Dean-Charles Chapman

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Dean-Charles Chapman
Dean-Charles Chapman (2020).jpg
Chapman at the 91st Academy Awards in 2020
Born (1997-09-07) 7 September 1997 (age 23)
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present

Dean-Charles Chapman (born 7 September 1997) is an English actor. He is known for portraying Billy Elliot in the West End theatre production of Billy Elliot the Musical, Tom Blake in Sam Mendes' film 1917, and Tommen Baratheon in the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of the HBO drama series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Chapman was born in Romford and raised nearby in Essex. He began working as a child model and actor at the age of four.

Career[edit]

Dean-Charles Chapman in 2015

At the age of eight, Chapman was cast as "Small Boy" in Billy Elliot the Musical, and would later be promoted to the roles of Michael and finally the titular character, becoming the second-longest running cast member in the production.[1] During his time on Billy Elliot, he worked alongside future Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, and had the opportunity to meet U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown with several other young actors in the play.[2]

Soon after leaving Billy Elliot, Chapman was cast on the CBBC sitcom The Revolting World of Stanley Brown in the lead role, alongside fellow future Game of Thrones and Blinded by the Light co-star Nell Williams. The show lasted for one season. He made his film debut in the 2014 film Before I Go to Sleep, alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

After playing the minor role of Martyn Lannister in the third season of Game of Thrones, he replaced Callum Wharry in the major role of Tommen Baratheon, the young king of Westeros for the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of the show. With the rest of the cast, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2018, he played the role of Castor in the AMC series Into the Badland for seven episodes, followed by a supporting role in the film Blinded by the Light.

In 2019, he was cast, alongside George MacKay, as one of the two leads in the Sam Mendes-directed war film 1917. The film went on to receive ten Academy Award nominations, winning three. Subsequently, he played the lead role of Matthew in the Eoin Macken's drama Here Are the Young Men, supported by Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo.

Personal life[edit]

Chapman is close friends with his Game Of Thrones co-star Isaac Hempstead Wright, whom he met through his involvement with the series.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Before I Go to Sleep Adam Lucas
2015 Man Up Harry
2017 Breathe Jonathan Cavendish
2018 The Commuter Danny MacCauley
2019 Blinded by the Light Matt
2019 The King Thomas of Lancaster
2019 1917 Lance Corporal Thomas Blake
2020 Here Are the Young Men Matthew Connolly
TBA Catherine, Called Birdy Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Casualty William Mulhern Episode: "A House Divided"
2012 Cuckoo Charlie Episode: "Family Meeting"
2012 The Revolting World of Stanley Brown Stanley Brown 13 episodes
2013 The White Queen Richard Grey 4 episodes
2013 Game of Thrones Martyn Lannister 2 episodes
2014–2016 Tommen Baratheon 16 episodes
2014 Glue Chris Pollard 2 episodes
2015 Ripper Street Harry Ward Episode: "Your Father. My Friend"
2017 Will Billy Cooper 3 episodes
2018 Into the Badlands Castor 7 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2006 Billy Elliot the Musical Small Boy Chapman is the second longest-serving cast member of the production, and the longest-serving Billy Elliot[4]
2008–2009 Michael
2009–2011 Billy Elliot

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones Nominated
2020 CinEuphoria Awards Merit - Honorary Award Won
Best Ensemble - International Competition The King Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Young British/Irish Performer of the Year 1917, The King, and Blinded by the Light Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Elliot the Musical: London's West End |TheSkyKid.Com". web.archive.org. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ "PHOTO FLASH: UK Billy Elliot Boys Visit Prime Minister Gordon Brown | TheaterMania". www.theatermania.com. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  3. ^ "'Game of Thrones' stars Dean-Charles Chapman and Isaac Hempstead Wright are real-life besties". EW.com. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Dean-Charles Chapman". Troika Talent. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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