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Biography

Charlie Hunnam Biography

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Charlie Hunnam's facts

Date of Birth 1980-04-10
Nationality English
Profession Actor, screenwrite
Married to Katharine Towne (1999–2002)
Education at Cumbria College of Art and Design
Name on Birth Charles Matthew Hunnam
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Nick Name Charlie
Place of Birth Newcastle, England

Charles Matthew "Charlie" Hunnam is an English actor and screenwriter. He is known for his roles as Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk (1999), Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared (2001), Pete Dunham in the film Green Street (2005), Jackson "Jax" Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Raleigh Becket in the film Pacific Rim (2013). He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.

Hunnam was born on April 10, 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, to father William "Billy" Hunnam (1952–2013), a gangster and scrap metal merchant, and mother Jane Hunnam, a business owner. His maternal grandmother was the premiere portrait artist in Newcastle. Hunnam was the second child born after brother William "Billy"; he later had two younger half-brothers, Oliver and Christian, on his mother's side. His parents had split up when he was just two years old and then he moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria. When he was 12, his mother remarried. Then he went to Heaton Manor School in Newcastle, and after moving he went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria. Hunnam got expelled from secondary school and did his exams from home. He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.

His career seems to be started from the age of 17, when he was discovered in a shoe shop on Christmas Eve while drunkenly clowning around buying shoes for his brother. A production manager for the Newcastle-based children's show Byker Grove approached him and Hunnam was later cast in his first role as Jason in three episodes of the show. Aged 18, his first major role came when he was cast by Russell T. Davies as fifteen-year-old schoolboy Nathan Maloney in Davies' Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk.

He followed this up with his role as Daz in the film Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999) and then moved to Los Angeles. His career expanded to include a recurring role as Gregor Ryder in the WB Television Network series Young Americans. He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe. Despite critical acclaim, the series was cancelled after one season. Hunnam then appeared on the large screen in Abandon (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003). Hunnam has stated that he does not wish to simply take any role that he is offered: "I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career." This decision resulted in his return to the UK to take the lead role of Pete Dunham in the film Green Street (2005), however his attempts at delivering a Cockney accent resulted in his inclusion in many critics' "worst accents in movie history" lists.

Talking about his personal life details, Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson's Creek. After dating for four weeks, they married in Las Vegas. The couple divorced in 2002. At present he has been in a relationship with jewelry designer Morgana McNelis since 2007. The couple has not yet tied the knot but it seems they are looking forward to give a specific name to their relation.

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