Charlie Carver

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Charlie Carver
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Carver at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Charles Carver Martensen

(1988-07-31) July 31, 1988 (age 31)
Other namesCharles Carver
Years active2008–present
RelativesMax Carver (twin brother)

Charles Carver Martensen[1] (born July 31, 1988), known professionally as Charlie Carver, is an American actor. His best known roles include Porter Scavo on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, Ethan on the MTV television series Teen Wolf, and Scott Frost on the first season of the HBO television series The Leftovers.[2] His twin brother Max Carver has frequently portrayed the twin of his characters.

Early life[edit]

Carver was born in San Francisco, California, on July 31, 1988. His identical twin brother Max was born seven minutes later on August 1. Before he began acting professionally, he was known as Charlie Martensen. His father was Robert Martensen, and his mother, Anne Carver (b. 1952), is a philanthropist and community activist. In 1992, Anne and her new husband Denis Sutro moved the family to Calistoga in Napa Valley. He attended High School at St. Paul’s Boarding School in Concord, New Hampshire, but left to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, in his sophomore year. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. He also studied acting at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.


Carver made his acting debut as an eighth-grader when he played fairy trickster Puck in his school's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

His screen debut was with his brother in the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives; they played Porter and Preston Scavo, sons to Lynette Scavo and Tom Scavo. He and his brother appeared in season 3 of MTV's Teen Wolf as a pair of twin alpha werewolves – Charlie plays Ethan Steiner, and Max plays Aiden Steiner; Charlie also returns for Season 6B of the show.[3] They next appeared in the first season of HBO series The Leftovers.[4][5][6]

Carver has also acted separately from his brother. He has guest starred on shows such as Hawaii Five-0, and The League. His feature film roles have included Underdogs, Bad Asses, and I Am Michael.

Carver appeared in the ABC miniseries When We Rise in 2017.[7] The production traced the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969. Carver himself came out as gay in 2016 while also posting his brother, Max, as straight.[8] Carver's Broadway debut is as Cowboy in the 2018 revival of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, alongside fellow openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesús, and Tuc Watkins.[9]

In January 2019, it was announced that Carver will star in the upcoming Netflix drama series Ratched.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
2013 Underdogs John Handon III [11][12] as Charles Carver
2014 Bad Asses Eric Also known as Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses
2015 I Am Michael Tyler [13]
2017 Fist Fight Nathaniel
2017 A Midsummer Night's Dream Snug
2018 In the Cloud Jude
2018 Mr. Real Estate Frank Stanton Short film
2020 The Boys in the Band Cowboy In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2012 Desperate Housewives Porter Scavo Also starring role (seasons 5–8); 62 episodes
2012 Fred 3: Camp Fred Hugh Thompson Television film[14][15][16]
2013 Restless Virgins Dylan Television film
2013–2014, 2017 Teen Wolf Ethan Recurring role (Season 3, 6); 20 episodes
2014 The Leftovers Scott Frost Main role (season 1); 5 episodes
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Travis Kealoha Episode: "Ka Hana Malu"
2015 The League Trophy Kevin Episode: "Trophy Kevin"
2017 When We Rise Michael Television Mini-Series
2020 Ratched Upcoming series
TBA Blooms Elliot Bloom


Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Boys in The Band Cowboy Broadway debut[17]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
2016 "Where's the Love?" Himself The Black Eyed Peas featuring The World
2019 "Ease My Mind" Himself Ben Platt

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Refs
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives
(shared with rest of cast)
Nominated [18]
2019 Audience Awards Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) The Boys in the Band Nominated [19]


  1. ^ California Birth Index 1905–1995,
  2. ^ Interview with Charlie and Max Carver Archived November 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Masters, Megan (November 18, 2012). "TVLine Items: Teen Wolf AddsDesperate Twins, Nick Cannon Signs New NBC Deal and More!". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Rawden, Jessica (April 12, 2015). "The Leftovers Is Making All Of These Changes For Season 2". Cinemablend. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Lucarelli, Kristina (June 27, 2013). "'Teen Wolf' Twins Max And Charlie Carver Land Spots In HBO Pilot 'The Leftovers'". MTV. Viacom Media Networks (Viacom). Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2013). "Charlie & Max Carver Join HBO's 'Leftovers'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Wong, Curtis M. (November 21, 2016). "Here's A Look At 'When We Rise,' ABC's New LGBTQ Rights Miniseries". Huffington Post.
  8. ^ "Teen Wolf' Actor Charlie Carver Comes Out as Gay in Touching Post on Instagram,, January 12, 2016".
  9. ^ Clement, Olivia (December 15, 2017). "The Leftovers Charlie Carver Joins Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and More for Broadway's The Boys in the Band". Playbill. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Denise Petski (January 14, 2019). "'Ratched': Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon Among 10 Cast In Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (June 27, 2012). "'Underdogs' movie to shoot in North Canton - Local - Ohio". Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (August 13, 2013). "North Canton movie 'Underdogs' getting extended local run - News - Ohio". Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Denizet-Lewis, Benoit (June 19, 2011). "My Ex-Gay Friend". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ ""Fred 3: Camp Fred," Premieres". The Futon Critic. Futon Media. July 12, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Korbelik, Jeff (July 21, 2012). "Columbus teen stars in third 'Fred' movie". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Ellyson, Tyler (July 10, 2012). "'Fred 3' set for July 28 premiere". Columbus Telegram. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  17. ^ Clement, Olivia (December 15, 2017). "The Leftovers' Charlie Carver Joins Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and More for Broadway's The Boys in the Band". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Bruno, Mike (December 20, 2007). "The 14th Annual SAG Award Nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Wontorek, Paul (May 7, 2019). "Fan-Picked 2019 Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced; Be More Chill Leads With 12". Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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