Feb. 14th, 1992
Camden, London, England, UK
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Alfred Thomas Highmore, known professionally as Freddie Highmore, is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland, Five Children and It, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Arthur and the Invisibles, August Rush, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and The Art of Getting By. He currently stars as Norman Bates in the A&E series Bates Motel.
Highmore was born into a show business family. His mother, Sue Latimer, is a talent agent whose clients include actors 'Daniel Radcliffe' and 'Imelda Staunton', and his father, 'Edward Highmore', is an actor. He has a younger brother named Albert ("Bertie"), born in 1995. Highmore's home is in Highgate, an area of North London. Highmore was educated at a primary school in Hampstead Garden Suburb in Hampstead in North London, and at Highgate School, an independent school in Highgate, followed by Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge, where he studies Spanish and Arabic.
Highmore began with small roles on TV at the age of 7. He made his acting debut in Women Talking Dirty in 1999, playing the son of a woman, played by actress 'Helena Bonham Carter', who was recently estranged from her commitment-phobic French lover. In 2001, Highmore played a young King Arthur in the made-for-TV miniseries, The Mists of Avalon, a revisionist take on the Arthurian legends that depicted the women of Camelot as the real power behind the throne. In 2001 in another television miniseries, Happy Birthday Shakespeare, he played the son of a tour bus driver, played by actor 'Neil Morrissey' who dreams of moving his family to Stratford-upon-Avon, while his mum, actress 'Dervla Kirwan' gets sick and tired of her husband's money making schemes.
In two films Highmore played with members of his family. His brother Bertie played his brother in Women Talking Dirty. Also his father Edward played the father in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story. He returned to the big screen for the family-friendly adventure, Two Brothers in 2004. Highmore played the son of a French administrator who refuses to believe that his new pal, a tiger cub, might be dangerous after having tasted blood. He also had a major part alongside Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard in the straight-to-video fantasy, Five Children and It in 2004.
In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as troubled Peter Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland. Highmore received several nominations and awards for the role, including a Broadcast Film Critics' Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2005, he played the part of the hard-working Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (adapted from the book by Roald Dahl). He was reportedly recommended for the role by the film's star 'Johnny Depp', who starred in Finding Neverland and was impressed by the young actor's performance.
Highmore next appeared as the title character in August Rush with' Keri Russell', 'Jonathan Rhys Meyers' and 'Robin Williams'. The story is about a musical prodigy and his journey to find his parents after they are separated at his birth. This film received a wide release on November 21, 2007.
He starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the popular children's stories, released in the United States in February 2008. He played American twins Simon and Jared Grace, alongside 'Sarah Bolger' as their sister Mallory Grace. He took the main role in Toast, a BBC autobiographical film about Nigel Slater, the chef, which was shown on Thursday, 30 December 2010. He also starred alongside 'Emma Roberts' in 2011's romantic comedy The Art of Getting By.
In 2012, it was announced he was to play the role of Norman Bates in the series Bates Motel, a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, which restarts the storyline in the present day. This television series debuted March 18, 2013.