The British actor Alex Lawther continues to establish himself as a respected name in the British film industry, while he also spreads his tentacles in American Hollywood. The talented actor began his career on stage before he went on the big screen. In his feature film debut, he played the role of the young Alan Turing in the historic film The Imitation Game, and his performance earned him much critical acclaim. He received his television breakout role in 2017 in the highly acclaimed British comedy series The End of the F***ing World, starring James. Lawther also appeared in the main cast of the mini-series Howards End, in which he played the role of Tibby.
Alex Lawther: Biography & Age
The actor was born on May 4, 1995, as Alexander Jonathan Lawther. He was born and grew up in Petersfield, a market town in the district of East Hampshire in the English county of Hampshire. As a small child, he often had to develop his own games and entertain himself, which sparked his interest in acting.
Although information about his early education is not available, we do know that he completed his secondary education at Churcher’s College in Petersfield, Hampshire. He was actively involved in the drama club at his school, although he had not studied drama at GCSE or A-level. He was used in the stage adaptation of the children’s novel Der Wind in den Weiden in his school.
Movies and TV Shows
Alex Lawther was trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. In 2011 he made his professional debut as John Blakemore in the play South Downs at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex, England. The following year he took on the role again at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
He played Lawther’s first screen role in 2013 in the documentary Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict, in which he played the title character of Benjamin Britten. His next role on screen was in the highly successful historical film The Imitation Game (2014), in which he played the role of the young Alan Turing. His brilliant performance earned him the praise of film critics as well as the attention of international film audiences.
Also in 2014, he played the supporting role of Isaac Cooper in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film X+Y. He also appeared as a guest in the successful British medical series Holby City (2014). Alex Lawther got his first leading role as Elliot in the British film Departure (2016) alongside Juliet Stevenson. He also had a notable lead role in an episode of the British sci-fi series Black Mirror (2016) on Netflix.
2017 was a pretty busy year for the young actor, as his career took a huge leap in virtually every aspect. He was the lead actor in the comedy film Freak Show (2017), in which he played the main character, Billy Bloom. He also appeared in the biography Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017), in which he starred alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie. Lawther broke new ground and also starred in the horror movie Ghost Stories (2017), starring Simon Rifkind/youth doctor.
While his credits exploded on the big screen, he got his first major television role in the comedy series The End of the F***ing World (2017) starring James. The series premiered in the UK in October 2017 but was released internationally via Netflix in January 2018. Lawther also appeared in the cast of the comedy documentary Carnage (2017) and the mini-series Howards End (2017). The talented actor is still active in stage productions in both the UK 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 Young British Actor of the Year award at the 35th London Film Critics’ Round Table. He also received a nomination for the Best New British Actor of the Year Award at the 58th BFI Film Festival in London. 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 film producer. The brothers worked together in the short film The Fear (2010). He also has an older sister, Ellie Lawther. There is not much information about his mother and father, except that they are both in law practice.