Figure 1.--I do not know a great deal about Freddie Highmore. He was born in 1992 and he is from London. His father is the actor Edward Highmore. He has given two excellent performances that we have noted. We first noted him in "Finding Neverland" (2004). He next appeared in the Hohnny Depp remake of "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" (2005).
I do not know a great deal about Freddie Highmore, but we do have the details of his film career. He was born in 1992. According to his unofficial webpage, Freddie Highmore, the son of actor Edward Highmore, was born in England on June 9, 1992. There is a bit of confusion about that date, as The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) list his birthdate as February 14, 1992, but I don't believe that date is correct. He is is from London. About all that he know about Freddie at this time other than his film career is that he likes to play soccer and is a fan of Arsenal. He has appeared in quite a number of films and a television programs.A HBC reader believes that he is is the best current child actor. He has given two very fine performances in well done films that gave him important roles" "Finfing Nevrland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
Freddie Highmore is the son of actor Edward Highmore,
Freddie was born in 1992. According to his unofficial webpage, he was born in England on June 9, 1992. There is a bit of confusion about that date, as The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) list his birthdate as February 14, 1992, but I don't believe that date is correct. He is is from London. About all that he know about Freddie at this time other than his film career is that he likes to play soccer and is a fan of Arsenal. He has appeared in quite a number of films and a television programs.A HBC reader believes that he is is the best current child actor. He has given two very fine performances in well done films that gave him important roles.
He has appeared in quite a number of films and a television programs.A HBC reader believes that he is is the best current child actor. He has given two very fine performances in well done films that gave him decent roles. I have not seen all of the films, so hopefully HBC readers will tell us about the films that they have seen.
Freddie appeared in a television program--"Happy Birthday Shakespeare". Freddie's role was Steven Green. This was a made for TV-movie.
Next was the film, "The Mist of Avalon". Freddie's role was King Arthur as a boy. I believe this was a TV mini-series.
Another film was "Jack and The Beanstalk: The Real Story". This was a made for TV-movie.
Freddie then did "I Saw You" in which he had the role of Oscar Bingley. I believe this was a TV mini-series.
Freddie's movie debut was in the film, "Women Talking Dirty", a rather unusual film for a child actor to begin his career. Freddie's role was Sam who the son of a single mother Scottish mother in Edinburgh. He becomes friends with a shy cartoonist. I'm not sure who he handeled the accent.
I first saw him in "Two Brothers". This is movie about two tiger cubs. Their mother is killed and as captives they are separated. The grown up cubs later confront each other. Freddie's part is Raoul, the boy who plays with the cubs.
We noted his fine performance in "Finding Neverland" (2004). The film depicts J.M. Barrie relationship with four boys who first loose their father and eventually theur mother as well. The stories he told the boys and games he played with them eventually led to the classic children's book--Peter Pan. Freddie played Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the brothers that enchanted Barrie. Peter in particular was the boy who inspired Peter Pan. The critics were impressed with Freddie's performance. He did standout in the film. He received a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award and won a Critics Choice Award and Golden Satellite Award.
The critical acclaim was undoubtedly important in winning his biggest part yet.
He got the role of Charlie Bucket in the Johnny Depp remake of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005). Depp was worked with Freddie in "Finding Neverland" recommened Freddie for the part. The film is based on the eponymous book written in 1964 by Roald Dahl. Charlie of course is the poor boy who comes up with one of the marvelous golden tickets that gives him an exclusive tour of
Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory. The other four winners are obnoxious brats who get their just deserves during the tour. And the good-hearted Charlie become the heir to Wonka's hevenly candy factory. Freddie gves a good performance as Charlie Bucket, but it is hard to compete with the performance of Peter Ostrum ain the original film version, of course this may be that well done films rather cement our concept of the character.
Freddie also appeared the film "Five Children and It" based on the book by E. Nesbit. He played Robert. "It" is Psanmead a sand fairy, but a bit different than your run of the mill fairy. Psanmead is a very old and rather ugly fairy and not very good natured. The children find Psanmead in a gravel pit. Psanmead grants them one wish each day, but the wish only lasts until sunset. The children soon discover that they are hard pressed to come up with reasonable wishes. And the wishes they are granted cause akl kinfs of unexpected probelms.
A reader writes, "Freddie Highmore is one of the best juvenile actors in the business. He had appeared in several films, including "Finding Nevreland", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Two Brothers" and "Five Children and It". He gave an intelligent, sensitive and nuanced performance in "Finding Neverland", impressing both Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet who both recommended him to Tim Burton in "Charlie". In fact, it was a crime that he was not nominated for an Oscar for the performance, but the outright neglect of boy actors by the Academy is nothing new. He was the emotional heart and soul of "Charlie" and his performance was, in my opinion, superior to the one given by Peter Ostrum in "Willie Wonka". You don't doubt his sincerity and warmth for a moment, which makes the ending of the film that much better. In real life, Freddie and Johnny Depp have become good friends. Depp has spoken very highly of Freddie in interviews, commenting not only on his skills as an actor, but as to what a fine young man he is. Freddie became close with him during "Finding Neverland" and was heartbroken when the shoot ended. He was very happy to be able to work with him again in "Charlie". He likened it to Charlie's finding the Golden Ticket in the film. He has been impressivly nice and polite in TV interviews and gives the strong impression that he is just a regular kid (even wearing shorts for a national TV interview. He is also an excellent soccer player. He just turned 13 in 2005 and appears to have a strong future in the business."
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