Craig Roberts

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Craig Roberts
Craig Roberts (cropped).jpg
Roberts in 2013
Born Craig Haydn Roberts
(1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 26)
Newport, Wales[1]
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 2000–present

Craig Haydn Roberts (born 21 January 1991) is a Welsh actor, writer and director. He is best known for his lead roles as Oliver Tate in the coming-of-age comedy-drama film Submarine (2010), David Meyers in the series Red Oaks (2014–2017), and for playing Rio in the television series The Story of Tracy Beaker (2004–2005).

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born on 21 January 1991[2] in Newport, Wales, the son of Alison and Haydn Roberts. He was raised in Maesycwmmer, Caerphilly and attended Lewis School, Pengam.[3][4] Roberts has one sister, Chelsea, and two half-sisters, Natalee and Angharad.


Roberts began his television career with roles in the dramas Care (2000) and Little Pudding (2003). Following these he was given roles in the television series The Story of Tracy Beaker (2004–2006) and Casualty (2005–2008) and played vampire fanatic Robin Branagh in Young Dracula (2006–2008). He also appeared in the dramas Kiddo (2005) and Scratching (2006).

On stage, Roberts toured Britain in 2008 with Y Touring Theatre Company playing young Ryan in Full Time, a play that explores racism, sexism and homophobia in football; in January 2009 he played the evil queen's sidekick Drax in the pantomime Snow White at Worthing.

In 2010, Roberts had worldwide success playing the teenage lead role in the film Submarine,[5] based on the 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne. The film was directed by Richard Ayoade and also starred Paddy Considine and Yasmin Paige.[6][7]

Since then Roberts has appeared in the BBC Three television show Being Human (2011, 2012) and in the online spin-off series Becoming Human (2011) as Adam.[8]

In 2012, he starred in The Killers' music video for "Here with Me" with Winona Ryder, directed by Tim Burton.[9]

In late 2012, Roberts started working on a short television comedy he wrote and directed, titled "The Sheepish Approach".[10]

In 2014, he starred in the film Jolene: The Indie Folk Star alongside Charlotte Ritchie and Rosamund Hanson. He played the role of Dom in the seventh series of the TV show Skins, and also played "Assjuice" in the 2014 film Neighbors. He also appeared in the Manic Street Preachers video for Show Me the Wonder and directed the music video for the Los Campesinos! single "Avocado, Baby" from their album No Blues.

In 2015, Roberts made his feature directorial debut with Just Jim, which he also wrote and starred in.

On 9 October 2015, Amazon Studios released season one of Red Oaks, an original comedy series, in which Roberts stars alongside Paul Reiser. Season 2 was released in late 2016, after which the show was renewed for a third and final season.

Roberts starred in the 2016 film The Fundamentals of Caring alongside Paul Rudd. He played Trevor, a quick-witted 18-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 and released on Netflix in June 2016.


Year Production Role Notes
2000 Care Craig, Pauline's Child TV movie
2003 Little Pudding TV movie
2005–2006 The Story of Tracy Beaker Rio Wellard TV series (2 series 2005–2006)
2005 Kiddo Jay TV movie
Casualty Darren Smith/Jordan Philpot TV series (2 episodes: 2005–2008)
2006 Scratching Mike short
2006–2008 Young Dracula Robin Branagh TV series (seasons 1 and 2, 27 episodes: 2006–2008)
2010 Submarine Oliver Tate
2011 Being Human Adam TV series (2 episodes: "Adam's Family", "Hold the Front Page")
Becoming Human Adam web series
Jane Eyre John Reed
2012 Red Lights Ben
The First Time Simon Daldry
Comes a Bright Day Sam Smith
2013 Skins Dominic Series 7, episodes 1 & 2
Benny and Jolene Benny
The Power Inside Neil Web series
The Double Detective
2014 Neighbors Assjuice
22 Jump Street Spencer
Premature Stanley
ALT Milo
2014–2017 Red Oaks David Myers Lead role
2015 Kill Your Friends Darren
Just Jim Jim Also director and writer
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Trevor Netflix Original


  1. ^ "Person Details for Craig Haydn Roberts, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008" —". 
  2. ^ Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Maesycwmmer teen lands role in Ben Stiller film". Campaign Series. 
  4. ^ Williams, Kathryn (16 August 2014). "What Craig Roberts did when he came home from Hollywood". Wales Online. 
  5. ^ Henry Barnes (15 March 2011). "'I love deadpan': Richard Ayoade and Craig Roberts on Submarine". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. ^ White, James (6 November 2009). "Paddy Considine starring in Submarine". Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Submarine stars Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige: Q&A". Film4. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "BBC Three – Being Human, Series 3, Adam's Family". BBC. 
  9. ^ "Tim Burton directs the Killers' new 'Here With Me' video". Los Angeles Times. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  10. ^ The Sheepish Approach Teaser. Vimeo. 

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