Charles Matthew Hunnam was born on April 10th 1980 in Newcastle, England. He is the second oldest of four boys. At the age of eleven he was discovered while clowning around in a shoe shop by a production manager for the British children’s show Byker Grove. Charlie was later cast in his first role as Jason for three episodes in August of 1991. At age eighteen, Charlie appeared in many roles including being cast as Brad in the Microsoap television series, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? as Daz and then later as Wes in My Wonderful Life. All of which came before he was cast in his first major role, one of which was a controversial one as Nathan Maloney, a fifteen year old schoolboy on the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk in 1999. He then made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles.
His career continued to expand when he landed a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB television network series Young Americans in 2000. He then went on to star in the short-lived FOX series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe in 2001, which despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after only one season. Following his run of guest appearances on television series’ he later moved onto films, where he first appeared in the film Abandon along side Katie Holmes, before being cast as Nicholas Nickleby in the big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel alongside Anne Hathaway and Jamie Bell, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture. Both films debuting in the year 2002. In 2003 he was cast as Bosie in the American Civil War love story Cold Mountian, based on the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renée Zellweger. He then made his return to the United Kingdom in 2005 to take the lead role as Pete Dunham in Green Street Hooligans where he took on the difficult task of delivering a Cockney accent which earned many jeers from movie critics.
In 2006 he appeared in the film Children of Men as the character of Patric, a member of The Fishes. In 2008, Charlie then went on to land the role that has, if above all else gained him the most reconigition among fans, as Jackson Teller, better known as simply Jax Teller on the original FX Network television series Sons of Anarchy centered around a thirty year old biker struggling to find balance between being a good father and husband while dealing with the violence and chaos that comes from his involvement in a motorcycle club. The show was created by Kurt Sutter which also stars Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Tommy Flanagan and Kim Coates. The show is currently in its fifth season, as both ratings and viewership continue to increase with each passing season.
Following his growing popularity after being cast as Jax Teller, Charlie went on to land the role of Gavin Nichols in the thiller The Ledge with Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard in 2011. While in 2012 he was cast in the indie film 3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom as Frank Bartlett, a comedy about two brothers and a sex tape starring alongside Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth and Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman. He later went on to star in the film Deadfall, a thriller starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson. In 2013 he is set to appear as Raleigh Antrobus in the much talked about Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim which is slated for a Summer release where Charlie stars alongside Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi and once more with his Sons of Anarchy co-star Ron Perlman, who have both been quoted to have said, albeit in a joking manner, that they are sick of one another when asked why they continue to star in projects together outside of Sons. All the films he has starred in and will star in since 2008 have all been filmed during Charlie’s personal downtime when he isn’t filming Sons of Anarchy.
In addition to his acting talents, Charlie completed his first screenplay entitled VLAD. This project is set up at Summit Entertainment with Eric Feig and Plan B producing, and Anthony Mandler set to direct.