Highmore at the Bates Motel premiere, 2013
|Born||Alfred Thomas Highmore
14 February 1992
Camden Town, London, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Emmanuel College, Cambridge|
|Parent(s)||Edward Highmore (father)|
Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore (born 14 February 1992) is an English actor, who made his film debut in the comedy Women Talking Dirty (1999). He is perhaps best known for starring in the films Finding Neverland (2004), Five Children and It (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), August Rush (2007), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), and The Art of Getting By (2011). He currently stars as Norman Bates in the A&E series Bates Motel (2013–present), for which he was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Early life and education
Highmore was born on 14 February 1992 into a show business family. His mother, Sue Latimer, is a talent agent whose clients include actors Daniel Radcliffe and Imelda Staunton, and his father, Edward Highmore, is an actor. He has a younger brother named Albert "Bertie" Highmore, born in 1995. Highmore's home is in Highgate, an area of North London.
Highmore was educated at a primary school in Hampstead Garden Suburb in Hampstead in North London, and at Highgate School, an independent school in Highgate, followed by Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Spanish and Arabic.
Highmore began his acting career with small roles on television at the age of 7. He made his film debut in Coky Giedroyc's Women Talking Dirty (1999), playing the son of a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who was recently estranged from her commitment-phobic French lover. In 2001, Highmore played a young King Arthur in the made-for-TV miniseries The Mists of Avalon, a revisionist take on the Arthurian legends that depicted the women of Camelot as the real power behind the throne. In 2001, in another television miniseries Happy Birthday Shakespeare, he played the son of a tour bus driver, played by actor Neil Morrissey who dreams of moving his family to Stratford-upon-Avon, while his mum, actress Dervla Kirwan gets sick and tired of her husband's money making schemes.
In two films, Highmore has acted alongside members of his family. His brother Bertie played his brother in Women Talking Dirty, and his father Edward played the father in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story. He returned to the big screen for the family-friendly adventure Two Brothers in 2004, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Highmore played the son of a French administrator who refuses to believe that his new pal, a tiger cub, might be dangerous after having tasted blood. He also had a major part alongside Kenneth Branagh, Zoë Wanamaker, and Eddie Izzard in the straight-to-video fantasy film Five Children and It in 2004.
In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as troubled Peter Llewelyn Davies in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland. Highmore received several nominations and awards for the role, including a Broadcast Film Critics' Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2005, he played the part of the hard-working Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (adapted from the book by Roald Dahl). He was reportedly recommended for the role by the film's star Johnny Depp, who starred in Finding Neverland and was impressed by the young actor's performance. Highmore did not see the original 1971 version of the film and decided not to see it until he was done filming so his portrayal of Charlie would not be influenced.
Highmore next appeared as the title character in the 2007 film August Rush, alongside Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Robin Williams. The story is about a musical prodigy and his journey to find his parents after they are separated at his birth. This film received a wide release on 21 November 2007. He then starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the popular children's stories, released in the United States in February 2008. Highmore played American twins Simon and Jared Grace, alongside Sarah Bolger as their sister Mallory Grace. He took the main role in Toast, a BBC autobiographical film about Nigel Slater, the chef, which was aired 30 December 2010. Also in 2010, he portrayed the role of Hally Ballard in the film Master Harold...and the Boys. The following year, Highmore starred opposite Emma Roberts in the romantic comedy film The Art of Getting By.
In September 2012, it was announced he was to play the role of Norman Bates, alongside Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma, in the A&E drama-thriller series Bates Motel, a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho that restarts the storyline in the present day. The series premiered on 18 March 2013. Highmore has received nominations for the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2013), Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2013), People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero (2014), and Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2014–15) for his performance in the series. In August 2014, it was reported that Highmore and Bates executive producer Kerry Ehrin had written a comedy pilot script that was purchased by NBC.
In 2016, Highmore will star in Stephen Poliakoff's BBC Two six-part miniseries Close to the Enemy, the coming-of-age comedy-drama film Holding Patterns, and Nick Hamm's political comedy-drama film The Journey. In November 2015, it was reported that Highmore was set to star as 2nd Lieutenant Jimmy Raleigh in the upcoming film adaptation of R. C. Sherriff's classic war drama novel Journey's End, alongside Sam Claflin and Paul Bettany. The film will be directed by Mike Newell.
Highmore played the protagonist as an actor and voice actor in Arthur and the Invisibles (2007) and its two sequels. He has also lent his voice to The Golden Compass (2007) and A Fox's Tale (2008). In 2009, Highmore voiced the lead character in the animated film Astro Boy. He then lent his voice to the title character in Justin and the Knights of Valour, which was directed by Manuel Sicilia and released in 2013. Several of the films that Highmore was cast in had accompanying video games (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Arthur and the Invisibles, The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and Astro Boy). He has provided voice work for all of these projects. Highmore is attached to lend his voice to the upcoming animated film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost.
|1999||Women Talking Dirty||Sam|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Peter Llewelyn Davies|
|2004||Two Brothers||Raoul Normandin|
|2004||Five Children and It||Robert|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Charlie Bucket|
|2006||A Good Year||Young Max Skinner|
|2007||Arthur and the Invisibles||Arthur||Voice|
|2007||August Rush||Evan Taylor / August Rush|
|2007||The Golden Compass||Pantalaimon||Voice|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Jared Grace / Simon Grace|
|2008||A Fox's Tale||Little Jack||Voice|
|2009||Astro Boy||Toby Tenma / Astro Boy||Voice|
|2009||Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard||Arthur||Voice|
|2010||Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds||Arthur||Voice|
|2010||Master Harold...and the Boys||Hally Ballard|
|2011||The Art of Getting By||George Zinavoy|
|2013||Justin and the Knights of Valour||Justin||Voice|
|2016||Holding Patterns||Charlie Brenner||In post-production|
|2000||Happy Birthday Shakespeare||Steven Green||Television film|
|2001||The Mists of Avalon||Young Arthur||Television film|
|2001||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story||Son at Playground||Television film|
|2002||I Saw You||Oscar Bingley||Television film|
|2010||Toast||Nigel Slater||Television film|
|2013–present||Bates Motel||Norman Bates||30 episodes|
|2016||Close to the Enemy||Victor Ferguson||Upcoming miniseries|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Charlie Bucket||Voice|
|2007||Arthur and the Invisibles||Arthur||Voice|
|2007||The Golden Compass||Pantalaimon||Voice|
|2008||The Spiderwick Chronicles||Jared Grace / Simon Grace||Voice|
|2009||Astro Boy: The Video Game||Toby Tenma / Astro Boy||Voice|
Awards and nominations
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984–2004, listed birth name as "Alfred Thomas Highmore".
- "Freddie Highmore – Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- Salisbury, Mark (4 November 2007). "Freddie Highmore keeps it real in music-filled 'August Rush'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 6 November 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
- "Freddie Highmore: 'When You're Eighteen, You Can't Act the Kid Anymore'". The Independent. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- "Actor Highmore gains double first". The Belfast Telegraph. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- "Freddie Highmore IMDb Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- "Freddie Highmore cast as titular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". JohnAugust.com. 23 May 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
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- "New BBC One drama, Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore star in Toast". BBC. 21 May 2010.
- Cox, Gordon (21 April 2010). "Roberts, Highmore assigned 'Homework'". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- Goldberg, Lesley (14 September 2012). "A&E's 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel' Finds its Young Norman". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Carlson, Adam (17 March 2013). "'Bates Motel': Freddie Highmore on playing a young Norman: 'People will probably start hiding the kitchen knives'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
- McCabe, Joseph (28 June 2014). "Gravity, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad Win Big at the Fortieth Annual Saturn Awards". Nerdist. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Pond, Steve (2 December 2013). "'12 Years a Slave' Tops Satellite Award Nominations". TheWrap. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Bentley, Jean (5 November 2013). "People's Choice Awards 2014 nominees: 'Glee,' 'Castle,' 'Pretty Little Liars' and more". Zap2it.com.
- Sandberg, Bryn Elise (19 June 2014). "Critics' Choice Television Awards 2014: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Pedersen, Erik (6 May 2015). "Critics' Choice TV Awards: 'Justified', 'Olive Kitteridge', HBO Lead The Field". Deadline.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Goldberg, Lesley (22 August 2014). "'Bates Motel's' Freddie Highmore, Kerry Ehrin Sell Comedy to NBC". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "BBC Two announces new Stephen Poliakoff drama with stellar cast". BBC. 30 March 2015.
- Siegel, Tatiana (18 August 2015). "Freddie Highmore, Haley Joel Osment to Star in Coming-of-Age Film 'Holding Patterns'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- McNary, Dave (10 September 2015). "Toronto: John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddie Highmore Join 'The Journey'". Variety.
- Wiseman, Andreas (4 November 2015). "AFM: Sam Claflin enlists in WWI classic 'Journey’s End'". Screen Daily.
- "Movies: Details for Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard". The New York Times.
- "Movies: Details for Arthur and The War Of Two Worlds". The New York Times.
- "Freddie Highmore Signed for Imagi Studios' Astro Boy" (PDF). Imagi Studios. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
- Justin and the Knights of Valour at the Internet Movie Database
- "Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell Join Astro Boy: The Video Game". GamersHell.com. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Kemp, Stuart (9 May 2014). "Cannes: Freddie Highmore Lends Voice to Animated 'Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost'". The Hollywood Reporter.
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