Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (pronounced "beau-yer") is widely known for his roles as iconic queer men in film and television, most notably as ambitious producer Jay in the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Lifetime/Hulu series “UnREAL.” He currently stars in the Disney+ series “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D,” a reboot of “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and is in production on the second season. Bowyer-Chapman portrays Charles, a Midwest transplant to Hawaii who is a fellow resident at the hospital, and a positive Black gay role model for the community.
In 2019, Bowyer-Chapman starred in the critically acclaimed indie thriller Sprial, which follows a same-sex couple as they move to a small town and discover the sinister agendas of their neighbors. Bowyer-Chapman currently serves as a recurring judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.” In 2020, he was hand-picked by RuPaul to be a judge for the first season of “Canada’s Drag Race.”
Bowyer-Chapman began his career as an international model before making his feature film debut in Shock to the System, which premiered at the 2006 Outfest Film Festival. In 2012, he starred opposite Jussie Smollett in Logo’s romantic comedy-drama The Skinny. Additional credits include his critically acclaimed breakthrough performance in HBO’s Dear Mr. Gacy, SyFy’s “Stargate Universe” and the Nickelodeon animated series “Iron Man: Armored Adventures,” in which he voiced the role of the iconic superhero Black Panther.
In 2016, the Hollywood Reporter declared Bowyer-Chapman one of Canada’s top rising stars. That year, he co-starred opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in the comedy Dirty Grandpa and filmed the indie feature Tao of Surfing, alongside Eric Balfour and Lou Diamond Phillips. In 2017, he co-starred in the Lifetime original movie “Love by the 10th Date,” alongside Kelly Rowland and Meagan Good.
In 2018, Bowyer-Chapman launched his own episodic conversational podcast series entitled “JBC Presents: Conversations with Others.” In partnering with the producer of the hit podcast “RuPaul: What’s the Tee?,” and through mindful conversation with celebrities, queer icons and spiritual thought leaders, he explores the concept of “otherness” and finding the strength and beauty in our differences and connectivity.
Bowyer-Chapman is passionately involved with the Human Rights Campaign, for which he serves as a guest speaker and is a recipient of the Visibility Award. A queer, biracial man, adopted at 12 days old and raised by a white family in rural Canada, Bowyer-Chapman has already lived a full life of remarkable self-discovery and awareness. In his speeches and onstage events, he shares his unique perspective on living a meaningful, authentic experience and explores the often-overlooked power of vulnerability. In 2016, he created the Bramon Garcia Braun (BGB) scholarship in his name, awarded to LGTBQ actors of color with a fierce desire to explore and express what is unique about them through their acting and the leadership and generosity to use their talent to change the industry’s often limited perception of humanity.
Born and raised in Canada, Bowyer-Chapman currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.