Alex Lawther: biography
Alex Lawther is a rising star of American show business. The young man became famous for the roles in The Imitation Game, Black Mirror, Goodbye Christopher Robin.
The future actor was born in the spring, on May 4, 1995, in Petersfield. The boy’s parents work as lawyers. Alex also has older brother Cameron and sister, Ellie. Cameron became a producer, and his sister connected her life with politics.
Alex admitted that he wanted to become an actor thanks to his brother and sister. Since they are much older, they did not play with the boy, and the child needed to invent his own games.
In 2009, the young man graduated from college, where he wrote and staged a play in a theater group. The parents saw the boy's passion for creativity, but they wanted him to enter King's College London to study English and history. However, Alex had his own plans.
He made his movie debut in 2010. The boy played in the short film The Fear directed by Casper Logan. Alex's brother also worked on the movie.
A year later, the actor participated in the production South Downs. The play was staged at Chichester Festival Theatre. At that moment, Alex understood that he found his vocation. The performance was a resounding success and soon was staged at the West End theatre. During the same period, Lawther was nominated for the WhatsOnStage Awards, and he signed a contract with an agent.
In 2013, Alex got a role in the documentary Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict. The actor portrayed the young famous pianist and musician. Then Alex appeared in the films X+Y and Virtuoso. In the first movie, the actor worked with Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, and Sally Hawkins. But Alan Ball’s drama was not a success.
In 2014, Alex included in his filmography the film The Imitation Game. The project about the life of a cryptographer, Alan Turing, during the war was popular with viewers and a great success. Lawther played the young scientist. Then the actor became world-famous. Moreover, the young man could climb the career ladder thanks to the participation in the project together with Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, and Matthew Goode.
Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed the adult version of Turing, and Keira Knightley played the scientist's wife. The film received nominations for prestigious awards and even won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. After the premiere of The Imitation Game, Alex entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. However, new offers forced the young man to leave the school.
Alex was cast in the film Departure directed by Andrew Steggall. The film was released in 2016. After leaving the academy, Lawther said in an interview that he was thinking over whether he had made the right choice. But at the same time, the young man learned a lot during filming.
Then Alex appeared in the acclaimed TV series Black Mirror in the episode "Shut Up and Dance." Lawther got the role of a young man, whose phone was hacked by hackers. They forced Alex’s hero to breach the law threatening to send his private video to everyone. On the set, Alex met Jerome Flynn, who became famous for the role of Bronn in the hit series Game of Thrones.
Then the actor portrayed the title character in the movie Freak Show. Alex played a completely different role. Lawther appeared as a man seeking to show society that it was bogged down in behavioral constraints and stereotypes. He emphasized that everyone had the right to express his or her real outer and inner world. Therefore, he revealed his alter ego appearing as a girl at the beauty contest for young ladies.
In 2017, the television series The End of the F***ing World was released. The film is based on the comic books by Charles Forsman. The actor appeared as a seventeen-year-old psychopath, who is eager to murder people after he had killed squirrels and rats. But the young man falls in love with his classmate Alice.
As a result, the young man helps the naughty girl to search for her father who had long left Alice’s mother and his daughter. Jessica Barden portrayed the hero’s beloved girl. The series has become highly rated. But since the story of the heroes is over, they don’t plan to shoot the continuation.
2017 became fruitful for the actor. In addition to Freak Show and The End of the F***ing World, Alex appeared in the drama Howards End and the horror film Carnage: Swallowing the Past.
Some people think that Alex hides his personal life because he belongs to sexual minorities. Lawther does not comment on it.
Alex is fond of kayaking and in his free time, he floats down the torrential Camden Lock in London. The actor spends a lot of money on books, as well as going to the theater and cinema.
The young man does not use social networks. The actor has no official pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat that is popular in the UK. But Alex has an army of fans who run a fan blog on Instagram, where they post personal photos of the actor and pictures of the shooting.
Alex Lawther’s favorite actor is Ben Whishaw, famous for the movies Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas, and others. Alex is often compared with Whishaw. The actor is 5.67 ft. (173 cm) tall and his weight is 143.3 lbs. (65 kg).
Alex Lawther now
Alex Lawther has a busy schedule now. He got a role in the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin about the Winnie-the-Pooh creator. The film was released in 2017. Alex played older Christopher Robin, who inspired the hero from a fairy tale. The film tells about the relationship of Alan Milne with his son and about the harm that a sudden glory caused to the child.
The horror film Ghost Stories will be released in March 2018. He is also working on the thriller Les traducteurs. The director of the film is Régis Roinsard. In addition to Lawther, Olga Kurylenko participates in the movie.
- 2013 – Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict
- 2014 – Holby City
- 2014 – The Imitation Game
- 2014 – X+Y
- 2015 – Departure
- 2016 – Black Mirror
- 2017 – Freak Show
- 2017 – Carnage: Swallowing the Past
- 2017 – Goodbye Christopher Robin
- 2017 – The End of the F***ing World
- 2017 – Howards End
- 2018 – Ghost Stories
- 2018 – Les traducteurs