Today we talk about one of the brightest gems of the entertainment industry. His career spans across modeling, acting, and screenwriting.
In everything that he does, the least I can say is that he aces it. Who am I talking about? It’s none other than Charlie Hunnam.
Charlie’s real name is Charles Matthew Hunnam. He was born in 1980 on 10th April in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Charle’s mother is Jane Bell and father is William Billy Hunnam. His mother was a businesswoman and a ballet dancer while Charle’s father was an alleged gangster who left home when Charles was 2 years old. His father also worked as a second-hand goods seller.
Charlie Hunnam has three siblings. An older brother named Willian and two half brothers younger to him named Oliver and Christian. His grandmother was a portrait artist.
Charlie Hunnam shifted to Melmerby, Cumbria when his mother re-married. He was 12 years old at this time. He attended the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Cumbria but was rusticated from getting into physical altercation with other students while playing rugby.
Charlie now went to Cumbria College of Arts and Design as a student of performing arts. He got a degree in Film Theory and Film History.
Charlie Hunnam came in the notice of a production manager when he was 17 years old. The production manager worked at the Newcastle based British teen drama called Byker Grove. He later gave Charlie Hunnam a chance to feature in three episodes of the show. This was Charlie’s first encounter with the world of acting.
After this experience, Charlie Hunnam tried his luck in modeling briefly. However, he knew instantly that acting gave him a better medium to express himself as compared to being a model.
An year later when Hunnam turned 18, he landed a role in the Channel 4 drama titled Queer as Folk. He played the role of a schoolboy in the series. The 18 year old Charlie at that time received a lot of appreciation from the public.
This initial success propelled Hunnam onto bigger things. He was casted as Daz in the movie titled Whatever Happened to Harold Smith in 1999.
Moving To United States
After working in his first movie, Charlie Hunnam made the move to America. He could get more exposure and a more professional network here. This is exactly what happened as well!
He landed a recurring role in the WB series called Young Americans. In 2002, Charlie was seen in the movies Abandon and Nicholas Nickleby. The following year, he landed yet another role. It was the movie Cold Mountain. The United States was proving to be very conducive for Charlie Hunnam’s career.
However, this made Hunnam cautious. He once said that :”have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career.”
Defining Career Moment
Charlie Hunnam now came across one of the best opportunities in his life which could make or break his career. In hindsight, the opportunity really made what Charlie Hunnam is today. This was the role of Jackson Teller in the show titled Sons of Anarchy.
Charlie’s character Jackson Teller recieved a host of nominations for the Best Actor Award. The Critics’ Choice Television Award and EWwy Award nominated him. The PAAFTJ award nominated the show Sons of Anarchy for the Best Cast in a Drama series.
His next project – a sci-film named Pacific Rim collected more than $400 million worldwide. Charlie played the role of Raleigh Becket in the movie.
He was also chosen to play the lead role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. However, this project could not fall through due to Charlie’s tight schedule.
Entry To Screenwriting
Every glitter is not gold and not everyday is sunshine and rainbows. A time came in Charlie Hunnam’s career when he found it difficult to get a good acting project. He spent 18 months without any work. Charli Hunnam recalls that period of his life and says that he was almost on the verge of bankruptcy.
However, a ray of hope popped up. It was Charlie’s screenwriting talent. He sold his screenplay Vlad to Summit Entertainment with Brad Pitt’s Plan B studios co-producing. This deal fetched Charlie back from the dark. If not for this script, Charlie would soon had to sell his house and move back to England with his mom.
Hunnam is also developing a screenplay based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article that he optioned about Edgar Valdez Villareal. Another project he has in development is a film about gypsy culture in Britain, which he hopes to direct.
Charlie Hunnam married his fellow co-star Katharine Towne in 1999 after having dated for three weeks. The couple auditioned for a role together in Dawson’s Creek. However, the couple separated and took a divorce in 2002.
Charlie Hunnam had romantic associations with model Sophie Dahl, actress Stella Parker, and producer Georgina Townsly later on. He had been dating Morgana McNelis since 2006. The two are rarely seen in the media and prefer to keep it lowkey.