Not only did we enjoy the romance and drama in the latest Netflix series Bridgerton, but our hearts were stolen by the intelligent, flirty, rather mysterious (and the sentence cannot be complete without hot!) Simon Bassett – the Duke Of Hastings, a role which was well played by our very own local talent, the Zimbabwean-British actor Rege`- Jean Page. The up and coming star has recently started making waves for appearing in a number of TV shows and movies. We zoom in on the actor and get to know more about him……
Rege`-Jean Page, real name Regererai, is a Zimbabwean-British actor who was born in the UK in 1990. His mother was a Zimbabwean nurse and his father an English preacher. He is the second child in a family of four children. He was born in London and spent most of his childhood in Zimbabwe, and then moved back to London for secondary school. The proudly Zimbabwean actor describes Zimbabwe as “the most beautiful place in the world”. Page’s acting career started off as a hobby for him. He attended a Saturday school at the National Youth Theatre where he had acting, singing and dancing classes. Music was his first love, and he was in a band with his young brother while growing up. But Page eventually fell immensely in love with acting and went on to attend the Drama Centre London and graduated in 2013, and it marked the beginning of his career in the showbiz industry.
Page has appeared in several movies and TV shows. He made his debut in the short film Troublemaker as Jayu in 2004. He also made a brief appearance as an extra in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows–Part One in 2011. In 2015 he starred in the last season of the BBC drama series Waterloo Road. He also appeared in the film Mortal Engine in 2015.Then in 2016 he made his American debut in the remake of the 1970s series Roots, playing the role of Chicken George alongside Forest Whitaker and Laurence Fishburne.He was cast again in another American series For The People, produced by Shonda Rhimes. He was one of the star characters of the show playing the role of Leonard Knox. He appears in another recent Shonda Rhimes production, the Netflix period drama series Bridgerton with the leading role of the Duke of Hastings Simon Basett.The star also appeared in another recent chick flick Sylvie’s Love on Amazon Prime. Page is described as a man of many talents; from acting to dancing, singing to comedy, and he is dubbed as one of the best actors in the industry (and we concur!!!) Word on the street is that the actor is set to be the next James Bond in the latest 007 movie No time to die. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we’ll soon be seeing the star on our screens with the name Bond……James Bond.
The rising star has been titled one of the Top Ten TV Stars to watch by Variety Magazine and we are more than confident that we’ll be seeing more of him on our screens. We celebrate our local talent and we are also making it official: Regererai Jean Page is our new favourite actor and our new on (and off) screen crush…….(sigh)
By: Chido Kakora