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 32)
London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
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 Thorne in Stardust and for his supporting role in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Cox will play the title role of Marvel's upcoming Daredevil TV series.

Early life[edit]

Cox, the youngest of five children, was born in London, England, United Kingdom, 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.


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 Harold Pinter's The Collection at the Ambassadors 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.

On May 28th, 2014, it was announced that Cox will portray Matt Murdock / Daredevil in Marvel's upcoming Daredevil TV series.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 dot the i Theo
2004 The Merchant of Venice Lorenzo
2005 Things to Do Before You're 30 Danny
2005 Casanova Giovanni Bruni
2006 Inspector Lewis Danny Griffon Television film
2006 A for Andromeda Dennis Bridger Television film
2006 The Maidens' Conspiracy Diafebus
2007 Stardust Tristan Thorne
2008 Harry, Henry and the Prostitute Harry Short film
2008 Stone of Destiny Ian Hamilton
2009 Big Guy Chuck Short film
2009 Perfect Paul Short film
2009 Glorious 39 Lawrence
2011 There Be Dragons Josemaría Escrivá
2011 Nancy, Sid and Sergio N/A Short film
2012 A Sunny Morning Adam Short film
2013 Hello Carter Carter
2013 Legacy Charles Thoroughgood Television film
2014 The Theory of Everything Jonathan Hellyer Jones


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Judge John Deed Young Vicar Episode: "Everyone's Child"
2010 Downton Abbey Duke of Crowborough Episode "1.1"
2011 Moby Dick Ishmael 2 episodes
2011–2012 Boardwalk Empire Owen Sleater 20 episodes
2013 The Ordained Tom Reilly Pilot
2015 Marvel's Daredevil Matt Murdock / Daredevil Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2005 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni Southwark Playhouse
2008 The Collection Bill Ambassadors Theatre
2010 The Prince of Homburg The Prince of Homburg Donmar Warehouse


  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 "Charlie Cox". The Peerage. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "British actors line up for film about life of Opus Dei founder". Catholic Online. 4 September 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. St Josemaria is played by the English actor Charlie Cox, who is a Catholic. "I've been brought up a Catholic." 
  6. ^ Shaw, Marty (1 February 2011). "Charlie Cox Joins The Boardwalk Empire". BSC. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2011). "TV Castings: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond book pilots, Boardwalk adds a Recurring". Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charlie Cox to Star in ‘Daredevil’ TV Series for Marvel and Netflix". Variety. May 27, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 

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