Fionn Whitehead

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Fionn Whitehead
Fionn Whitehead at London's Dunkirk World Premiere.jpg
Fionn Whitehead in 2017 at London's
world premiere of Dunkirk
Born (1997-07-18) 18 July 1997 (age 21)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2016–present

Fionn Whitehead (born 18 July 1997) is an English actor whose first major role was as the protagonist in Dunkirk, the 2017 war film directed by Christopher Nolan.[1] Whitehead first acted in the 2016 ITV miniseries Him.

Life and career[edit]

Fionn (pronounced "fin") Whitehead was born on 18 July 1997.[2][3] He is a native of London.[4] He was named after Irish folk legend Fionn mac Cumhaill.[5] His parents are Linda and Tim, the latter a jazz musician. Whitehead, who has three older siblings, grew up in Richmond, London. Yahoo! Movies said Whitehead was raised "in an artistic household".[6][7] Growing up, he aspired to be a guitarist, a rugby player, and a breakdancer.[2][8] He began acting at the Orange Tree Theatre when he was 13 years old.[9] Later he went to Orleans Park School.[3] He then went to Richmond College and entered the National Youth Theatre's summer course.[9] By 2015, he was an aspiring actor who worked at a coffee shop in Waterloo, London. He starred in the 2016 British miniseries Him.[10] He also acted in a stage performance of Glenn Waldron's Natives.[11]

He was surprised to be cast as the main protagonist of Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk, which was released in 2017. Nolan compared Whitehead to "a young Tom Courtenay".[10] For his performance, Whitehead was nominated for an Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer.

Whitehead appeared in Richard Eyre's film The Children Act opposite Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.[10] Whitehead has also been cast to star in Sebastian Schipper's drama Caravan, which is in development.[12]

Whitehead is signed with the agency UTA.[11]


Year(s) Title Medium Notes
2016 Him Miniseries
2017 Dunkirk Film
2017 The Children Act Film
2017 Queers TV series "A Grand Day Out" monologue (one of eight monologues)[13]
2018 Caravan Film [14]


Year Film Award Ceremony Result Ref.
2017 Dunkirk Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer 23rd Empire Awards Nominated [15]
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young British/Irish Performer of the Year London Film Critics Circle Awards 2017 Nominated [16]


  1. ^ MacKenzie, Steven (20 July 2017). "Fionn Whitehead: 'Dunkirk set the mood for the rest of the war'". The Big Issue. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Ritman, Alex (18 July 2017). "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Dunkirk' Star Fionn Whitehead Goes From London Barista to Leading Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Staff (26 October 2017). "Is Fionn Whitehead Gay? The Actor Who Keeps His Age, Sexuality, Possible Dating Affairs And Girlfriends At Bay". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. (27 December 2016). "Meet the young star of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Jones, Ellen E. (February 2017). "HIM actor Fionn Whitehead: 'You don't have to like me – just watch what I'm in'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Polowy, Kevin (15 February 2017). "Meet Fionn Whitehead, the Lead of Christopher Nolan's Highly Anticipated Battle Epic 'Dunkirk'". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Chu, Ben (10 October 2003). "Wealth Check: 'I am a jazz fanatic so it's time I faced the music'". The Independent. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Bramesco, Charles (11 May 2017). "Fionn Whitehead Shines in 'Dunkirk'". Nylon. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Sandwell, Ian (3 October 2016). "Fionn Whitehead, Stars of Tomorrow 2016". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Rottenberg, Josh (21 April 2017). "How Fionn Whitehead went from washing dishes to starring in Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (28 April 2017). "'Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead Inks With UTA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Ritman, Alex (30 June 2017). "'Dunkirk' Breakout Fionn Whitehead Boards Sebastian Schipper's 'Caravan' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  13. ^ Staff (31 July 2017). "Everything you need to know about BBC4's Queers". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Grater, Tom (23 August 2017). "HanWay boards Sebastian Schipper's 'Caravan' as shoot kicks off (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  15. ^ Travis, Ben (18 January 2018). "Star Wars The Last Jedi and Thor Ragnarok Lead Empire Awards 2018 Nominations". Empire. Retrieved 22 March 2018. 
  16. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (19 December 2017). "'Three Billboards' Leads London Critics' Circle Film Award Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 

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