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Jolyon Rubinstein
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Rubinstein in 2016
Born (1981-04-22) 22 April 1981 (age 41)
Islington, north London, England
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active2005–present

Jolyon Rubinstein (born 22 April 1981) is a British actor, writer, producer and director. He is best known for writing and performing on The Revolution Will Be Televised, a show on BBC Three, alongside Heydon Prowse.[1]

He acted in a popular political viral video in the run up to the 2010 United Kingdom general election with over 200,000 hits on YouTube and Yahoo before polling day.[2]

Early life

Rubinstein was born in Islington, London, England. He was educated at the independent King Alfred School, London, University of the Arts London, the University of Sussex and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He graduated from the University of the Arts London with an MA in Performance and from the University of Sussex with a BA in Politics and International Relations.

His grandfather was army officer Richard Rubinstein, who earned the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre during WWII.[3] Jolyon's grandfather had been born to a Jewish-born father and a mother who had converted to Judaism.[4] He later joined the Church of England when marrying Jolyon's paternal grandmother.[5] His patrilineal Rubinstein ancestors have been born in England since at least Jolyon's great-grandfather.[5] On his mother's side, he has Irish ancestry.[6]


Rubinstein's first professional acting job was that of the PR in the TV series Nathan Barley. After producing for a number of years, Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse got together to direct and act for a number of films for Don't Panic Online. They both wrote and acted for their BBC Three television show The Revolution Will Be Televised. He also wrote for the Financial Times Business and Yahoo. His first video was 'Fishing for Bankers' for the Don't Panic website where he and Prowse put a £5 note on the pavement and pulled it away with a fishing line when a banker leant over to pick it up.[7] In 2018, he co-created the ITV2 hip hop comedy show Don't Hate the Playaz. In 2020, Rubinstein launched the satire news show Not The News with Jolyon Rubinstein[8] on his YouTube channel and launched the new podcast The New Conspiracist, hosted by himself and journalist James Ball.

Personal life

Rubinstein has known Heydon Prowse since he was eight years old. They studied together at the University of Sussex. He is a Spurs fan.


Film Year Role Episode
Nathan Barley 2005 PR Series 1 Episode 3
The Bill 2005 Paul Carr Episodes 335 and 338
Rabbit Fever 2006 Policeman
The Green Fairy 2007 Tom Short
Cries of London 2008 Martin Short
Friends in Need Are Friends in Deed 2008 Warren Short
The Revolution Will Be Televised 2012 - 2014 Various Episodes 1 to 18
An Idiot's Guide to Politics 2015 Presenter
Brexageddon?! 2016 Various BBC Two
Revolting 2017 Various BBC Two
Ministry of Justice 2018 Various Channel 4
Not the News with Jolyon Rubinstein 2020 Presenter Season 1


  1. ^ "BBC - Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse are Revolting - Media Centre". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Jolyon Rubinstein Archives - Huck Magazine". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
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  4. ^ "The Bulletin". 2002.
  5. ^ a b "Hampstead Parish Church - Magazines".
  6. ^ @JolyonRubs (17 March 2021). "Happy Saint Patrick's day! (little known fact my mother's maiden name is Driscoll. So now you know 😉)…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Hickman, Leo (21 August 2012). "The pranksters who gave George Osborne a GCSE maths book". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  8. ^ Richardson, Jay (14 September 2020). "Don't Hate The Playaz to return for Series 3". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 June 2020.