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Born in Lima, Peru
Birth NameJaime Baily Letts
Nickname Niño Terrible

Mini Bio (1)

A student of a local prestigious school, Bayly never achieved good grades. Spending too much time in soccer games at school, his low academic performance forced his mother to send him to 'La Prensa' newspaper in order to get more responsibility with a part-time job. Every afternoon after school classes he went to the office until late at night. Since then, journalism became a passion for him.

In 1982 he was admitted to study at PUCP (Universidad Católica del Perú) with the determination to become a lawyer and then a politician, but the Soccer World Cup in Spain was taking place and got his attention and he was absent from classes because he wanted to watch every game. After four years of mediocre studies he left the college.

His first TV appearance occurred in 1983 during the municipal elections nationwide, interviewing candidates and politicians. That job was boring for him, so he began a successful career as a late show host interviewing flamboyant and celebrity personalities.

Bayly's first Late Show, '1990 en America', got the attention of TV audiences and critics; the next year he hosted a copy of David Letterman's Late Show - 'Que hay de nuevo?', which was ranked as the most popular TV Show.

His novels are also popular and 'No se lo digas a Nadie' (Don't tell Anyone) inspired a screenplay in 1998 directed by Francisco Lombardi and starring Santiago Magil and Christian Meier. He wrote five more novels, all of them with smart arguments about politics criticism, sexual freedom and friendship.

Bayly made Late Shows abroad in CBS Network Latin America and Telemundo Network during six years. After the president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, ran away to Japan (after a ten-years term in government) in order to avoid an imminent trial for charges of corruption; independent news media got over their difficult situation and Bayly hosted a new TV program 'Francotirador, El' as a political journalist, interviewing candidates for the new Presidential Elections. In that program, he bothered several 'respected' personalities with his political opinions and finally he had to quit from that. Inspired by that experience Jaime wrote a book with the same title.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gabriel Lombardo

Spouse (1)

Silvia Nuñez del Arco (2011 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (7)

Nephew of peruvian former congressman Ricardo Letts.
Is the third of ten children.
Has 2 daughters with his wife Sandra: Camila and Paola
Is a very good friend of Alvaro Vargas Llosa (son of peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa), a journalist who started a blank-vote campaign during the Presidential Elections in Perú between April and May 2001. Jaime was criticized for his supporting activities in that campaign.
Hosting a new Late Show 'La noche es virgen' (the title comes from his third novel: Night is just beginning). [September 2001]
His sixth book is published: 'Aquí no hay poesia' (Here is no poetry) [December 2001]
Has one daughter with his wife Silvia: Zoe.

Personal Quotes (1)

"What can I say about my books? I started writing in 1990, when I was 25, in a cool winter in Madrid and then I couldn't stop it. It's, as the same time, a sentence and a gift, and I don't have doubts that is my most serious vocation and I think is everlasting. I'd love to write, just do that, but novels have low incomes and I don't want my daughters go to a dingy school".

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