Charlie Hunnam

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Charlie Hunnam
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Hunnam at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
BornCharles Matthew Hunnam
(1980-04-10) 10 April 1980 (age 33)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Katharine Towne (m. 1999–2002)
Partner(s)Morgana McNelis (2007–present)
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Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Hunnam at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
BornCharles Matthew Hunnam
(1980-04-10) 10 April 1980 (age 33)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Katharine Towne (m. 1999–2002)
Partner(s)Morgana McNelis (2007–present)

Charles Matthew "Charlie" Hunnam (born 10 April 1980)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, to father William "Billy" Hunnam(1952-2013), a gangster and scrap-metal merchant, and mother Jane, a gift shop runner.[2][3][4] His maternal grandmother was the premiere portrait artist in Newcastle.[5] Hunnam was the second child born after brother William "Billy" Hunnam. He later had two younger half-brothers, Oliver and Christian, on his mother's side.[6][7] His parents split up when he was two years old and he moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria when he was 12, as his mother remarried. He went to Heaton Manor School in Newcastle and after moving he went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria.[8][9][10] Hunnam got expelled from secondary school and did his exams from home.[11] 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.[12][13]


Hunnam at the San Diego Comic Con, July 25, 2010

At the age of 17, 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.[5][14][13] 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.[15] The show was groundbreaking and scored record ratings, however some people 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."[16]

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.[17]

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."[18] 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.[19]

Right before getting the role on Sons of Anarchy,[11] he sold his screenplay Vlad to Summit Entertainment with Brad Pitt's Plan B Studios co-producing.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] 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."[11][24]

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."[25] He starred as Raleigh Becket in the Guillermo del Toro directed Sci-fi movie Pacific Rim[26] that opened in July 2013. He has also been cast in the film Triple Nine, directed by John Hillcoat,[27] set for release in 2015. 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's novel Fifty Shades of Grey.[28] The casting announcement was met with widely mixed reactions, later 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.[29]

In 2013 it was announced that Hunnam would appear in Guillermo Del Toro's horror film titled Crimson Peak. He will appear alongside Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. The film is set to start shooting in February 2014 with an April 2015 release date.[30][31][32][33]

Personal life[edit]

Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson's Creek.[34] After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. The couple divorced in 2002.[15] He has been in a relationship with jewellery designer Morgana McNelis since 2007.[35][36] In July 2013, Hunnam announced that he and Morgana were leaving Los Angeles to live on a ranch just outside the city. They have two cats, Mavis and George, as well as donkeys, ducks and chickens.[37][38][39] Hunnam has stated that he has been suffering from an existential crisis since he was a small child.[40][41]



1999Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?Daz
2002AbandonEmbry Larkin
2002Nicholas NicklebyNicholas NicklebyNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2003Cold MountainBosie
2005Green StreetPete Dunham
2006Children of MenPatric
2011Ledge, TheThe LedgeGavin Nichols
20123,2,1... Frankie Go BoomFrankie
2013Pacific RimRaleigh Becket


1998Byker GroveJason ChuckleEpisode: "10.1"
1999My Wonderful LifeWesUnknown episodes
1999–2000Queer as FolkNathan Maloney10 episodes
1999MicrosoapBradEpisode: "2.6"
2000Young AmericansGregor Ryder3 episodes
2001–2003UndeclaredLloyd Haythe17 episodes
2008–presentSons of AnarchyJackson "Jax" Teller81 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series


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