The eagerly anticipated fourth season of Netflix’s You is almost here, so the wait is almost over! You S4 part 1 premieres on Netflix this February 9.

Returning to play Joe Goldberg, who is now going by Professor Jonathan Moore while he poses as an academic, Penn Badgley will once again play the role. 

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Of course, he has also used the name Will Bettelheim in the past; he has quite a collection. Since Penn is 36 years old, the serial killer character is probably in the same age range.

Net worth

American actor, producer, and singer Penn Badgley has an $8 million fortune. The two roles that Badgley is best known for are Joe Goldberg on the Lifetime/Netflix series “You” and Dan Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl (2007–2012). (2018–present).


In Baltimore, Maryland, on November 1, 1986, Penn Dayton Badgley was born, making him 36 years old. 


In 2014, Penn started dating British singer Domino Kirke; on February 27, 2017, the two got hitched. James was born to the couple on August 11, 2020, following two miscarriages. Badgley is also the stepfather to Cassius, Kirke’s child with musician Morgan O’Kane.

Penn Badgley with his son James (Photo: Twitter/@pennbadgley)


When Penn was 11 years old, he moved to Los Angeles with his mother and soon found work doing voiceovers for children’s radio stations. He also lent his voice to the video games Mario Golf 64 (1999) and Mario Tennis 64 (2000). Badgley’s first onscreen role came in a 1999 episode of Will & Grace, and in 2000, he guest-starred on Bull, The Brothers Garcia, and Daddio and landed the role of Phillip Chance Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.

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In 2001, he made his big screen debut in the independent film The Fluffer, and from 2002 to 2003, he played Joel Larsen on The WB fantasy series Do Over. Penn guest-starred in The Nightmare Room (2002), What I Like About You (2002), and The Twilight Zone (2003), then he appeared in the 2004 film Debating Robert Lee. He starred as Sam Tunney on The WB drama The Mountain from 2004 to 2005, and in 2006, he played Owen Gregory on The Bedford Diaries (also on The WB) and appeared in the teen romantic comedy John Tucker Must Die. In 2007, he began starring as Daniel Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl alongside Blake Lively, Leighton Meester (who he co-starred with in the 2007 film Drive-Thru), and Chace Crawford. Based on a series of young adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl aired 121 episodes over six seasons and earned Badgley several Teen Choice Award nominations.

Penn appeared in the film “Forever Strong” in 2008, then he starred in the 2009 thriller “The Stepfather” and co-starred with Emma Stone in 2010’s “Easy A.” In 2011, he appeared in the financial thriller “Margin Call” alongside Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci, then he portrayed the late musician Jeff Buckley in the 2012 film “Greetings from Tim Buckley.” Badgley appeared in the 2014 drama “Parts per Billion,” and in 2015, he guest-starred on two episodes of “The Slap” and played Posthumus in a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” In 2016, he appeared in the film “The Paper Store,” and he played the Prince of Monaco in “Adam Green’s Aladdin.”

Penn started playing the stalker/serial killer Joe Goldberg in the Lifetime series “You” in 2018. One of the top 10 most streamed original TV series in 2020, the show is based on a well-known series of novels by Caroline Kepnes.

In a 2020 interview with “Vice,” Badgley spoke about viewers lusting after his character, stating, “It was sort of like every one of my greatest fears and hopes for people’s engagement came to be fulfilled. There were the reactions of overlooking all of Joe’s faults, which is the whole point of the show, and just being really into him…It was both gratifying and troubling.” In 2021, Penn co-starred with Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish in the film “Here Today.”


When Badgley was twelve years old, his parents, Lynne and Duff, got a divorce. Duff worked as a reporter, a home builder, and a carpenter. In 2008, he also ran for governor of Washington as a member of the Green Party. Lynne served as the president of the PTA at Woolridge Elementary and was the owner of a jewelry design company.