Robbie Amell

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Robbie Amell
Amell in 2017
Robert Patrick Amell IV[1]

(1988-04-21) April 21, 1988 (age 35)
CitizenshipCanada (1988–present)
United States (2020–present)[2]
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1994–present
(m. 2016)
RelativesStephen Amell (cousin)

Robert Patrick Amell IV (born April 21, 1988) is a Canadian-American[3] actor and producer. He is best-known for his roles as Stephen Jameson on The CW series The Tomorrow People, Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm on The CW series The Flash, and Nathan Brown in the Prime Video series Upload. Other roles include Fred Jones in the films Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, The Hunters as Paxton Flynn, The DUFF as Wesley Rush, The Babysitter as Max, and the science fiction film Code 8 as Connor Reed; the latter of which also starred his cousin, Stephen Amell. He also appeared on television shows such as Life with Derek, True Jackson, VP, Unnatural History, and Revenge.

Early life[edit]

Amell was born in Toronto as the son of Josephine "Jo" Burden and Robert Patrick "Rob" Amell III, who work in the custom jewelry business.[4][5][6] His first cousin is Arrow actor, Stephen Amell.[7] Along with his sister, he started modeling and acting in small roles in commercials when he was six years old. At age sixteen, he began landing roles in high school plays such as Louis and Dave and Fionia, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Importance of Being Earnest. Because of his love for acting, Amell attended Canadian Studios Acting Academy. He graduated from Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto in 2006. He later pursued his career in acting.[8]


Amell in September 2010

Amell's first role was Daniel Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which was filmed in the Muskoka Region of Ontario. Originally meant to be a non-speaking role, he ended up getting a couple of lines.[9] He also appeared in the 2007 horror film Left for Dead. Amell had a role in the Canadian Family Channel series Life with Derek, playing lead character Casey McDonald's boyfriend Max. Life with Derek was distributed worldwide, including US Disney Channel and its international affiliates.[10] He has also appeared in the ABC Family film Picture This. Amell had a recurring role on both the Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP as Max Madigan's nephew Jimmy, True's love interest, and the Cartoon Network series Unnatural History.

He played the role of Noel Kahn's brother Eric on the ABC Family television series Pretty Little Liars during the show's third season. Amell has played hockey since he was a child and considered making a career of it until discovering his love of acting.[11] He also takes break dancing lessons.[citation needed] He had a recurring role on MTV's Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. He was cast as Fred Jones in the 2009 TV movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, which became the most watched telecast ever on Cartoon Network. He reprised the role in the 2010 sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.[12]

In 2013, Amell received his biggest role to date, lead character Stephen Jameson in CW's sci-fi drama The Tomorrow People, a remake of the British series of the same name.[citation needed] In May 2014, Amell joined The DUFF as Wesley.[13] On July 9, 2014, Amell was cast as a major recurring character on the CW series The Flash as Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm in seasons one and three,[14] as well as two different types of Deathstorm in seasons two and eight.[15][16]

In July 2015, Amell was cast in the tenth season of The X-Files as FBI Agent Miller.[17] Amell starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner in Nine Lives, which was released on August 5, 2016.[18][19] In 2017, he co-starred in McG's horror film The Babysitter.[20] He reprised his role in the 2020 sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen.[21]

Amell starred in and executive produced the 2019 sci-fi action film Code 8, with Stephen Amell co-starring and also executive producing. The film, expanding on an earlier short, was funded by an Indiegogo campaign which raised over $2 million.[22] He returned to star and produce the 2024 sequel, Code 8: Part II.[23]

Since 2020, Amell has starred in Upload, a science fiction comedy series on Amazon Prime Video.[24] Amell's performance was cited as a highlight of the series, particularly his chemistry with co-star Andy Allo and when playing dual roles in the third season.[25][26][27]

Personal life[edit]

Amell began dating actress Italia Ricci in July 2008.[28] The couple got engaged on August 20, 2014, and married on October 15, 2016.[29] Amell and Ricci had their first child, a son, in 2019;[1] they became dual Canadian/US citizens in January 2020 and reside in Toronto.[30]

Amell was a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team growing up, though since his move to Los Angeles, Amell has begun cheering for the Los Angeles Kings, but still calls Toronto his "second team". In a 2015 interview, Amell discussed his support for a second NHL team in Toronto via league expansion.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Daniel Murtaugh
2007 American Pie Presents: Beta House Nick Anderson Direct-to-video
2007 Left for Dead Blair
2008 Picture This Drew Patterson Direct-to-video
2009 The Alyson Stoner Project VIP guest
2012 Struck by Lightning Justin Walker
2013 The Hunters Paxton Flynn
2014 Criminal Dino Short film
2015 The DUFF Wesley Rush
2015 Max Kyle Wincott
2015 Anatomy of the Tide Brad McManus
2016 Code 8 Connor Reed Short film; also executive producer
2016 Nine Lives David Brand
2016 ARQ Renton
2017 The Babysitter Max
2018 When We First Met Ethan
2019 Code 8 Connor Reed Also producer
2020 Desperados Jared
2020 The Babysitter: Killer Queen Max
2020 Eat Wheaties! Brandon
2021 Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Chris Redfield
2023 Simulant Evan [32]
2023 Float Blake Hamilton Also producer
2023 EXmas Graham
2024 Code 8: Part II Connor Reed Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Runaway Stephen 2 episodes
2006–2008 Life with Derek Max Miller 17 episodes
2008 Murdoch Mysteries Wallace Driscoll Episode: "Still Waters"
2008 Picture This Drew Patterson Television film
2008–2011 True Jackson, VP Jimmy Madigan Main role
2009 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Fred Jones Television film
2010 Unnatural History Michael O'Malley 2 episodes
2010 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Fred Jones Television film
2010 Destroy Build Destroy Himself Episode: "Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster vs. Dude, What Would Happen"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Nate "Scooby" Scooberman 2 episodes
2011 Brothers & Sisters Young William Walker Episode: "For Better or for Worse"
2011–2012 Revenge Adam Connor 4 episodes
2011 CSI: NY Riley Frazier Episode: "Air Apparent"
2012 Alcatraz Young Ray Archer 3 episodes
2012 Hornet's Nest Andy Brazil Television film
2012 Pretty Little Liars Eric Kahn Episode: "The Kahn Game"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Billy Keats Episode: "Popilikia"
2013 Hot in Cleveland Lloyd Episode: "The Conversation"
2013 1600 Penn D.B. 7 episodes
2013 Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous Nick 8 episodes
2013–2014 The Tomorrow People Stephen Jameson Main role
2013 The Hunters Paxton Flynn Television film
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself Episode: "Robbie Amell"
2014–2017, 2022 The Flash Ronnie Raymond / Firestorm, Deathstorm Recurring role
2015 Modern Family Chase Episode: "Closet? You'll Love It!"
2015 Chasing Life Ecstasy Guy Episode: "Wild Thing"; uncredited[33]
2016–2018 The X-Files Special Agent Kyd Miller 3 episodes
2018–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Kevin 3 episodes
2020–present Upload Nathan Brown Lead role
2023 The Witcher Gallatin 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 17th Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy The DUFF Nominated
Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Mae Whitman) Nominated
2021 1st Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series Nominated[34]


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