Charlie Hunnam – IMDb
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born on April 10, 1980 in Newcastle, England, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearance in popular TV series Байкер-гроув (1989).
He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Близкие друзья (1999). Independent movies, television series and auditions for such blockbusters as Звёздные войны.
Эпизод 2: Атака клонов (2002) followed, but it wasn't until 2002 that Charlie started to attract international attention, when he supported Katie Holmes in the suspense thriller Покинутый (2002).
His first lead role in a film was in Николас Никлби (2002). After which, he played a pivotal character in the strongly cast, adapted drama Холодная гора (2003). This was Charlie's first part that he has named in his “trilogy of mad men.” The two that followed were in Green Street Hooligans and Children of Men.
Charlie's role in Green Street Hooligans caught the eye of Kurt Sutter, who chose him to play the protagonist in his TV show Sons of Anarchy. The series about an outlaw motorcycle club became FX's most popular show ever and a critical success.
Following his fame on American TV, Charlie had his first starring part in a film that was a commercial success, Pacific Rim.
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|Katharine Towne||(25 July 1999 – 2002) ( divorced)|
Often plays tough-guy antiheroes or psychopaths
Currently living in the USA (2004)
Is the second oldest of four boys.
Favorite actors are Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn
Divides his time between Los Angeles and London.
Was going to play the “stoner” in the small independent film Anderson's Cross (2010) alongside former Неопределившиеся (2001) co star Samm Levine and good friend Jerome Elston Scott, but couldn't because of scheduling conflicts. Director Jerome cut the part the script completely saying “No one replaces Charlie Hunnam”.
Auditioned for the lead role in Тор (2011).
Was cast as Christian Grey in Пятьдесят оттенков серого (2015) but three weeks before the start of the shooting he chose to drop out the film due personal reasons and his busy schedule with Сыны анархии (2008).
In between season 3 and 4 of Sons of Anarchy. New movie The Ledge was bought by IFC Films [January 2011]
Now in second season playing the role of “Jax” in 'Sons of Anarchy' American television FX channel. [December 2009]
He is of English, 1/8th Irish, and some Scottish descent.
Partner Morgana McNelis (2005-present), is a Los Angeles-based jewelry & costume designer (“Maison de Morgana”). The couple live on a California ranch with 2 donkeys, 30 chickens and enjoy organic farming.
Does not participate in social media. 
Is a germaphobe insofar as other humans are concerned, but is unfazed by the 'dirt' of the natural environment when he's camping or trekking, for example.
Germaphobe that he is, Charlie detests having to do kissing scenes on film but has no problem kissing his longtime girlfriend Morgana.
Discovered on Christmas Eve in the shoe department of a JD Sports store in his hometown by a production manager from the TV series Байкер-гроув (1989). After Charlie had impishly flirted with the woman, she asked him to audition for the series where he landed a supporting role.
When some films do not pay as well and you have a mortgage to pay and you are on an economy drive eating eggs and beans, and you are offered a million dollar role and you turn it down, as it is not right.
I want to be doing this when I am 60 and getting the big paying roles then so I have to pick the parts that are right for the long term rather than take the money now.
[on being picky choosing roles]
I always think it's better to take a smaller role in a great film rather than a leading role in something that you don't have complete faith in.
“This is kind of my trilogy of madmen. I played the psycho in Холодная гора (2003), my character in Хулиганы (2005) (aka Green Street) is fairly psychotic and now I've got this role”. On his role in Дитя человеческое (2006).
Well, I have a great deal of pride, and I care infinitely about what my peers think [about me].
It could be my downfall, but I don't think it is – Hollywood is run on perception, and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career, it's suicide.
I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career.
When I’m between jobs, I need to work out a lot for my sanity. If I weren't an actor, I'd be the fittest motherfucker on the block.
[on whether he left Fifty Shades of Grey due to the explicit sex scenes] I was excited about that element of it. The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece. You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career.
I starred in the British Channel 4 miniseries Queer as Folk, where I played a young, gay character, and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. When I was 18, I was getting fucked in the ass, completely naked, on national TV, y'know? So now that I am 16 years older and more mature, I don't anticipate [sex scenes] being too much of a problem.
It's an exciting challenge.
[on full frontal nudity] The level of nudity that I do now, which is taking my shirt off, doesn't bother me at all. But I have done full frontal before. I did full frontal when I was 18 on the TV show Queer as Folk.
But because I was playing a 15-year-old character, the censorship people wouldn't allow us to put it on TV. I'm sure I would [be willing to do full frontal even now]. I'll never use a body double. I'm not worried.
I have nothing to hide.
[joking about all the shirtless pictures of him online] I am tired of seeing shirtless pictures of myself too! Actually, It started in a very honorable way for me. I am naturally skinny. But I keep getting hired to play these heroic guys.
on Sons of Anarchy for the entire 7 years, I was 20 pounds heavier than where my body naturally wants to be at. So it takes an enormous amount of time and energy to get big and strong that. And really I was acting with a bunch of big motherfuckers so psychologically, I wanted to feel I could hold my own.
But the by product of that is that I look a gym dude. Which was never my intention! And anytime I see a picture of myself all shirtless and six-packed out I think what a twat, what a ego driven dickhead.
And then something King Arthur comes along and you can't be a chubby King Arthur, that's not the way to go. So all my gymming, it's for the profession.
I got really big, bigger than I've ever been for King Arthur. I got to 190 pounds!
[about maintaining his physical shape all the time] Thanks for noticing my physique.
Unfortunately there is no secret to it, you just have to stop eating all of the things you want to eat and exercise everyday till you have lost the will to lift. I am sick of it.
I am telling you, I am giving serious consideration to hanging up my six-pack! I think I am retiring. I'm 36 now, I'm too old for this!
[on his performance in The Lost City of Z] I did the best work of my career so far in The Lost City of Z.
[on whether being a sex symbol is limiting] It's both collateral damage and a huge opportunity. It's a visual medium, and it makes it a lot easier to get roles if you're easier on the eyes. But the reality is you get on set and every scene is a challenge to make work.
[on how he perceives life] I struggled through my childhood as a bit of a weird, existential kid. I was constantly preoccupied with trying to understand what it all meant. I've just grown up into a weird, existential adult.
[on how he created the look for King Arthur] I was very very skinny at the end of shooting Sons of Anarchy which I was shooting right before I came to do King Arthur. I had 8 weeks or something that to put on as much weight as I can. I have a very responsive body as I have been losing weight and putting it back on many times so the body remembers how to do that.
But for this, I wanted to push it further and get into even better shape than I had ever been. We talked about the physicality of Arthur early on and we wanted him to feel a starving wolf. So I didn't want to get swollen up, I wanted to be really really ripped and have very little body fat.
So it required a really disciplined diet and lots and lots and lots of push-ups and pull ups.
[on whether he minds taking off his shirt for film roles] I don't actively try to be shirtless. During “Sons of Anarchy”, a pattern emerged that I had to be shirtless at some points during the series. Often it was explicitly stated in the script. Film and television are visual media.
And looking attractive is definitely an asset in the industry. So I can't rebel too much. It is a competition and if I have a small advantage over others, I am certainly going to use it. It is superficial to see me only as a six pack of abs. But fuck it, I'm an actor.
What is good enough for Brad Pitt is good enough for me too!
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After King Arthur Flops, What Does Charlie Hunnam Do Now?
Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur. Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson/Vulture
Who is Charlie Hunnam?
There are two ways of asking this question. One, you might literally not know who Charlie Hunnam is, in which case, if he and Hollywood get their way, you should know the answer by the end of the month, since he’ll have just starred in two movies in wide release: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z.
The other sense of the question is a little more complicated. Apart from a role in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, these two movies are Hunnam’s biggest parts since Sons of Anarchy wrapped up in 2014, and they hint at two interesting paths forward for the actor.
In Z, Hunnam gives a nuanced and immersive performance for a visionary director that required him to spend months in the jungle, cut off from his the world and his loved ones. In King Arthur, he plays the lead in a studio tentpole, kicking ass and cracking wise, trying to appeal to audiences here and overseas as the kind of larger-than-life hero we’ve grown used to on the big screen.
Both are legitimate careers for an actor in 2017. But can Hunnam do both? And if not, which direction should he take going forward?
For Ritchie, the answer’s simple. In King Arthur, which should not be confused with the Clive Owen–Antoine Fuqua version that came out in 2004, Hunnam gets two shirtless scenes before he has a line of dialogue.
In one, the camera lingers on the muscles of his back with remarkable interest and intensity; it’s the kind of worshipful shot reserved for gigantic movie stars.
In fact, apart from skyscraper-sized elephants, zoom lenses, and Jude Law’s face, the actor’s screen presence is the foundation of Ritchie’s film, the engine that makes the whole thing go.
Hunnam, of course, made his name with Sons of Anarchy, in which the English actor played an American biker for 92 episodes over seven years. In the era of prestige TV, that’s not a bad way to make your name, and it landed Hunnam at #69 on Vulture’s 2015 Most Valuable Stars list.
But King Arthur is really his first attempt to capitalize on that show. And on paper, it looks good: While Ritchie’s last film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
, underperformed at the box office, it’s developed a cult following since its release, and the director has a long track record of showing actors Jason Statham and Robert Downey Jr. in their best light.
But the film also shows the dangers of movie stardom in the IP-heavy, tentpole world.
This Arthur’s motivations are stock stuff, of the unwilling-hero, dead-parents variety; instead of getting to drive the story forward, he mostly responds to the provocations of Law’s villain and the encouragement of the rebels who adopt him.
And there’s a strange, optimistic assumption that audiences know and love the character of Arthur and the world he inhabits in the same way that we’re familiar with, say, Captain America or Batman. If you don’t have a solid grounding in Britannic myth, you might find yourself wondering what the hell’s going on.
As a result of these issues, Hunnam doesn’t have much to do. He gets to mean-mug his way through some CGI-heavy fight scenes, and he handles the medieval version of Ritchie’s trademark patter with aplomb, but he never really interacts with any other characters.
If Hunnam manages to rise above the material in any way, it’s in his rangy physicality, which resembles a boxer’s more than the linebacker-size of American tastes, and his wit, which is on display even underneath the heavy blockbuster-with-a-capital-B trappings.
All of this is to say that Hunnam doesn’t deserve the blame for King Arthur’s almost certain bombing, which, considering its $175 million price tag, was ly even before it started tracking for a $25 million opening. (For comparison, even The Legend of Tarzan managed $38.5 million last year.
) I can’t think of an already-minted A-lister who would’ve fared better in the role; just last year, Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed and Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven proved there are some movies even a star’s charm can’t save.
For Hunnam to attain the kind of career those men enjoy, he’ll need to find a role that expands his appeal to women, a demographic that, even in the best case scenario for King Arthur, he still won’t have quite reached.
Had it turned out better, Crimson Peak might’ve helped with that; his co-star in that film, Tom Hiddleston, is an interesting example of an actor whose path Hunnam could emulate if he found the right Loki-style part. And who knows what would have happened to Hunnam’s career had he stayed in the part of Christian Grey in 50 Shades instead of handing it over to Jamie Dornan.
Even as Arthur looks to skid, however, Hunnam just made huge strides, but in a very different type of movie.
The Lost City of Z is one of the year’s best films, and it’s in no small part thanks to Hunnam’s revelatory portrayal of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer whose obsession with a city he believes exists deep within the heart of the Amazonian jungles eventually leads him to his doom.
In Z, Hunnam takes on the role of a buttoned-up aristocrat trying to make up for the shame brought to his family by his father; at the same time, he gradually neglects, and then condemns, his own family. Hunnam nails both Fawcett’s mannered stoicism and his strange, visionary charisma.
It’s a subtle role, and in the hands of too showy or ostentatious an actor, it could’ve become confused or absurd, but Hunnam keeps the character grounded as he slides further and further off the grid.
Taken together, Z and King Arthur present an interesting dilemma. It’s easy to watch Hunnam in Z and see a versatile actor with leading-man abilities, and it’s easy to watch him in King Arthur and wonder what the most natural fit for him would be in the mainstream studio circuit. It’s a problem that many actors face now.
Some, Jake Gyllenhaal, have made their home in prestige and independent film after flirtations with blockbuster stardom; some, Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe, have done the same after making their careers in that sphere; and others, Fassbender, Hiddleston, and Chris Pine, who turned in a hugely impressive performance in last year’s Hell or High Water, are trying to find that balance.
When I talked to Hunnam shortly before the release of Z, he seemed he’d put a great deal of thought into the kind of performer he hoped to be. When I asked what fellow actor’s career he’d to have, he knew his answer immediately.
“I am by no means comparing myself to him, but I take great inspiration from Daniel Day-Lewis, as every actor does.
I’ve really studied his career: There was a time in my life where I actually sat down and watched every one of his films in chronological order over the course of a week,” Hunnam said, vaping.
“I’ve really studied his career, and been so impressed consistently with his integrity — how singular he is in being a pure actor, and not falling into any of the trappings of celebrity or fame or anything that.”
“It’s funny: I was both intimidated and overjoyed at the opportunity to play [Percy Fawcett],” he continued. “But as I read the script for the first time, I found myself thinking, Well, I’m glad that I’ve been given this opportunity, but they probably should’ve offered this to Daniel Day-Lewis.”
Were Day-Lewis to come of age now, even he would be debating whether to headline blockbusters. With Z, Hunnam proved that he had chops; now, it’s up to Hollywood to figure out how to put him to good use.
After King Arthur Flops, What Does Charlie Hunnam Do Now?
Charlie Hunnam on His Calvin Klein Campaign, Leaving Sons of Anarchy, and His Next Not-So-Big Role
Do you remember the first cologne you wore?
I've only worn three colognes in my life—actually, four now, with Reveal. And now three of them have been Calvin Klein, so it did seem sort of fated that it would be Calvin Klein reaching out to me. Anyway, my dad had a big selection of colognes.
He never owned a pair of jeans in his life; he was impeccably dressed—unfortunately, I didn't inherit that trait—but he did wear a lot of colognes. I didn't live with him, but when I used to go and stay with him, I used to love going to his bedroom and having a little spray.
But an idiot kid, I would probably put on three different colognes at the same time, which is not really recommended.
The smell of my teenage years and the one I absolutely loved was CK One. It's a bit too young for me now, though I still really love the way it smells.
My mom, on a nostalgia kick a couple years ago, got me a bottle of CK One for Christmas, and I had a little phase where I rekindled it, but it's so personal, scent.
I don't think so much that the scent itself is young, I just think that I wore it while I was young, so it sort of had that association for me, you know?
Has Sons of Anarchy influenced your personal style at all? How did you deal with the end of the show?
I pretty much wore nothing but plaid shirts for the last seven years, and then as soon as I finished, I just felt compelled have a massive spring cleaning. I just went through and got rid of everything.
I put everything I had into that show. I lived it as much as I could. I never got in a car the whole seven years. I was only on my bike and rolling around with a bunch of real bikers and occasionally acting a maniac.
Finishing the show felt a real celebration—we finished at the right time.
The tendency when something's generating a shitload of money is to keep on doing it, beyond where it's reached its natural conclusion, and I was so happy that everyone had the discipline and the integrity to not do that with Sons.
But saying good-bye to the character was a motherfucker. As stupid as it sounds, it really felt a genuine bereavement, because he was this guy that I loved and hung out with constantly for seven years. It was a lot tears for, , two or three weeks, every time I thought about it. Then one day, I woke up and was , “Okay, it's time to move on. RIP, Jax Teller.”
Tell us a bit about your second Guillermo del Toro project, Crimson Peak—what can we expect?
It's beautiful, it's him absolutely in his wheelhouse. It's a classic Gothic romance set against a backdrop of this very rural house in the middle of nowhere.
Everybody did a great job, Jessica [Chastain] absolutely killed it, she's wonderful in the film. I think it's one of Guillermo's best films, if not maybe his best film.
I'm actually not really in it that much, it's really Mia Wasikowska, Jessica, and Tom Hiddleston's film, and when I'm in it, it's significant, but I really just did it because I love Guillermo and wanted to work with him again. If it had been anybody else, I probably wouldn't have taken the role.
I had to turn down a lot other stuff to be free to do that. People were , “What the fuck are you doing?” but I'm doing exactly what I damn well please. That's my answer.
—Details assistant editor Jon Roth
Charlie Hunnam Trivia
Charlie Hunnam is an English actor, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role at Sons of Anarchy series. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.Charlie Hunnam is born 10 April 1980.
2. Charlie Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
3. He is the son of William “Billy” Hunnam (1952–2013), a gangster and scrap metal merchant, and Jane (Bell) Hunnam, a business owner.
4. His maternal grandmother was the premier portrait artist in Newcastle.
5. Charlie Hunnam was the second child born after brother William “Billy”; he has two younger half-brothers, Oliver and Christian, on his mother’s side.
6. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria when he was twelve, as his mother remarried.
7. He went to Heaton Manor School in Newcastle.
8. After moving, he went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria.
9. He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.
10. At the age of 17, Hunnam was discovered in a shoe shop on Christmas Eve while drunkenly clowning around buying shoes for his brother. A production manager for the Newcastle-based children’s show Byker Grove approached him and Hunnam was later cast in his first role as Jason in three episodes of the show.
11. Aged 18, his first major role came when he was cast by Russell T Davies as fifteen-year-old schoolboy Nathan Maloney in Davies’ Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk.
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12. He followed this up with his role as Daz in the film Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999) and then moved to Los Angeles.
13. His career expanded to include a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB series Young Americans.
14. He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe. Despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after one season.
15. Charlie Hunnam then appeared on the large screen in Abandon (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003).
16. Charlie Hunnam says his role Patric, a member of “The Fishes”, in Children of Men (2006), was the final part in his “trilogy of mad men”. “I played the psycho in Cold Mountain, my character in Green Street is fairly psychotic and now I’ve got this role.”
17. From 2008 to 2014, Hunnam starred as Jackson “Jax” Teller in Sons of Anarchy, a show about a prominent motorcycle club in a small fictional California town. Hunnam was cast after Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, saw him in Green Street.
18. His portrayal as Jax Teller has led Hunnam to receive a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination, three EWwy Award nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Drama series, and a PAAFTJ Award nomination for Best Cast in a Drama Series.
19. In 2011, Hunnam played the role of Gavin Nichols in the philosophical drama/thriller The Ledge by Matthew Chapman.
20. In 2012, he starred as the title character in the indie comedy 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom alongside, among others, his Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman.
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21. Charlie Hunnam said that he considered the day that he filmed scenes with Perlman for that film the best and funniest day of filming he’s ever had in his whole career.
22. He also appeared as Jay, an ex-boxer, in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s crime drama Deadfall (2012).
23. Charlie Hunnam starred as Raleigh Becket in Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi film Pacific Rim, that opened in July 2013 and grossed $411 million worldwide. It was announced on 2 September 2013 that Hunnam would play the lead role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
24. However, on 12 October 2013, Universal Pictures announced that Hunnam had withdrawn from the film due to conflicts with the schedule of his series Sons of Anarchy.
25. On 2 June 2014, Hunnam was awarded a Huading Award for Best Global Emerging Actor, for his role as Raleigh in Pacific Rim, due to the film doing very well in the Asian markets.
26. Charlie Hunnam reunited with del Toro in the horror film Crimson Peak, alongside Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain. The film began shooting in February 2014, and was released on 16 October 2015.
27. In an 3 October 2014 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hunnam confirmed his involvement in both Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur and romantic-survival film, The Mountain Between Us.
28. The filming of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword took place between March 2015 – July 2015 and was originally scheduled to be released on 22 July 2016 but Warner Bros. moved the release date to 24 March 2017.
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29. Immediately prior to getting cast on Sons of Anarchy, he sold his screenplay Vlad to Summit Entertainment with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Studios co-producing.
30. The film is being directed by music video director and photographer Anthony Mandler, and will focus on the real-life story of Vlad the Impaler. Hunnam learned the story from locals in Romania, while shooting Cold Mountain.
31. He stated that he had not acted in 18 months and was so broke that if he had not managed to sell the script he would have had to sell his house and move back to Britain to live with his mother.
32. Charlie Hunnam is also developing a screenplay a 2011 Rolling Stone article that he optioned about Edgar Valdez Villareal, an American drug lord who ran one of the biggest cartels in Mexico.
33. Another project he has in development is a film about gypsy culture in Britain, which he hopes to direct.
34. He stated that it’s “a part of English society that’s really seldom been explored, but is one of the most colourful and interesting parts of British society.
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35. Charlie Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson’s Creek.
36. After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. The couple divorced in 2002.
37. He has been dating artist Morgana McNelis since 2005.
38. His height is 1,85m.