Thanks to his blockbuster performance in "Pacific Rim" and upcoming starring role as heartthrob Christian Grey in the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Charlie Hunnam is considered by many to be one of Hollywood's most promising rising stars. Of course, he wasn't always a famous actor. On the tenth of April in 1980, Charlie Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeastern part of England. He has three siblings. When his mother remarried, they moved to Melmerby in Cumbria; he was twelve at the time. While living in Cumbria, he went to a school in Penrith and was severely bullied by local teenagers. In order to protect himself, Charlie Hunnam learned how to box, but even though he'd found a way to cut back on some of the harassment, he still had a difficult time in school and ended up getting expelled from his high school. As a result, Charlie Hunnam had to finish his exams at home. Eventually, he went to Cumbria College of Art and Design and emerged with a degree in the theory and history of film.
Charlie Hunnam was discovered when he was still a teenager and looking for shoes on Christmas Eve for his brother's present. The production manager for Byker Grove, a Newcastle-based show for children, happened to be in the shoe shop as well and took a liking to Hunnam. Later on, he offered Hunnam his first role in three episodes of Byker Grove as Jason. However, his first major role came when he was eighteen years old and was cast as Nathan Maloney, a gay fifteen-year-old schoolboy in "Queer as Folk," a widely popular British drama by Russell T. Davies. While "Queer as Folk" enjoyed record ratings and praise from critics and audiences alike, some people were not pleased by the show's themes, and Charlie Hunnam received some backlash for his choice to take on the role of a gay teenager. Fortunately for his career, the backlash came at a time in which opinions were evolving, and the controversy only served to further his career. After his role in "Queer as Folk," Hunnam portrayed Daz, a minor role in "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?" and relocated to Los Angeles shortly after.
Eventually, Hunnam earned a recurring role in television series "Young Americans" as Gregor Ryder. After this, he had a role in a short-lived series on Fox called "Undeclared" as Lloyd Haythe, an English drama student who shared some similarities with Nathan Maloney. Even though "Undeclared" was well received by both audiences and critics, the series was canceled after just one season. Without a commitment to "Undeclared," Hunnam had the freedom to take on major roles in "Abandon," "Cold Mountain," and "Nicholas Nickleby," three films that earned much praise and cemented his career as an actor. However, his next role wasn't so well received. His forced Cockney accent in "Green Street," in which he starred as the main character, received harsh criticism for being too far off the mark.
Fortunately for Hunnam, he received another major role in 2006 as Patric in "Children of Men," a film that let him reclaim his status as a well-respected but still inexperienced actor. He had another stroke of good luck when his role in "Green Street" caught the attention of Kurt Sutter, the creator of the popular series "Sons of Anarchy." Since 2008, Charlie Hunnam has starred in "Sons of Anarchy" as Jackson Teller. He starred in one of this summer's blockbusters, "Pacific Rim," the newest masterpiece from Guillermo del Toro, and he has been cast as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." While his career has always been going uphill, "Pacific Rim" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" are his guaranteed tickets to eternal stardom.
However, Charlie Hunnam is not just an actor. He is also a screenwriter, and he recently sold his screenplay, "Vlad," to Summit Entertainment. While he was working on "Cold Mountain," he learned a lot about the legendary Vlad the Impaler from the Romanian locals and developed a fascination with the man's dark story. He is also working on a film about an American drug lord and another about England's gypsy culture, which he has been planning on directing as well. Thanks to his rugged good looks and raw talent, Charlie Hunnam can look forward to a lifetime packed with adventure as he writes, directs, and stars in a multitude of blockbuster films.