David Lambert is an American actor who is best known for playing ‘Brandon Foster’ in the hit drama series ‘The Fosters.’ Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he traveled quite a lot as a kid. Due to frequent travel, he was mostly homeschooled by his parents. As a child, he was fascinated with performing arts. He also learned to play the electric guitar, the piano, and the trumpet. After starting his acting career with theater, he made his debut on mainstream TV in 2007, with the series ‘Tyler Perry's House of Payne.’ The next year, he made his feature-film debut with the TV film ‘Pretty/Handsome.’ He then focused on TV and appeared in series such as ‘Sons of Tucson’ and ‘Psych.’ He had his big career breakthrough when he earned the role of ‘Jason Landers’ in the science-fiction series ‘Aaron Stone.’ Since 2013, he has been seen as ‘Brandon Foster,’ a starring role in the series ‘The Fosters.’ The series narrates the tale of an average American family. David’s character in the series is the eldest kid in the family.
Childhood & Early Life
David Lambert was born on November 29, 1993, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His father was an American of Irish, English, German, and French descent. His mother is Puerto Rican. His parents married early. David grew up with a sister and a brother.
When he joined kindergarten, he was an introverted child. He would seldom respond to his teachers or talk to his classmates. Observing his nature, his parents decided to homeschool him. In addition, his father’s business assignments took him to different places, and it was very difficult for him to continue changing schools from time to time.
Such was the intensity of his “social awkwardness” that his parents had to take him to a counselor to address his mental issues. Despite being an introvert, he showed great artistic talent since his early days. He played a key role in the stage production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when he was just 3 years old. Apart from that, he also showed significant inclination toward learning music and had a great singing voice as a child.
He learned to play the electric guitar, the piano, and the trumpet and was also deeply engrossed in drama and literature. Being homeschooled for most of his childhood came with a lot of perks for David, such as having enough time to fulfil his artistic thirst of doing stage shows.
His father’s job had the family moving to different places from time to time. As a kid, David lived in Texas, Taiwan, and England. The family finally settled in Georgia, where David began taking his artistic career very seriously.
At the age of 16, his father passed away. This was a major blow to David and his family. Being an emotional person, David took it very hard, and in order to cope with this loss, he started indulging in art more intensely.
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David started his career with professional plays. In his early years, he played a key character in the stage version of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.’ He played ‘Mr. Tumnus’ in the play. He also played the role of ‘Mr. Mayor’ in the ‘Broadway’ musical ‘Seussical.’ He appeared in a few more plays such as ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Little Princess.’
His mom pushed him constantly to follow his dreams. In seventh grade, he attended an open audition. There, he met a local agent, Joy Purvis. Soon, David arrived in Los Angeles along with his mother and started auditioning for film and TV roles.
In 2007, David made his acting debut when he appeared in a small role in the series ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.’ He played the role of ‘Jalen’ in the fifteenth episode of the second season of the highly acclaimed series. The next year, he appeared in a guest role in an episode of the detective comedy-drama series ‘Psych.’ Although his early roles were small, his acting talent could not have been ignored. He had no dearth of good roles in his early acting career.
In 2008, David starred as the younger version of the lead character, ‘Bob Fitzpayne,’ in the TV movie ‘Pretty/Handsome.’ It was supposed to be a series but did not get picked up by ‘FX’ and was eventually aired as a TV film.
In 2009, David got a major career breakthrough when he was selected to portray ‘Jason Landers/Terminus Mag’ in the science-fiction adventure series ‘Aaron Stone.’ The series featured him as a gamer with social anxiety. He received immense accolades for his performance. The show was a critical and commercial success and brought David the much-needed industry exposure.
David then portrayed ‘Danny “Goose” Gustavo’ in the ‘Disney’ TV film ‘Den Brother,’ which was a critical and commercial success. In 2012, he featured in the acclaimed ‘Hallmark Hall of Fame’ TV film ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon.’ The film featured him as ‘Steve Bennett,’ a young boy suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome. The same year, he appeared as ‘Jason Lennox’ in an episode of the crime-drama series ‘Longmire.’
In 2013, he was cast to play one of the lead roles in the ‘ABC’ family drama ‘The Fosters.’ The series followed the life of the Fosters family, and David played the eldest son, ‘Brandon Foster.’ The series was praised by critics for its portrayal of an average American family and for its sensitive take on LGBT issues. The series became one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed series of the decade, and David’s performance as a talented young musician invited a lot of praises.
In 2013, David made his big-screen debut with the film ‘The Lifeguard,’ in which he played a teen named ‘Jason’ who makes an older woman fall in love with him. The film was poorly received by both audiences and critics.
David Lambert has been dating actor Kaya Rosenthal since 2015. He made his relationship public on social media. There have been unconfirmed rumors about him having dated his ‘The Fosters’ co-star Maia Mitchell.
David has a brother and a sister, and he is close to both of them.