Grant Gustin

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Grant Gustin
Grant Gustin March 2014 (cropped).jpg
Gustin on the set of The Flash, Vancouver, March 12, 2014
Born Thomas Grant Gustin
(1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 25)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer
Years active 2003–present

Thomas Grant Gustin (born January 14, 1990), better known as Grant Gustin,[1] is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles as Sebastian Smythe on the Fox series Glee and as Barry Allen / Flash on the CW series The Flash.

Life and career[edit]

Gustin was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the son of Tina Haney, a pediatric nurse, and Tom Gustin.[2][3] During his high school years, Grant attended the Governor's School for the Arts program in Norfolk, Virginia for Musical Theatre. He also went to Hurrah Players Incorporated which is a theatre organization in Virginia. In 2008, he graduated from Granby High School and went on to attend the BFA Music Theatre Program at Elon University in North Carolina for two years.[4]

He left school to take the role of Baby John in the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story, and performed with the tour from its opening on September 30, 2010 through September 23, 2011.[4][5][6]

On November 8, 2011, he debuted on the television series Glee as Sebastian Smythe, an openly gay member of the Dalton Academy Warblers.[4] Gustin won the recurring role of Sebastian, a promiscuous and scheming character, after "an exhaustive, weeks-long casting search". He originally auditioned for a role as a tap dancer, but did not get the part. However, Ryan Murphy kept him in mind.[7] He began filming the role early on Monday, September 26, 2011, after having finished his final West Side Story performance the Friday night before.[8]

Gustin began filming A Mother's Nightmare, an original film for the Lifetime network, in late May 2012. The project also stars actresses Annabeth Gish and Jessica Lowndes, and was shot in Canada.[9] On July 11, 2012, it was announced that Gustin had landed a major role in the independent film Affluenza.[10]

On September 13, 2013, it was announced that Gustin would play Barry Allen in the second season of Arrow. He was initially supposed to appear in three episodes, the last one serving as the backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off Flash series.[11] However, the backdoor pilot plan was dropped in favor of a stand-alone pilot, titled The Flash.[12] The pilot was picked up with an initial order of thirteen episodes, and the series premiered on October 7, 2014, with 4.8 million viewers, the most for a premiere on The CW in five years.[13][14] Two weeks later, the network increased the episode order to a full season of twenty-three in all.[15] On January 11, 2015, the show was renewed for a second season.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure Exercise Video Club Fit kid Direct-to-DVD
2012 Mother's Nightmare, AA Mother's Nightmare Chris Stewart Television film
2014 Affluenza Todd Goodman
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Haunting, AA Haunting Stacey's boyfriend Episode: "Hungry Ghosts"
2011–13 Glee Sebastian Smythe 7 episodes
2012 CSI: Miami Scott Ferris/Trent Burton Episode: "Terminal Velocity"
2012 Glee Project, TheThe Glee Project Himself Guest mentor; Season 2 - Episode: "Theatricality"
2013 90210 Campbell Price 8 episodes
2013–present Arrow Barry Allen / Flash 4 episodes
2014–present Flash, TheThe Flash Barry Allen / Flash Lead role
Year Title Role Notes
2008 NASA's Kids Science News Network Himself


Year Title Role Notes
2010–11 West Side Story Baby John Broadway Revival Tour


  1. ^ Gustin, Grant (November 11, 2011). "@grantgust: @KaylaMcWills that is true. but i've gone by Grant my whole life. It's not a "stage" name or "screen" name.". Twitter. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "More 'Glee' time for Norfolk actor Grant Gustin". The Virginian-Pilot. 
  3. ^ Elon University[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Norfolk actor lands a role on TV's 'Glee'". The Virginian-Pilot. October 27, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "West Side Story Tour Announces Cast". August 23, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gustin, Grant (September 23, 2011). "@grantgust: Premature last performance with #WSS tonight. It's been such an amazing year! I will miss you all so much.". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 27, 2011). "Glee Exclusive: New Gay Warbler to Come Between Kurt and Blaine!". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gustin, Grant (September 26, 2011). "@grantgust: Early morning. First day on set. #surreal". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 21, 2012). "'Glee's' Grant Gustin to Star in Lifetime Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (July 11, 2012). "'Glee' Star Grant Gustin Lands Lead in Indie Film 'Affluenza' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 13, 2013). "'Glee' Star Set as CW's Flash". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2013). "CW's 'The Flash' To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of 'Arrow' Backdoor Pilot Episode". PMC. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: The CW Orders Four Dramas, Including Flash, iZombie and Jane the Virgin, Passes on Supernatural Spin-Off". TV Line. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 8, 2014). "Ratings: The Flash Hits the Ground Running, CW's Best Debut in 5 Years; ABC Sitcoms Tumble, POI Slips". TVLine. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hibberd, James (October 21, 2014). "'The Flash' gets full season ('Jane the Virgin' too)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ Levin, Gary (January 11, 2015). "CW renews eight dramas for new seasons". USA Today. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

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