British actor, Alex Lawther continues to establish himself as a reputable name in the British film industry while also spreading his tentacles into America’s Hollywood. The talented actor began his career on stage before making his way to the screen. In his feature film debut, he played the role of the young Alan Turing in the historical film The Imitation Game and his performance earned him much critical acclaim. He landed his television breakout role in 2017 on the highly-acclaimed British comedy series The End of the F***ing World starring as the lead character, James. Lawther was also on the main cast of the miniseries Howards End in which he played the role Tibby.
Alex Lawther: Biography & Age
The actor was born Alexander Jonathan Lawther on the 4th of May 1995. He was born and raised in Petersfield, a market town in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. As a young child, he often had to create his own games and keep himself entertained and this sparked his interest in acting.
While information regarding his early education is unavailable, we are in the know that he had his secondary school education at Churcher’s College in Petersfield, Hampshire. He was actively involved in his school’s drama club though he did not study drama at GCSE or A level. He got featured in his school’s stage adaptation of the children’s novel The Wind in the Willows.
Movies and TV Shows
Alex Lawther got trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. In 2011, he marked his professional debut as John Blakemore in the play South Downs at Chichester Festival Theatre located in Sussex, England. He reprised the role the following year at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
Lawther’s first screen role was in the 2013 documentary Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict in which he played the titular character of Benjamin Britten. His next screen role was in the highly successful historical film The Imitation Game (2014) in which he played the role of Young Alan Turing. His brilliant performance earned him the attention of international movie audiences in addition to the praise of movie critics.
Also in 2014, he played the supporting role of Isaac Cooper in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film X+Y. He also made a guest appearance on the hit British medical series Holby City (2014). Alex Lawther got his first lead role as Elliot in the British film Departure (2016) starring alongside Juliet Stevenson. He equally had a notable lead role on an episode of the British sci-fi series Black Mirror (2016) on Netflix.
The year 2017 was a pretty busy one for the young actor as his career took a major leap on virtually all aspects. He was the lead star of the comedy film Freak Show (2017) in which he portrayed the lead character, Billy Bloom. He also appeared in the biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) starring alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie. Venturing into new territory, Lawther also featured in the horror film Ghost Stories (2017) starring as Simon Rifkind/junior doctor.
While his big screen credits soared, he got his first major TV role on the comedy series The End of the F***ing World (2017) starring as the lead character James. The show premiered in the UK in October 2017 but was released internationally in January 2018 via Netflix. Lawther was also on the cast of the comedy documentary Carnage (2017) as well as the miniseries Howards End (2017). The talented actor has remained active in stage productions both in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Celebrity Facts About Alex Lawther
Awards and Nominations
For his performance in the 2014 film The Imitation Game, Alex Lawther received the Award for Young British Performer of the Year at the 35th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards. He also received a nomination for the Best British Newcomer Award at the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Interestingly, Lawther spent only three days on the set of The Imitation Game and it was his first feature film role.
Alex Lawther is the youngest of his parents’ three children and interestingly, he is not the only famous member of his family. His older brother Michael Cameron Lawther is an award-winning movie producer. The brothers worked together in the short film The Fear (2010). He also has an older sister, Ellie Lawther. There isn’t much information about his mother and father except that they are both involved in law practice.