Jack Scanlon

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Jack Scanlon
Born Jack Charles Scanlon
(1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 18)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Years active 2007 - 2010

Jack Charles Scanlon[1] (born 6 August 1998)[2] is an English actor who is best known for his role in the Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008).

Early and Personal Life[edit]

Scanlon was born in Canterbury, Kent and now lives in Deal with his parents and younger brother.

He is a fan of Aldershot Town FC.[2] He attended Sir Roger Manwood's School[3] in nearby Sandwich, Kent.


He auditioned for "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" through his drama club and was eventually cast as Shmuel after director Mark Herman narrowed his choice down to about three possible candidates and paired each with Asa Butterfield for a final audition together. According to Herman: "Jack and Asa played very well against one another."[4]

Although "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is Scanlon's feature film debut,[2] he did act before. He appeared in a 10-minute short film title "The Eye of the Butterfly" (which led to him being suggested to the casting director of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas")[5] and in a 2007 episode of the Peter Serafinowicz Show.[6]

Scanlon also played the younger brother of main character Sean (William Miller) in the 2009 British children's miniseries Runaway, broadcast on BBC One, which was part of the CBBC season about homelessness.[7][8]

Scanlon is currently working towards a career in Music. He is a singer-songwriter and guitar player.



Year Film Roles
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Shmuel


Year Programme Role
2007 Peter Serafinowicz Show Various roles
2009 Runaway Dean
2010 Married Single Other Joe


  1. ^ "England & Wales, Birth Index 1916-2005". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Production Notes". Miramax Films. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/east_kent_mercury/news/2010/january/27/three-day_exhibition_in_deal.aspx
  4. ^ "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Casting the characters". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Star Interview: Jack Scanlon". TVhits.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  6. ^ "The Peter Serafinowicz Show - Production Details, Plus Regular Cast and Crew". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Runaways". RTÉ Guide. RTÉ. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Kierston Wareing: A Runaway success". Wales on Sunday. Wales Online. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 

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