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Robbie Kay

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Robbie Kay
Robbie Kay January 2015.jpg
Kay at Magic City ComicCon 2015
Born Robert Andrew Kay[1]
(1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 19)[1]
Lymington, Hampshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006 — present

Robert Andrew "Robbie" Kay (born 13 September 1995) is a British actor whose credits include Fugitive Pieces, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Peter Pan in the Once Upon a Time television series.

Personal life[edit]

Kay was born in Lymington, Hampshire, England, and moved to Brussels, Belgium, at a young age.[2] In 2006 Kay and his family moved to Prague in the Czech Republic, where he attended the International School of Prague. He currently lives in Houston, Texas.[3] He has two sisters, Camilla and Fiona.


Kay's family moved to the Czech Republic where he saw a note for English-speaking children to be extras in a film on a school noticeboard. Despite a lack of previous acting experience, this led to him getting a speaking part in The Illusionist, but his scenes were eventually cut from the film. After small roles in Hannibal Rising and My Boy Jack, a Canadian production company asked him to play the part of Young Jakob which involved a 9 week shooting schedule, three of which were on Greek islands.[4] The people who made Fugitive Pieces had auditioned over 150 boys before finding the then 10-year-old Robbie Kay who had been living in Prague for two years.[2]

He spent a year studying acting, singing, and dancing at one of Britain's Stagecoach theatre schools.[2]

He appeared in a miniseries adaptation of Pinocchio, playing the title character.

After finishing Pinocchio he went on to play Sam, a boy diagnosed with leukemia in Ways To Live Forever screening in late 2010.[5] He appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, playing the Cabin boy. More recently, he portrayed Peter Pan in season 3 of Once Upon a Time. He will appear in the TV movie, Rita as the title character's gay son.[6] It was also announced that he would reprise his role as the cabin boy in the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film.[6] In March of 2015, Kay had been cast in an undisclosed role for the upcoming TV miniseries Heroes Reborn.[7]


Kay's work has been generally well received by the critics. Alicia Cox of Chatelaine wrote on his work in Fugitive Pieces: "Robbie Kay, who plays the young Jakob, gives a remarkable performance with little words and a lot of emotion. When he smiles (which isn't often) you can't help but be affected."[8] Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times describes Kay in the same movie as having "a heartbreaking way of looking utterly lost"[9] and Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, who was critical about the film, wrote "the performances are above reproach, especially Robbie Kay as young Jakob"[10] and "The grandest laurels must be reserved for Robbie Kay ... Relatively new to acting, he invests the role with an intensity of purpose not often seen in an actor of so few years."[11]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Hannibal Rising Kolnas's Son credited as Robert Kay
My Boy Jack Arthur Relp  
Fugitive Pieces Young Jakob  
2008 Pinocchio Pinocchio  
Bathory Pals Voice
In Bruges Young Harry Deleted Scenes
2010 Made in Dagenham Graham  
Ways to Live Forever Sam McQueen  
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Cabin Boy  
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales Cabin Boy  


Year Film Role Notes
2013 Once Upon a Time Peter Pan/Pied Piper 11 Episodes Season 3 episodes 1-11
2015 Heroes Reborn 13 Episodes (TV miniseries)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
Year Category Production Result
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in an International Feature Film Leading Young Performers for Fugitive Pieces Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Leading Young Actor for Pinocchio Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Once Upon A Time Nominated


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  2. ^ a b c "Fugitive Pieces" (PDF) (Press release). Samuel Goldwyn Films. 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Robbie Kay Q&A. kidzworld. (Interview). Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Old, David (29 July 2008). "Young acting star lands top role in Pinocchio". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Way To Life Forever Plot Summary". IMDB. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Robbie Kay filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2015). "Robbie Kay Cast In ‘Heroes Reborn’ NBC Event Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Cox, Alicia (7 September 2007). "Fugitive Pieces (review)". Chatelaine. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Macdonald, Moira (27 June 2008). "Movie review: "Fugitive Pieces": a thoughtful, emotional — and haunting — ghost story". Seattle Times. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Howell, Peter (6 September 2007). "'Fugitive Pieces': Cast shines in film drained of drama". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  11. ^ Howell, Peter (2 May 2008). "'Fugitive Pieces': Survivor of war, burdened by memory". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 

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