Childhood & Early Life
Robbie Kay was born Robert Andrew Kay, on September 13, 1995, in Lymington, Hampshire, England, to Ivan and Stephanie Kay. With no interest in acting or the entertainment industry, Robbie was just another average middle-class kid, attending school and spending time with his friends. He grew up with two older sisters: Camilla and Fiona.
He moved to Belgium with his family when he was little. His family then moved to Prague, the Czech Republic, for work. He attended the ‘International School of Prague.’ At the age of 9, he saw a notice board in his school that announced a casting call for the film ‘The Illusionist.’
He had no prior experience in acting and had only done a few school plays till then. However, as many of his friends were going to try their luck, Robbie went ahead, too. Fortunately, he was selected to play a small role.
While playing his role and visiting the film sets for a few days, he eventually got mesmerized by the entire process. Although his role was deleted from the film, the experience gave Robbie the desired push to try his luck in the domain of acting.
His parents’ support also helped him. After playing a few more small roles in films and TV series, Robbie decided to attend acting classes to hone his skills. He enrolled into acting, dancing, and singing classes at Britain’s ‘Stagecoach Theatre’ school.
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Robbie made his acting debut in 2007, with a small role in the film titled ‘Hannibal Rising.’ He played ‘Robert Kay’ in the film. Although the film was a critical failure, it was a commercial success.
The same year, he appeared in the supporting role of ‘Arthur Relp’ in the biographical TV film ‘My Boy Jack.’ The film was a huge critical success and earned many awards, including the ‘Silver Magnolia Award’ for the ‘Best Television Film’ at the 14th ‘Shanghai Television Festival.’
Robbie then portrayed the biggest role of his career. He appeared as the younger version of the lead character ‘Jakob’ in the Canadian film ‘Fugitive Pieces.’ The critically acclaimed film premiered at the ‘Toronto International Film Festival.’
The critically acclaimed performances early in his career helped Robbie strengthen his career a young actor. This impacted his TV career, and he was soon selected to play the titular role in the 2008 fantasy–drama miniseries ‘Pinocchio.’ The miniseries was based on the novel ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’. It was an average critical and commercial success.
He continued his film career in 2008, with a voice role in the horror–drama titled ‘Bathory’ and then appeared in the black comedy titled ‘In Bruges.’ However, his scenes were cut from the latter film.
In 2010, he appeared in the British musical drama ‘Made in Dagenham,’ which featured him in the supporting role of ‘Graham.’ The film was a huge critical and commercial success, winning four nominations at the ‘British Academy Film Awards.’
The same year, he appeared in a lead role in the drama film ‘Ways to Live Forever.’ The independent film was screened at several film festivals and was a moderate box-office success.
In 2011, Robbie got a big break. He appeared in the biggest film of the year, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ playing a cabin boy. Although his role was small, he received great exposure to the industry. The huge international success of the film also helped him move ahead in his career.
He then made an appearance in the American fantasy–drama TV series titled ‘Once Upon a Time,’ as ‘Peter Pan.’ He played his role in 11 episodes of the third season, three episodes of the fifth season, and a single episode of the seventh season. Robbie received a lot of appreciation for his performance, including a nomination for the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice TV: Villain’ in 2014.
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In 2015, he received a huge break when he was signed to play the lead role of ‘Tommy Clark/ Nathan Bennet’ in the 13-episode miniseries titled ‘Heroes Reborn.’ However, the series received negative reviews, following which it was announced that it would not be renewed for a second season.
After taking a 4-year break from films, Robbie made a comeback with ‘Flight World War II’ in 2015. The direct-to-video film featured him as ‘Nigel Sheffield.’ He then appeared in a key role in the horror–drama ‘Cold Moon’ in 2016, playing ‘Ben Redfield.’
In 2017, Robbie starred in the romantic comedy ‘No Postage Necessary.’ The film received mixed reviews, with people praising the performances.
In 2018, he appeared in a lead role in the comedy–horror ‘Blood Fest.’ He played ‘Dax Conway’ in the film. The movie was a critical and commercial success. The same year, he appeared in a lead role in the independent film titled ‘Locating Silver Lake.’
In the more recent years, he has made limited appearances on TV. He has mostly been seen playing guest roles in series such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ and ‘The Rookie.’
Family & Personal Life
Robbie Kay has been dating actor Kerry Hennessy since 2016.
He had an accident when he was 5 years old, which resulted in a bloodshot eye. However, it did not affect his eyesight.
Robbie has an extreme phobia of heights and roller coasters.
Robbie was not a fan of the series ‘Once upon a Time’ before he was cast as ‘Peter Pan.'