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Also Known As: Charles Matthew Hunnam, Charles Hunnam Died:
Born: April 9, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, GB Profession: actor, model

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Having emerged from his native England as one of the stars of the controversial series "Queer as Folk," actor Charlie Hunnam established himself as an actor of note in America, tackling a wide variety of roles on more accessible television fare. Decidedly picky about which roles he took - almost to the detriment of his career - Hunnam vehemently avoided making any-old movie for the sake of stardom; instead focusing his attention on quality projects. After a couple of false starts on short-lived series like "Young Americans" (The WB, 2000) and "Undeclared" (2001-02), he found his footing playing the titular character in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002). Over the next few years, Hunnam turned down more work that he took, appearing in small roles in "Cold Mountain" (2003) and "Children of Men" (2006), while tackling a meatier part in the British-made "Green Street Hooligans" (2005). But it was his turn as the troubled Jax Teller on the hit motorcycle drama, "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ), that propelled the reluctant actor into the limelight and brought him the kind of celebrity that he had previously evaded.Born on April 10, 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Having emerged from his native England as one of the stars of the controversial series "Queer as Folk," actor Charlie Hunnam established himself as an actor of note in America, tackling a wide variety of roles on more accessible television fare. Decidedly picky about which roles he took - almost to the detriment of his career - Hunnam vehemently avoided making any-old movie for the sake of stardom; instead focusing his attention on quality projects. After a couple of false starts on short-lived series like "Young Americans" (The WB, 2000) and "Undeclared" (2001-02), he found his footing playing the titular character in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002). Over the next few years, Hunnam turned down more work that he took, appearing in small roles in "Cold Mountain" (2003) and "Children of Men" (2006), while tackling a meatier part in the British-made "Green Street Hooligans" (2005). But it was his turn as the troubled Jax Teller on the hit motorcycle drama, "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ), that propelled the reluctant actor into the limelight and brought him the kind of celebrity that he had previously evaded.

Born on April 10, 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Hunnam was raised the second son of a single mother and who first developed a desire to act at a very young age. Apparently discovered while goofing off inside a shoe store, he had his first taste at 10 years old when he landed a recurring role as a child model on the British drama ironically about teenage bikers, "Byker Grove" (BBC1, 1989-2006). But it would be several more years before Hunnam found himself back in front of a camera. When he was 18, he landed an agent and was cast on another British-made teen series, "Microsoap" (BBC1, 1998-2001), which led to his breakthrough role on the UK version of "Queer as Folk" (Channel 4, 1999-2000). Hunnam brought Nathan from a shy, curious innocent to an increasingly self-aware, even cocky gay man-about-town in the controversial series about homosexual teenage life. He reprised the role in the two-hour sequel, "Queer as Folk 2" (2000). As Nathan, Hunnam played an integral role in the groundbreaking series and became something of a role model for gay youth. The influence of the series was far-reaching enough that he was asked to participate in a parliamentary debate about the discriminatory age of consent laws in Britain.

While "Queer as Folk" went on to be successfully remade for American tastes and broadcast on Showtime, Hunnam made his own U.S. television debut with a recurring role on the short-lived teen drama, "Young Americans" (The WB, 2000). From there, he landed a regular role on the Fox sitcom "Undeclared" (2001-02), a college-set series created by Judd Apatow as a follow-up to his cult classic, "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000). Hunnam played Lloyd, the popular roommate of a nerdy college kid (Jay Baruchel) who tries to show him the ropes on how to score with women. Though not the star of the series, Hunnam's fresh-faced charm and confident swagger lent Lloyd a believable edge, while helping to elevate both the series and his own profile. Meanwhile, he made his first leap to film with a role as a rock singer in the British comedy, "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?" (2001). Hunnam followed with his American film debut in the psychological thriller, "Abandon" (2002), playing the missing boyfriend of a college student (Katie Holmes) whose case is reopened two years later by a police detective (Benjamin Bratt) looking into a series of other missing students.

Hunnam began to break through with American audiences thanks to a starring turn as the titular "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002), a faithful adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel in which he played the resourceful 19th century lad whose comfortable life is upended after the tragic death of his father leaves him penniless and at the mercy of his wicked Uncle Ralph (Christopher Plummer). He made the most of his limited screen time opposite stars Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renée Zellweger in "Cold Mountain" (2003), playing a member of the Home Guard, a group of Civil War marauders who find and kill deserters for cash. In the ultra-violent sports drama, "Green Street Hooligans" (2005), he played a charming, but dangerous English thug who takes an American (Elijah Woods) expelled from Harvard under his wing and teaches him the finer points of football hooliganism. He next made a distinct impression as Patric, the dreadlocked, hot-tempered member of a resistance movement in the dystopian sci-fi thriller, "Children of Men" (2006), starring Clive Owen as a down-and-out former activist who shepherds a pregnant woman (Claire-Hope Ashitey) to safety in a world that has gone infertile.

Hunnam landed the television role of a lifetime on the FX biker drama, "Sons of Anarchy" (2008- ), created by Kurt Sutter. Hunnam played Jax Teller, the vice president of a Hells Angels-like biker gang that sells automatic weapons while keeping the streets of fictional Charming, CA free from drug dealers and real-estate developers. Troubled by the seemingly destructive path of his motorcycle club, Jax constantly butts heads with SAMCRO president, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), who refuses to deviate from his settled ways. Following a relatively quiet first season, "Sons of Anarchy" jumped in the ratings for season two, and became a huge hit for the upstart cable network, while bringing Hunnam the stardom that he had steered clear of. After his major roles in the largely overlooked thrillers "The Ledge" (2011) and "Deadfall" (2012), director Guillermo del Toro enlisted him to suit up as one of the monster-battling heroes of the sci-fi/action epic "Pacific Rim" (2013).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crimson Peak (2015)
2.
 Pacific Rim (2013)
3.
 Deadfall (2012)
4.
 Ledge, The (2011)
5.
 Beast of Bataan (2010)
6.
 Children of Men (2006)
8.
 Cold Mountain (2003) Bosie
9.
 Nicholas Nickleby (2002) Nicholas Nickleby
10.
 Abandon (2002) Embry Larkin
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1998:
Cast in his first role as the child model Jason on the British children's show "Byker Grove" (BBC)
1999:
Appeared on the BBC series "Microsoap"
1999:
Landed breakthrough screen role as 15-year-old Nathan Maloney on the controversial gay-themed British series "Queer as Folk" (Channel 4)
1999:
Made feature acting debut in "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?"
2000:
Reprised role of Nathan in "Queer as Folk 2" (Channel 4)
2000:
Landed recurring role on the short-lived WB drama "Young Americans"
2001:
Appeared on the short-lived Fox comedy "Undeclared" as cocky British drama student Lloyd Haythe
2002:
Featured in the teen thriller "Abandon," written and directed by Stephen Gaghan
2002:
Played title role in Douglas McGrath's feature remake of Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby"
2003:
Cast in small role in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"
2005:
Co-starred with Elijah Wood in "Green Street Hooligans," a film about the underworld of British football hooliganism
2006:
Cast in Alfonso Cuarón's futuristic tale "Children of Men," adapted from P.D. James' novel
2008:
Cast as Jackson 'Jax' Teller, the central character on the FX drama series "Sons of Anarchy"
2011:
Returned to features with a starring role in the drama thriller "The Ledge"
2012:
Cast opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in crime drama "Deadfall"
2013:
Starred in the big-budget action/sci-fi film "Pacific Rim"
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Notes

Hunnam on "Queer as Folk": "From the very beginning I was confident that it was going to be a good show, and I wanted to be a part of it. Maybe for two and a half seconds I entertained the idea that it wasn't such a good idea career-wise, but not many opportunities come up like this, so I just went for it." --quoted in Detour, Spring 2001.

"Good roles are hard to come by, and whether they're a few lines or a lead, you snap'em up when they come along."---Hunnam on why he took such a small role in "Cold Mountain" Interview December 2003

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wife:
Katharine Towne. Actor.

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father-in-law:
Robert Towne. Screenwriter, director.

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