Charlie John Rowe, popularly known as Charlie Rowe, is an English actor. He began his career as a child actor and model, appearing in TV commercials and on billboards. At the tender age of 10, he earned a role in a TV series. Since he was born into a family that was actively associated with the entertainment industry, his interest in acting came naturally to him. From playing a role that involved uttering only one word to appearing in career-defining roles, his career progressed gradually. Enacting diverse roles, he matured as an actor. Following his portrayal of the real-life character Ray Williams in the movie 'Rocketman,’ Charlie's fame skyrocketed.
Childhood & Early Life
Charlie Rowe was born in Islington, London, on April 23, 1996, to Sara and Chris Rowe, who were associated with the field of acting.
Charlie's first performance on stage was at the age of 9, as a young boy, in 'The Snowman' at the 'Peacock Theatre.’
He began his career as a child actor and model, appearing in TV commercials and on billboards.
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Charlie began his full-fledged acting career in the year 2006, when he essayed the roles of 'Joe Jefferson' in an episode of the briefly revived series 'Jackanory,' titled 'Muddle Earth,' and 'Young Robin Hood' in 'Robin Hood, a 2006 TV series.
Charlie's film career began with the role of 'Billy Costa' in the controversial movie 'The Golden Compass,' which released in the year 2007.
His biggest role on stage came in the year 2016, when he portrayed the title role of 'Ronnie Winslow' in the play 'The Winslow Boy,' which was staged at 'The Old Vic' theater.
Between 2009 and 2014, he was part of a number of movies, TV series, miniseries, and plays. –He played 'James' in 'Pirate Radio.' The same movie was released in the UK as ‘The Boat that Rocked.’ He played 'Young Tommy' in the movie 'Never Let Me Go,’ based on the novel of the same name authored by ‘Nobel’ laureate Sir Kazuo Ishiguro. He also appeared as 'Nicholas Charles' in 'The Nutcracker in 3D,’ as 'Ricky' in 'Walking with Dinosaurs,’ as the iconic character 'Peter Pan' in 'Neverland,’ and as 'Alec' in 'The Secrets.’
Charlie's acting career attained new heights between the years 2014 and 2018, as he was cast in lead characters in many series. Thus, he appeared as 'Leo Roth' in 'Red Band Society,’ as 'Liam Cole' in 'Salvation,’ and as 'George Osborne' in 'Vanity Fair.’
With the role of real-life character Ray Williams, the man who had discovered Elton John,’ in the 2019 movie 'Rocketman,’ a musical biopic of the latter, he established himself as an actor to be reckoned with.
He has shared screen space with stars such as Octavia Spencer, Taron Egerton, Keira Knightley, and Carey Mulligan.
Awards & Achievements
Charlie won the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for the role of 'Greg' in the short film 'Disco,' at the ‘Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival’ in the year 2010.
The role of 'Ronnie Winslow’ made him the youngest actor to portray a lead character at 'The Old Vic' theater.
Family & Personal Life
Charlie’s mother, Sara Rowe, is a drama teacher. His father, Chris Rowe, is a writer and actor. He has a younger sister named Matilda Rowe.
One of his aunts, Claire Price, is an actor who is famous for her appearance in the British detective drama 'Rebus.' Andree Evans, his paternal grandmother, was also an actor in her time.
In his first appearance on stage, Charlie Rowe had only one word to utter, "Boo."
He auditioned for the role of ‘Spider-Man’ in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ which eventually went to Tom Holland.
Although he was cast to play the character of 12-year-old ‘Charles Xavier’ in ‘X-Men: First Class,’ Laurence Belcher replaced him, as its shooting schedule clashed with that of ‘Neverland.’
Charlie's fans are called “Rowebots.”