Photo: Freddie Highmore
Biography of Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore is a film actor, screenwriter and director. Known for his early roles in the children’s films “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Fairyland”, as well as the feature film “August Rush”, where the 15-year-old actor played the main role, and the TV series “The Good Doctor”, in which Freddie got the role of a young doctor-savant.
Actor Freddie Highmore
Childhood of Freddie Highmore
Alfred Thomas Highmore was born on February 14, 1992 in London. Three years later he had a younger brother named Bertie. The boys’ parents worked all their lives in show business: father Edward is a successful British actor, and his mother, old manager Sue Latimer. She brought many British stars onto the stage. In fact, it was thanks to the help of his mother that Freddie got to his first auditions.
Freddie Highmore as a child
The future actor spent all his childhood in Highgate, an elite London area. His parents, who did not lack funds, enrolled him in a local private school. After receiving secondary education, the young man, already being a popular actor, entered the University of Cambridge. Freddie chose the Faculty of Foreign Languages, where he studied Arabic and Spanish. Later, he began to study French on his own.
Freddie Highmore’s height is 178 cm
Acting career of Freddie Highmore
Highmore’s first appearance on the set took place in 1999 – at that time he was seven years old. Together with his brother, he starred in the comedy British television series Women’s Gossip, performing a cameo role. Later, he appeared in several small roles in other British series – “Happy Birthday Shakespeare” (2000) and “I Saw You” (2002).
Freddie Highmore and his mother Sue Latimer
At the same time, Highmore managed to work on American television. In 2001, he was cast in the mini-series The Mists of Avalon, in which he played the role of the young King Arthur. In 2004, he first played in a big movie, getting the lead role in the family film “Two Brothers”. The picture was shown in many countries around the world, so it became a good impetus for the development of the career of a young actor.
A real breakthrough for Freddie was another drama for the whole family – “Magic Country” (2004). The picture was based on a popular play about writer J. Matthew Barry, author of the legendary story of Peter Pan. It stars Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with Highmore playing their son. Thanks to this film, the actors became very close friends.
Freddie Highmore and Johnny Depp
Depp was so impressed with the talented boy that a year later he invited him to play the lead character in the fairy tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton. After the release of the picture in 2005, Freddie became one of the most popular young actors in Hollywood.
In 2006, the artist took part in the romantic film A Good Year and voiced the main character in the film Arthur and the Invisibles. Later, he received a leading role in the melodrama August Rush, where Robin Williams and Keri Russell became his partners on the set.
In 2013, Highmore began acting in the TV series Bates Motel, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s cult film Psycho. He appeared in the image of a key character – Norman Bates, a crazy serial killer with a split personality. Some viewers admitted that Freddie’s Norman scared them more than Anthony Perkins’. All four seasons, his main partner on the set was Vera Farmiga, who played his mother, Norma. Critics around the world highly appreciated the work of the young actor – for this role he was nominated several times for the Saturn and Satellite awards. The series ended in 2017.
Bates Motel: Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates
According to critics, with this role, the young actor finally got rid of the label of “child actor”, which, for example, Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan did not succeed, and established himself as a rising star of cinema. As Freddie himself said, from a young age he followed with interest the development of their family friend – Daniel Radcliffe (Freddie’s mother was his agent) – and still admires the fact that he was able to stop being a hostage to the image of Harry Potter.
Freddie Highmore’s personal life
Highmore currently resides in London. He is friends with Vera Farmiga and is godfather to her son Fin.
It is unknown if Freddie has a girlfriend. In this regard, he is a rather private person. The media attributed to him a relationship with Emma Roberts, but young people denied these rumors.
Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts
In his free time, the actor likes to play football and play the clarinet.
Freddie Highmore now
In 2017, viewers saw a new medical-themed series from the creator of House Doctor – The Good Doctor. In this promising project, Freddie Highmore plays a young doctor with savant syndrome and autism to boot. He is a brilliant surgeon, endowed with a truly extraordinary gift to treat people. But because of his illness, he is constantly torn apart by internal fears, and his social development has stopped at the level of a child.