Charlie Cox

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Charlie Cox
Charlie cox.jpg
Cox in 2008
Born Charlie Thomas Cox
(1982-12-15) 15 December 1982 (age 31)
London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

Charlie Thomas Cox[1] (born 15 December 1982) is an English actor best known for his starring role as Tristan Thorn in Stardust and more recently for his supporting role in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

Cox, the youngest of five children, was born in London, England, and brought up in East Sussex. He is the son of Patricia C. A. "Trisha" (née Harley) and Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox, who is a publisher.[2][3][4] His paternal ancestors include Sir Andrew Agnew, 7th Baronet, Royal Navy captain Frederick Lewis Maitland, James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater, Sir David Carnegie, 4th Baronet, and a Colonial Governor of New York, Andrew Elliot.[4] He was brought up as a Roman Catholic.[5]


Cox was educated at two independent schools: at Ashdown House School in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex and Sherborne School in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset. He later trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol.

Life and career[edit]

Cox played the role of Tristan Thorne in the 2007 film Stardust. He was next seen in the 2008 film Stone of Destiny in which he played Ian Hamilton. He made his West End debut in a double role of Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in London, and in the same year played the Duke of Crowborough in the pilot episode of the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. He also appeared in Kleist's The Prince of Homburg, playing the title role, at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2010. He played the part of St. Josemaría Escrivá in the 2011 Roland Joffé film There Be Dragons. Also in 2011, Cox signed on to play a recurring role in the second season of the Martin Scorsese-produced HBO original series Boardwalk Empire as an Irish immigrant with ties to the IRA.[6][7] His character became a regular for the series' third season, which began broadcast in September 2012.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Judge John Deed Young Vicar TV series (Episode: "Everyone's Child")
2003 dot the i Theo Film
2004 The Merchant of Venice Lorenzo Film
2005 Things to Do Before You're 30 Danny Film
2005 Casanova Giovanni Bruni Film
2006 Inspector Lewis Danny Griffon TV film
2006 A for Andromeda Dennis Bridger TV film
2006 The Maidens' Conspiracy Diafebus Film
2007 Stardust Tristan Thorne Film
2008 Harry, Henry and the Prostitute Harry Short Film
2008 Stone of Destiny Ian Hamilton Film
2009 Big Guy Chuck Short Film
2009 Perfect Paul Short Film
2009 Glorious 39 Lawrence Film
2010 Crossing the Wall: The Making of Stardust Tristan Thorne Video
2010 Downton Abbey Duke of Crowborough TV series (one episode)
2011 There Be Dragons Josemaría Escrivá Film
2011 Moby Dick Ishmael TV mini-series (part 1 and part 2)
2011–12 Boardwalk Empire Owen Sleater TV series
2011 Nancy, Sid and Sergio N/A Short film
2012 A Sunny Morning Adam Short film
2013 Legacy Charles Thoroughgood TV Film
2014 Dracula Untold Emperor Caligula Filming


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ "Charlie Cox: Star turn". The Independent. 29 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (11 October 2007). "Fantasy movie sprinkles unknown actor in Stardust". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2007. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "British actors line up for film about life of Opus Dei founder". Catholic Herald. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2010. "St Josemaria is played by the English actor Charlie Cox, who is a Catholic. "I've been brought up a Catholic."" 
  6. ^ Marty Shaw (1 February 2011). "Charlie Cox joins the Boardwalk Empire". BSC. Retrieved 16 February 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ "TV Castings: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond book pilots, Boardwalk adds a Recurring". 31 January 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 

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