Levi Meaden is a Canadian actor. Since entering the mainstream in 2012, Meaden’s career has enjoyed an exponential increase. He is known for TV shows like Aftermath, The Killing, and Olympus. Meaden has appeared in a number of films including blockbuster films; War for the Planet of the Apes and Pacific Rim: Uprising.
In addition to his successful career, Levi Meaden is also popular for his romance with Modern Family sweetheart Ariel Winter. The huge 10 year age difference between them has been one of the major talking points of their relationship, more details anon.
Levi Meaden Bio
Levi Meaden was born on the 13th of September 1987 in Canada’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In his October 2016 interview with Upfront NY, Levi revealed that he took an interest in acting from a very early age and began acting in local theaters in Calgary.
Levi, sometime during his teens, stopped acting but maintained an interest in entertainment. After high school, he wound up in Czech Republic’s Prague Center for Film Education where he studied writing and directing. During his time at the school, Levi’s passion for acting was reignited by one of his teachers named Simon Howard.
Levi then resumed acting, making his first screen debut in the 2009 short film, Brotherly Love as written and directed by Marcus Schwenzel. After completing his studies in Czech, Levi moved to Vancouver where he began working with a production company. Director Roger Larry who owned the production company that Levi worked for encouraged him to consider taking on acting as a full-time career.
Larry helped Levi land an agent and he began scoring small parts in TV shows and short films. One of his earliest success came in the 2012 direct-to-video horror film 1313: Bigfoot Island. Levi would then appear in TV shows like The Secret Circle, Behind the 8 Ball, and Almost Human.
The year 2014 would become Meaden’s breakthrough year as he got parts in three huge TV shows. They include; Almost Human, The Killing, and The 100. Up next was a recurring part in Olympus, iZombie, as well as an appearance in an episode of Legends of Tomorrow.
His career received a huge boost after he portrayed the oldest Copeland child, Matt Copeland in the first season of the Canadian apocalyptic-survival series, Aftermath which aired on Syfy. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after its first season in 2016.
Levi then began to focus on the big screen. He had three films come out in 2017 – War for the Planet of the Ape, Incontrol, and Alice in the Attic. The latter marked his debut leading role in a film. He scored the part of Cadet Ilya in the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising.
His Personal Life
Levi Meaden was one of those low-key celebrities until photos and word got out that he had begun dating the uber-popular Ariel Winter in November 2016.
Though it is not clear how they met, speculations are that it could have been through a mutual friend. That mutual friend has been suspected to be Winter’s pal Sterling Beaumon who acted with Meaden in The Killing.
Their first red carpet appearance together was on the 4th of December 2016, at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLive Los Angeles fundraiser. About 6 months into their relationship, Levi moved into Winter’s house in Sherman Oaks. The house is her first ever and she bought it in 2015, she revealed during her interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Fans hugely criticized Levi for living with Winter who is just a young adult, but Winter, known for bashing her trolls have defended her choice many times.
Facts You Didn’t Know About Ariel Winter’s Boyfriend
1. Meaden is a good cook
If acting or anything entertainment related didn’t work out for Meaden, he’d probably be a cook. Before acting, Meaden had worked as a cook. Girlfriend Winter revealed during her Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that Meaden does all the cooking in the house. “…I can’t cook at all. He takes care of all that handy stuff. He’s great, he does all that,” Ariel said.
2. A huge animal lover, Meaden used to Foster dogs
Meaden frequently posts about animals on his social media platforms. Back in 2016, during his interview with Upfront NY, he revealed that together with his fellow actor roommates, he used to foster dogs. They would pick up dogs from a kill shelter and cater for them until a family comes for them.
3. He is a movie freak
Meaden has been a huge fan of science fiction since he was a kid. His all-time favorite is Star Wars. He has lost count on how many times he has read the books and watched the films.
4. His other hobbies include writing (he writes daily) and traveling (photos of his adventure are all over his social media pages).
5. Levi Meaden stands at 5 feet 11 inches tall, that is 1.8 meters. He has natural blonde hair and green eyes.