Charlie Cox

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Charlie Cox
Charlie Cox by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cox in 2017
BornCharlie Thomas Cox
(1982-12-15) 15 December 1982 (age 35)
London, England, UK
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Samantha Thomas

Charlie Thomas Cox[1] (born 15 December 1982) is an English actor known for his roles as Matt Murdock / Daredevil in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 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.[6] After graduating in 2001, he moved to London and began training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol the following year.[2]


Early Career: 2002 – 2007[edit]

Cox was cast in his first significant professional role at age eighteen in the psychological thriller Dot the i, released in 2003. Following filming, he enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In the summer following his first year of study, Cox auditioned and was cast as Lorenzo in the 2004 Al Pacino-vehicleThe Merchant of Venice, breaking the school's policy of not allowing students to audition for outside productions.[7] He eventually decided to not return to drama school and continued working, appearing in guest spots on TV and supporting roles in movies like the 2005 historical drama Casanova and the 2006 BBC sci-fi film A for Andromeda.[8]

Prominence in Television and Film: 2007 – 2015[edit]

Cox's breakout role was as Tristan Thorn in the 2007 fantasy film Stardust which he starred in opposite Claire Danes. The film was successful with both critics and audiences globally and introduced Cox to a wider audience.[9][10] He made his West End debut the following year in Harold Pinter's The Collection at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.

He was next seen in the 2008 film Stone of Destiny, in which he played Ian Hamilton, and the 2009 historical drama Glorious 39, both of which were widely released in the United Kingdom. In 2010, he played the title role in Kleist's The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse in London. In September of that year, he played the closeted gay Duke of Crowborough in the first episode of the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. In 2011, Cox played the part of St. Josemaría Escrivá in the Roland Joffé film There Be Dragons and appeared as Ishmael in Encore's Moby Dick miniseries.

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.[11][12] His character became a regular for the series' third season, which was broadcast in September 2012. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble of the show in 2011 in addition to another nomination the following year.

In 2013, he starred in the independent film Hello Carter and in the BBC Cold War thriller Legacy. He was cast in a lead role in two separate CBS TV pilots during this year, a political drama titled The Ordained and an untitled Wall Street show. Neither was ordered to series.[13][14]

Cox appeared in a supporting role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, playing Jonathon Jones, the second husband of Jane Hawking.

Daredevil: 2015 – Present[edit]

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.[15] His performance was praised and given a Helen Keller Achievement Award for his role by the American Foundation for the Blind.[16]

Between filming seasons of Daredevil, Cox made his New York theater debut co-starring in the off-Broadway production of Incognito at the Manhattan Theatre Club.[17]

His most recent feature film role was 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;[18] the film reunites him with James Marsh, who directed him in 2014's The Theory of Everything.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2018, Cox married Marvel Television producer Samantha Thomas.[19][20] The couple has a daughter, born in 2016.[21][22]

Cox lives in New York City. He previously lived in the Chelsea and Highbury neighborhoods of London.[23][24][2]

Cox is a big football fan and holds season tickets to Arsenal F.C.[25][26][27]



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
2020 Stripped Will Hickey Pre-production


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 Miniseries
2011–2012 Boardwalk Empire Owen Sleater 20 episodes
2013 The Ordained Tom Reilly Unaired pilot
2013 Legacy Charles Thoroughgood Unaired pilot
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
2013 Nominated
2015 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture The Theory of Everything Nominated
2015 Helen Keller Achievement Awards Honoree Daredevil Won
2016 Saturn Awards Best Actor in a Television Series Nominated
2017 Nominated
2017 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Incognito Nominated


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  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."
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  6. ^ Hassell, Rachel (2015). "Sherborne School and the Oscars" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Charlie Cox Takes Off the 'Daredevil' Mask to Go 'Incognito'". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  8. ^ Olsen, Mark (2007-08-05). "'Stardust' gave him the space to grow". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  9. ^ "Stardust (2007) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  10. ^ Still, Jennifer. "The Eternal Magic of Stardust, as Explained by Charlie Cox". HWD. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  11. ^ Shaw, Marty (1 February 2011). "Charlie Cox Joins The Boardwalk Empire". BSC. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2011). "TV Castings: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond book pilots, Boardwalk adds a Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-02-22). "Charlie Cox To Play The Lead In CBS Pilot 'The Ordained'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  14. ^ "'Boardwalk Empire's' Charlie Cox to Star in CBS' Wall Street Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  15. ^ "Charlie Cox to Star in 'Daredevil' TV Series for Marvel and Netflix". Variety. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Helen Keller Achievement Awards 2015". American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  17. ^ "Manhattan Theatre Club – Incognito". Manhattan Theatre Club. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  18. ^ "Hatton Garden Heist Pic Gets Studiocanal Backing". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  19. ^ McKenna Aiello (21 October 2016). "Charlie Cox Welcomes His First Baby With Samantha Thomas". E! News.
  20. ^ "Produced By Conference - 2013 - Speakers". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  21. ^ McKenna Aiello (21 October 2016). "Charlie Cox Welcomes His First Baby With Samantha Thomas". E! News.
  22. ^ McKenna Aiello (21 October 2016). "Charlie Cox Welcomes His First Baby With Samantha Thomas". E! News.
  23. ^ Stone, Simon (2018-02-06). "Why I'm selling my #unique space: This week, we talk to actor, Charlie Cox, about his London home and why its time to move on". Unique Property Company. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  24. ^ Property & Travel TV (2018-02-06), We meet actor Charlie Cox, as he lists his London home for sale, retrieved 2018-10-22
  25. ^ "Charlie Cox interview: 'Maybe I'm not good enough to play Bond'". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  26. ^ "Surprise Guest Charlie Cox Expresses His Love For Arsenal At NYCC". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  27. ^ "Cox: I bought a giant octopus". Metro. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2018-10-29.

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