Gavin Leatherwood is an American actor, singer, and musician best known for playing the role of Nicholas Scratch in Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’. The role has turned him into a Hollywood heartthrob overnight. He is also a stage actor and has performed in plays, such as ‘All My Sons’ and ‘Peter Pan’. Some of Gavin’s best-known TV roles are in series like ‘NCIS’, ‘Grown-ish’, and ‘Wicked Enigma’ to name a few. In spite of his newfound success, he remains humble because of the struggles he faced, early in his career. However, his fame has also turned him into a social media influencer, especially on Instagram. He has gained a following of millions in a few months, since the premiere of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’. Particularly famous on Instagram are his shirtless photos, selfies, singing & guitar playing clips, and his bromance with co-star Ross Lynch.
Rise to Stardom
Gavin Leatherwood’s evolution as an actor started at a very early age. He was interested in acting and made his official on-stage debut with Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ at the age of six. He then went on tour across the USA performing in ‘Peter Pan’ in 2005. He also started auditioning for roles, but found it hard to land anything major. When he was eighteen, his family moved to Oregon. It was around this time that Gavin Leatherwood found himself struggling to have a clear vision about his future. He was working at ‘Urban Outfitters’ and not getting many acting opportunities. So he decided to move to New York for seven months. He failed to land any acting gigs but had a chance meeting with an actor, who had been booked on a TV show. This gave him the stimulus he needed to start auditioning for TV shows.
He was, however forced to return to Oregon to save some money. But once he had enough, he moved to Los Angeles. It was a very harrowing time for the budding actor. He was sharing a three bedroom apartment with five other people, traveling to auditions, and doing odd jobs to make ends meet. However, his resilience and hard work paid off. He landed his first TV role in the popular crime drama ‘NCIS’ in 2017. Gavin Leatherwood made his on-screen TV debut in the episode ‘Pandora’s Box, Part 1’ playing Dezic’s son. This opened the door to more opportunities. He next appeared in the short ‘John John Goes Viral’ and also made his TV-movie debut in ‘Beverly Grove’ (2017).
In 2018, he was first seen in an episode of ‘Time Being’. Then he made a critically acclaimed appearance as Pete in the episode ‘Un-Break My Heart’ of the sitcom ‘Grown-ish’ (2018). He also played the recurring role of Byrce in the series ‘My Dead Ex’. He then made his official movie debut in the indie film ‘#WhenTodayEnds’ (2018).
2018 turned out to be a breakthrough year for the upcoming actor. He went to audition for the role of Harvey Kinkle in Netflix’s reboot of the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (2018 – present). But Gavin Leatherwood decided to read for the part of Nicholas Scratch as the role’s darkness appealed to him. The audition was a resounding success. He started appearing as a recurring character in season one before being upgraded to season regular in season 2. He also portrayed Nick in the short ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Pt 2 - Under Kiernan Shipka's Spell’ (2019).
Gavin Leatherwood’s turn as the warlock Nick Scratch in the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ turned him into an overnight sensation. In 2019, he appeared in the short ‘Washington and Vine’ before landing the recurring role of Jason in the series ‘Wicked Enigma’. He is also playing Matt in the short film ‘When We Were Young’. The extent of his fame is clearly visible on his social media accounts. He went from having 1100 followers on his Instagram to more than 1.8 million in a few months.
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Family & Personal Life
Gavin Leatherwood was born on June 8, 1994, in Maui, Hawaii. He grew up in California, USA, and later moved to Oregon. His father’s name is Tom Leatherwood and his mother is Jill Rigby Baltzer. They are divorced and Jill is married to David Baltzer. Gavin has one sister named Chloe Leatherwood and a half-sister named Sophia Baltzer. Despite dating rumors, Gavin Leatherwood has admitted to being single.