first in a nine-book romance series), Page dug into his role by learning a host of new skills, from boxing to horseback riding to dancing in the style of the time.