Charles Matthew "Charlie" Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is an English actor and screenwriter. He is known for his roles as Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk, Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared, Pete Dunham in the film Green Street, Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Raleigh Becket in the film Pacific Rim. On 2 September 2013, Hunnam was cast as Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E. L. James's novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, the younger of two sons of what he has described as a "tough-guy" father and a "bohemian" mother, who split up when he was two years old. He moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria when he was 12, as his mother remarried. He has two younger half-brothers on his mother's side. Hunnam went to school at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria which he described as a "nightmare" and “just about the worst place you could hope to live”; "they hated me from the second I got there right up until the second I left. I made one friend. It was a dead end kind of existence."
Hunnam got expelled from high school and did his exams from home. He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.
Hunnam was discovered in a shoe shop on Christmas Eve while drunkenly clowning around buying shoes for his brother. 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. Aged eighteen, 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. The show was groundbreaking and scored record ratings, however some people out on the streets were not as enthused; one man cornered him on a train and told him that he should be ashamed of himself. "I was like, dude, I didn't ... kill anyone in Queer as Folk, you know? I don't gang-shoot anyone. If you think it's irresponsible to play a gay character; then I don't know what to say to that."
He followed this up with his role as Daz in Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? and then relocated to Los Angeles.
His career expanded to include a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB Television Network series Young Americans. He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe. Despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after one season. Hunnam then appeared in Abandon, Nicholas Nickleby, and Cold Mountain. 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." This decision resulted in his return to the UK to take the lead role of Pete Dunham in Green Street, however his attempts at delivering a Cockney accent resulted in his inclusion in many critics' 'worst accents in movie history' lists.
Hunnam played the role of Patric, a member of "The Fishes", in Children of Men (2006). Hunnam states that this role 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." Since 2008 Hunnam stars as Jackson "Jax" Teller in Sons of Anarchy, a show about a prominent motorcycle club in a small fictional California town. Hunnam was cast after Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, saw him in Green Street.
Right before getting the role on Sons of Anarchy, he sold his screenplay Vlad to Summit Entertainment with Brad Pitt's Plan B Studios co-producing. The film is being directed by music video director and photographer Anthony Mandler, and will focus on the real-life story of Vlad the Impaler. Hunnam learnt the story from locals in Romania while shooting Cold Mountain. He stated that he hadn't acted in 18 months and was so broke that if he hadn't managed to sell the script he would have had to sell his house and move back to England to live with his mum. Hunnam is also developing a screenplay based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article he optioned that is about Edgar Valdez Villareal, an American drug lord who ran one of the biggest cartels in Mexico. Another project he has in development is a film about gypsy culture in England, which he hopes to direct. He stated that it's "a part of English society that’s really seldom been explored, but is one of the most colourful and interesting parts of British society."
In 2013, Hunnam was featured in the men's magazine, Man of the World where he discussed a brief history of his career along with current and future projects including his screenplay, "Vlad." He starred as Raleigh Becket in the Guillermo del Toro directed Sci-fi movie Pacific Rim that opened in July 2013. He is going to reunite with del Toro in Crimson Peak and he has also been cast in the film Triple Nine, directed by John Hillcoat. Both are set for releases in 2015. It was announced on 2 September 2013 that Hunnam will play the lead role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James's novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which is set for release in August 2014.
Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson's Creek. After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. The couple divorced in 2002. Hunnam was voted ninth in Elle Girl's top 100 sexiest men in 2005. He has been in a relationship with jewellery designer Morgana McNelis since 2007. In July 2013, Hunnam announced that he and Morgana were leaving Los Angeles, to live on a ranch just outside the city, which is much more peaceful than the party scene of Hollywood. They have two cats, Mavis and George, as well as donkeys, ducks and chickens.
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Daz|
|Nicholas Nickleby||Nicholas Nickleby||National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble|
|2005||Green Street||Pete Dunham|
|2006||Children of Men||Patric|
|2011||The Ledge||Gavin Nichols|
|2012||3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Frankie|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Raleigh Becket|
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