Joey Batey is the fan-favorite member of 'The Witcher' cast, with his version of 'Jaskier' winning the hearts of fans and slowly taking over the memes starting in 2020. The actor and his song ‘Toss a Coin to Your Witcher’ are making the rounds of the internet, and even though Netflix botched the release of the song, it is slowly becoming a hit.
Before Joey was playing Jaskier, he was a theatre actor from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and born in 1993. He is also a Cambridge University graduate and only started acting in front of the camera at the age of 20. But before he was making it in front of the camera, the actor took to the stage and entertained British audiences for a while.
The actor is making a name for himself with the Jaskier role and by the talent at display from the actor in the show, expect to see the actor on your TV screens for a long time. So, here are five facts you need to know about the Jaskier actor Joey Batey.
5. Joey Batey’s First Album was Released in 2016
Joey Batey is a musician and also sings in a band. Source: Instagram
Joey Batey is a singer, someone who loves acting, but singing is also his passion. The actor started his band 'The Amazing Devil' and performed all over his hometown with the band later getting an album made. Their first album was named Love Run and was released in 2016. Though recently, stemming from the actor’s career as an actor, the band seems to have disjointed their work a little.
4. Joey Batey is a Graduate of the University of Cambridge
Joey is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Source: Instagram
Joey Batey wanted to be an actor for a long time, but the practicality of the dream needed to be supported by something more tangible, and an educational qualification goes a long way in becoming a fallback plan. Joey Batey finished his high school education and soon joined the University of Cambridge, where he took Modern and Medieval Languages classes.
The actor also got a theatre degree Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, from Paris and started on his career as an onstage actor.
3. Stage Actor since the Age of 15
Joey Batey started stage acting at the age of 15. Source: Instagram
Before he was even trained to be onstage, playing different characters on stage, Joey was playing Hamlet in 2008. He generated interest for a career on stage a long time ago and started his journey under the spotlight before he was even out of high school.
The actor’s last stage credit puts it around 2015, right around the time he was stepping up his game onscreen.
2. Joey Batey Learned to Play the Lute for His Character of Jaskier in The Witcher
Joey is a skilled musician, so he knows how to play various instruments, but the dedication for the character was there for the actor when he learned he needed to play the lute for the show, the actor learned how to play the instrument. He could’ve just faked the whole thing, but instead of air-fingering the whole thing, Joey learned how to play the small smooth instrument and gave us the amazing song of The Witcher.
1. Famous for Jaskier – Became a Fan Favorite because of ‘Toss a Coin’ Song
Before Jaskier, Joey Batey was a relatively unknown actor appearing in a handful of movies and TV shows. But after the actor was hired to play the bard in the show, his hiring was the only addition to the cast, which was not contentious.
After the show was released, the actor’s appearance as Jaskier was lauded by fans, and then the fandom for the actor and the character grew further after the release of the song “Toss a Coin To Your Witcher.”