Jonathan Van Ness Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jul 07, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Jun 12, 2022
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About Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan McDonald Van Ness, also known as only Jonathan Van Ness or JVN, was born in Quincy, Illinois, on March 28, 1987.

He is a renowned actor, author, hairdresser, and television personality, best known for his appearance on the Netflix show 'Queer Eye'. In addition to that, he has also worked on 'Gay Of Thrones', an extremely funny parody of 'Game Of Thrones', and a podcast called 'Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness'.

He completed his school education at Quincy Senior High School and then attended the University of Arizona. However, he left college after the first semester and joined Aveda Institute to learn hairstyling.

Let's explore the biography of this podcast host and Instagram star and learn more about his age, height, and net worth.

Jonathan Van Ness Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Jonathan Van Ness’ net worth?

Jonathan Van Ness had a tough childhood and dropped out of college after the first semester. Then, he studied hairstyling at Aveda Institute and worked in Arizona for five long years. As of 2022, JVN is one of the US's most popular hairdressers and television stars, with an estimated net worth of $5 million.

How much does Jonathan Van Ness earn per year?

Jonathan Van Ness earns about $330,000 per year. Even though JVN's primary source of income is his career as a professional hairdresser, he also earns a good amount through his acting career. As of 2022, he has performed in films and TV series like 'Queer Eye', 'Nailed It!', 'Big Mouth', 'Detective Pikachu', and 'Arlo The Alligator Boy'.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Jonathan Van Ness?

Coming to his physical attributes, Jonathan Van Ness has a height of 6 ft (183 cm).

How old is Jonathan Van Ness?

As is already mentioned, the famous hairdresser and Instagram star were born on March 28, 1987. So, as of 2022, Van Ness is 35 years old.

Childhood And Education

Van Ness was born Jonathan McDonald Van Ness in Quincy, Illinois, in 1987 to Mary Winters and Jonathan Lyle Van Ness. He is the child of his parents and grew up in his hometown.

Jonathan Van Ness attended Quincy Senior High School, where he became the first male cheerleader. He kept cheerleading in his college too. Van Ness enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he pursued his Bachelor's degree in Political Science. However, he could not complete his degree and dropped out of college after the first semester.

Subsequently, he decided to become a hairdresser and joined the Aveda Institute to do a course on hairstyling. After graduating from that institute, Van Ness worked in Arizona as a hairdresser for five years. In 2009, he finally moved to Los Angeles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Jonathan Van Ness’ partner?

Even though Jonathan Van Ness prefers to keep his relationships and romantic life private, he revealed on one occasion that he was married to Mark Peacock. The Instagram star added that the wedding took place early in 2020.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

After achieving success as a hairdresser, Jonathan Van Ness stepped into the world of television and films in 2013.

Van Ness made his television debut with 'Gay Of Thrones'. The series consists of 54 episodes, and Van Ness appeared in all of them. In the same year, he also performed in a short film called 'Love That Gurl'. It was directed by Kim Mahair and starred Kristina Cohen and Emily Bossak.

In 2014, Jonathan Van Ness performed in the famous miniseries 'I Love The 2000s'. The actor appeared in 10 episodes of this show.

'Tant Attendue', another short film, came out in 2016. Kayla Tong directed it, and Van Ness here played the role of Ben. In 2018, the Instagram star appeared on the Netflix show 'Queer Eye'. So far, he has performed in 58 episodes of the series.

In the same year, after 'Queer Eye', Van Ness appeared on one episode of the famous TV show 'Nailed It!': '3, 2, 1... Ya Not Done!!' The following year, Van Ness worked as a voice actor on one episode of 'Big Mouth': 'Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!'

In 2020, Van Ness played a cameo role on the third episode of 'Spinning Out'. The Next year, he performed in two series. The first one is 'M. O. D. O. K' (the episode titled 'This Man... This Makeover!'). The second is Netflix's 'I Heart Arlo', where he did the voice of Furlecia.

Coming to his film career, Van Ness received his first role in Rob Letterman's 2019 film 'Detective Pikachu'. Here, he played the role of a bartender. In 2020, he appeared in 'Miss America'. It was a documentary film directed by Lana Wilson. The following year, Van Ness again did the voice of Furlecia in Netflix's 'Arlo The Alligator Boy'.

In 2022, the 'Queer Eye' star also launched his podcast called 'Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness'. So far, he has only completed six episodes.

Apart from being an actor and hairdresser, Van Ness is also very popular as a writer. He has authored five books. The first one is titled 'Over The Top: A Raw Journey To Seld-Love' (2019). The second one is a picture book called 'Peanut Goes For The Gold' (2020). The rest three are 'Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life' (2018), 'Over The Top: My Story' (2020), and 'Love That Story: Observation From A Gorgeously Queer Life (April 12, 2022).

What awards has Jonathan Van Ness won?

So far, Van Ness has won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award, the 2019 iHeartRadio Podcast Award, and the 2019 Critics Choice Award (Male Star of the Year).

Other Interesting Jonathan Van Ness Facts And Trivia

  • Van Ness is a cat lover and has four cats. He has named them Liza, Larry, Genevieve, and Matilda.

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Jonathan Van Ness Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Jonathan McDonald Van Ness

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183 cm

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Hairdresser, Activist, Actor, Author, Comedian, Television Personality


Aveda Institute

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Mark Peacock


Mary Winters, Jonathan Lyle Van Ness

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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