Jharrel Jerome is an American actor born of Dominican descent. One of the hottest new prospects on the horizon, he has won a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Award for his phenomenal turn as Korey Wise in the Netflix drama miniseries, When They See Us.
He is one of the finest actors working today, which is all the more surprising considering he only turned twenty-two last October!
These are seven facts about Jharrel Jerome:
In the relatively short time that he has been acting professionally, Jerome has had acting credits in some of the most acclaimed TV shows and movies.
His magnum opus came in the 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us. Inspired by the harrowing true events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case wherein five teenagers were wrongfully accused and prosecuted for the se*ual assault and murder of a woman in Central Park, New York.
Jerome plays Korey Wise, one of the accused who becomes an advocate for prison reform after being incarcerated for 14 years.
For his stellar portrayal, he took home the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 2019 Emmys and the Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards.
Jharrel's debut role groomed him for the unprecedented popularity that he would be bestowed with later in his career.
He tore through the door of the industry with his performance as a teenaged Kevin, the best friend of the film's main protagonist, Chiron.
The movie would go on to win the Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay accolade at the 89th Academy Awards among its 8 nominations.
Looking at his prodigious body of work, you'd be surprised to learn that he is only 22 years old. Born on October 9, 1997, Jerome turned twenty-two last October.
The Bronx-native is of Dominican heritage but identifies as Afro-Latino.
Speaking of impressive résumés, Jerome's boasts credits in such acclaimed short movies as Her Coloring Book, Wheels, and Robu.
His presence can be felt on the small screens as well; besides his work in Netflix's When They See Us, he can also be seen on Tales and Mr. Mercedes.
As Jharrel climbs the ranks of aspiring acting talents and onto the realms of Hollywood mainstay, his Instagram following is also following suit.
Currently, at 992k followers under the handle @jharreljerome, his following is seemingly growing by the minute. A good combination of good looks and intelligence beyond his years, the 22-year-old is well on his way to having millions of followers.
Besides his on-screen roles, Jharrel's ubiquitous presence can also extend to the theatre. He started training in theatre performance since the eighth grade and joined the Riverdale Children's Theatre.
He is also an alum of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and the New York-based liberal arts college, Ithaca College.
To date, Jharrel Jerome has had high-profile roles in the indie blockbuster flick, Moonlight, and the Netflix miniseries, When They See Us.
Considering he is only 22, it would be safe to assume that we have only seen the dawning of Jerome's career.
As of March 2020, Jerome's net worth is reported to be $500k.