Robbie Kay

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Robbie Kay
BornRobert Andrew Kay[1]
(1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 19)[1]
Lymington, Hampshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active2006 — present
 
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Robbie Kay
BornRobert Andrew Kay[1]
(1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 (age 19)[1]
Lymington, Hampshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active2006 — present

Robbie Kay (born Robert Andrew Kay, (1995-09-13)13 September 1995) is a British actor whose credits include Fugitive Pieces, Pinocchio, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Peter Pan in the Once Upon a Time television series.

Personal life[edit]

Kay was born in Lymington, Hampshire, England, and moved to Brussels, Belgium, at a young age.[2] In 2006 Kay and his family moved to Prague in the Czech Republic, where he attended the International School of Prague. He currently lives in Houston, Texas.[3] He has two sisters, Camilla and Fiona.

Career[edit]

Kay's family moved to the Czech Republic where he saw a note for English-speaking children to be extras in a film on a school noticeboard. Despite a lack of previous acting experience, this led to him getting a speaking part in The Illusionist, but his scenes were eventually cut from the film. After small roles in Hannibal Rising and My Boy Jack, a Canadian production company asked him to play the part of Young Jakob which involved a 9 week shooting schedule, three of which were on Greek islands.[4] The people who made Fugitive Pieces had auditioned over 150 boys before finding the then 10-year-old Robbie Kay who had been living in Prague for two years.[2]

He spent a year studying acting, singing, and dancing at one of Britain's Stagecoach theatre schools.[2]

He appeared in a miniseries adaptation of Pinocchio, playing the title character.

After finishing Pinocchio he went on to play Sam, a boy diagnosed with leukemia in Ways To Live Forever screening in late 2010.[5] He appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, playing the Cabin boy. More recently, he portrayed Peter Pan in season 3 of Once Upon a Time. He will appear in the TV movie, Rita as the title character's gay son.[6] It was also announced that he would reprise his role as the cabin boy in the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film.[6]

Reception[edit]

Kay's work has been generally well received by the critics. Alicia Cox of Chatelaine wrote on his work in Fugitive Pieces: "Robbie Kay, who plays the young Jakob, gives a remarkable performance with little words and a lot of emotion. When he smiles (which isn't often) you can't help but be affected."[7] Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times describes Kay in the same movie as having "a heartbreaking way of looking utterly lost"[8] and Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, who was critical about the film, wrote "the performances are above reproach, especially Robbie Kay as young Jakob"[9] and "The grandest laurels must be reserved for Robbie Kay ... Relatively new to acting, he invests the role with an intensity of purpose not often seen in an actor of so few years."[10]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2007Hannibal RisingKolnas's Soncredited as Robert Kay
My Boy JackArthur Relp 
Fugitive PiecesYoung Jakob 
2008PinocchioPinocchio 
BathoryPalsVoice
In BrugesYoung HarryDeleted Scenes
2010Made in DagenhamGraham 
Ways to Live ForeverSam McQueen 
2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesCabin Boy 
2013Once Upon a TimePeter Pan/Pied Piper11 Episodes
2017Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No TalesCabin Boy 

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearCategoryProductionResult
2009 Young Artist AwardBest Performance in an International Feature FilmLeading Young Performers for Fugitive PiecesNominated
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or SpecialLeading Young Actor for PinocchioNominated
2014 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainOnce Upon A TimeNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://cvmc.net/cast-and-crew/Robbie%20Kay
  2. ^ a b c "Fugitive Pieces" (Press release). Samuel Goldwyn Films. 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Robbie Kay Q&A. kidzworld. (Interview). Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Old, David (29 July 2008). "Young acting star lands top role in Pinocchio". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Way To Life Forever Plot Summary". IMDB. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Robbie Kay filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Cox, Alicia (7 September 2007). "Fugitive Pieces (review)". Chatelaine. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Macdonald, Moira (27 June 2008). "Movie review: "Fugitive Pieces": a thoughtful, emotional — and haunting — ghost story". Seattle Times. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Howell, Peter (6 September 2007). "'Fugitive Pieces': Cast shines in film drained of drama". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Howell, Peter (2 May 2008). "'Fugitive Pieces': Survivor of war, burdened by memory". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 

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