Charlie Heaton

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Charlie Heaton
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Heaton in 2017
Born
Charlie Ross Heaton

(1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 26)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Musician
Years active2012–present
Known forStranger Things (2016–present)
Children1

Charlie Ross Heaton (born 6 February 1994)[1][2] is an English actor and musician.[3] He is best known for his starring role as Jonathan Byers in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things.

Early life[edit]

Heaton was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire,[4] and raised on a council estate in Bridlington by his mother.[5]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Heaton moved to London when he was 16 and joined London noise-rock band Comanechi as the drummer. He toured with them for more than a year.[3][6] Heaton then joined London-based psychedelic band Half Loon.[7]

Acting[edit]

In 2014, Heaton played a role in a short film named "Life Needs Courage". In 2015, he made his acting debut with the ITV crime drama series DCI Banks, playing the role of Gary McCready.[8] He then appeared as Riley in ITV's detective series Vera.[9] He guest-starred in BBC One's medical drama series Casualty as Jason Waycott.[10] In 2016, he appeared in the thriller film Shut In, co-starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, and directed by Farren Blackburn.[11][12] Heaton also plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix supernatural drama series Stranger Things.[13][14] In 2016, he starred in the drama film As You Are.

In May 2017, Heaton was cast to star as Samuel "Sam" Guthrie / Cannonball in New Mutants, a 2020 film based on the Marvel Comics comic book of the same name.[15] In August 2018, the BBC announced that Heaton would be playing Joseph Merrick, commonly known as the "Elephant Man", in a new two-part drama.[16] The casting drew criticism from a disability charity group, the group's head saying that not using a disabled actor was a missed opportunity.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Heaton has a son, Archie (born 2014), from a relationship with Akiko Matsuura.[2][18][19]

Since early 2016, he has been in a relationship with his Stranger Things co-star, Natalia Dyer, who plays Jonathan's girlfriend Nancy Wheeler on the series.[20]

Heaton missed the premiere of Stranger Things 2 on 21 October 2017. Heaton was detained at Los Angeles International Airport in October due to possession of trace amounts of cocaine, reports had said. He was not arrested and immediately returned to London. More than a week later, he said in a statement that his planned travel to the U.S. was "affected by an issue at U.S. immigration" and that he "was not arrested or charged with a crime."[21]

Heaton is a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Arsenal F.C.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Life Needs Courage Charlie Short film
2015 The Schoolboy Michael Stevens Short film
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II Dealer
Urban & the Shed Crew Frank
2016 As You Are Mark
Shut In Stephen Portman
2017 The Performers: Act III Bowie Character Short film
Marrowbone Billy Marrowbone
2020 No Future Will
The New Mutants Samuel Guthrie / Cannonball
TBA The Souvenir Part II TBA Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 DCI Banks Gary McCready 2 episodes
Vera Riley Episode: "Changing Tides"
Casualty Luke Dickinson / Jason Waycott 2 episodes
2016–present Stranger Things Jonathan Byers Main role
2020 Soulmates Kurt Episode: "Break On Through"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [23]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [24]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Nominated [25]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Shakir (6 February 2020). "Charlie Heaton Birthday: Check Out Some Amazing Movies Of The 'Stranger Things' Star". Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Charlie Heaton: 12 facts about the Stranger Things actor you need to know". PopBuzz. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Dziautaite, Modesta (18 July 2016). Bailey, David (ed.). "Charlie Heaton". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer Take A Lie Detector Test. Vanity Fair. 12 July 2019.
  5. ^ Weinstock, Tish (2 November 2016). "stranger things have happened: charlie heaton on finding fame". I-D Vice.
  6. ^ Grater, Tom (5 October 2015). "Charlie Heaton, Stars of Tomorrow 2015". Screen Daily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Charlie Heaton on Instagram: "Hey guys! 'Half loon' the band I used to play in debuted their first single 'Ruth' from their upcoming album. Go to there page to check it…"". Instagram. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ Robinson, Jennifer (23 April 2015). "DCI BANKS: Season 4". KPBS.org. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Vera Cast List 2015: ITV Series 5 Air Date and Character Details". TellyChat.co.uk. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  10. ^ "The Department of Secrets – Series 29 Episode 31 of 46". BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (18 March 2015). "Oliver Platt Joins Naomi Watts In 'Shut In' For EuropaCorp & Lava Bear". Deadline.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (6 March 2015). "Naomi Watts' Shut In Set 2016 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 August 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Deadline.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  14. ^ Spangler, Todd (20 August 2015). "Netflix Casts 7 Young Actors in Stranger Things Supernatural Drama from Duffer Brothers". Variety. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Matt (31 May 2017). "'New Mutants' Finds Its Cannonball with 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton". Collider. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Charlie Heaton is The Elephant Man". BBC. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Anger over casting of Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton as Elephant Mann". Sky News. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  18. ^ Gemmill, Allie (30 October 2017). "Stranger Things's Charlie Heaton Reportedly Has a Son". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Stranger Things". US Weekly. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Stranger Things stars Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton's relationship". Capital.
  21. ^ "Charlie Heaton Opens Up About Cocaine Possession Reports". E! Online. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  22. ^ "10 Things Charlie Heaton Can't Live Without". GQ. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  23. ^ Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  24. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 January 2018). "SAG Awards' Stunt Ensemble Nominees Include Fallen 'Walking Dead' Stuntman". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  25. ^ Swift, Andy (22 June 2018). "Teen Choice Awards 2018: Riverdale Leads Final Wave of TV Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  26. ^ Hipes, Patrick (11 December 2019). "SAG Awards Nominations: 'Bombshell', 'The Irishman', 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Top Film List, 'Maisel,' 'Fleabag' Score In TV – Complete List Of Noms". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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