Born in early 1992, British performer Freddie Highmore shot to fame as a child star, via plum roles -- usually leads -- in family-oriented contemporary classics such as the 2004 Finding Neverland (as Peter Llewelyn Davies), Tim Burton's 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (as Charlie Bucket), and the 2006 Arthur and the Invisibles (as Arthur). From time to time, he also essayed child parts in adult-oriented films, such as Ridley Scott's gentle, heartfelt drama A Good Year and the music-themed drama August Rush, which co-starred Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell, and Robin Williams. In 2007, Highmore opted for a unique turn as identical twins in Mark Waters' hotly anticipated, family-oriented fantasy The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008). He voiced Astro Boy in the 2009 movie of the same name, and appeared in the big-screen adaptation of Master Harold…and the Boys the next year.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made his film debut playing Helena Bonham Carter's son in 1999's Women Talking Dirty; played Carter's son again in Tim Burton's 2005 fantasy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and her stepson in the 2010 biopic Toast.
- His real-life father, actor Edward Highmore, portrayed his on-screen father in the 2001 made-for-TV fable Jack and the Beanstalk.
- His agent is his mother, Sue Latimer, whose other clients have included Imelda Staunton and Daniel Radcliffe.
- Won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actor for his performances in 2005's Finding Neverland and 2006's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Graduated from University of Cambridge with Double First-class honours in Spanish and Arabic.
- Is a fan of the soccer team Arsenal F.C.