Joseph Quinn BiographyJoseph Quinn is a young British actor and a graduate of the famous London Academy. He is known for his roles in films and series like "Catherine the Great", "Les Misérables", and "Game of Thrones". However, Quinn gained true fame from his role as Eddie Munson, the leader of the school club "Hellfire Club" in the fantasy series "Stranger Things".
Childhood and YouthJoseph was born in the spring of 1993 into a London family. Little is known about the actor's family. From his interviews, one can conclude that he grew up in a fairly well-off and large family: he has two sisters, Lizzie and Mary, and a brother Arthur.
As early as kindergarten, it became clear that the boy was very artistic. He participated in all children's performances, and in school, he attended a drama studio and appeared on stage in plays.
As a teenager, Joseph studied dramatic art, and soon independently staged a play that attracted the attention of teachers at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Quinn received an invitation to study.
As the young man admitted, this was a real gift from fate, as he could no longer imagine himself outside the acting profession. The only profession that Joseph jokingly called suitable for him was a beach manager.
Surprisingly, Quinn has shunned social media from an early age, as he mentioned in interviews:
I don't have FB, I used to, but I spent all my time peeping into other people's lives. I don't have an Insta [he later got one though], it seems to me that it greatly devalues the power of words. I have Twitter, but I wouldn't say that I use it for professional purposes - to «sell» myself online.
Acting CareerUpon graduation from the academy, Joseph, like many of his famous compatriots, stepped onto the London theater scene. The applause of grateful spectators brought him joy, but the young man wanted to express himself not only in the theater.
Thus, at eighteen, he first appeared on television screens. It was an episode of the series "Postcode", where he played a young guy named Tim.
Then the actor got one of the central roles - Arthur Havisham - in the TV show "Dickensian", created based on the novel by Charles Dickens "Great Expectations". Throughout twenty episodes, he skillfully portrayed a young man with a tormented soul, the brother of Miss Havisham, played by Tuppence Middleton.
Costume dramas appealed to Quinn, and soon he got the role of Koner of Winterfell in the cult series "Game of Thrones". He appeared in only one segment, but the sarcastic gatekeeper who questioned the identity of the castle owner Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was remembered by the audience.
Meanwhile, Joseph starred in the series "Howards End". In this drama based on the novel by Edward Morgan Forster, his character - bank clerk Leonard Bast, living on the brink of bankruptcy, but diligently trying to hide poverty.
Another "costumed" project in Joseph's career was the historical drama based on the novel by Victor Hugo "Les Misérables". He got the role of Enjolras, a passionate fighter for justice, a republican and a man with revolutionary beliefs for which he is ready to die. The main characters on the screen were embodied by Dominic West and Lily Collins.
An interesting experience for the actor was working on the set of the historical film "Catherine the Great", where he appeared as the future Emperor of Russia Paul I. In Quinn's performance, the Tsarevich looked silly but self-confident. Joseph was seriously fascinated by this period of history, and he didn't want to let himself down in front of distinguished colleagues Helen Mirren (Empress Catherine) and Jason Clarke (Grigory Potemkin).
The year 2020 brought Quinn a completely new role: he transformed into the mentally unstable young man Billy Knight in the detective TV series "Strike". The actor starred in the fourth episode called "Lethal White" and quite convincingly proved to the main character of the film, detective Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), that in his childhood he witnessed the murder of a little girl.
Joseph Quinn's Personal LifeAt the insistence of the producers, Quinn did create an Instagram account. However, it is managed by his friends and fans who post new photos from the shoots from time to time. The page has almost no pictures with girls, and Joseph does not talk about his private life.
He has many female fans who want to get to know the actor better. Among them is singer Doja Cat, who tried to find out from a friend if Quinn has a girlfriend and where she could write to him.
Joseph Quinn NowThe year 2022 made the actor truly famous - after appearing as metalhead and the head of the school club "Hellfire" Eddie Munson in the fourth season of the popular Duffer brothers series "Stranger Things".
Joseph shared that he got this role surprisingly easily: he sent a video in which he portrayed a schoolboy obsessed with "Dungeons & Dragons", after which his agent called and informed him that he had been approved. About the director brothers, Quinn joked:
They just gave the role to me, which, honestly, made me wary. Usually, there are gladiatorial fights for participation in such projects. ... They were outsiders and remained so. They sit quietly on the set, understanding each other without words.The filming, which involved many famous actors, including Finn Wolfhard, Jamie Campbell Bower, Maya Hawke, was marked by a rather childish friendly atmosphere. According to Joseph, the Duffer brothers were able to create it.
The directors gave the newcomer to the mystical drama full freedom on the set, and their only comment to him was, "You need to be faster." After the premiere, Quinn stated that he very much hopes to get into the fifth season of the Netflix show. In 2023, the actor and his character Eddie Munson were recognized with an MTV Award (Golden Popcorn) in the category " Breakthrough Performance". It was also announced that he would appear in the sequel to "Gladiator". The premiere was scheduled for 2024.
- Joseph Quinn approached the shooting in "Stranger Things" responsibly. He reviewed several films about the 80s, including "The Breakfast Club". The actor also listened to a large number of rock bands of those years, especially impressed by Black Sabbath and Metallica. For the role, he lost weight, but still did not fall in love with the game "Dungeons & Dragons", which was the meaning of life for Eddie.
- A stunning scene from the same series was Manson's fight with a monster from another dimension, during which his character played the guitar and performed Metallica's composition "Master of Puppets". After this, for the first time since its release in 1986, the single made it to the Billboard chart and garnered almost 20 million listens. Quinn enjoys writing scripts, mostly comedic, and dreams of filming a remake of "The Lord of the Rings". Joseph often re-watches the works of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, considering him a worthy example for himself.
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