Blake Jenner

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Blake Jenner
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BornBlake Alexander Jenner
(1992-08-27) August 27, 1992 (age 21)
Miami, Florida
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2010–present
Partner(s)Melissa Benoist (fiancée)[1]
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Blake Jenner
Blake Jenner 2013.jpg
BornBlake Alexander Jenner
(1992-08-27) August 27, 1992 (age 21)
Miami, Florida
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2010–present
Partner(s)Melissa Benoist (fiancée)[1]

Blake Alexander Jenner (born August 27, 1992)[2] is an American actor and singer, known for his portrayal of Ryder Lynn on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee. He is engaged to fellow Glee star Melissa Benoist, who plays the role of Marley Rose. He is the winner of the second season of the Oxygen reality competition series The Glee Project.

Early life[edit]


Raised in Miami, Florida, he grew up interested in music and film.[3] The youngest of four brothers, Jenner was born to White American father and Cuban American mother. He began playing drums, writing short stories and acting them out in class, claiming he was bitten by the acting bug by the age of 9. In high school, Jenner was involved with many extracurricular activities; he joined the wrestling team, played varsity football, and performed in plays, additionally appearing in numerous television commercials as a teenager. All throughout his childhood, Jenner heavily participated in acting and improvisation classes,[4] stating that he was “in love with improv and comedy”.[5] Active in his school's drama department and Impromedy, a sketch comedy group based in his hometown of Florida, he has frequent experience as a stage performer at the Roxy Performing Arts Theatre.[6]


Eager to pursue a career in acting, Jenner left his hometown and moved to Los Angeles after graduating a year early in 2010.[7] While residing in California, he took on many jobs including a waiter, clothing store associate, and parrot salesman while auditioning for acting roles.[8] He continually attended improv classes at The Groundlings and eventually did a guest show with said company two years later.[9][10] By 2011, he was cast in short films Wurlitzer, The Truth In Being Right and horror movie Cousin Sarah and had a one-episode guest appearance on ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey as jock Miller Collins.[11]

In 2012, he was selected through industry channels to audition as one of fourteen contestants on the second season of The Glee Project, a television reality show for which the prize is a guaranteed seven-episode arc on the following season of the Fox musical comedy-drama, Glee. He was one of three finalists, and ultimately won.[2]

After appearing as Ryder Lynn on the fourth season of Glee, he was later nominated and won at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Breakout Star.[12]

Jenner, along with co-stars Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell and fiancée Melissa Benoist[13] were promoted to series regulars for the fifth season.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Jenner has been dating his Glee co-star Melissa Benoist since 2012; the two are engaged to be married.[15]


Film & Television
2010Fresh 2 DeathConnorSupporting role
2011WurlitzerAlexander MooreShort film
2011Melissa & JoeyMiller CollinsSeason 1: Episode "A House Divided"
2011Cousin SarahBrett MarksHorror movie
2012The Truth In Being RightJeffreyShort film, directed by Benjamin Eck and written by Eck and Dino May
2012The Glee ProjectHimselfSeason 2 – 11 Episodes (Reality Show)
2012–presentGleeRyder LynnSeason 4 – Recurring Role
Cast nominated for SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Season 5
– Main Cast
2013Master ChefHimselfSeason 4: Episode 10

Awards and nominations[edit]

2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout StarGleeWon

Other projects and events[edit]



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  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (August 15, 2012). "'The Glee Project' Winner Blake Jenner: 'I'd Love to Be a Finn-Type Character'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Marr, Madeleine (August 10, 2012). "'Local singer/actor Blake Jenner wins The Glee Project!'". 
  4. ^ Slezak, Michael (August 17, 2012). "Glee Project Champ Blake Jenner". TVLine. 
  5. ^ Gajewski, Ryan (August 27, 2013). "Glee Project’s Blake Jenner Wanted To Be A Stand-Up Comic". Wetpaint. 
  6. ^ Morales, Claudia (October 3, 2012). "Blake Jenner: A Varela alumnus' journey to 'Glee'". The Viper Vibe. 
  7. ^ Harrington, Amy and Nancy (August 21, 2012). "Five Things You Don’t Know About Blake Jenner". Omg!. 
  8. ^ Douglass, Beth (August 16, 2012). "Glee Project 2 Winner Blake Jenner on His Hopes for Glee Season 4". Wetpaint. 
  9. ^ "Blake Jenner learned the importance of comedic timing from improv classes with The Groundlings...". @Groundlings twitter. August 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Groundlings (2012). "Performers: Blake Jenner". The Groundlings. 
  11. ^ "Who Is Glee's Blake Jenner?". Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (August 11, 2013). "Teen Choice Awards 2013: List of winners". CBS News. 
  13. ^ Chen, Joyce (July 11, 2013). "Blake Jenner, Melissa Benoist Engaged: Glee Costars Set to Tie the Knot". US Weekly. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 29, 2013). "'Glee' Promotes Five to Series Regulars (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 
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