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Gavin Free
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Gavin Free at RTX 2016
Born Gavin David Free
(1988-05-23) May 23, 1988 (age 28)
Thame, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Residence Austin, Texas, US
Nationality British
Occupation Producer, director, cinematographer, actor
Years active 2006–present
Known for The Slow Mo Guys
Achievement Hunter
Rooster Teeth
Partner(s) Meg Turney (2013–present)

Gavin David Free (born 23 May 1988) is an English actor, director, cinematographer, and YouTube personality. Originally from Thame in Oxfordshire, he is best known for his work at the Austin, Texas-based production company Rooster Teeth – where he formerly served as creative director – featuring in many of their projects, including the Achievement Hunter gaming division. He directed season 7 of Red vs. Blue, as well as its miniseries Relocated.

Free is also known as the co-creator and co-host of the YouTube-based web series The Slow Mo Guys, alongside his friend Daniel Gruchy. The Slow Mo Guys features slow-motion footage of various stunts and experiments, garnering over 970 million views since it launched in 2010. In April 2011, the channel was voted the winner of YouTube's On The Rise program, which highlights up-and-coming YouTube partners on the homepage. In September 2012, their episode involving crushing watermelons was featured on The Tonight Show. Free appeared alongside Gruchy in YouTube Rewind 2013, 2014, and 2015. Free was nominated for a Webby Award in the Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video) category for his work on The Slow Mo Guys on April 5, 2016.[1]

He is also known for his slow motion cinematography work for films,[2] including Hot Fuzz (2007), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Dredd (2012).[3] Free has also worked on slow-motion footage for the BBC show Top Gear.[4] At the 2016 Streamy Awards, Free won for Cinematography.[5]

His acting roles include Vav in the animated comedy series X-Ray and Vav, Scarlet David in RWBY, and Woody in Rooster Teeth's 2016 science fiction action comedy film Lazer Team. In 2014, Free and fellow Rooster Teeth employee and domestic partner Meg Turney, were featured in the music video for Barenaked Ladies single "Did I Say That Out Loud?".

Early life

Free was born in Thame in Oxfordshire [6][7] where attended Lord Williams's School.[8] In 2006, Free joined Green Door Films, the first production house in Europe to use Phantom digital high-speed cameras as a source of slow motion, working as a data technician and camera operator. He has worked on adverts and music videos for U2, Enter Shikari, Klaxons, Kasabian, The Chemical Brothers, X-Press 2, and the "Everybody Hurts" charity single.[9] Free also worked at his local Waitrose, where he met Daniel Gruchy.[10]


Red vs. Blue and Slow Mo Guys: 2009-2010

In 2009, he was hired by Rooster Teeth Productions to direct the seventh season of their machinima series Red vs. Blue. Free also directed its mini-series Relocated.[3][11][12][13][14] He acted in Rooster Teeth's comedy mini-series Captain Dynamic [15][16][17] and began appearing in Rooster Teeth Shorts the same year.[18][19][20]

Free in 2013

In 2010, he created The Slow Mo Guys along with friend Daniel Gruchy in order to get a work visa.[21] The Slow Mo Guys consists largely of various objects being filmed using Free's Phantom high-speed cameras. As of April 2016, their YouTube channel has garnered over 875 million views and 7.6 million subscribers.[22][23][24][25] In April 2011, the channel was voted the winner of YouTube's On The Rise program, which highlights up-and-coming YouTube partners on the homepage. In September 2012, they were featured on The Tonight Show.[26][27][28] In February 2013, Free announced that the The Slow Mo Guys had been picked up by Rooster Teeth and that further episodes of the series would be released on Rooster Teeth's website, as well as the series' existing YouTube channel.[29]

Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter: 2012-present

Free joined Achievement Hunter (a video gaming division of Rooster Teeth founded by Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo) in 2008 as a contract host before becoming one of the main six hosts in 2012. He is one of the most prolific employees on the site, regularly appearing in their Let's Play series of videos, its podcast Off Topic,[30] and tutorials of how to get achievements and find easter eggs in video games.

In May 2013, Free began starring as a "lab rat" in the Rooster Teeth series Immersion, replacing Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola. In Immersion, Free must test video concepts in real life alongside friend and co-worker Michael Jones.[31][32][33] He was a contestant in the second season of Rooster Teeth's gaming show The Gauntlet in 2013[34][35] Free has had two cameo appearances in Barenaked Ladies music videos for their songs "Odds Are" (2013) and "Did I Say That Out Loud?" (2014). In the latter video, he accidentally lights himself on fire trying to play a song for his domestic partner Meg Turney, which subsequently goes viral.[36][37][38] Free and The Slow Mo Guys co-star Daniel Gruchy appeared in YouTube Rewind in 2013, playing themselves being pulled by an RV, itself a nod to Breaking Bad, while an explosion goes off behind them.[39][40] The two both returned for the YouTube Rewind 2014 and 2015.

Free began starring in the Rooster Teeth animated superhero comedy web series X-Ray and Vav in November 2014.[41][42][43][44][45] He voiced Vav alongside his former Achievement Hunter employee Ray Narvaez, Jr., who voices X-Ray. The season was renewed for a second season, which premiered in July 2015.[46][47] That same year, he appeared in Rooster Teeth's murder mystery comedy series Ten Little Roosters as a fictionalized version of himself and was a contestant on the improvised comedy series @midnight on Comedy Central.[48][49][50][51]

In 2015, Free and Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns hosted multiple episodes of the hypothetical scenario series Million Dollars, But..., in which each person comes up with a typically difficult scenario; for example, having to date Adolf Hitler for a year — which the cast comically re-enact — for which they will be given a million dollars. The pilot episode premiered on May 21, 2015, with the series continuing on July 9, 2015.[52][53] He was a reactor on the web series YouTubers React in August 2015.[54] Free became the creative director of Rooster Teeth in October 2015, replacing Burnie Burns who was then promoted to chief creative officer.[55] However, he stepped down in early 2016, wanting to "dedicate his time in 2016 to The Slow Mo Guys."[56]

In 2016, Free stared as Woody in Rooster Teeth's science fiction action comedy film Lazer Team.[57][58][59][60] The film was released theatrically on January 27, 2016.[61] It received mixed to positive reviews from critics at film festival showings and upon its release.[62][63][64] He joined the voice cast of the anime web series RWBY as Scarlet David for its third volume.[65][66]

On April 5, 2016, Free was nominated for a Webby Award in the Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video) category for his work on The Slow Mo Guys.[67] At the 2016 Streamy Awards, Free won for Cinematography.[68]

Personal life

Free has been in a relationship with The Know host and cosplayer Meg Turney since 2013.[69][70]


Film and web

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2009 Red vs. Blue Jones (voice) Also director of season 7 and Relocated
2009 Captain Dynamic Gavin
2009–present Rooster Teeth Shorts Gavin
2010–present The Slow Mo Guys Himself Also producer and editor
2013 The Gauntlet Himself, Contestant Season 2 only
Chris Hardwick's All-Star Celebrity Bowling Himself Episode: "Nerdist vs. Rooster Teeth"
"Odds Are" American Football player Music video
2013–2015 YouTube Rewind The Slow Mo Guys
2013–present Immersion Himself Seasons 2 and 3
2014 @midnight Himself, Contestant 1 episode
"Did I Say That Out Loud?" thatguy21 Music video
Ten Little Roosters Gavin Prime / Gavin Two Mini-series
2014–present Happy Hour Himself
X-Ray and Vav Vav (voice) Based on characters created by
2015 YouTubers React Himself 3 episodes
Let's Play Live: The Documentary Himself Documentary
Lazer Team Woody Feature film
RWBY Scarlet David (voice)
Reunited Newscaster 2 Cameo; short film
2016 Crunch Time Gavin [71]
2016 The Eleven Little Roosters MI6 agent[72]

Non-performance credits

Year Title Notes
2007 Top Gear Slow Motion Cinematographer, 1 episode[73]
2007 Hot Fuzz High speed camera
2011 The Good Cook Cameraman[74][75]
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Phantom download technician[76][77]
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Slow Motion Cinematographer[78]
2012 Dredd Slow Motion Cinematographer[79][80]
2016 Red vs. Blue Phantom operator[81][82]


Year Title Notes
2009–present Rooster Teeth Podcast "Best Gaming Podcast" at the Podcast Awards (2012 & 2013)
2015–present Off Topic Achievement Hunter podcast


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