|Born||18 July 1997|
Richmond, London, England
Life and career
Whitehead was born on 18 July 1997. He was born in Richmond, London, to Linda and Tim Whitehead, a jazz musician. He was named after Irish folk legend Fionn mac Cumhaill. Whitehead has three older siblings and was raised "in an artistic household". Growing up, he dreamed of being a breakdancer. He began acting at the Orange Tree Theatre when he was 13 years old. Later he went to Orleans Park School. He then went to Richmond College and entered the National Youth Theatre's summer course. By 2015, he was an aspiring actor working at a coffee shop in Waterloo, London. He starred in the 2016 British miniseries Him. He also acted in a stage performance of Glenn Waldron's Natives.
He was cast as the protagonist of Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk, which was released in early 2017. Nolan compared Whitehead to actor Tom Courtenay in his youth. Weeks after Whitehead finished with Dunkirk, he began work with Richard Eyre's film The Children Act, opposite Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017. He also starred in one of eight monologues in the TV series Queers that aired in 2017.
In 2018, Whitehead starred in the Black Mirror TV series’ interactive stand-alone film Bandersnatch, as lead character Stefan Butler. He also appeared in Sebastian Schipper's drama Roads in April 2019.
|2017||Queers||TV series||Andrew||"A Grand Day Out" monologue (one of eight monologues)|
|2017||The Children Act||Film||Adam Henry|
|2018||Black Mirror: Bandersnatch||Film||Stefan Butler||Stand-alone interactive film of Black Mirror|
|2020||Inside No. 9||TV series||Gabriel||Episode: "Misdirection"|
|2020||The Duke||Film||Jackie Bunton|
|2020||Don't Tell a Soul||Film||Matt|
|2017||Dunkirk||Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer||23rd Empire Awards||Nominated|||
|London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young British/Irish Performer of the Year||38th London Film Critics' Circle Awards||Nominated|||
|The Children Act||London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young British/Irish Performer of the Year||39th London Film Critics' Circle Awards||Nominated|||
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