Jerome Patrick Flynn (born 16 March 1963) is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his roles as Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, Fireman Kenny 'Rambo' Baines in the pilot of London's Burning, Bronn in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and Bennet Drake in Ripper Street.
Flynn at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards
He and his Soldier Soldier co-star Robson Green also performed as Robson & Jerome in the latter half of the 1990s. They released a version of "Unchained Melody", which stayed at number 1 for 7 weeks on the UK Chart, selling more than a million copies and becoming the best-selling single of 1995. The duo had two further number 1 singles: "I Believe" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted". Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up Take Two both reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Flynn was born in Bromley, Kent (now part of Greater London), the son of actor and singer Eric Flynn, who was born on Hainan Island in China, and drama teacher Fern Flynn. He has a brother, actor Daniel Flynn, a sister; and a half-sister and a half-brother, musician and actor Johnny Flynn, from his father's second marriage.
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In 1986 Flynn appeared in the LWT television film London's Burning as firefighter Kenny "Rambo" Baines. When the film spawned a series of the same name in 1988, he was the only member of the main cast who was unable to reprise his role (aside from Gary McDonald, whose own character, Andreas "Ethnic" Lewis, was killed off in the film) due to previous commitments. Also in 1986, he played a minor role as the soldier "Franny" in "The Monocled Mutineer".In 1988 he played the character Freddie in the ITV drama; The Fear which was about the London underworld. He appeared as D.S Eddie Hargreaves for six episodes of the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) winning police drama, Between The Lines between 1992 and 1994.
Flynn portrayed Corporal Paddy Garvey of the King's Fusiliers in the ITV series Soldier Soldier. The series began in 1991. He acted alongside Robson Green in the series. After Flynn and Green performed Unchained Melody on the programme, ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song, and the pair were persuaded by record producer Simon Cowell to record it and release it as a single, a double A-side with White Cliffs of Dover. The single was released under the name Robson & Jerome and reached number one in the UK chart in 1995. It stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 1.9 million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year, and winning the duo the Music Week Awards in 1996 for best single and best album. The duo had two more number one hits in 1995 and 1996 with "I Believe" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" both re-makes of standards, they also produced two number one albums.
Soldier Soldier ended in 1997. Flynn went on to star as Eddie Wallis (alongside singing partner Robson Green) in the comedy-drama Ain't Misbehavin' (1997), and was the star of the short-lived police show Badger in 1999. He played real-life soccer player Bobby Charlton in the 1999 film Best. On stage, he played Tommy Cooper in Jus' Like That, a tribute to the comic magician written by John Fisher and directed by Simon Callow.
Having semi-retired from acting and moved to Pembrokeshire, in 2007 Flynn directed and starred in the low budget film Rude Tales. The film was split into a series of short stories centred in the lead character, Jerome Rude, played by Flynn. The film was screened at a small number of independent cinemas in the Pembrokeshire area.
After almost 10 years away from acting, in July 2010 it was confirmed that Flynn would be playing the role of Bronn in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels of George R. R. Martin.
Flynn provides the voice of Daniel (the hound) in the children's television show Tommy Zoom. He also appeared on the television programme So You Think You're Royal?, where it was established that through his mother he is a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell, through his son Henry Cromwell, and also a descendant of Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III of England.
|1988||A Summer Story||Joe Narracombe|
|1988||To Kill a Priest|
|1991||Edward II||Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent|
|2007||Rude Tales||Jerome Rude|
|2017||Loving Vincent||Dr. Gachet|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum||Berrada|
|1985||American Playhouse||Kurt||1 episode ('Displaced Person')|
|1986||Screen Two||Nigel||Episode: 'The Russian Soldier'|
|1986||The Monocled Mutineer||Franny||2 episodes ('When the Hurly-Burly's Done', 'Before the Shambles')|
|1986||Breaking Up||John Mailer|
|1986||London's Burning: The Movie||Kenny 'Rambo' Baines||TV movie|
|1989||Flying Lady||Benny Barton||1 episode ('The Trip')|
|1990||Bergerac||Alan Bruton||1 episode ('Under Wraps')|
|1991||Casualty||Alan Deacon||1 episode ("Living in Hope")|
|1991||Boon||Chris Shepley||1 episode ("Lie of the Land")|
|1991–1995||Soldier Soldier||Patrick "Paddy" Garvey|
|1992||Between the Lines||Eddie Hargreaves||6 episodes|
|1993||Don't Leave Me This Way||Tony Fleming||TV movie|
|1995||A Mind to Murder||Peter Nagle||TV movie|
|1997||Ain't Misbehavin'||Eddie Wallis||TV miniseries|
|1999||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Martin Urban||1 episode ("The Lake of Darkness")|
|2007||Tommy Zoom||Daniel||Voice role|
|2011–2019||Game of Thrones||Bronn||36 episodes|
|2012–2016||Ripper Street||Bennet Drake||31 episodes|
|2016||Black Mirror||Hector||Episode: "Shut Up and Dance"|
|TBA||The Dark Tower||TBA|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
|2013||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Ripper Street||Nominated|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Game of Thrones||Nominated|
Vegetarian since the age of 18, Flynn is a patron of the Vegetarian Society. He has joined PETA in advocating the vegan lifestyle. In December 2018, Flynn joined the board of directors of VeganNation, an Israeli-based vegan lifestyle project that aims to create an ‘international vegan economy based on a virtual currency, the VeganCoin.”
Having taken childhood holidays in Pembrokeshire, Wales with his family, as a then follower of Ratu Bagus, a form of meditation, Flynn and some friends moved to a Georgian house there in the late 1990s, where he still lived in 2014.
Flynn was in a relationship with Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey; rumours spread about the relationship ending on bad terms some time before March 2014, resulting in the couple being kept apart on-set. However, Flynn rebuffed the claims, stating he and Headey had worked in a scene together, adding "And the last time I saw Lena we were speaking, so I wouldn’t believe everything you read, and like I said, [the media] can get pretty desperate for stories."  He continued by calling Headey "…a wonderful person and a wonderful actress."
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- Bill Bradley (13 July 2019). "'Game Of Thrones' Star Jerome Flynn Shoots Down Long-Time On-Set Feud Rumor". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2019.