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Date Of BirthJune 22, 1961
FactNow a solo performer, Somerville was the singer for Bronski Beat and duo The Communards (with Richard Coles) in the 1980s.

Jimmy Somerville (born 22 June 1961) is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the 1980s pop group Bronski Beat, and The Communards in the 1980s and 1990s. He has also had a solo career.

Somerville was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to a working-class family. His father was a postman and his mother was a cleaner. He has two older sisters. Somerville was educated at Whitehill Secondary School, where he began acting and singing in school productions.

Somerville’s first foray into the music industry came as a member of the short-lived band The Bubblegum Splash, who released one single, “I Wanna Be a Winner”, in 1980. He then joined Bronski Beat, with whom he achieved his greatest success. The group had several hits in the UK, including “Smalltown Boy” and “Why?”.

In 1985, Somerville left Bronski Beat to form The Communards with classically trained musician Richard Coles. The Communards had several hits, including “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Never Can Say Goodbye”. The group split up in 1988, but Somerville continued to record and perform as a solo artist.

Somerville has released eight solo albums, the most recent being 2013’s Home Again. He has also worked as a remixer and producer for other artists, including Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, and Depeche Mode.

Somerville has been openly gay throughout his career. He has been in a relationship with Steve Bronski, of Bronski Beat, since 1991. The couple have two children.

Somerville is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and has blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameJimmy Somerville
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1961
Height1.58 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Songwriter, You Make Me Feel, Comment Te Dire Adieu, To Love Somebody


Music GroupsBronski Beat, The Communards, Band Aid, You Make Me Feel, Comment Te Dire Adieu, To Love Somebody
NominationsBrit Award for British Male Solo Artist
MoviesOrlando, Looking for Langston, Countertenors

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1[in 1988] The way that the media has really treated people who die from AIDS is either they're kind of like seen as junkies, or just like queers, or people who are actually outside. It's never actually seen as like people who are actually just like people, human beings. It's not just statistics and figures, it's actually people who are dying. People who have friends and relationships and they do the same everyday things that everyone else does.


1Now a solo performer, Somerville was the singer for Bronski Beat and duo The Communards (with Richard Coles) in the 1980s.



Halt and Catch Fire2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
No Offence2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Pride2014/Iwriter: "Why?", "Tell My Why", "For a Friend"
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game writer: "Small Town Boy" - as James W. Somerville
Test2013/Iwriter: "Smalltown Boy" - as James William Somerville
House of Boys2009performer: "World of My Own"
Zack and Miri Make a Porno2008writer: "Smalltown Boy"
Another Gay Movie2006performer: "I Was Born This Way"
Lexx2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
Edge of Seventeen1998writer: "Why", "Small Town Boy"
Postcards from America1994performer: "So Long, Babe", "Postcards From America Suite"
Orlando1992performer: "ELIZA IS THE FAIREST QUEEN", "COMING" / writer: "COMING"
Red Hot and Blue1990TV Movie performer: "From This Moment On"
Screen One1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rockopop1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parting Glances1986writer: "Love and Money", "Smalltown Boy", "Why"
Avenging Angel1985performer: "Why?"


Here I Am2004Video short
Positive Art1993TV Movie documentary
The Attendant1993Short


Lexx2000TV SeriesSatin
Orlando1992Falsetto / Angel
Looking for Langston1989Angel


Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts1983Documentary

Music Department

House of Boys2009composer: title song: 'World of My Own'


The Nomi Song2004Documentary thanks - as Jimmy Sommerville


Kulthits - Die Show der 70er und 80er2015TV SeriesHimself - Performer
C à vous2015TV SeriesHimself
Somewhere Over the Rainbow2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Sänger
80s Rewind Festival 20102011TV MovieHimself
Les années bonheur2008TV SeriesHimself
Vivement dimanche2007TV SeriesHimself
Symphonic Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos2005TV MovieHimself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Die 90er Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Sex 'n' Pop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Here I Am2004Video shortHimself
Zona franca1995TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Top of the Pops1984-1995TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Camp Christmas1993TV MovieHimself
Eurotrash1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Viva el espectáculo1991TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Jimmy Somerville: The Video Collection 1984-19901990VideoHimself
Un dia és un dia1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Media Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The Word1990TV SeriesHimself
Red Hot and Blue1990TV MovieHimself
La parada1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
3x41990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pero ¿esto qué es?1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Rockopop1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1989TV SeriesHimself
Sábado noche1988TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Roxy1987TV SeriesHimself
Live from Her Majesty's1987TV SeriesHimself
No 731987TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Tocata1987TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Ahí te quiero ver1987TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Champs-Elysées1986TV SeriesHimself
TV Eye1986TV SeriesHimself
Do N't Leave Me This Way1986Video shortHimself
Saturday Superstore1984TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner2007DocumentaryAngel (uncredited)
80s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1986TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1984Grierson AwardBritish Film Institute AwardsFramed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts (1983)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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