Newcastle, England, UK
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Sons Of Anarchy
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Charles Matthew "Charlie" Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is a British actor and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk, Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared, Pete Dunham in the film Green Street Hooligans, Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Raleigh Becket in the film Pacific Rim. On September 2nd, 2013, 50 Shades of Grey author E. L. James announced via Twitter that Hunnam will play the lead role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of the series.
Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the younger of two sons of what he has described as a "tough-guy" father and a "bohemian" mother, who split up when he was two years old. He moved to the Lake District when he was 12, as his mother remarried. Hunnam stated that "people started trying to prove their worth by fighting me on the playground to prove that they could have the Newcastle kid. So I ended up having a horrible childhood, a horrible time in school, having to really defend myself a lot."
He also said that "had that not happened to me, I think I would still have been as ambitious but I may not have been as disciplined and driven as I am now."
Hunnam attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.
Discovered on Christmas Eve while clowning around in a shoe shop buying shoes for his brother by a production manager for the British children's show Byker Grove, Hunnam was cast in his first role as Jason in three episodes of the show. Aged eighteen, his first major role came when he was cast by Russell T. Davies as fifteen-year-old schoolboy Nathan Maloney in Davies' Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk. He followed this up with his role as Daz in Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? and then relocated to Los Angeles.
His career expanded to include a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB Television Network series Young Americans. He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe. Despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after one season. Hunnam then appeared in Abandon, Nicholas Nickleby, and Cold Mountain. Hunnam has stated that he does not wish to simply take any role that he is offered: "I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career." This decision resulted in his return to the UK to take the lead role of Pete Dunham in Green Street, however his attempts at delivering a Cockney accent resulted in his inclusion in many critics' 'worst accents in movie history' lists.
Hunnam played the role of Patric, a member of "The Fishes", in Children of Men (2006). Hunnam states that this role was the final part in his "trilogy of mad men". "I played the psycho in Cold Mountain, my character in Green Street is fairly psychotic and now I've got this role." Hunnam currently stars as Jackson "Jax" Teller in Sons of Anarchy, a show about a prominent motorcycle club in a small fictional California town. Hunnam was cast after Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, saw him in Green Street.
In 2009, he sold his screenplay Vlad to Summit Entertainment with Brad Pitt's Plan B Studios co-producing. The film is being directed by music video director and photographer Anthony Mandler, and will focus on Dracula as a young prince.
In 2013, Hunnam was featured in the men's magazine, Man of the World where he discussed a brief history of his career along with current and future projects including his screenplay, "Vlad." Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey for Fifty shades of Grey as tweeted and confirmed by E.L James
Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson's Creek. After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. The couple divorced in 2002. Hunnam was voted ninth in Elle Girl's top 100 sexiest men in 2005. He has been in a relationship with Morgana McNelis, a jewellery designer, since 2007. In July of 2013, Hunnam announced that he and Morgana were leaving Los Angeles, to live on a ranch just outside the city, which is much more peaceful, than the party scene of Hollywood.
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Charles Matthew Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is an English actor. He is known for his roles as Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy (2008–14), Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk (1999–2000), Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared (2001–02), the title role in Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Pete Dunham in Green Street (2005), and Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim (2013).
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Brad Pitt ( optioned screenplay on Vlad The Impaler), Guillermo Del Toro (Director), Kurt Sutter (writer, Showrunner)
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, Heaton Manor School in Newcastle
Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts
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Date of Birth 10 April 1980, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Birth Name Charles Matthew Hunnam
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove (1989).
He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk (1999). Independent movies, television series and auditions for such blockbusters as Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) followed, but it wasn't until 2002 that Charlie started to attract international attention, when he supported Katie Holmes in the suspense thriller Abandon (2002).
His first lead role in a film was in Nicholas Nickleby (2002). After which, he played a pivotal character in the strongly cast, adapted drama Cold Mountain (2003). This was Charlie's first part that he has named in his "trilogy of mad men." The two that followed were in Green Street Hooligans and Children of Men. Charlie's role in Green Street Hooligans caught the eye of Kurt Sutter, who chose him to play the protagonist in his TV show Sons of Anarchy. The series about an outlaw motorcycle club became FX's most popular show ever and a critical success. Following his fame on American TV, Charlie had his first starring part in a film that was a commercial success, Pacific Rim.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Breighton Lee; email@example.com
Katharine Towne (25 July 1999 - 2002) (divorced)
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Often plays tough-guy antiheroes or psychopaths.
Currently living in the USA (2004)
Is the second oldest of four boys.
Met ex-wife Katharine Towne at an audition for Dawson's Creek (1998). The couple married a few weeks later.
Ex-son-in-law of Robert Towne and Julie Payne.
Favorite actors are Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn
Divides his time between Los Angeles and London.
Very good friends with Jamie Bell, Anne Hathaway and Romola Garai. All formed a strong bond while filming Nicholas Nickleby (2002).
Was going to play the "stoner" in the small independent film Anderson's Cross (2010) alongside former Undeclared (2001) co star Samm Levine and good friend Jerome Elston Scott, but couldn't because of scheduling conflicts. Director Jerome cut the part out of the script completely saying "No one replaces Charlie Hunnam".
Auditioned for the role of Anakyn Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
Auditioned for the lead role in Thor (2011).
Was cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) but three weeks before the start of the shooting he chose to drop out the film due personal reasons and his busy schedule with Sons of Anarchy (2008).
In between season 3 and 4 of Sons of Anarchy. New movie The Ledge was bought by IFC Films [January 2011]
Now in second season playing the role of "Jax" in 'Sons of Anarchy' American television FX channel. [December 2009]
Was going to reunite with his Undeclared (2001) colleagues Jason Segel and Judd Apatow in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). Segel wrote the role of Aldous Snow with him in mind, but he dropped out due to not feeling the project was right for him. Russell Brand ended up getting the role.
He is of English, 1/8th Irish, and some Scottish descent.
Partner of Morgana McNelis (2007-present).
Personal Quotes (13)
When some films do not pay as well and you have a mortgage to pay and you are on an economy drive eating eggs and beans, and you are offered a million dollar role and you turn it down, as it is not right. I want to be doing this when I am 60 and getting the big paying roles then so I have to pick the parts that are right for the long term rather than take the money now. [on being picky choosing roles]
I always think it's better to take a smaller role in a great film rather than a leading role in something that you don't have complete faith in.
"This is kind of my trilogy of madmen. I played the psycho in Cold Mountain (2003), my character in Green Street Hooligans (2005) (aka Green Street) is fairly psychotic and now I've got this role". On his role in Children of Men (2006).
Well, I have a great deal of pride, and I care infinitely about what my peers think [about me]. It could be my downfall, but I don't think it is - Hollywood is run on perception, and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career, it's suicide. I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career.
When Im between jobs, I need to work out a lot for my sanity. If I weren't an actor, I'd be the fittest motherfucker on the block.
[on whether he left Fifty Shades of Grey due to the explicit sex scenes] I was excited about that element of it. The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece. You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career. I starred in the British Channel 4 miniseries Queer as Folk, where I played a young, gay character, and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. When I was 18, I was getting fucked in the ass, completely naked, on national TV, y'know? So now that I am 16 years older and more mature, I don't anticipate [sex scenes] being too much of a problem. It's an exciting challenge.
[on full frontal nudity] The level of nudity that I do now, which is taking my shirt off, doesn't bother me at all. But I have done full frontal before. I did full frontal when I was 18 on the TV show Queer as Folk. But because I was playing a 15-year-old character, the censorship people wouldn't allow us to put it on TV. I'm sure I would [be willing to do full frontal even now]. I'll never use a body double. I'm not worried. I have nothing to hide.
[joking about all the shirtless pictures of him online] I am tired of seeing shirtless pictures of myself too! Actually, It started in a very honorable way for me. I am naturally skinny. But I keep getting hired to play these heroic guys. Like on Sons of Anarchy for the entire 7 years, I was 20 pounds heavier than where my body naturally wants to be at. So it takes an enormous amount of time and energy to get big and strong like that. And really I was acting with a bunch of big motherfuckers so psychologically, I wanted to feel like I could hold my own. But the by product of that is that I look like a gym dude. Which was never my intention! And anytime I see a picture of myself all shirtless and six-packed out I think what a twat, what a ego driven dickhead. And then something like King Arthur comes along and you can't be a chubby King Arthur, that's not the way to go. So all my gymming, it's for the profession.
I got really big, bigger than I've ever been for King Arthur. I got to 190 pounds!
[about maintaining his physical shape all the time] Thanks for noticing my physique. Unfortunately there is no secret to it, you just have to stop eating all of the things you want to eat and exercise everyday till you have lost the will to lift. I am sick of it. I am telling you, I am giving serious consideration to hanging up my six-pack! I think I am retiring. I'm 36 now, I'm too old for this!
[on his performance in The Lost City of Z] I did the best work of my career so far in The Lost City of Z.
[on whether being a sex symbol is limiting] It's both collateral damage and a huge opportunity. It's a visual medium, and it makes it a lot easier to get roles if you're easier on the eyes. But the reality is you get on set and every scene is a challenge to make work.
[on how he perceives life] I struggled through my childhood as a bit of a weird, existential kid. I was constantly preoccupied with trying to understand what it all meant. I've just grown up into a weird, existential adult.
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