Iain Armitage

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Iain Armitage
Iain Armitage and Jane Fonda at Fire Drill Fridays protest (cropped).jpg
Armitage at the Fire Drill Fridays protest at United States Capitol in 2019
Born (2008-07-15) July 15, 2008 (age 13)[1][2]
Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actor
  • theater critic
Years active2014–present
Known for
Parent(s)
RelativesRichard Armitage (grandfather)

Iain Armitage (/ˈən/; born July 15, 2008) is an American child actor. He is best known for his starring roles as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies. In 2018, he received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor for his role as Sheldon Cooper. He also provided the voice for young Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020), and for police puppy, Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Early life[edit]

Armitage resides in Arlington, Virginia, and is the son of actor Euan Morton, who was born in Falkirk, Scotland,[3] and theater producer Lee Armitage. It was reported that he was named after Sir Ian McKellen.[4] He is the grandson of former United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Lee Armitage.[5]

Career[edit]

2010s[edit]

Armitage first gained prominence via his YouTube series Iain Loves Theatre where he reviews stage shows from musical theater.[5] His videos caught the attention of the theater industry, including a couple of agents who wanted to sign him up.[4] During the 2015 Tony Awards, he served as a correspondent for Perez Hilton and was even referenced in the opening number of the show.[4]

In January 2017, Armitage starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Chasing Theo"), playing a young child, Theo Lachere, who has been kidnapped. He appeared in Impractical Jokers "Look Out Below", where he was talked to by Murr in "Who Let The Dogs Out?", in the second challenge of that episode.[6] He played Ziggy Chapman in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies and he appeared in The Glass Castle, a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir of the same name.[5] In the same year, he was also in the films I'm Not Here and Our Soul at Night,[7] which also starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.[8]

In 2017, Armitage was cast as Sheldon Cooper as a child in Young Sheldon, a prequel to the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.[9][10][11] In December 2018, he appeared in an episode of The Big Bang Theory,[12] playing young Sheldon on a videotape recording intended to cheer up and encourage an older Sheldon.

2020s[edit]

In 2020, Armitage voiced young Shaggy Rogers in the Scooby-Doo film Scoob!. He is set to reprise the role in the next film Scoob: Holiday Haunt, which is set for release in late 2022 on HBO Max.[13]

In 2021, Armitage voiced Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie, replacing Justin Paul Kelly from the Nickelodeon television series.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Glass Castle Young Brian Walls
Our Souls at Night[14] Jamie Moore
I'm Not Here Stevie
2020 Scoob![15] Young Shaggy Rogers Voice
2021 PAW Patrol: The Movie Chase
2022 Scoob!: Holiday Haunt[16] Shaggy Rogers

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Impractical Jokers Himself Episode: "Look Out Below"
2016 Little Big Shots Guest judge Episode: "The Idiom of Love"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Theo Lachere Episode: "Chasing Theo"
2017, 2019 Big Little Lies Ziggy Chapman Main role
2017–present Young Sheldon Sheldon Cooper Lead role
2018 Jeopardy! Video Clue giver 6 episodes
The Big Bang Theory Young Sheldon Cooper Episode: "The VCR Illumination"
2020 Nickelodeon's Unfiltered Himself, Guest panelist Episodes: "Pizza In Your Game Face!" and "Let's Eat Electric Cake!"
Group Chat Himself Episode: "Group Chat Unleashed - Party Pooper Prank"

Web[edit]

Year Title Role
2014–present Iain Loves Theatre[5] Presenter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year N/A Nominated [17]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor Young Sheldon Won [18]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Young Sheldon Nominated [19]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Big Little Lies Nominated [20]
2021 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Young Sheldon Nominated [21]
2022 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Young Sheldon Nominated [22]
2022 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Young Sheldon Nominated [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iain Armitage". CBS. Archived from the original on May 2, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2018. His birthday is July 15.
  2. ^ Estera, Christine (July 16, 2018). "'Young Sheldon' star Iain Armitage on track to becoming a millionaire at age 10". Nine. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Rothkopf, Joanna (March 7, 2019). "Show Business Didn't Happen to Iain Armitage. He Happened to Show Business". Esquire. Archived from the original on March 20, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Silver, Jocelyn. "Iain Armitage on 'Mrs. Meryl Streep', David Bowie, and Theater". W Magazine. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Cohen, Alina (February 22, 2017). "The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 2, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Iain Armitage". IMDb. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Sumner, Walter (May 30, 2019). "How Much Does Iain Armitage Get Paid to Play Young Sheldon Cooper?". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Chaney, Jen (March 17, 2017). "Iain Armitage on Big Little Lies, David Bowie, and the Big Bang Theory Spinoff". Vulture. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "'Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' ordered CBS". Fox News Channel. Archived from the original on March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Mathews, Liam (August 7, 2017). "Here's the Advice Grown-Up Sheldon Jim Parsons Had for Young Sheldon's Iain Armitage". TV Guide. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jim Parsons Says 'Young Sheldon' Star Iain Armitage Is 'Inspirational to Watch'". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Lee, Jess (November 27, 2018). "Here's how The Big Bang Theory's crossover with Young Sheldon will happen". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ Burlingame, Russ (December 22, 2021). "Scoob!: Holiday Haunt First Look Revealed in HBO Max Teaser". comicbook.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 9, 2017). "See Robert Redford and Jane Fonda together in first footage from 'Our Souls at Night'". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  15. ^ 'Captain Marvel', 'Young Sheldon' Stars Join Animated Scooby-Doo Movie (Exclusive) Archived June 5, 2020, at the Wayback Machine The Hollywood Reporter, May 13, 2019
  16. ^ Burlingame, Russ (December 22, 2021). "Scoob!: Holiday Haunt First Look Revealed in HBO Max Teaser". ComicBook. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  17. ^ Montgomery, Daniel; Beachum, Chris; Dixon, Marcus James; Eng, Joyce (September 6, 2018). "2018 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Versace' and 'Handmaid's Tale' are top winners, but 'Game of Thrones' takes Best Drama". Gold Derby Awards. Archived from the original on May 23, 2020. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Tech, Simon. "Winners 2018 - Young Artist Awards". www.youngartistawards.org. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  19. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2018: The winners' list". August 13, 2018. Archived from the original on February 18, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  20. ^ "2020 SAG Awards Winners: Complete List". January 19, 2021. Archived from the original on January 24, 2021. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  21. ^ Liz Calvario (March 13, 2021). "2021 Kids' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on March 14, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  22. ^ "Television Nominations for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards". Critics Choice Awards. December 6, 2021. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  23. ^ Erik Pedersen (March 9, 2022). "Kids' Choice Awards Sets Nominations; Miranda Cosgrove, Rob Gronkowski To Host – Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved March 9, 2022.

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