Freddie Highmore

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Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore 2013 (Straighten Crop).jpg
Highmore at the premiere of Bates Motel, March 2013
Born Alfred Thomas Highmore
(1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 23)
Camden, London, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Parent(s) Edward Highmore (father)

Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore[1] (born 14 February 1992) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles 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).

Early life and education[edit]

Highmore was born on 14 February 1992 into a show business family. [2] 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"), born in 1995. Highmore's home is in Highgate, an area of North London.[3]

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.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Highmore began with small roles on TV at the age of 7. He made his acting debut in Women Talking Dirty in 1999, playing the son of a woman, played by actress Helena Bonham Carter, who was recently estranged from her commitment-phobic French lover.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

In two films, Highmore has acted alongside members of his family. His brother Bertie played his brother in Women Talking Dirty. His father Edward played the father in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story.[6] He returned to the big screen for the family-friendly adventure Two Brothers in 2004. 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 and Eddie Izzard in the straight-to-video fantasy film Five Children and It in 2004.

Highmore at an Astro Boy press conference in 2009

In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as troubled Peter Llewelyn Davies in 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).[7] 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.[2] 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 August Rush with 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.[8] He starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the popular children's stories, released in the United States in February 2008. He played American twins Simon and Jared Grace, alongside Sarah Bolger as their sister Mallory Grace.[2] He took the main role in Toast, a BBC autobiographical film about Nigel Slater, the chef, which was aired 30 December 2010.[9] Also in 2010, he portrayed the role of Harry Ballard in the film Master Harold...and the Boys.[10][11] The following year, he starred alongside Emma Roberts in the romantic comedy film The Art of Getting By.[12][13]

In 2012, it was announced he was to play the role of Norman Bates in the series Bates Motel, a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, which restarts the storyline in the present day. This television series debuted 18 March 2013.[14] In 2016, he will star in the BBC miniseries Close to the Enemy.[15]

Voice roles[edit]

Highmore played the protagonist as an actor and voice actor in Arthur and the Invisibles (2007) and its two sequels.[16][17] He has also lent his voice to The Golden Compass (2007) and A Fox's Tale (2008). Highmore voiced the lead character in the digitally animated film Astro Boy.[18] He has also lent his voice to the animation Justin and the Knights of Valour, directed by Manuel Sicilia, which was released in 2013.[19]

Several of the films that Highmore was cast in had accompanying video games (Astro Boy,[20] The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Golden Compass, Arthur and the Invisibles, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Highmore has lent his voice to all of these projects.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Daniel and the Lost Island Daniel Howard
1999 Women Talking Dirty Sam
2004 Finding Neverland Peter Llewelyn-Davies
2004 Two Brothers Young 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
2007 August Rush Evan Taylor / August Rush
2007 The Golden Compass Pantalaimon Voice
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Jared and Simon Grace
2008 A Fox's Tale Little Jack Voice
2009 Astro Boy Astro Boy / Toby 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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Happy Birthday Shakespeare Steven Green TV movie
2001 The Mists of Avalon Young Arthur TV movie
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Son at Playground TV movie
2002 I Saw You Oscar Bingley TV movie
2010 Toast Nigel Slater TV movie
2013–present Bates Motel Norman Bates 30 episodes
2016 Close to the Enemy Victor Upcoming miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 and Simon Grace Voice
2009 Astro Boy: The Video Game Astro Boy Voice
2010 Astro Boy vs. The Junkyard Pirates Astro Boy Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2004 Finding Neverland Empire Award for Best Newcomer Won
Phoenix Film Critics' Society Award for Best Youth Actor Won
Las Vegas Film Critics' Society Award for Youth in Film Won
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent Won
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Won
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Won
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Actor Won
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Comedy or Drama – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2007 Arthur and the Invisibles Young Artist Award for Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
August Rush Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2009 Astro Boy Young Artist Award for Best Voice Over Role Nominated
2014 Bates Motel Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television Nominated
People's Choice Awards for Favorite TV Anti-Hero Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984–2004, listed birth name as 'Alfred Thomas Highmore'.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Freddie Highmore- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Freddie Highmore: 'When You're Eighteen, You Can't Act the Kid Anymore' Publisher: The Independent. Published: 5 December 2010. Retrieved: 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Actor Highmore gains double first". www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  6. ^ IMDB Biography "Freddie Highmore Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Freddie Highmore cast as titular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". 23 May 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Freddie Highmore talks August Rush on YouTube
  9. ^ "Nigel Slater's Toast to be filmed for TV". BBC. 20 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Master Harold...and the Boys". Shoreline Entertainment. 
  11. ^ "US taps rich vein of SA stories". The Weekender. 
  12. ^ Cox, Gordon (21 April 2010). "Roberts, Highmore assigned 'Homework'". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Freddie Highmore 'The Art of Getting By' Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "BBC Two announces new Stephen Poliakoff drama with stellar cast". BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Movies: Details for Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ "Movies: Details for Arthur and The War Of Two Worlds". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Freddie Highmore Signed for Imagi Studios' Astro Boy, Retrieved on 28 February 2008
  19. ^ Justin and the Knights of Valour at the Internet Movie Database
  20. ^ "Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell Join Astro Boy: The Video Game". 5 July 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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