How well do you know Gwilym Lee, the on-screen Brian May?

How well do you know Gwilym Lee, the on-screen Brian May?


Text: Megan Koh

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If you've been putting the new Bohemian Rhapsody trailer on repeat, you've probably noticed Gwilym Lee, the British actor who plays Queen's lead guitarist, Brian May

1. One of the reasons he got into acting was to meet girls
Gwilym Lee came from a boys' school and thought that drama classes would give him a chance to meet girls. The 34-year-old English actor enrolled into a group called the Birmingham Central Television workshop which earned him subsequent acting jobs during his youth. At 15-years-old, he loved the feeling of being surrounded by proper actors and at 17, he made that hobby into a living.

2. He wanted to become a professional skateboarder
Lee's biggest regret is not becoming a professional skateboarder. While he went to drama school, Lee confessed that sports mattered more than acting when he was younger. While Lee was involved in school plays, he also played rugby, cricket and tennis in school. His childhood saw him outdoors all the time and family holidays were filled with fond memories of camping in the countryside.


3. He is good at baking
Lee is really good at baking, and even once made a Victoria sponge that looked like a cheeseburger for his friend's 30th birthday. Lee also likes to cook for his friends and joked that he talks about cooking more than about football or women.

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4. He played a detective and was burgled in real life
Lee starred in the popular British detective drama Midsomer Murders as Detective Sergeant Charlie Nelson from 2013 to 2016. In 2014, when he returned home from filming one day, Lee spotted raiders in his home but decided against confronting the burglars, just like his on-screen character would. Instead, he called the police and waited outside the house. "I thought better of bursting in saying I was DS Nelson from Midsomer Murders. I didn't think I'd be convincing enough, you can replace possessions but not my skull," Lee said in an interview.

5. He is an oldie at heart
The first record he bought was The Dandy Warhols' 'Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth'. Growing up listening to his mother's vinyl albums from the '60s and '70s, he can sing all of the songs in The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. His fashion era is the '50s, famed for their well-cut, loose-fit suits with pleated trousers, skinny ties and pocket squares.


Bohemian Rhapsody opens in Singapore theatres on 1 November.
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