Five minutes with Jonathan Boynton-Lee

By admin
27 May 2014

We caught up with Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee, who’s been nominated in the Most Stylish Male category in this year’s YOU Spectacular awards.


Before landing the job on Top Billing you worked in the film industry. Are you still involved in movies?

Yes, I was an actor, writer and filmmaker and I’m still very involved with that. I’m actually shooting something right now.

What is it you’re working on?

I’m shooting two films – one is a horror film and the other is a sort of buddy cop movie, kind of like Bad Boys, which I’m working on with another well-known actor right now.

Congrats on your Most Stylish Male nomination. Where do you get your style inspiration from?

I have no idea! I was actually quite surprised to be nominated. I really don’t think about what I wear and I guess maybe that’s why people think I’m stylish. I think style is an outward expression of who you are on the inside and I always try to stay true to who I am in what I wear and not wear things that are not me. So I guess I get my inspiration from myself and whatever I feel like wearing on that day!

Who are your favourite designers?

I really love local designers and I am passionate about supporting them. I think I have about four. For women’s wear definitely Gert-Johan Coetzee. And then for casual wear Ruald Rheeder, Sheldon from Naked Ape and Paledi from Pulse Homme.

Which three items of clothing in your cupboard will you never give away?

My Ruald Rheeder joggers. Paledi is designing a suit for me right now and it will be the first suit specifically made for me so I know once I have it, it’ll be very difficult to give away. Then there’s this old college shirt I have that says Dinosaur Land on it. It’s worn and I sleep in it, but I wouldn’t be able to give it away.

What would you wear on a first date?  

That would depend on where we’re going.

Let’s say it’s a fancy restaurant.

Well, I’m a real jeans and T-shirt with leather jacket kind of guy. I wouldn’t want to look like I’m trying too hard.

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