Jeremy Crawford is a star from “The Witcher” TV series, launched by Netflix in 2019. Jeremy was following the project as soon as it was announced in 2017, wanting to get into the cast. He couldn’t even imagine the results of his sincere endeavors, being cast as the dwarven warrior, Yarpen Zigrin.
Early Life and Family
Jeremy Crawford was born in Fairmont, West Virginia USA, into a family of Irish and Scottish descent – though the precise date of his birth is still a mystery. Spending his childhood living with his parents, he got great support from his mother, who encouraged him to become an actor. From an early age he also liked various kinds of sports, such as soccer and basketball, though he preferred to watch the latter due to his short stature.
Jeremy has moved a lot during his adult life, living in Scotland and Czech Republic, until in 2016 he officially became a Canadian Permanent Resident.
Jeremy matriculated from his local high school in West Virginia, then entering Fairmont State University for a BA in Theatre. After his graduation, he moved to Scotland to enroll at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), located in Glasgow, and He graduated from there with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Acting. At the same time, he studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, located in London, travelling from one town to the other, and getting his first roles in the theatre productions.
Right after his graduation, Jeremy started to work at the Shakespearean Globe Theatre, getting the role of Leontes in selected scenes of “The Winter’s Tale” production, directed by Trevor Rawlins; he was also cast in the title role of “King Lear” in Shakespeare in the City production in Glasgow. Jeremy appeared in another Scottish production, “The Fever Dream: Southside”, which won several awards, including the Best Playwright (Douglas Maxwell) category; the production successfully toured around Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
In 2010, Jeremy started his long term collaboration with Czech theatres, appearing as Oscar in the musical entitled “Desire”, which was originally Czech, but had its English language production brought to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and was a massive success.
Jeremy also played the role of the Good Angel in the production of “Doctor Faustus”, launched by the Blood, Love, and Rhetoric Theatre (Prague, Czech Republic).
Latest Theater Works
After his hard work in Europe, Jeremy got back to the US to land the role of Little John in “The Heart of Robin Hood” production, launched by The American Repertory Theater, directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson. In 2014 for his role of Smee in “Peter Pan” in the Arizona Broadway Theater, Jeremy won the Broadway World Phoenix award as the Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He also landed the role of Mortimer in “The Fantasticks” production, launched by West Virginia Public Theatre, also appearing in another production of this theatre entitled “Happy Days: A New Musical”, portraying the character of Jumpy Malachi. In “To Kill A Kelpie” by Vintage Theatre Co., Jeremy landed the role of Dougal.
As an experienced aerialist, he proved his skills on rope and silks, portraying Iago in West Virginia Public Theatre’s production of “Disney’s Aladdin”. As of 2020, he works as an actor in Toronto, Canada, being a member of ACTRA (The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA), also remaining a member of AEA (The Actors’ Equity Association) in New York, USA.
TV and Movies Appearances
Debuting in front of the camera as Mick in Skittles TV advertising campaign, directed by Jakob Marky, Jeremy became quite successful in TV circles. He then landed roles in such short films as “Strings Attached”, “Oscar” and “The Carer”, which director, Neil Hartop, won in the Best Director category at the Edinburgh 48hour Film Festival in 2010.
Jeremy appeared as Scuzz in the “Man Seeking Woman” series from 2015 to 2017, then landed a minor role as Ice Cream Vendor in “Anne with an E” (2017 – 2019), and played Ringmaster in “Titans”, appearing in Season 1 of the show, aired by Netflix.
Yarpen Zigrin in “The Witcher”
Jeremy found out about the project starting in 2017, posting several photos on his Instagram account, expressing his will to get into the cast. A fan of “The Witcher” video games series, Jeremy considered he was the best choice to play the character of Sheldon Skaggs, who according to the plot of the video games (not the book), was one of the principal officers in the Mahakam Volunteer Army, and, in fact, a dwarf, which suited Jeremy a lot due to his height of 4ft 10ins.
He even started ‘an independent campaign’ on his Instagram account to get himself cast. However, Netflix ignored him, as the series was mainly based on the plot of the book series, not on the video games, so the TV series didn’t have this character. Luckily, the character of another dwarf, Yarpen Zigrin, appears in the stories which became the base for the first season of the Netflix show, so Jeremy was invited to portray this charismatic dragon-hunter with a perfect sense of humor.
He could be seen in the episode entitled “Rare Species”, in which Yarpen and his group of reavers participated in the hunt for the treasures of the dragon. The character of Yarpen Zigrin appears in many other stories about Witcher, so we are sure to witness Jeremy on the screens once again in the new seasons of the show.
Personal Life, Wife Janine Crawford
Jeremy met his future wife Janine when he was working in European theatres. The couple dated for several years and eventually married on 4 June 2016. Janine always accompanies her husband on his working trips, supporting him and helping him to learn the lines of his roles. They also like travelling around the globe whenever they have vacations. When they get bored, Janine braids Jeremy’s beard, and he posts his looks on his Instagram account.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
Jeremy is a big fan of Star Wars; he has recently enjoyed visiting the Museum of Oddities, known as Odditorium in Cavendish, where Jeremy could touch the original light sabre of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980).
Jeremy worked as a radio disc jockey for seven years. He does a lot of sports, including aerials (silks and rope), wrestling, basic gymnastics, soccer, etc. He also likes taking salsa dance classes with his wife. In 2016 he represented Canada as a satellite runner at Fields of Dreams Uganda charity marathon. Jeremy speaks several dialects, including Irish, Scottish and British RP (Received Pronunciation). He’s also done some puppetry, and has experience in stage combat. Jeremy is also a certified theater teacher.
One of his favorite actors is Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones”, and Aquaman in the eponymous movie. One of his favorite places in the world is Arthur’s Seat mountain, located in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jeremy is bald and has never showed up with even short hair. He has blue eyes. He is 4ft 10ins (1.47m) tall, and weighs around 100lbs (45kgs). He has a red beard and moustache.
Net Worth and Salary
As of 2020, Jeremy’s net worth is estimated by sources at over $2.5 million, appearing in the series “The Witcher” has certainly helped his bank account, but his main source of income is still the theater productions he’s participates in since his early student years.