Jonathan Boynton – Lee
Rhodes University - Drama, majoring in Acting and Directing
Accent trained - Fiona Ramsey
3 Days to go - support role
Baby Mama's film - support role
Hell Trip - Lead
The Last Days of American Crime- cameo
Generations - cameo role of Dr Bekker
Abo Mzala - Thomas
Ses' Top la S4 - role of Russel
TV commercials - list on request
Main Presenter on TOP BILLING (TV magazine program)
Presenter Search on 3
Presenter for Tropika Island of Treasure
Accents: RP British, American
Stunts, free diving with sharks, rides motorbikes, advanced scuba diver and all sports.
Jonathan's first love, since his early theatre days, has always been acting, and armed with great knowledge behind the camera(more details below), he launched his career in front of it, by landing the countries most coveted presenting role, on Top Billing. Since then he has become one of South Africa's most popular and awarded celebrities, known for his versatility as a presenter, actor, writer, director and philanthropist. After winning season 7 of Strictly Come Dancing SA, he became the first person in the country, and reportedly the world, to win two prime time reality shows (the other being the Top Billing Presenter search where he beat thousands of hopefuls to land the gig). Since then he has traveled the world and shared the screen with the likes of Richard Branson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Cameron Diaz, Emily Blunt, Ed Sheeran, Peter Jackson, and Ana Wintour, to name a few. He won 2015's You Spectacular award for Best TV presenter in SA, and SA's sexiest man. He’s also been named Cosmopolitan's sexiest man, and has a coveted SA Style award, and GQ best dressed man award.
Jonathan recently hit the big screen in two local blockbusters, Baby Mamas, and 3 Days to Go, playing prominent roles in both. And he is soon to be seen as the lead antagonist, Adam Shaw, in the terrifying Hell Trip.
He’s showcased his comedic side with roles in popular local TV productions such as Abo Mzala and Ses’Top La.
In the commercials world Jonathan’s had the lead role in ads for Exclusive Books, Absa, Coca Cola, Toyota, Dettol, Edgars, and Steers. He has modeled for, among others, Woolworths, Nike, FHM, GQ, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, and graced the runways at local and international fashion shows. He was the first ever male to appear on the cover of Maxim in SA.
Jonathan started out writing, directing and acting for theatre with the likes of Andrew Buckland and Reza de Wet. He made the big step to film when a script he wrote for Quickies film festival was selected from over 5000 applicants to be produced and screened on art cinemas around the country.
Audiences then voted him as one of SA’s 10 best directors. He went on to star in a popular reality filmmaking show on SABC 3, competing against the other filmmakers. His subsequent two short films won best editing and cinematography. Since then he has shot award winning commercials and corporate videos for, among others, Audi, Garmin, Nestle, Canon, Coca Cola, SAA, Johnnie Walker, Multichoice, Anglo Gold, and United Nations. After joining Catapult commercials (http://catapult.tv/jonathan-boynton-lee/ ) in Johannesburg, his Friskies campaign won a coveted Loerie award.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Kevin Harris selected him as one of 6 filmmakers across Africa to be mentored under the auspices of the Rainbow Documentary Collective. He and Kevin have completed their second documentary together, the highly praised Life is Art.
Following its world premiere, the feature film Jozi Kings, which Jonathan co-directed, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj1riHUAMGU ) was nominated for Best Action Film and Best Screenplay at the Nollywood Film Critics Awards in Los Angeles USA, subsequently winning for best film. It was selected to spearhead a revolutionary new distribution platform, Kasi Movie Nights, bringing the magic of movies to the townships. The film was subsequently nominated for best film in the 2013 Africa Magic viewers choice awards, and made official selection for the 2013 Jozi Film Festival. Jonathan’s first short film, Lady and Trompie, which he wrote, directed, edited and DOP’d with Isaac Chokwe, was shot for the 48 hr film festival. It received nominations across the board, winning for best actress and best cinematography.
His keen eye for composition and photography also landed him a position as iPhoneography ambassador for South Africa, showcasing worldwide the photographic and video capabilities of the iPhone, as well as judging the official iphoneography awards. https://www.myistore.co.za/jonathan-boynton-lee-istore-iphoneography
With his background in theatre Jonathan has always been very comfortable on stage and recently opened the Pharell Williams concert. He has done MC work for big local and international brands including FAW(sharing the stage with then President Jacob Zuma), Vodacom, Elizabeth Arden, Nike, Jacobs coffee, Celio, Standard Bank, FNB, Woolworths, BIC, TWF(biggest government travel company in SA), Celebrity Cherubs(two massive fundraiser events which raised money for Princess Alice), Reach for a Dream, and Woolworths.