Who is Blake Jenner? The former Glee actor is starring in a new Richard Linklater film

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Miami native Blake Jenner is perhaps best known for his role as Ryder Flynn on the hit show Glee, which he landed after winning a reality show called The Glee Project.

Since then, the actor has secured a number of television shows, films and now a role in Cyrano starring alongside Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage .

Who is Blake Jenner?

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Blake Jenner is an actor who rose to fame on Glee, where he met his ex wife Melissa Benoist. He secured the role by winning a talent show called The Glee Project in 2012, a reality talent show which aimed to find new cast members for the Ryan Murphy-helmed television show.

Following his three year stint on Glee, he went on to guest star on Benoist’s show Supergirl, before moving onto other film and television projects including The Edge of Seventeen and What/If.

He is currently involved in director Richard Linklater’s new project Merrily We Roll Along, which is based on the Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name and will be filmed over the course of twenty years.

Jenner’s co-star, Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt, revealed that the project completed filming “the first sequence this summer” in an interview with Indiewire.

Jenner is also currently starring in a play in New York called Cyrano, alongside Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and Jazzy Jones.

He was born in Miami, Florida and is currently 27 years old.

Who are Blake Jenner’s parents?

Although Jenner shares the same last name as a few famous members of the Kardashian family, he is not related to them. He is the son of Richard Vernon Jenner and Mitzy M Soto.

Melissa ​Benoist and Blake Jenner

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Jenner first met Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist on the set of Glee in 2012, where they played love interests. They were engaged in July 2013 and after a two year engagement, they were married in early 2015.

It was reported that Benoist filed for divorce from Jenner in late 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.

Jenner is currently believed to be single.

Who did Blake Jenner play on Glee?

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Jenner scored the role of Ryder Lynn on Glee after winning reality show The Glee Project. Lynn was a football player at the school who eventually became the Glee club protege of main character Finn, played by the late Cory Monteith.

At one point in the show, he plays Benoist’s love interest and starred in the programme until its ending in season six - though he made fewer appearances in the final season.

Was Blake Jenner in Supergirl?

Jenner starred on Supergirl for two episodes, appearing as guest character Adam Foster.

In the show, his character was a love interest of main protagonist Kara Danvers (played by Benoist).

What is Blake Jenner’s Instagram?

Blake Jenner’s Instagram handle is @blakedaflake and he currently has 271k followers. His account revolves around promoting his current work, including his play Cyrano and Linklater musical - though he occasionally shares photos from his personal life.