Justin Chatwin

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Justin Chatwin
Born (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Years active2001–present

Justin Chatwin (born October 31, 1982) is a Canadian actor. He appeared in both studio feature films like War of the Worlds (2005), The Invisible (2007), and Dragonball Evolution (2009), as well in independent films such as Bang Bang Baby (2014), for which he received a nomination at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best actor in a supporting role, Unleashed (2016), and Summer Night (2019).

Chatwin is also a TV actor, best known for his work in the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless. He starred in the CBS mystery series American Gothic and was the principal guest-star in the 2016 Christmas special of the BBC One series Doctor Who in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

In his most recent role, he stars opposite Katee Sackhoff and Tyler Hoechlin in the new Netflix original show Another Life, which premiered worldwide in 2019.

Early life[edit]

Chatwin was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia. His mother, Suzanne (née Halsall), is an artist,[1] and his father, Brian, is an engineer who started in 1982 Chatwin Engineering in Canada, activating as President and CEO.[2][3] His late grandfather was of French-Canadian ancestry.[4] Chatwin's parents divorced in 2010.[5] He has a younger sister named Brianna,[6] who works as a professional tattoo artist.[7] They were raised Catholic.[8]

After graduating from high school, Chatwin followed in his father's footsteps and began to study engineering at the University of British Columbia, but after one week he switched to commerce.[9] He dropped out after one semester.[10] In 2001, he made the first step for breaking into the movie business, auditioning for a Canadian TV show on a dare, ultimately being called back and hired: "I was dared by a friend to go on an audition for a TV show in Canada. I took the dare, not knowing what I was getting into."[11]

Chatwin moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and lived for a time with actor Noel Fisher.[12]


Early work[edit]

Chatwin began his career in 2001, at the age of 19, his film debut being in the musical comedy Josie and the Pussycats. After that, he had guest appearances in television series such as Smallville, Just Cause, Glory Days, and Mysterious Ways. He had supporting roles in the films Taking Lives and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. Chatwin gained recognition in 2004 for his role as Tyler McKay in the miniseries Traffic. Next, he portrayed Tom Cruise's son in the blockbuster War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg.[13] His performance in the film earned him a 'Breakthrough Award' from Hollywood Life Magazine.[14] In 2005 he was seen also in the independent black comedy The Chumscrubber, alongside Camilla Belle, Jamie Bell and Carrie-Anne Moss. Additionally, he played the son of Kevin Nealon's character in the Showtime series Weeds, appearing only in the pilot episode and the series finale. The following year he had a guest appearance in the ABC drama series Lost, and starred in the play Dark Matters in New York.[15]

In 2007, The Invisible was released, a remake of the Swedish film Den Osynlige, which marked his first lead role.[16] Then he played a supporting role in Middle of Nowhere, a coming-of-age drama directed by John Stockwell, also starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon.[17] In 2009, Chatwin portrayed Goku in Dragonball Evolution, a big screen adaptation based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama.[18]

Television work[edit]

Chatwin alongside William H. Macy at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con to promote Shameless

For three years beginning in 2009, Chatwin played Jimmy Lishman in the Showtime series Shameless, opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.[19] He returned for a cameo in season 4 finale,[20] and appeared in the fifth season as a special guest star in the 6th and 7th episodes.[21] In 2013, Chatwin had a guest appearance in the third season of The Listener opposite Craig Olejnik.[22]

In 2015, he was cast as the lead in the TNT pilot Breed, about a young detective who hunts down a rare breed of flesh eating criminals.[23] The pilot did not get picked up to series.[24] After that, he secured a recurring role in the third season of Orphan Black, opposite Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun.[25] Next year, he played Cameron Hawthorne in the CBS summer series American Gothic, starring alongside Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen and Megan Ketch.[26] By the end of the year, he was seen in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who in 2016 Christmas special "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".[27]

In 2017, Chatwin signed on for an ABC pilot entitled The Doomsday Project, about a group of brilliant people who are asked to dream up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The pilot, directed by Joachim Rønning, was not picked up, but shortly after, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television was considering a series order for the project.[28] Ultimately, the idea was dropped too.[citation needed]

Since 2019, Chatwin has starred as Erik Wallace in the ongoing television series Another Life.[29]

Film career[edit]

In 2011, Chatwin starred in the canadian film Funkytown, alongside Patrick Huard and Paul Doucet.[30] He also made a short film, Brink, written and directed by Shawn Christensen, who was accepted at the Tribeca Film Festival.[31]

Chatwin subsequently appeared in the sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby (2014), opposite Peter Stormare and Jane Levy.[32] His performance in the movie earned him a nomination for Best actor in a supporting role at the Canadian Screen Awards.[33] The romantic comedy No Stranger Than Love (2015), with Alison Brie and Colin Hanks,[34] closed the 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.[35] Next, he played a troubled man in searching for his bike in The Cycle. Written and directed by Joey Indrieri, the short film has Addison Timlin playing the female lead.[36]

In 2016, Chatwin had appearances in four indie films: the drug thriller Urge, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene,[37] the comedy Unleashed,[38] who won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival,[39] the romantic drama One Night,[40] and Poor Boy, Robert Scott Wildes' western, in which he teamed up again with Lou Taylor Pucci, after they worked on The Chumscrubber.[41]

In 2017, he portrayed Hugh Jay Linder in the film adaptation of Nancy Pickard's novel The Scent of Rain and Lightning,[42] and played a supporting role in indie drama We Don’t Belong Here, sharing the screen with Riley Keough, and again with Anton Yelchin.[43] He also had a cameo role in the action-comedy CHiPs.

More recently, Chatwin starred in Crackle’s original movie In the Cloud alongside Gabriel Byrne,[44] and in the dramatic thriller The Assassin's Code with Peter Stormare,[45] as well in the coming-of-age drama Summer Night, directed by Joseph Cross in his directorial debut.[46] In 2020, he will appear in the romantic crime film Die in a Gunfight, co-starring opposite Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario and Travis Fimmel. In addition, Chatwin is attached to star in the upcoming In the Lost Lands, a fantasy-adventure film based on three short stories by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.[47]

Other projects[edit]

Chatwin appeared in the music videos for David Vertesi's "Learn to Run", Brad Carter's "Doin' Wrong with You", and Hayley Taylor's "Slow Motion".

Chatwin featured in the 2013 documentary Isolated, written and directed by Justin Le Pera, about a group of surfers in search of untouched waves. Ryan Phillippe served as narrator and executive producer.[48] He will appear in the upcoming docuseries Freedom is a Full Tank, which is currently in post-production. Directed by Drew Burbridge, the project recounts his journey from Vancouver to South America on motorcycle.[49][50]

In 2015, he recorded alongside Jake Abel and Alexandra Daddario, the audio version of Celeritas, a screenplay who featured on 2014 Black List.[51]

Activism and charity[edit]

In 2011, Chatwin took part on a charitable motorcycle ride for amfAR, an american foundation for AIDS research.[52]

In 2013, Chatwin joined Beau Garrett, Mark Foster and Kenna on the new edition of Summit on the Summit project, climbing Kilimanjaro. The purpose was to bring attention on the global water crisis and raise money for the people in need. Regarding the cause, he said, "We just need government will to change these things. It’s something I really responded to... everyone in the world should have access to water."[53][54]

Chatwin was also one of the celebrities who protested against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. In order to show how the future could be for the environment, he starred alongside Amy Smart in Keystone Horror trailer.[55]

Personal life[edit]

Chatwin still resides in Los Angeles, California, although he has considered moving many times in the past.[56]

Chatwin is an advocate of the nomadic lifestyle. When not working on a film or a television show, he is always on the road, stating, "The anatomy of restlessness is what my fascination is. The nomadic instinct I will call it. And the need of constant movement."[57]

Chatwin describes himself as being a shy person and having difficulties living in U.S.: "I've always been shy speaking in front of people maybe because I've never felt like I cared about show business or other things I had to talk about. Or maybe I'm shy because I don't really feel comfortable in my own skin in America."[58]

Having a passion for extreme sports, he used to snowboard when he lived in Canada, during the high school years.[59] He is a traveller, motorcycle enthusiast and film photography lover,[60] and one of the Canadian ambassadors for Operation Smile.[61]

Chatwin dated Fallen actress Addison Timlin in 2010.[62]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Teenage Fan
2004 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Zack
2004 Taking Lives Matt Soulsby
2005 War of the Worlds Robbie Ferrier
2005 The Chumscrubber Billy Peck
2007 The Invisible Nick Powell
2008 Middle of Nowhere Ben Pretzler
2009 Dragonball Evolution Son Goku
2011 Brink Jeremy Short film
2011 Funkytown Santo 'Tino' DeiFiori
2014 Bang Bang Baby Bobby Shore
2015 The Cycle Robbie Short film
2015 No Stranger Than Love Rydell Whyte
2016 Poor Boy Jackie Clean
2016 Urge Jason Brettner
2016 Unleashed Diego / Ajax
2016 One Night Drew
2017 CHiPs Raymond Reed Kurtz Jr.
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Hugh Jay Linder
2017 We Don't Belong Here Tomas
2018 In the Cloud Halid 'Hale' Begovic
2018 The Assassin's Code Detective Michael Connelly
2019 Summer Night Andy
2020 Die in a Gunfight Terrence Uberahl Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Christy, Choices of the Heart John Spencer 2 episodes
2001 Smallville Jeremy Creek Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Just Cause Shaun Martin Episode: "Code of Silence"
2002 Night Visions Pete Hartford Episode: "The Maze/Harmony"
2002 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Vinny Rose Episode: "The Devil's Autograph"
2002 Glory Days Barry Bowers Episode: "Grim Ferrytale"
2002 Mysterious Ways J.T Stanislaw Episode: "Doctor in the House"
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Lawrence TV film
2003 Taken Clauson 2 episodes
2004 Prodigy Dempsey TV pilot
2004 Traffic Tyler McKay 3 episodes
2005, 2012 Weeds Josh Wilson 3 episodes
2006 Lost Eddie Colburn Episode: "Further Instructions"
2015 Breed Cooper Wells TV pilot
2011–2015 Shameless Jimmy Lishman /
Steve Wilton
40 episodes
2013 The Listener Rudy Best Episode: "Blast from the Past"
2015 Orphan Black Jason Kellerman 4 episodes
2016 American Gothic Cameron Hawthorne 13 episodes
2016 Doctor Who Grant Gordon Episode: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
2017 The Doomsday Project Chris Wyatt TV pilot
2019 Another Life Erik Wallace 10 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2006 Dark Matters[63] Jeremy Cleary Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2007 The Mistakes Madeline Made[64] Wilson Triptych Theatre
2009 Red Light Winter[65] Davis MOTH Theatre

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2011 "Learn to Run" David Vertesi The Boyfriend [66]
2016 "Doin' Wrong with You" Brad Carter Hugh Jay Linder [67]
2019 "Slow Motion" Hayley Taylor Love Interest [68]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Bang Bang Baby Nominated


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  65. ^ "Boulder International Fringe Festival: Native returns in dream-fueled play". DailyCamera.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  66. ^ "David Vertesi – Learn to Run" – via YouTube.
  67. ^ "Brad Carter – Doin' Wrong with You" – via YouTube.
  68. ^ "Hayley Taylor – Slow Motion" – via YouTube.

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