Westwick in 2010
27 June 1987
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Edward "Ed" Westwick (born 27 June 1987) is an English actor, musician, and model. He is best known for his role as Chuck Bass on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). He has also appeared in films such as Son of Rambow (2007), S. Darko (2009), Chalet Girl (2011), J. Edgar (2011), Romeo and Juliet (2013), and Last Flight (1898). Westwick will star in the upcoming ABC crime drama anthology series Wicked City.
Westwick was born and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the son of Carole (née Blenkiron), an educational psychologist, and Peter Westwick, a university lecturer. He is the youngest of three brothers. At age six, he followed music lessons and went to a Saturday morning drama school called Top Hat Stage & Screen School. He attended the Barclay Secondary School and then North Hertfordshire College. He later trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.
2006–2010: Beginnings and breakthrough
His early career began with appearances on the British television series Doctors as Holden, Casualty as Johnny Cullin and Afterlife as Darren. His film credits include Breaking and Entering (2006), Children of Men (2006) and Son of Rambow (2007).
In 2007, Westwick was cast as Chuck Bass in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. For his portrayal, he assumed an American accent based on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. As a result of the show's success, he was named one of 2008's Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine, appeared the following year on its "100 Most Beautiful" list with the whole cast of Gossip Girl, earned two awards in 2008 and 2009 for Best TV Villain at the Teen Choice Awards, and was named Breakthrough Talent by GQ in 2010. Entertainment Weekly also named Westwick's character Chuck Bass number one in their "Best Dressed TV Characters of 2008" list (tied with Leighton Meester's character Blair Waldorf), as well as in their "Best Performances" list alongside co-star Meester. Westwick said: "There wasn't much work in the UK. I was only in LA for a month and I got this show. It's changed my life."
In 2008, Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss, making him the second member of the Gossip Girl cast to endorse sportswear (Leighton Meester endorsed Reebok). That same year, he appeared as Joey in the horror film 100 Feet. In 2009, Westwick played the role of Randy Jackson in the sequel to Donnie Darko, directed by Chris Fisher, and guest-starred in the third season of the Showtime original series Californication, as Chris "Balt" Smith, a student who was fascinated with vampire literature. In May 2009, he was attached to play Heathcliff in the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights, alongside Gemma Arterton as Catherine. However, in January 2010, director Peter Webber left the project, which was then passed into the hands of Andrea Arnold. This directing change caused the roles to be recast. In 2010, Westwick appeared alongside Dev Patel, Charles Dance and Pamela Anderson in the McHenry Brothers short film The Commuter, which was shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone.
2011–present: Film roles
In January 2011, Westwick joined Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar, a biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio about J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial first director of the FBI. That same year, he appeared in the romantic comedy Chalet Girl alongside Felicity Jones. He co-narrated the audio book version of City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and also narrated Clare's second novel Clockwork Prince from The Infernal Devices series. In mid-2011, Westwick became an international celebrity endorser for Penshoppe, a local clothing brand in the Philippines. In 2013, he co-starred in the 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, alongside Hailee Steinfeld. In May 2013, it was reported that Westwick would play the lead role in the film adaptation of Anthony Bourdain's novel Bone in the Throat; the film had its premiere at South by Southwest on 14 March 2015.
In August 2013, Westwick was in talks to join the film Kitchen Sink. In October 2013, Westwick started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Minnie Driver and Maggie Q. In June 2014, Westwick began filming for Jim Gillespie's Take Down, alongside Jeremy Sumpter and Phoebe Tonkin. In March 2015, he joined the cast of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City as Kent Galloway, a sadistic Sunset Strip serial killer who preys on young women.
Westwick fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Ben Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani, and John Voight. The band, formed in 2006, was inspired by the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Kings of Leon. The songs "Come Flash All You Ladies" and "Orange" were both featured in an episode of Gossip Girl.
He shared an apartment with his Gossip Girl co-star Chace Crawford in Chelsea, Manhattan from the beginning of the series in 2007 until July 2009, when Crawford moved out. Keen on football, Westwick is a Chelsea F.C. supporter. He is friends with footballer Charlie Henry.
|2006||Children of Men||Alex|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Zoran|
|2007||Son of Rambow||Lawrence Carter|
|2009||S. Darko||Randy Jackson|
|2010||The Commuter||Bellboy in Lift||Short film|
|2011||J. Edgar||Agent Smith|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Tybalt|
|2014||Last Flight||Charles Gillis|
|2015||Bone in the Throat||Will Reeves|
|2015||A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island||Ben||In post-production|
|2015||Take Down||Billy Speck||In post-production|
|2006||Doctors||Holden Edwards||Episode: "Young Mothers Do Have 'Em"|
|2006||Casualty||Johnny Cullin||Episode: "Family Matters"|
|2006||Afterlife||Darren||Episode: "Roadside Bouquets"|
|2007–12||Gossip Girl||Charles "Chuck" Bass||Main role; 117 episodes|
|2009||Californication||Chris "Balt" Smith||Episode: "The Land of Rape and Honey"|
|2015||Wicked City||Kent Galloway||Main role; upcoming series|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Breakout Star Male||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|Choice TV Villain||Won|
|2009||Choice TV Villain||Won|
|Young Hollywood Awards||Young Hollywood Breakthrough – Male||Himself||Won|
|Breakthrough Performance – Male||Gossip Girl||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Nominated|
|2012||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated|
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I was raised in Stevenage.
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- Justin Kroll. "‘The Butler’ Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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