Charlie Hunnam Biography

Charlie Hunnam’s full name is Charles Matthew Hunnam. He was born on 4/10/1980, in Newcastle. His father’s name is William “Billy” Hunnam, who was a scrap metal merchant. His bother, Jane Hunnam, was a business owner. Few know, his maternal grandmother was a premier portrait artist in Newcastle.


Charlie is the second child born, after his brother William. He later had two younger half brothers: Oliver and Christian, on his mother’s side.


At the age of 17, Charlie was discovered in a shoe shop on X-mas eve. He was clowning around, while buying shoes for his brother, and was discovered by a production manager for the children’s show Byker Grove. Charlie was cast in his first role, as Jason, for three episodes in 1991. At the age of 18, Charlie appeared in many roles, including being cast as Brad in the television series: What Happened to Harold Smith? as Dax. He later landed the role of Wes, in My Wonderful Life. After these minor parts, he finally landed his first major rile — Nathan Maloney, a 15 year old school boy, in the drama Queer as Folk in 1999.

His career made it’s next leap, when he landed the role of Gregor Ryder in the WB television series of Young Americans, in 2000. Afterwards, he went on to star in the FOX series Undeclared, as the English student Lloyd Haythe (2001). While the series received much attention, it was ultimately discontinued after 1 season. After this show, he made a number of guest appearances in a great number of shows, after which he later moved onto films. He first appeared in the movie Abandon, where he was casted alongside Katie Holmes. He was later cast in the movie Nicholas Nickleby in the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, along with Anne Hathaway and Jamie Bells. This movie later received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture. Both films debuted in 2002.

In 2003 – Charlie was cast as Bosie, in the film Cold Mountain, based on the best selling novel by Charles Frazier, starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and other great actors. In 2005, he crossed the pond back to the UK, and took a lead role as Pete Dunham, in the film Green Street Hooligans, where he did a fantastic job on delivering a Cockney accent.

In 2006, he took on the role of Patric, in the film Children of Men. In 2008, he went on to land his most well known role: Jackson Teller, in the FX Network show: Sons of Anarchy, which centers around a third year old biker, who struggles to find a balance between his outlaw life, and his desire to be a good father, husband, and friend.  The show, created by Kurt Sutter, stars many noteworthy stars, such as: Katey Sagal, Ron Pearlman, Maggie Siff, Tommy Flanagan, and Kim Coates. This show recently ended, but broke many records while it aired. It’s latest season was the most watched show in the history of FX Network.

Following his popularity, and due to his growth as an actor, Charlie landed the role of Gavin Nichols, in the movie The Ledge, in 2011. In 2012, he casted in the film: 3,2,1….Frankie Go Boom as Frank Bartlett, which is a comedy about two brothers and a sex tape. It starred other great actors: Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris North, and Ron Pearlman.  He later starred in Deadfall, a thriller which stars Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, and other great actors.

In 2013, Charlie starred as Raleigh Becket, in the sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim, by director Guillermo Del Toro. The film grossed over $411 million worlwide. On June 2nd, 2014, Hunnam was awarded a Huading Award for Best Global Emerging Actor.

In 2014, it was rumored that Charlie was going to star in the film 50 Shades of Grey, but later decided against starring in the film. In October 2014, Hunnam confirmed his involvement in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur, and the film The Mountain Between Us.

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