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Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville achieved fame in the summer of 1984 as the voice of Bronski Beat, whose single "Smalltown Boy" reached number three in the UK singles chart. The song was unusual at the time as its lyrics and music video directly addressed the issue of gay life and homophobic violence. Somerville quickly became famous for his openness about his ... See full bio »
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 2017 Glastonbury 2017 (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Day 3, Part 1 (2017) ... (performer: "To Love Somebody" - uncredited)
 2017 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (lyrics: "Smalltown Boy" - as James Somerville) / (music: "Smalltown Boy" - as James Somerville)
 2015 Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Limbo (2015) ... (writer: "Why?" - uncredited)
 2015 No Offence (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (2015) ... (writer: "Smalltown Boy" - uncredited)
 2015 Cucumber (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... (writer: "Smalltown Boy")
 2014 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Koch (2014) ... (writer: "Smalltown Boy" - as James William Somerville)
 2014/I Pride (writer: "Why?", "Tell My Why", "For a Friend")
 2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Video Game) (writer: "Smalltown Boy" - as James W. Somerville)
 2013/I Test (writer: "Smalltown Boy" - as James William Somerville)
 2013 CopStories (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kopfschüssler (2013) ... (writer: "Smalltown Boy")
 2009 House of Boys (performer: "World of My Own")
 2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno (writer: "Smalltown Boy")
 2006 Another Gay Movie (performer: "I Was Born This Way")
 2000 Lexx (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Girltown (2000) ... (performer: "Freedom" - uncredited)
 1998 Edge of Seventeen (writer: "Why", "Smalltown Boy")
 1994 Postcards from America (performer: "So Long, Babe", "Postcards From America Suite")
 1992 Orlando (performer: "Eliza Is the Fairest Queen", "Coming") / (writer: "Coming")
 1990 Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie) (performer: "From This Moment On")
 1990 Screen One (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Police (1990) ... (performer: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)")
 1990 Rockopop (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 February 1990 (1990) ... (performer: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)")
 1987 Sábado noche (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 20 June 1987 (1987) ... (writer: "You Are My World")
 1986 Parting Glances (writer: "Love and Money", "Smalltown Boy", "Why")
 1985 Avenging Angel (performer: "Why?")
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Alternate Names:

Bronski Beat | The Communards | Jimmy Sommerville


5' 2" (1.57 m)

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[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 ... See more »


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

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