Jonah Lees

Jimmy Swaggart

Pious cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, he competes with Jerry for the affections of a Preacher’s daughter. Jimmy bewails his wild cousins’ sinful ways, but may be hiding a few sins of his own.


Born in the UK’s oldest recorded town of Colchester, less than 1 minute after his identical twin brother Christian, Jonah has already worked alongside some of the industry’s most highly respected directors and actors at such a young age.

Trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Sylvia Young Theatre School and The National Youth Theatre Of Great Britain, by his first day of school Jonah was making his West End debut as “Michael Banks” in MARY POPPINS.

After an acclaimed nine month run in SHADOWLANDS alongside acting legend Charles Dance, British TV, radio & film work soon followed including his first series lead in Channel 4’s innovative comedy FREE AGENTS with Sharon Horgan, a multi-ep arc in Tom Fontana’s BORGIA for Canal Plus/Netflix, and the coveted role of young “Eric Morecambe” in ERIC AND ERNIE the BAFTA nominated biopic for the BBC.

His breakout feature debut came when Jonah and his brother were cast as leads in TALE OF TALES opposite Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel. The film was the first English language feature for famed Italian director Matteo Garrone and was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Jonah is beyond thrilled to make his American television debut playing the future evangelist “Jimmy Lee Swaggart” in CMT’s epic rock n roll drama SUN RECORDS.


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