Movie and television career
Jan was a first year student in acting school when he got his first television role. He was invited to the humor show Wremja by Dan Põldroos and Ivar Vigla. This was the beginning of a long-term cooperation with Dan Põldroos. Jan gained more recognition thanks to his humorous role as a Zorro in Wremja, which was broadcasted until 2000.
In 2000, Jan was casted by YLE2, a Finnish television channel. He got the leading role in a “Siperian Nero”. Thanks to a year of filming in Tampere, he speaks Finnish very well.
After ending the contract with Drama Theatre, Jan didn’t feel like he had a place he belonged. Coming out of writer’s block, he had the idea to make a road movie of him finding his place under the sun again. He introduced his idea to Rain Tolk and Andres Maimik, who were excited by the idea. And so it was done! In 2007, the premiere of the movie, called “Jan Uuspõld goes to Tartu”, became the most viewed movie at that time. It brought a record number of people to the cinemas. It was a movie that made him an icon, which got carried into people’s mind forever.
In 2011, he was persuaded to take part in a charity show Dancing with the Stars produced by Kanal 2. Jan felt highly hesitated about ballroom dancing, he didn´t know how to dance and he thought he was only going to the show to lose the competition. But after his first dance lesson with his dance coach Aleksandra, his doubts faded and Jan started to feel passionate about dancing. And just like that, he won the last season of the show.
One of the most popular TV shows in Estonia, since 2013, has been Your face sounds familiar and Jan attended the show in 2014. Jan´s most talked-about roles were Justin Bieber, Shirley Bassey, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Vladimir Vysotsky, BB King and Fred Astaire.
In 2015, Jan got the leading role as a taxi-driver Urmas Kuldnokk, in a show Taxi. It is a comedy show on Kanal 2, shown every Tuesday evening.
A film writer Toomas Hussar created a character specially for Jan, who accepted the role of a spy in a new movie The Spy and the Poet. The movie was filmed in the fall 2015 and will be premiered in September 2016.