Lilongwe – British-Zimbabwean actor Regé-Jean Page was last week named Best Actor at the 52nd National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Awards for his role in the hit Netflix drama series, Bridgerton.
Page plays the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, in the critically acclaimed drama, and he was up for the NAACP Award along with Sterling Brown (This Is Us), Nico Annan (P Valley), Keith David (Greenleaf) and Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country).
In his speech after bagging the prestigious award, Page said: “This absolutely goes out to all the incredible people on our team who made something so unique. It is a highest honour to represent us in the fullness of our beauty, of our glamour, of our splendor, of our loyalty, of our romance, of our love.”
Bridgerton is set in England’s regency era, and it follows the loves, hates, ambitions and failings of siblings from the eponymous blood line. The TV show is based on Julia Quinn’s novel series, with the first season based on the opening work, The Duke and I.
Bridgerton smashed Netflix viewership records with 82 million households watching it worldwide and the second season is in the pipeline, and Page will be back as the Duke of Hastings.
Page was born in London to a Zimbabwean mother and an English father. He spent his childhood in Zimbabwe and returned to England for secondary school, at which time he took up acting.
It took two years of auditioning to be accepted into the Drama Centre London, from which he graduated in 2013. The young actor got roles in The History Boys and The Merchant of Venice, appearing opposite Jonathan Pryce.
After starring in the final season of Waterloo Road in 2015, the following year saw him get his first role in America, playing Chicken George in the popular Roots remake, and in the process getting an international reputation as an actor to be reckoned with.Soon after, he was to appear in as the male lead in the Spark, and thereafter in the legal drama For The People as well as the 2018 post-apocalyptic movie Mortal Engines, among other roles. This year has also been good for him, with announcements coming that he would be in the Dungeons & Dragons movie, as well as the Netflix feature length production The Gray Man.