Charlie Heaton, biography, news, photos
Name: Charlie Heaton
Birth date: 6 of February 1994 (25 y.o.)
Place of birth: East Riding, Yorkshire, England
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Birth Sign: Aquarius
Chinese zodiac: Dog
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Category: Actors biographies
Charlie Heaton biography
Charlie Heaton is as English actor and musician, best known for his portrayal of Jonathan Byers, older brother of series’ main protagonist, in Stranger Things. He is also set to appear in X-Men franchise relaunch as one of the main characters.
Early life and childhood
Charlie was born on February 6, 1994 in small coastal town Bridlington, England. He is not the only child of the family; his older sister Levi is an actress too. At the age of 16 Charlie moved to live with his father in London.
Right after moving to the capital, Charlie became a drummer in noise-rock band Comanechi, that already scored their first album and was working on second release. Along with this band soon-to-be actor toured all around the world, working as a barman in his free time.
However, he wasn’t destined to stand behind the bar counter forever and, following his sister advice, went to commercial talent agency. His first role ever was in Swiss insurance company TV commercial. This advert was about 8 minutes long and featured a real story with character development, and managed to score Cannes Lion award. According to Heaton himself, even at this point in his career he managed to avoid going mainstream.
We weren’t swimming in cash. On our way home we were almost broke and I had to look out for a job.
In 2015 Heaton made his debut on a TV screen, making as appearance in two episodes of 4 th season of British crime drama series DCI Banks. Later that year, Charlie was cast in Laloma Lommel’s short film The Schoolboy and appeared in 5 episodes of crime series Vera. Also up-and-coming actor joined the cast of 29 th season of British medical drama series Casualty in two episodes (remarkably, portraying two completely different characters).
Additionally, he appeared in two 2015 British drama films Urban & the Shed Crew and Rise of the Footsoldier Part II.
In 2016 actor debuted on American soil, starring in detective drama film As You Are. Films plot, praised on Sundance Independent Film Festival and even scored its Special Jury Award, is set in 1990’s and follows the story about the tangled relationship between three teenagers, portrayed by Charlie Heaton, Owen Campbell and Amandla Stenberg, most known for her appearance as Rue in The Hunger Games franchise.
Although movie wasn’t a real worldwide success, young actor was notices by many American directors. Right after that, he was cast to star in new sci-fi TV series Stranger Things by Netflix.
Movie’s plot is set in 80’s Indiana and revolves around psychokinetic girl, escaped from government research facility. At the same time, in a small town nearby, young boy has mysteriously disappeared and is searched for by his friends and family.
Charlie was cast as Jonathan Byers, the son of Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and the older brother of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). The cast of the series, received critical acclaim and love from fans all across the world, also included Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo.
In November, 2016 Charlie Heaton starred in French-Canadian horror movie Shut In along with Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt. Despite the movie being panned by the critics, Charlie’s performance was universally praised.
In 2017 autumn, Spanish director Sergio G. Sanchez released his psychological horror movie Marrowbone. The film, that tells it’s viewers the story about the siblings, concealing death of their mother in futile attempts to save their family, stared Charlie Heaton, George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy and Mai Goth.
Charlie also admitted that in the future he aspires to combine two his passions: movies and music into the musical film like Quadrophenia with young Sting.
When I read the script there were a lot of parallels. Jonathan comes from a humble background and a single mom; I also have a single mom. Jonathan is someone who had to go through adolescence very quickly and grow up much faster than his peers, which makes him the outsider. I think many people can relate to Jonathan.
Heaton has a son named Archie, born in 2014, by his ex-girlfriend Akiko Matsuura, vocalist of «Comanechi» band.
Even though the couple broke up, they remain close friends and keep in touch.
After falling out with Akiko actor started to date his Stranger Things love interest Natalie Dyer.
In October 2017 Heaton, upon his arrival to USA from England to attend the premiere of Stranger Things, was stopped in airport due to the traces of cocaine in his suitcase. While Charlie was not arrested, he had to spend some time in airport and return to UK afterwards, missing the presentation of the series.
Charlie Heaton now
Second season of Stranger Things series was released in October 2017. Heaton’s character Jonathan once again appeared in every single episode of the series. Furthermore, the Duffer Brothers – creators of the series, announced their plans regarding the third season of the renowned saga, and Heaton set to represent his character once again.
The New Mutants is a superhero movie and a new part in an X-Man franchise, and is set to hit the screens on August 2, 2019. Heaton was cast to star in a movie as Cannonball (aka Samuel Guthrie), a mutant, who possesses the ability to generate thermo-chemical energy and use it to propel himself into the air like a rocket, being invulnerable in the process. Movie also stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams (most known for her portrayal of Arya Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones series), Brazilian actors Alice Braga and Henry Zaga, as well as young aspiring actress Blu Hunt.
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