Charlie Cox

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Charlie Cox
Charlie Cox by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cox in 2017
Born Charlie Thomas Cox
(1982-12-15) 15 December 1982 (age 35)
London, England, UK
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Partner(s) Samantha Thomas
Children 1

Charlie Thomas Cox[1] (born 15 December 1982)[citation needed] is an English actor known for his roles as Matt Murdock / Daredevil in Marvel's Daredevil TV series by Netflix, Tristan Thorn in Stardust, Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything and Owen Sleater in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Early life[edit]

Charlie Thomas Cox, the youngest of five children, was born in London, England, and brought up in East Sussex. He is the son of Patricia (née Harley) and Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox, who is a publisher.[2][3] He has one brother, Toby (born 1974), and three half-siblings from his father's first marriage: Emma, Zoe and Oliver.[3]

Cox was raised Roman Catholic[4][5] and 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 Thorn 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 September 2010 he played the closeted gay Duke of Crowborough in the first 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 Owen Sleater, an Irish enforcer with ties to the IRA.[6][7] His character became a regular for the series' third season, which was broadcast in September 2012.

Since 2015, Cox has portrayed Matt Murdock in Marvel's Daredevil TV series as well as the 2017 team-up miniseries event The Defenders, produced and released through Netflix.[8] His performance was praised and given a Helen Keller Achievement Award for his role by the American Foundation for the Blind.[9] His next feature film role will be opposite Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and others in King of Thieves, based on the true story of the 2015 Hatton Garden jewelry heist in London;[10] the film reunites him with James Marsh, who directed him in 2014's The Theory of Everything.

Personal life[edit]

In October 2016, Cox became a father to his first child, a daughter, with his girlfriend, Marvel Television producer Samantha Thomas.[11]



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 The Maidens' Conspiracy Diafebus
2007 Stardust Tristan Thorn
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 Sergio Short film
2012 A Sunny Morning Adam Short film
2013 Hello Carter Carter
2014 The Theory of Everything Jonathan Hellyer Jones
2014 Dracula Untold Caligula Scenes cut
2017 Eat Locals Henry
2018 King of Thieves Basil


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Judge John Deed Young Vicar Episode: "Everyone's Child"
2006 Lewis Danny Griffon Pilot
2006 A for Andromeda Dennis Bridger Television film
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 Unaired pilot
2013 Legacy Charles Thoroughgood Television film
2015–present Daredevil Matt Murdock / Daredevil Lead role
2017 The Defenders 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
2016 Incognito Henry Maison, Michael Wolf, Hans Albert Einstein, Ben Murphy, Freddy Myers, Greg Barraclough Manhattan Theatre Club

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Won
2015 Helen Keller Achievement Awards Honoree Daredevil Won
2017 Saturn Awards Best Actor in a Television Series Nominated
2017 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Incognito Nominated


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ "Charlie Cox: Star turn". The Independent. 29 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Charlie Cox". The Peerage. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "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." 
  5. ^ "Interview: Charlie Cox". Busted Halo. 
  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". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charlie Cox to Star in 'Daredevil' TV Series for Marvel and Netflix". Variety. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Helen Keller Achievement Awards 2015". American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Hatton Garden Heist Pic Gets Studiocanal Backing". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  11. ^ McKenna Aiello (21 October 2016). "Charlie Cox Welcomes His First Baby With Samantha Thomas". E! News. 

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