Charlie Hunnam is an English actor.
Let’s find out some intriguing facts about him!
1. Charles Matthew “Charlie” Hunnam was born 10 April 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
2. He is the son of William “Billy” Hunnam, a gangster and scrap metal merchant, and Jane (Bell) Hunnam, a business owner.
3. His maternal grandmother was the premier portrait artist in Newcastle.
4. Hunnam was the second child, born after brother William “Billy”. He has two younger half-brothers, Oliver and Christian, on his mother’s side.
5. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria when he was twelve, as his mother remarried.
6. He went to Heaton Manor School in Newcastle. After moving, he went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria.
7. He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, now the University of Cumbria, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.
8. At the age of 17, Hunnam was discovered in a shoe shop on Christmas Eve while drunkenly clowning around buying shoes for his brother.
9. A production manager for the Newcastle-based children’s show Byker Grove approached him and Hunnam was later cast in his first role as Jason in three episodes of the show.
10. He also had a brief modeling career where he did a shoot for Kangols Caps and then decided modeling was not for him.
11. Aged 18, his first major role came when he was cast by Russell T Davies as fifteen-year-old schoolboy Nathan Maloney in Davies’ Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk.
12. He followed this up with his role as Daz in the film Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999) and then moved to Los Angeles.
13. His career expanded to include a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB series Young Americans. He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe.
14. Despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after one season.
15. Hunnam then appeared on the large screen in Abandon (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003).
16. Hunnam has stated that he does not wish to simply take any role that he is offered: “I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career.”
17. This decision resulted in his return to the UK to take the lead role of Pete Dunham in the film Green Street (2005), however his attempts at delivering a Cockney accent resulted in his inclusion in many critics’ “worst accents in movie history” lists.
18. Hunnam says his role Patric, a member of “The Fishes”, in Children of Men (2006), was the final part in his “trilogy of mad men”. “I played the psycho in Cold Mountain, my character in Green Street is fairly psychotic and now I’ve got this role.”
19. From 2008 to 2014, Hunnam starred as Jackson “Jax” Teller in Sons of Anarchy, a show about a prominent motorcycle club in a small fictional California town.
20. Hunnam was cast after Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, saw him in Green Street.
21. His portrayal as Jax Teller has led Hunnam to receive a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination, three EWwy Award nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Drama series, and a PAAFTJ Award nomination for Best Cast in a Drama Series.
22. In 2011, Hunnam played the role of Gavin Nichols in the philosophical drama/thriller The Ledge by Matthew Chapman.
23. In 2012, he starred as the title character in the indie comedy 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom alongside, among others, his Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman.
24. Hunnam said that he considered the day that he filmed scenes with Perlman for that film the best and funniest day of filming he’s ever had in his whole career.
25. He also appeared as Jay, an ex-boxer, in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s crime drama Deadfall (2012).
26. Hunnam starred as Raleigh Becket in Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi film Pacific Rim, that opened in July 2013 and grossed $411 million worldwide.
27. It was announced on 2 September 2013 that Hunnam would play the lead role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey. However, on 12 October 2013, Universal Pictures announced that Hunnam had withdrawn from the film due to conflicts with the schedule of his series Sons of Anarchy.
28. On 2 June 2014, Hunnam was awarded a Huading Award for Best Global Emerging Actor, for his role as Raleigh in Pacific Rim, due to the film doing very well in the Asian markets.
29. Hunnam reunited with del Toro in the horror film Crimson Peak, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain.
30. The film began shooting in February 2014, and was released on 16 October 2015.
31. In an 3 October 2014 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hunnam confirmed his involvement in both Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur and romantic-survival film, The Mountain Between Us.
32. The filming of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword took place between March 2015 – July 2015 and was originally scheduled to be released on 22 July 2016 but Warner Bros. moved the release date to 12 May 2017. The production of The Lost City of Z took place August – October 2015 and is scheduled for a 2016 release.
33. In 1999 he met actress Katharine Towne when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson’s Creek.
34. After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. They divorced in 2002, and he has been dating artist Morgana McNelis since 2005.