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Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes PaleyFest 2015 (cropped).jpg
Haynes at 2015 PaleyFest
Born Colton Lee Haynes
(1988-07-13) July 13, 1988 (age 28)
Andale, Kansas, United States
Occupation Actor and model
Years active 2007–present

Colton Lee Haynes (born July 13, 1988) is an American actor and model. He is best known for his role as Jackson Whittemore in MTV's supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and as Roy Harper/Arsenal in the superhero television series Arrow.

Early life

Colton Lee Haynes was born on July 13, 1988, in Andale, Kansas,[1] the son of Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes.[2][3] He has described his parents as "free-spirited hippies."[1] Haynes has five siblings, including brothers Clinton and Joshua, and a sister, Willow.[1][4] Haynes grew up on a farm in Andale, and has also lived in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.[5] He attended Navarre High School (Florida), Andale High School (Kansas) and graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas.


Haynes began his career as a model at the age of fifteen in New York City, New York. Haynes first began his success after appearing in a Bruce Weber photoshoot for Abercrombie & Fitch.[6] Afterward, Haynes began modeling in campaigns for Kira Plastinina, J. C. Penney, and Ralph Lauren.[5] In 2008, Haynes continued modeling in campaigns such as Verizon and also appeared in numerous magazine editorials such as Teen Vogue and Arena.

Haynes on the red carpet, circa 2011

He made an uncredited appearance in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers.[citation needed] He also appeared on CSI: Miami and The Hills. In addition to guest roles, in April 2007 Haynes acted in My Chemical Romance's music video for their single "I Don't Love You," directed by Marc Webb.[6] Later that year, Haynes auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's young adult novel, Twilight. Robert Pattinson was cast instead.[7]

In 2008, he appeared on the television series, Privileged and Pushing Daisies.[8] He played Scott Holland in the Hallmark Channel film, Always and Forever. Filming began in December 2008, and the film was released to television on October 24, 2009.

It was announced in 2009 that Haynes had won the role of Shane in the Showtime series Look, based on the 2007 film of the same name. "I play a 17-year-old asshole. The show is very racy with lots of nudity, sex, drugs and real life experiences that will shock audiences," Haynes said in an interview.[9] The show premiered in 2010 and was cancelled after its first season. In March 2010, filming began for the ABC television series, The Gates, in which Haynes portrays Brett Crezski, a jock who begins to turn into a werewolf. The series premiered on June 20, 2010.[10] The show was short-lived and was cancelled after its first season. Afterwards he landed the role of Jackson Whittemore in the MTV series, Teen Wolf,[11] based on the 1985 film of the same name.

On October 11, 2012, Haynes tweeted, "These past few years have been the best of my life. I'm sad that this chapter has ended, but excited for a new one to begin. Thx for the love," leaving fans of Teen Wolf confused. The next day it was announced that he would be leaving the show.[12] He was a recurring member on the hit CW show Arrow, playing Roy Harper, a street thug who idolizes the Arrow and later becomes his protegé, Arsenal.[13] Haynes was upgraded to series regular status on Arrow for season two.[14] Haynes left the series at the end of season three.[15]

In September 2012, he was the lead in Leona Lewis's music video "Trouble," where he played the part of her boyfriend.[16]

In July 2013, he starred in Victoria Justice's music video "Gold."[17] In December 2014, he also made a cameo appearance in Andy Grammer's music video, Honey, I'm Good. That same year, he released some snippets to various covers of songs he had done. Colton started to further his career by singing, something he has loved to do since he was little. In November, he covered a song called "19 You+Me" with New Heights.[18] In December 2013, he released a single with fellow singer Travis-Atreo called "Baby It's Christmas."[19]

In 2014, Haynes made a return to his roots by participating in Abercrombie & Fitch's "Making of a Star" campaign. As a result, photography of Haynes shot by iconic photographer Bruce Weber was featured in A&F stores worldwide.[citation needed]

Haynes' first credited feature film role was in the 2015 film San Andreas.

Personal life

Haynes has struggled with anxiety all his life; in January 2016, after years of public speculation concerning his "secret gay past," an off-the-cuff response he made on Tumblr regarding a comment on photos that appeared in gay lifestyle magazine XY a decade before was taken by many media outlets as confirmation of his coming out.[20] Not yet ready to speak openly about his sexual orientation, the renewed attention led Haynes to seek treatment for his anxiety for the next 3 months. He later publicly came out as gay in an interview in Entertainment Weekly in May 2016.[21]

Haynes is currently in a relationship with celebrity florist Jeff Leatham.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Transformers Cafe kid Uncredited
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Linus van Pelt Short film
2015 San Andreas Joby O'Leary
2016 Triumph Jeff In post-production
2017 Rock That Body Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: Miami Brandon Fox Episode: "Bang, Bang, Your Debt"
2008 Privileged Alexander Episode: "All About Friends and Family"
2008 Pushing Daisies Ares Kostopolous Episode: "Frescorts"
2009 Always and Forever Scott Holland Television film
2009 Melrose Place Jessie Roberts Episode: "Gower"
2010 Gates, TheThe Gates Brett Crezski Main cast; 11 episodes
2010 Look: The Series Shane Main cast; 11 episodes
2011–12 Teen Wolf Jackson Whittemore Main cast; 24 episodes
2011 Nine Lives of Chloe King, TheThe Nine Lives of Chloe King Kai Episode: "Dogs of War"
2013–2016 Arrow Roy Harper / Arsenal 46 Episodes;
Recurring cast (Season 1)
Main cast (Seasons 2–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4)
2016 The Grinder Luke Grinder Episode: "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
Episode: "Divergence"
2016 Scream Queens[23] Tyler Special Guest Star (Season 2)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Thor (voice)[24]

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2007 "I Don't Love You" My Chemical Romance Guest Star
2012 "Trouble" Leona Lewis Love Interest
2013 "Gold" Victoria Justice Guest Star
2014 "Honey, I'm Good." Andy Grammer Guest Star


  1. ^ a b c Flaunt Magazine | People: Colton Haynes
  2. ^ Wichita Eagle: Search Results
  3. ^ Colton Haynes
  4. ^ ARROW: Colton Haynes on Roy Harper’s Evolution, His Desire to be on ELLEN, and More | Give Me My Remote
  5. ^ a b 5 Things You Don't Know About Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes - Us Weekly
  6. ^ a b "Colton Haynes - pictures, picture, pics, images, gallery, info, bio, gossip". Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ What Does This Hot Guy Have to Do With Robert Pattinson? | E! Online UK
  8. ^ Colton Haynes | Teen Wolf | MTV
  9. ^ "Colton Haynes by Bruno Rand". Ohlala Mag. June 8, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ "ABC Announces 2010 Summer Schedule" (Press release). ABC Television Network. April 7, 2010. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes: 2 Years After Those Man-On-Man Kissing Photos / Queerty". March 23, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ No Jackson for Teen Wolf Season 3. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Has 'Arrow' Found its Speedy in 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes?". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 13, 2013). "'Arrow' Promotes Colton Haynes to Series Regular for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ Abrams, Natalie (April 15, 2015). "Arrow twist: Scoop on the big exit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes lands Leona Lewis video role: See pics from the set! - Zap2it | News & Features
  17. ^ Victoria Justice Aims To Win Colton Haynes’ Love In ‘Gold’ Video - MTV
  18. ^ Colton Haynes Is a Singer! Watch the Arrow Star Cover 19 You + Me With New Heights | E! Online UK
  19. ^ iTunes - Music - Baby It's Christmas - Single by Colton Haynes & Travis-Atreo
  20. ^ Garner, Glenn (January 2, 2016). "Colton Haynes May Have Come Out in a Pretty Chill Way". Out. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ Snetiker, Mark (May 5, 2016). "Colton Haynes gets honest about life after Arrow". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Colton Haynes Gushes Over New Boyfriend Jeff Leatham With Cute Selfie". MTV UK. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  23. ^ Stack, Tim (July 22, 2016). "Scream Queens exclusive: Colton Haynes checking into season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  24. ^ Eric Goldman (February 4, 2016). "Marvel Avengers Academy Launches with an All-Star Cast". IGN. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 

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