Grant Gustin

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Grant Gustin
Grant Gustin at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Gustin at the PaleyFest 2015 presentation for The Flash
Born Thomas Grant Gustin
(1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 26)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Occupation Actor and singer
Years active 2003–present
Known for The Flash
West Side Story

Thomas Grant Gustin (born January 14, 1990) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles as Barry Allen / Flash on the CW series The Flash and as Sebastian Smythe on the Fox series Glee.

Life and career[edit]

Gustin was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the son of Tina Haney, a pediatric nurse, and Thomas Gustin.[1][2] During his high school years, he attended the Governor's School for the Arts program in Norfolk, Virginia for Musical Theatre. He also went to Hurrah Players Incorporated which is a theatre organization in Virginia. In 2008, he graduated from Granby High School and went on to attend the BFA Music Theatre Program at Elon University in North Carolina for two years.[3]

He left school to take the role of Baby John in the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story, and performed with the tour from its opening on September 30, 2010 through September 23, 2011.[3][4][5]

On November 8, 2011, he debuted on the television series Glee as Sebastian Smythe, an openly gay member of the Dalton Academy Warblers.[3] Gustin won the recurring role of Sebastian, a promiscuous and scheming character, after "an exhaustive, weeks-long casting search". He originally auditioned for a role as a tap dancer, but did not get the part. However, Ryan Murphy kept him in mind.[6] He began filming the role early on Monday, September 26, 2011, after having finished his final West Side Story performance the Friday night [7]

Gustin began filming A Mother's Nightmare, an original film for the Lifetime network, in late May 2012. The project also stars actresses Annabeth Gish and Jessica Lowndes, and was shot in West Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada.[8] On July 11, 2012, it was announced that Gustin had landed a major role in the independent film Affluenza.[9]

On September 13, 2013, it was announced that Gustin would play Barry Allen in the second season of Arrow. He was initially supposed to appear in three episodes, the last one serving as the backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off Flash series.[10] However, the backdoor pilot plan was dropped in favor of a stand-alone pilot, titled The Flash.[11] The pilot was picked up with an initial order of thirteen episodes, and the series premiered on October 7, 2014, with 4.8 million viewers, the most for a premiere on The CW in five years.[12][13] Two weeks later, the network increased the episode order to a full season of twenty-three in all.[14] On January 11, 2015, the show was renewed for a second season.[15] On March 11, 2016, it was renewed for a third season. Gustin reprised his role in an episode of CBS series Supergirl.

On March 30, 2016, it was announced that Gustin will star in William H. Macy's upcoming film Krystal.[16]


Gustin on the NASA's Kids Science News Network in 2003.
Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure Exercise Video Club fit kid Direct-to-video
2014 Affluenza Todd Goodman
2017 Krystal Campbell Filming
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Haunting, AA Haunting Thomas (Stacy's boyfriend) Episode: "Hungry Ghosts"
2011–13 Glee Sebastian Smythe Recurring role, 7 episodes
2012 CSI: Miami Scott Ferris / Trent Burton Episode: "Terminal Velocity"
2012 Mother's Nightmare, AA Mother's Nightmare Chris Stewart Television film
2013 90210 Campbell Price Recurring role, 8 episodes
2013–present Arrow Barry Allen / The Flash 7 episodes
2014–present Flash, TheThe Flash Lead role
2016 Supergirl Episode: "Worlds Finest"
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Vixen Barry Allen / The Flash Voice, 5 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2010–11 West Side Story Baby John Broadway Revival Tour

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Reference
2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor The Flash Nominated [17]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Star Won [18]
Choice TV: Chemistry shared with Candice Patton Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock shared with Candice Patton Nominated
Saturn Awards Breakthrough Performance Award Won [19]
Best Actor in a Television Series Nominated
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star - Family Show Nominated [20]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won


Choice TV: Chemistry shared with Candice Patton Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock shared with Candice Patton Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Nominated [24]


  1. ^ Ollison, Rashod (January 31, 2012). "More 'Glee' time for Norfolk actor Grant Gustin". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Elon University[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Norfolk actor lands a role on TV's 'Glee'". The Virginian-Pilot. October 27, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "West Side Story Tour Announces Cast". August 23, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gustin, Grant (September 23, 2011). "@grantgust: Premature last performance with #WSS tonight. It's been such an amazing year! I will miss you all so much.". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 27, 2011). "Glee Exclusive: New Gay Warbler to Come Between Kurt and Blaine!". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gustin, Grant (September 26, 2011). "@grantgust: Early morning. First day on set. #surreal". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 21, 2012). "'Glee's' Grant Gustin to Star in Lifetime Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (July 11, 2012). "'Glee' Star Grant Gustin Lands Lead in Indie Film 'Affluenza' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 13, 2013). "'Glee' Star Set as CW's Flash". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2013). "CW's 'The Flash' To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of 'Arrow' Backdoor Pilot Episode". PMC. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: In talks to do theatrical release of The Flash Movie (2018)The CW Orders Four Dramas, Including Flash, iZombie and Jane the Virgin, Passes on Supernatural Spin-Off". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 8, 2014). "Ratings: The Flash Hits the Ground Running, CW's Best Debut in 5 Years; ABC Sitcoms Tumble, POI Slips". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (October 21, 2014). "'The Flash' gets full season ('Jane the Virgin' too)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Levin, Gary (January 11, 2015). "CW renews eight dramas for new seasons". USA Today. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ Patterson, Michael (2016-03-30). "Grant Gustin Lands Major Film Role". Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  17. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of Winners". Us Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Wave 2 Nominees". Teen Choice. Teen Choice. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "2015 Saturn Awards: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Walking Dead lead nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ Olson, Cathy (February 4, 2016). "2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Nominations: See List | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016: CW Dramas, Pretty Little Liars Lead Early Noms". Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik Lead Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations". Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. June 9, 2016. 
  24. ^ "The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards nominations are announced for 2016!". Saturn Awards. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 

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