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Jonathan Laferla

Jonathan Laferla was born on the 28th November 1976. He is a lecturer of Religion at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School. He lived in Birkirkara and now in Sliema.

He started acting at the age of six, when in 1983 his parents formed a drama group and put up plays, mainly passion plays directed by his mother in the local parish at Birkirkara.

Jon acted regularly with this group for 12 years. In 1996 he was called to take part in another passion play in Naxxar under the direction of Tonio Vella, and then between 2000-2004 in Valletta. In 2004 he was called by Mario Micallef (Talenti Company) to be part of the cast in his popular productions of Shakespeare plays in Maltese at the Manoel Theatre.

Jonathan was ‘Fabian’ in 12th Night (2004) under the direction of Mario Micallef, the ‘Duke of Albany’ in King Lear (2005) directed by Zep Camilleri, and finally Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (2006), once again directed by Mario Micallef.

In 2009 Jon returned with St.Dominic’s Dramatic company and did the part of Judas for the last 5 years. From 2008 till 2011, he took part in theatrical performances in the Manoel theatre and the MITP for the Notte Bianca, under the direction of Frank Tanti.

His television career started when in 1998 he was asked by then Head of Education 22 Charles Xuereb, to present, together with Antoinette Camilleri, then Jonathan’s fiancèe and both freshly graduated as teachers of Religion, a religious slot in children’s programme Oops!. The next year this was repeated in another children’s programme Haj!, this time teaming with producer Carmel Serracino, with Jonathan interpreting different Biblical characters being ‘interviewed’ in the studio. That year this team also produced a short film on the life of Dun Ġorġ Preca. In September 2000, once again targeting the young audience, Jonathan, Carmel and Antoinette came up with the idea of the Ġaħan family during children’s programme Scooter which was also aired on TVM. Jonathan and Antoinette being his parents and Jonathan’s younger brother Josef as Ġaħan also filming their lives in farms and other places outside, a comic and educational mix which proved to be an enormous success, even landing the BA award as best children’s programme. Scooter was on again the next year, this time Jonathan acting out different characters from children’s classics and presenting the one hour weekly programme with Antoinette and Josef. From 2002 till 2006 Jonathan and his now wife Antoinette continued producing and presenting weekly educational programmes, now aimed for adolescents on Education 22, the last, incidentally, being like the first, another religious programme Mixegħla.

During this time Jonathan started acting in local teleserials, starting with Wenzu u Rożi in 2002, then in the role of Pawlu in Is-Salib tal-Fidda (2002-03), the murdered brother in Delitti f’Malta (2003) and the bishop’s priest in It-tfal Jiġu Bil-Vapuri (2005-2007).

In 2005 Jonathan debuted at the cinemas as the scientist in the highly successful Anġli the Movie. Jon then played other roles in In –Numru 9 and Il-Mera before returning to the cinemas as a prison official in Santa Monika in 2009.

Jonathan Laferla

Between 2010 and 2012 Jonathan played two other priestly roles in Riħ Isfel and F’Salib it-Toroq. In 2013-14 Jon was ‘Mike’ in the hugely popular Iċ-Ċaqqufa.

Jonathan also featured as an actor in numerous adverts (such as Air Malta, Melita, Chef Choice)and promotional spots on tv such as three government initiatives (the launch of e-government, a new sexual harassment law, and a new law defending the right of the victim to be present in court hearings), the Sedqa advert promoting help for employees drug addicts and the recent spot during the bicycle marathon promoting the use of defribilators in schools, among others.

Speaking of schools, during his sixteen years of teaching, Jon taught drama for a few years and directed numerous plays involving his students, the last being Jesus Christ Superstar in 2014 at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School.