Versatile film and television actor Ed Westwick established his footing on the small screen with roles in Doctors and Casualty before making an impressive leap to the big screen with a small role in director Alfonso Cuarón's critically acclaimed sci-fi feature Children of Men in 2006. Immediately thereafter, the rising star worked with Oscar-nominated director Anthony Minghella on the romantic drama Breaking and Entering, followed by a part in the television series Afterlife. It was on American television, however, that Westwick found his breakthrough role, playing filthy-rich bad boy Chuck Bass on the hit CW teen drama series Gossip Girl, which premiered in 2007. He continued to act in films as well, appearing in a supporting part in director Garth Jennings' acclaimed coming-of-age drama Son of Rambow -- a low-budget indie that sparked a heated bidding war in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival. He also found time to front the U.K. rock band the Filthy Youth. He appeared in S. Darko, the ill-fated sequel to Donnie Darko in 2009, and he scored a small part as Agent Smith in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- Trained at the National Youth Theatre in London; became a member at the age of 16.
- Appeared with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in 2006's Children of Men.
- Was in an indie rock band called the Filthy Youth.
- Starred in the Sundance Film Festival favorite Son of Rambow (2007).
- Became roommates with costar Chace Crawford during the filming of their CW series Gossip Girl, which premiered in 2007.
- Served as spokesmodel for the footwear company K-Swiss.
- Enjoys gardening.