Johnny Flynn (born 14 March 1983) is a South African born English musician and actor. He is the frontman of the folk-rock band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. As an actor he is credited as Joe Flynn, because there was already another actor registered as "Johnny Flynn".
Early life and education
Flynn was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of Eric Flynn and Caroline Forbes. From his father's first marriage he has two older half-brothers, actors Jerome Flynn and Daniel Flynn, and an older sister, Kerry Flynn, and from his father's second marriage, a younger sister, Lillie Flynn, who sings with the Sussex Wit. At the age of three he moved with his family to Hampshire, England, fleeing South Africa after apartheid-supporters murdered his mother's cousin and her husband, a mixed-race couple, for lending support to the African National Congress.
Flynn was educated at Winchester College, an independent school in the city of Winchester in Hampshire, where he sang in the chapel choir and was required, due to his music scholarship, to learn two instruments: the violin and trumpet. Later, he would teach himself guitar and win a second music scholarship to Bedales School, an independent school in the village of Steep, near the market town of Petersfield, also in Hampshire.
Film and Television
In 2005, Flynn was one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow. He is best known for his starring role of Dolf Vega in the film Crusade in Jeans (2006). He had smaller parts in television series Murder in Suburbia, Holby City and Kingdom.
In 2014, he appeared in the lead role of the Channel 4 television series Scrotal Recall.
In 2013, Flynn was cast in Song One, a film starring Anne Hathaway. Flynn plays a musician by the name of James Forrester, who becomes involved with Hathaway's character, following an accident involving her brother.
Flynn has released several studio albums and plays folk-influenced songs of his own composition. He wrote the theme song for the BBC Four television series Detectorists and made a cameo appearance performing the song in episode 3.