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Noah Schnapp
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Schnapp at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (2004-10-03) October 3, 2004 (age 16)
CitizenshipCanadian • American
Years active2015–present

Noah Schnapp (born October 3, 2004)[2] is a Canadian-American actor.[3][4] He played Will Byers in the Netflix science fiction horror web television series Stranger Things, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. His film roles include Roger Donovan in Steven Spielberg's historical drama Bridge of Spies (2015) and the voice of Charlie Brown in the animated The Peanuts Movie (2015).

Early life

Schnapp was born in Scarsdale, New York to Mitchell and Karine Schnapp (née Perez).[5] He has a twin sister named Chloe.[5] Schnapp is Jewish,[6][7] and had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel.[7] Schnapp has Canadian citizenship;[1] his family is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and he visits the city often. His mother is of Moroccan Jewish descent.[8]

Schnapp's desire for acting started when he was about 5 years old after watching the Broadway production of Annie.[9] He performed acting roles in school and community plays.[5] When he was eight years old, his acting teacher suggested he go professional.[9] Schnapp's parents enrolled him in an acting program at Westchester's Star Kidz with Coach Alyson Isbrandtsen who soon referred him to MKS&D Talent Management for career opportunities.[5]


Schnapp voiced the lead character, Charlie Brown, in 2015's The Peanuts Movie.[9][10] Schnapp's first onscreen role was in Steven Spielberg's historical drama film Bridge of Spies, along with Tom Hanks.[11] In 2016 Schnapp was cast as Will Byers in the first season of Netflix science fiction horror web television series Stranger Things.[12] He and co-stars Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin competed against one another in a 2017 episode of Spike's Lip Sync Battle.[13] He was promoted to series regular for the second season of Stranger Things, which premiered on October 27, 2017.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Bridge of Spies Roger Donovan
The Peanuts Movie Charlie Brown (voice)
2016 The Circle Lucas Short film
2018 We Only Know So Much Otis Copeland
The Legends of Hallowaiian Kai (voice) Direct-to-Video [16][17][18]
2020 Abe Abe
Waiting for Anya Jo
Hubie Halloween Tommy [19]


Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Stranger Things Will Byers Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2–present)
2018 Liza on Demand Evan / Trevor Recurring role
(Season 1) Pilot
(Season 2) New Year's Eve: Part 1

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2015 The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure Charlie Brown

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2016 "LA Devotee" Panic! at the Disco
2018 "In My Feelings" Drake
2020 "See You" Johnny Orlando Cameo

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Young Actor Stranger Things Nominated [20]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [21]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [22]
2018 Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Supporting Actor Nominated [23]
Best Breakthrough Performer of the Year Nominated [23]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Frightened Performance Won [24]
Best On-Screen Team (with Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Sadie Sink) Nominated [25]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Won [26]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [27]


  1. ^ a b Cudzinowski, Matt (October 27, 2017). "Off the ice with… Noah Schnapp". NHL. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Celeb birthdays for the week of Oct. 1-7". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Frot, Mathilde. "Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp says new role 'resonated' with Jewish identity". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  4. ^ Noah Schnapp [@noah_schnapp] (23 July 2016). "Thanks Caleb, I'm half Canadian, love the Habs @CanadiensMTL and prefer @MontrealBagel sad to see @PKSubban1 go" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b c d bradlow, Lisa Coleman (November 13, 2015). "You're a good man, Noah Schnapp". The Scarsdale Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (January 18, 2018). "Award season features notable Jewish actors, performers". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "First look & set report: Noah Schnapp in Michael Morpurgo adpation 'Waiting For Anya' (exclusive)". Screen Daily. May 15, 2018. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  8. ^ "Jews in the News: Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes and Lior Britton | Tampa Jewish Federation". Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  9. ^ a b c Nededog, Jethro (September 17, 2016). "Here's what the young breakout stars of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' look like in real life". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "THE PEANUTS MOVIE Cast Announced". Business Wire (Press release). November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Herman, James Patrick (September 15, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Stranger Things' Star Noah Schnapp Talks Steven Spielberg, Justice for Barb and Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 20, 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Prudom, Laura (May 26, 2017). "The 'Stranger Things' kids rocked 'Lip Sync Battle' so hard, everyone else should probably give up". Mashable. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Bradley, Laura (December 13, 2016). "What Millie Bobby Brown Really Wants from Stranger Things Season 2". Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair. Retrieved January 2, 2016. All of the original Stranger Things kids will also return
  15. ^ Brownstein, Bill (November 6, 2015). "A chat with Noah Schnapp, the 11-year-old Montrealer who voices Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie". National Post.
  16. ^ "Watch 'The Legend of Hallowaiian' Exclusively on DIRECTV CINEMA". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  17. ^ "The Legend Of Hallowaiian". Film Threat. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  18. ^ The Legend of Hallowaiian (2018), retrieved 2018-11-17
  19. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "38th Annual Awards". Young Artist Association. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Nolfi, Joely (December 14, 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly.
  22. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (17 January 2018). "The full list of the 2018 SAG Awards nominees". CNN. CNN. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Montgomery, Daniel (26 July 2018). "2018 Gold Derby TV Awards nominations: 'This is Us,' 'Gianni Versace' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' lead the way". Gold Derby. Gold Derby. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Noah Schnapp Takes His Shot With Zendaya During His Acceptance Speech".
  25. ^ "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018 winners: Stranger Things and Black Panther dominate". 19 June 2018.
  26. ^ Swift, Andy (8 July 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: Stranger Things Leads Final Wave of 2019 Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  27. ^ "The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild. 19 January 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.

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