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Ross Lynch
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Lynch in 2012
Ross Shor Lynch

(1995-12-29) December 29, 1995 (age 25)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • musician
Years active2009–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
  • drums[2]
Associated acts

Ross Shor Lynch (born December 29, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He was the lead vocalist of the pop rock band R5 and is one half of the band the Driver Era, with his brother, Rocky Lynch. As an actor, he is known for his debut role as Austin Moon on the Disney Channel original series Austin & Ally,[3] and for his role as Brady in the Teen Beach Movie series.

In 2017, Lynch branched into film, starring in the biopic My Friend Dahmer,[4] where he played a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer. In 2018, Lynch also starred in Status Update, playing the character of Kyle. Since 2018, Lynch has starred as Harvey Kinkle on the Netflix television series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.[5]

Early life[edit]

Lynch was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. He has four siblings, sister Rydel, and brothers Riker, Rocky, and Ryland. He was educated at home starting in the fourth grade when he learned to sing and play the guitar and piano.[6] Lynch is a second cousin of entertainers Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, their maternal grandmothers being sisters.[7][8][9] Lynch and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2007.[10]

Acting career[edit]

Film and theater[edit]

Lynch made a cameo appearance in the 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted.[11] In 2016, he voiced the role of Piers in the English dub of the animated French adventure film Snowtime! The film centers around a group of children who plan and stage a giant snowball fight during the Christmas holiday.[12]

Lynch starred as Mark Anthony in the Hollywood Bowl's production of A Chorus Line, which ran for three performances over the weekend of July 29, 2016.[13] The musical, about dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical, was directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee, who starred in the original Broadway production.[14][15]

In May 2016, it was announced that Lynch would be starring in his feature film debut, Status Update, a comedy that began filming in Vancouver in June and wrapped in July 2016.[16][17] Lynch stars as a teenager who stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media status updates to come true.[17] In July, he was cast as a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, a film based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf.[4][18]


Lynch has appeared on the television shows So You Think You Can Dance and Moises Rules!, and in the 2010 short film Grapple.[19] He was in Kidz Bop, appearing in a 2009 Kidz Bop video.[20] He was also in Cymphonique's music video for "Lil' Miss Swagger".

In early 2011, Lynch was cast in the pilot for the Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally, playing the lead male role of Austin Moon, a teenage singer who becomes an overnight sensation after a music video featuring him performing is uploaded to the Internet. He later forms a partnership with Ally, played by Laura Marano. The pilot was later picked up for a full season's production; the show debuted in December 2011, and was renewed for a second season in March 2012.[21] After four seasons, the series ended on January 10, 2016.[22] Lynch guest starred with the Austin & Ally cast in a crossover episode with Jessie, and also he guest starred with his co-star Laura Marano on Girl Meets World, where he reprised his role as Austin Moon.[23]

In early 2012, Lynch began working on the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie, playing the male lead role, Brady. The film was directed by Jeffrey Hornaday and premiered July 19, 2013, earning around 8.4 million viewers.[24] Lynch also starred in the sequel, Teen Beach 2,[25][26] which premiered on the Disney Channel on June 26, 2015, earning 7.5 million total viewers.[27]

In 2018, Lynch was cast as Sabrina Spellman's boyfriend Harvey Kinkle on Netflix's television series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the comic book series of the same name.[28]

Music career[edit]

Lynch performing in R5's Loud Tour in 2013

Lynch plays piano, drums, and bass; he specializes in guitar. He has danced for the Rage Boyz Crew, a group founded by a dance company in Southern California.[19]

His debut single, "A Billion Hits", was released on April 2, 2012.[29] On July 13, 2012, Lynch released his second soundtrack single, "Heard It on the Radio",[30] which reached number 196 on UK Singles Chart. Lynch has recorded a multitude of songs for Austin & Ally. He sang all 14 songs for the TV show's soundtrack, which was released on September 12, 2012.[31] These songs include "Can't Do It Without You" (the theme song for the series), "A Billion Hits", "Heard It On the Radio", and two songs with his band R5.[32] The album peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200, one on the Billboard's Top Soundtracks and one on the Billboard's Kid Albums.[31]

Lynch also sang most of the songs from Austin & Ally: Turn It Up, the show's second soundtrack.[33] He recorded songs for his film Teen Beach Movie, which was the fourth best-selling soundtrack of 2013 in the United States with 407,000 copies sold for the year.[25] He also sang two songs on the Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top EP.[34] In 2015, Lynch recorded songs for his film Teen Beach 2, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200.[35]

In 2016, Lynch contributed vocals to Tritonal's song "I Feel the Love" from their forthcoming album Painting With Dreams.[36]

With R5[edit]

R5 performing in Commerce, California, in 2013

In March 2010, R5 self-released an EP, Ready Set Rock and in April 2012, they signed with Hollywood Records.[37] Their second EP, Loud, was released on February 19, 2013, which featured the lead single and title track "Loud". The band's first full-length album, Louder, was released on September 24, 2013, and the album includes the four songs from Loud as well as seven new songs. The second single from the album, "Pass Me By", premiered on Radio Disney on August 16, 2013. The music video premiered on August 29 on Disney Channel and is available for public viewing on the band's Vevo channel. The third single, "(I Can't) Forget About You", was released on December 25, 2013, and reached number 47 on Billboard Digital Pop Songs, and the fourth single "One Last Dance" on May 29, 2014. The third extended play, Heart Made Up on You, was released on July 22, 2014, and the self-titled single was released on August 1, 2014.[38]

On November 16, 2014, the band released the first single from second album, "Smile". "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight", the second single, was released on February 13, 2015.[22] "All Night" was released as the third single on June 2, 2015, along with the album's iTunes pre-order.[23] The band released their second full-length album on July 10, 2015, titled Sometime Last Night and debuted at number 6 on Billboard 200, number 1 on Billboard Top Pop Albums, number 3 on Billboard Top Digital Albums, and number 4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales.[39]

On May 12, 2017, R5 released their fifth EP New Addictions.[40]

On February 1, 2018, R5 posted on their YouTube a video called The Last Show. On March 1, R5's Instagram and Twitter handles were changed to "the Driver Era" and all of R5's previous posts were deleted.[41] On March 2, it was reported that the Driver Era would be a band consisting only of Ross and Rocky.[42]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Young florist / Nerd teenage kid [43]
2016 Snowtime! Piers Voice role (English dub)
2017 My Friend Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer Main role
2018 Status Update Kyle Moore[44] Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Moises Rules! Ross "The Boss" Episode: "Mad B-Ball shootout"
2011–2016 Austin & Ally Austin Moon Lead role
2012 Jessie Austin Moon Episode: "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year"
2013 Teen Beach Movie Brady Television film
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night Episode: "The Howling Commandos"
2015 Violetta Himself Episodes: "Una Visita, Una canción" and "Una Explicación, Una Canción"[45]
2015 Teen Beach 2 Brady Television film
2015 Girl Meets World Austin Moon Episode: "Girl Meets World of Terror 2"
2018–2020 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Harvey Kinkle Main role



With R5[edit]

With the Driver Era[edit]


List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Austin & Ally 27 1
Teen Beach Movie
  • Released: July 16, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
3 1 176 14 76 56 30 15 36
Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
  • Released: December 17, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
89 6
Austin & Ally: Take It from the Top
  • Released: April 17, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
Teen Beach 2
  • Released: June 23, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
10 1 129 67
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"A Billion Hits" 2012 1 Austin & Ally
"Heard It on the Radio" 2012 2 Austin & Ally
"Can You Feel It" 2012 1 N/A

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I Love Christmas"[53]
(with Laura Marano)
2013 50[54] Disney Holidays Unwrapped
"Perfect Christmas"
(with Laura Marano)
2015 N/A

Other charted songs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Christmas Soul" 2012 6 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Christmas Is Coming" 2012 14 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Cruisin' for a Bruisin'"
(with Grace Phipps and Jason Evigan)
2013 82 90 117 Teen Beach Movie
"Like Me"
(with Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps and Spencer Lee)
2013 101 177 Teen Beach Movie
"Can't Stop Singing"
(with Maia Mitchell)
2013 200 Teen Beach Movie
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"Christmas Soul" 2012 N/A Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Christmas Is Coming" 2012 R5 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Can't Do It Without You" 2012 N/A Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"I Love Christmas" 2013 Laura Marano Disney Holidays Unwrapped
"Timeless" 2014 N/A Disney Channel Play It Loud
"I Got That Rock and Roll" 2014 N/A Disney Channel Play It Loud
"You Can Come to Me" 2014 Laura Marano Disney Channel Play It Loud
"I Feel the Love" 2016 Tritonal Painting With Dreams

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director Notes
"Little Miss Swagger" 2009 N/A Guest appearance; Cymphonique Miller's music video[59]
"Ordinary Girl" 2010 Shane Drake[60] Guest appearance; Hannah Montana's music video
"Double Take"[61] 2012 N/A
"Better Together"[62] 2012 N/A
"Heard It on the Radio" 2012 Matt Stawski[63]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Austin & Ally Won
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Video Heard It On The Radio Won
Funniest Celebrity Take Himself Nominated
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Austin & Ally Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Austin & Ally Won
2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Austin & Ally Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Song from a Movie or TV Show (with Teen Beach 2 cast) Teen Beach 2 Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Teen Beach 2 Nominated
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Laura Marano) Austin & Ally Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Comedy Austin & Ally Won
2016 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star: Kid's Show Austin & Ally Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Austin & Ally Won
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Nominated [64]


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