Joey Batey is an English actor and musician. A major fixture of national and international TV shows and movies, he landed his most successful role to date in the popular fantasy drama series The Witcher.
He wowed audiences with his acting and singing as the trickster, Jaskier the Bard in the Netflix series. We look at 7 facts about Joey Batey on this list.
Jaskier, real name Julian Alfred Pankratz, is a poet, minstrel, and a bard who got away with cracking jokes on people more powerful than him, courtesy of his close friendship with Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill.
Fans have wondered since The Witcher premiered whether Joey performed his songs on the show. Joey did perform his songs. He performed the extremely catchy songs Her Sweet Kiss and Toss Your Coin to your Witcher.
Joey is an accomplished singer. He is the lead singer for the band The Amazing Devil, and he is currently recording his second studio album with the band. The album is titled The Horror and the Wild and is set to drop in February 2020.
Joey has a limited time-frame to leave a mark on his audition for The Witcher. He had less than 24 hours, and he had to improvise most of his material. He brought a lute with him and demonstrated his singing as well as acting.
He made a good impression and was offered the role of Jaskier. In an interview with HeyUGuys, he spared some details about his hectic interview, saying:
"The audition process was very quick for me, I had about, I think about 24 hours to do it so I had no time to really, really prepare, and I think that was actually quite a good thing. If I had walked in and overthought it then ... I also brought a lute, that always helps"
Joey was a fan of English art and literature since a child. He attended the ivy-league Cambridge University where he studied modern and medieval language.
Before he was a major player on the screens, Joey was cutting his teeth in theatres all over England. He performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, in the play Bring up the Bodies.
Before gaining worldwide recognition as part of The Witcher, Joey was honing his craft in TV and cinema. His most prominent roles include a brief appearance in an episode of the English sci-fi-drama mini-series The War of the Worlds.
Other notable roles include appearances in the TV shows Stan Lee's Lucky Man, Knightfall, In the Dark, Whitechapel, among others.
Netflix hit a homerun with The Witcher. The series has been one of the most successful shows in the streaming platform and has siphoned millions of viewers worldwide.
So, it is unsurprising that the cast has been paid handsomely. Joey Batey is reportedly worth $500k, and a big part of his six-figure income can be contributed to his payday from The Witcher.
Season 2 already in the books, Joey's net worth is only set to increase.