Jharrel Jerome

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Jharrel Jerome
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Jerome in 2019
Born (1997-10-09) October 9, 1997 (age 21)
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School[1]
Years active2016–present biathlon

Jharrel Jerome (born October 9, 1997)[citation needed] is an American actor. He is best known for starring in Barry Jenkins' drama film Moonlight (2016) and for portraying Korey Wise in Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries When They See Us (2019).[2] For the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Life and career[edit]

Jerome was born in 1997 and raised in the Bronx, New York,[3][4] he is of African American and Dominican descent.[4] He grew up in a close-knit family with parents who he described as "loving",[5] his mother suggested he pursue acting when he was in eighth grade, after which he joined the Riverdale Children's Theatre, a local youth theatre organization. He attended and graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, commuting to Manhattan each day by train.[1][3]

Shortly after Jerome enrolled as an undergraduate at Ithaca College, he was cast in his first professional acting role in the 2016 independent film Moonlight, as young Kevin.[2] A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times that he was "excellent" in the role.[6] Director Barry Jenkins said about Jerome, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, "When you watch Jharrel in that movie, he’s not a guy who’s been over-rehearsing. That’s a dude learning by doing. It’s amazing.”[2]

Since 2017, Jerome has appeared in the Audience series Mr. Mercedes.[4] He auditioned for the role of young Korey Wise in the 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us, based on the Central Park jogger case.[3] After his audition the series' director, Ava DuVernay, asked him to read the lines for adult Korey Wise, and he was subsequently cast in both roles.[3] Jerome grew close to Wise throughout filming, and said in a Los Angeles Times interview, "He's my brother now. I look up to him. I look up to his courage. He's taught me so much on how to be strong.”[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Her Coloring Book Artist Short film
Wheels Narrator Short film
Moonlight Teen Kevin Austin Film Critics Association Special Honorary Award for Best Ensemble
Gotham Special Jury Award – Ensemble Performance
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2018 All Rise Osvaldo
First Match Omari Credited as Jharrel A. Jerome
2019 Selah and the Spades Maxxie
Robu Rob Short Film
2020 Concrete Cowboys TBA

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Tales Deacon Episode: "Children's Story"
Mr. Mercedes[4] Jerome Robinson Main Role
2019 When They See Us[2] Korey Wise Lead Role
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series[7]


Jerome and his Moonlight co-star, Ashton Sanders, won the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss.[8]

Jerome was nominated and won in 2019 for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category and won for When They See Us.[7]


  1. ^ a b Venable, Malcolm (June 5, 2019). "When They See Us' Jharrel Jerome Is As Blown Away By His Performance As the Rest of Us". TV Guide. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Villarreal, Yvonne. "After breaking out in 'Moonlight,' Jharrel Jerome channels the horrors of the Central Park Five case". latimes.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Herzog, Kenny. "How Moonlight's Jharrel Jerome Found Himself in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us". www.vulture.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Bergado, Gabe. "Jharrel Jerome Says Depicting One of the Central Park Five Was the Hardest Thing He's Ever Done". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "'Moonlight's Jharrel Jerome Talks Playing A Queer Man As A Straight Latino". Vibe. February 16, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Scott, A. O. (October 20, 2016). "'Moonlight': Is This the Year's Best Movie?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Whitten, Sarah. "Emmys 2019: The complete list of nominees for the 71st annual TV awards show". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Moonlight's Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome Win Best Kiss". E! Online. May 7, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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