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Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore (born 14 February 1992) is an Englishmarker actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, August Rush, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and Astro Boy.

Personal life

Highmore was born in Londonmarker, Englandmarker into a show business family. His mother, Sue Latimer, is a talent agent whose clients include Daniel Radcliffe and Imelda Staunton, and his father, Edward Highmore, is an actor. He has a younger brother named Albert ("Bertie"), born in 1995. Highmore resides in Highgatemarker, a suburb of north Londonmarker, and as of 2003 attends Highgate Schoolmarker.

Career

Highmore began acting with small parts on TV at the age of 7. In two movies Highmore played with members of his family. His brother Bertie played his brother in Women Talking Dirty. Also his father Edward played the father in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story.

In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as Peter in Finding Neverland. Highmore received several nominations and awards for the role, including a Broadcast Film Critics Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2005, he played the part of the hard-working Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (adapted from the book by Roald Dahl). He was reportedly recommended for the role by the film's star Johnny Depp, who starred in Finding Neverland and was impressed by the young actor's performance.

Highmore next appeared in August Rush with Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Robin Williams. The story is about a musical prodigy named Evan Taylor (who is later given the stage name August Rush) and his journey to find his parents after they are separated at his birth. This movie received a wide release on 21 November 2007. He starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the popular children's stories, released in the United States in February 2008. He plays American twins, Simon Grace and Jared Grace, alongside Sarah Bolger who plays their sister Mallory Grace.

Voice roles

Highmore led as an actor and voice actor in Arthur and the Invisibles. Highmore also lent his voice in The Golden Compass and A Fox's Tale as well as two planned sequels of Arthur and the Invisibles. Highmore voiced the lead character in the digitally-animated film Astro Boy.

Several of the films that Highmore was cast in had accompanying video games (Astro Boy, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Golden Compass, Arthur and the Invisibles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Highmore has lent his voice to all of these projects.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Women Talking Dirty Sam
2000 Happy Birthday Shakespeare Steven Green TV
2001 The Mists of Avalon Young Arthur TV
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Son at Playground TV
2002 I Saw You Oscar Bingley TV
2004 Finding Neverland Peter Llewelyn-Davies SAG Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Two Brothers Young Raoul
Five Children and It Robert
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie Bucket
2006 A Good Year Young Max
2007 Arthur and the Invisibles Arthur Voice and Live Action
August Rush Evan Taylor/August Rush
The Golden Compass Pantalaimon Voice
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Simon and Jared Grace Double role
A Fox's Tale Little Jack Voice
2009 Astro Boy Astro Boy Voice
Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard Arthur Voice and Live Action
2010 Arthur and the War of Two Worlds Arthur Voice and Live Action
The Beautiful Miscellaneous Nathan Nelson
Master Harold...and the Boys Hally
2011 Death of a Superhero Will Hamilton Filming


Video Game Credits

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie Bucket Voice
2007 Arthur and the Invisibles Arthur Voice
The Golden Compass Pantalaimon Voice
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Simon and Jared Grace Double Voice Role
2009 Astro Boy: The Video Game Astro Boy Voice


Awards

Won

2008 Saturn Awards
Best Performance by a Younger Actor for August Rush
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Best Young Actor for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for Finding Neverland
2005 Empire Awards, UK
Best Newcomer for Finding Neverland
2005 Satellite Awards
Outstanding New Talent
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Best Young Actor for Finding Neverland
2005 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Youth in Film for Finding Neverland
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male for Finding Neverland


Nominated

2009 Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor for The Spiderwick Chronicles
2008 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards
Best Male Actor - Nominated
2008 Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Young Actor for August Rush
2005 MTV Movie Awards
Breakthrough Male for Finding Neverland
2005 Saturn Awards
Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Finding Neverland
2005 Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor for Finding Neverland
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Finding Neverland
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Finding Neverland


References

  1. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1984-2004 listed birth name as 'Alfred Thomas Highmore'.
  2. IMDB Biography
  3. Freddie Highmore Signed for Imagi Studios' Astro Boy, Retrieved on 2008-02-28
  4. The Fox's Tale- IMDB.com
  5. Arthur And The Vengeance of Maltazard - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - The New York Times
  6. Arthur and the War of Two Worlds - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards - The New York Times
  7. The Beautiful Miscellaneous
  8. The Beautiful Miscellaneous
  9. Bavaria Pictures Sets "Superhero" In Motion


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