Jay Huguley is an American film, television and theatre actor, best known for playing David on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Jimmy Ledoux on HBO’s True Detective, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Huguley also played Will Branson on Seasons 3 and 4 of the HBO series, Treme, and Whit Peyton in the Emmy Award-winning ABC TV series, Brothers & Sisters.
In 2015, Huguley starred as Jonah Bock in the hit indie darling, “Sunny in the Dark,” a feature film directed by Courtney Ware, for which he took home the award for “Best Actor” from the Northeast Film Festival.
He is set to appear in the highly anticipated horror film, “Abattoir,” by the man credited for furthering the Saw franchise, Darren Lynn Bousman. “Abattoir” has already nabbed a sequel deal, prior to its official theatrical release.
In 2013, he appeared in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film (“Best Picture”), “12 Years a Slave,” with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. In addition to “Treme,” Huguley has also played recurring characters in ABC Family’s Ravenswood (the spin-off to Pretty Little Liars), and in the CW’s Star-Crossed.
Huguley spent his teenage years attending The Peddie School, a boarding school in Hightstown, N. J., where he later graduated. He spent a year abroad at The University of London studying Political Science, and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a double major in Political Science and Communications.
Huguley studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, under the aegis of Anna Strasberg, and at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in L.A., under the world-renowned teacher Milton Katselas.
He first realized his passion for acting while taking a Directing class in college, where one of his assignments was to audition for the school play to get an idea of what actors experience in their process of attempting to score acting roles. He got the part of the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” After rehearsing for his role, he knew this was all he wanted to do.
Huguley also worked as a fashion model for brands like Armani, Valentino, Zegna, and Romeo Gigli, in London, Milan and Paris.
In his earliest appearances on TV, Huguley starred in smaller roles on MADtv; Norm; Walker, Texas Ranger; Providence; and Strong Medicine; before getting more recurring roles on television series such as Summerland and Alias. He also starred as Richard Hightower on the highest-rated daytime drama, The Young and The Restless, in 2010.
In 2008, Huguley starred in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Award-winning play “Rabbit Hole” at the Skylight Theatre. For his role, the Los Angeles Times said, “Jay Huguley dwells inside the play’s contradictions and connects us to its anguished, buoyant heart.” The following year, Huguley played the lead role in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” at Los Angeles’ Skylight Theatre.