Charlie Heaton

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Charlie Heaton
Heaton in 2017
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2012–present
Known forStranger Things

Charlie R. Heaton is a British actor and musician.[1] He plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Early life[edit]

Heaton was born in Leeds[2] and raised on a council estate in Bridlington by his mother.[3] After moving to London when he was 16, Heaton joined London noise-rock band Comanechi as the drummer and toured with them for more than a year.[1][4] Heaton then joined London-based psychedelic band Half Loon.[5]


In 2015, Heaton made his acting debut with the ITV crime drama series DCI Banks, playing the role of Gary McCready.[6] He then appeared as Riley in ITV's detective series Vera.[7] He guest-starred in BBC One's medical drama series Casualty as Jason Waycott.[8] In 2016, he appeared in the thriller film Shut In, co-starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, and directed by Farren Blackburn.[9][10] Heaton also plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix supernatural drama series Stranger Things.[11][12] In 2016, he starred in the movie 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.[13] 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.[14] The casting drew criticism from a disability charity group.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Heaton formerly dated musician Akiko Matsuura. They had a son born in 2014.[16] Since 2017, he has been in a relationship with his Stranger Things co-star, Natalia Dyer, who plays Jonathan's girlfriend Nancy Wheeler on the show.[17]

Heaton missed the premiere of Stranger Things 2 as on 21 October 2017, he was refused entry to the United States when customs found traces of cocaine in his luggage. Heaton was put on a plane back to London; he withdrew his application to enter America to avoid arrest.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Schoolboy Michael Stevens Short film
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II Dealer Originally titled: Reign of the General
Urban & the Shed Crew Frank
2016 As You Are Mark
Shut In Stephen Portman
2017 Marrowbone Billy
2020 The New Mutants Samuel Guthrie / Cannonball Post-production
TBA The Souvenir Part II Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 DCI Banks Gary McCready 2 episodes
Vera Riley Episode: "Changing Tides"
Casualty Luke Dickinson, Jason Waycott Episode: "Sweetie", Episode: "The Department of Secrets"
2016–present Stranger Things Jonathan Byers Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [20]
Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble of the Year Nominated [21]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Nominated [23]


  1. ^ a b Dziautaite, Modesta (18 July 2016). Bailey, David (ed.). "Charlie Heaton". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer Take A Lie Detector Test. Vanity Fair. 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Weinstock, Tish (2 November 2016). "stranger things have happened: charlie heaton on finding fame". I-D Vice.
  4. ^ Grater, Tom (5 October 2015). "Charlie Heaton, Stars of Tomorrow 2015". Screen Daily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Robinson, Jennifer (23 April 2015). "DCI BANKS: Season 4". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Vera Cast List 2015: ITV Series 5 Air Date and Character Details". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "The Department of Secrets – Series 29 Episode 31 of 46". BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (18 March 2015). "Oliver Platt Joins Naomi Watts In 'Shut In' For EuropaCorp & Lava Bear". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (6 March 2015). "Naomi Watts' Shut In Set 2016 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 August 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (20 August 2015). "Netflix Casts 7 Young Actors in Stranger Things Supernatural Drama from Duffer Brothers". Variety. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Matt (31 May 2017). "'New Mutants' Finds Its Cannonball with 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton". Collider. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Charlie Heaton is The Elephant Man". BBC. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Anger over casting of Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton as Elephant Mann". Sky News. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton Has a Son With Ex Akiko Matsuura". US Weekly. American Media Inc. 30 October 2017. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  18. ^ The Associated Press (28 October 2017). "'Stranger Things' star Charlie Heaton denied US entry over drugs". USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  19. ^ Fernandez, Alex (28 October 2017). "Stranger Things Star Charlie Heaton Refused Entry into U.S. After Allegedly Being Caught with Cocaine at Airport". People. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  20. ^ Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. ^ Dixon, Marcus James; Montgomery, Daniel (6 September 2017). "2017 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Big Little Lies' and 'SNL' sweep, while 'Stranger Things' takes Best Drama". Gold Derby. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  22. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 January 2018). "SAG Awards' Stunt Ensemble Nominees Include Fallen 'Walking Dead' Stuntman". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  23. ^ Swift, Andy (22 June 2018). "Teen Choice Awards 2018: Riverdale Leads Final Wave of TV Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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