Charlie Hunnam Biography
Charlie Hunnam (Charles Matthew Hunnam) was born on 10th April 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He is an English actor known for his role as Jax Teller on the “Sons of Anarchy.”
He went to Heaton Manor School in Newcastle. After moving, he went to Ullswater Community College then Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, Cumbria. He attended Cumbria College of Art and Design, now faculty of University of Cumbria, where he graduated with a degree in the theory and history of film with a side in performing arts.
Charlie Hunnam is known for his roles as Jackson “Jax” Teller in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy (2008–14), Pete Dunham in Green Street (2005), Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk (1999–2000), Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared (2001–02), the title role in Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim (2013), Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z (2017), and in the title role of Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
Charlie Hunnam Age
Charlie Hunnam was born on 10 April 1980 in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, to William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant, and Jane Hunnam, a business owner, as the second child.
Charlie Hunnam Family
Charlie Hunnam is the son of William Hunnam who was born in 1952 and died in 2013, and was a scrap metal merchant, and Jane Hunnam, a business owner. His maternal grandmother was a portrait artist in Newcastle. Hunnam was the second child, born after brother William “Billy”. He has two younger half-brothers, Oliver and Christian, on his mother’s side. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old, and he moved to the village of Melmerby, Cumbria when he was 12, as his mother remarried.
Charlie Hunnam Wife
Hunnam met actress Katharine Towne in 1999 when they both auditioned for roles on Dawson’s Creek. They dated for three weeks, then married in Las Vegas and divorced in 2002.
Charlie Hunnam Girlfriend
Hunnam has been dating artist Morgana McNelis since 2005.
Sons of Anarchy
Single father Jax Teller finds his loyalty to his outlaw motorcycle club tested by his growing unease concerning the group’s lawlessness. While the club protects and patrols the town of Charming, Calif., keeping drug dealers away, its activities also include a thriving — and lucrative — illegal arms business.
Charlie King Arthur
After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.
Charlie Hunnam Awards
- 2002: National Board of Review – Best Acting by an Ensemble – Nicholas Nickleby
- 2013: Huading Awards – Huading Award for Best Global Emerging Actor – Pacific Rim
- 2017: CinemaCon Award – Male Star of the Year – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Charlie Hunnam Movies and TV Shows
Charlie Hunnam Movies
- 2017: Papillon
- 2017: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
- 2016: The Lost City of Z
- 2015: Crimson Peak
- 2013: Pacific Rim
- 2012: Deadfall
- 2012: Frankie Go Boom
- 2011: The Ledge
- 2006: Children of Men
- 2005: Green Street
- 2003: Cold Mountain
- 2002: Nicholas Nickleby
- 2002: Abandon
- 1999: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
Charlie Hunnam TV Shows
- 2008–2014: Sons of Anarchy
- 2001–2002: Undeclared
- 2000: Young Americans
- 1999–2000: Queer as Folk
- 1999: My Wonderful Life
- 1999: Microsoap
- 1998: Byker Grove
Charlie Hunnam Interview
To play an ex-boxer in “Deadfall” you trained like a boxer. For “Pacific Rim,” what monsters did you fight to prepare?
Charlie Hunnam: [Laughs.] You know, I just argued with my girlfriend a little bit. That was enough. [Laughs.] She’ll kill me for saying that. It took a lot of training for this film. I had to train for the actual replication of what it would be like to pilot one of these machines. There were a couple of really in-depth fights that I did, too. A martial arts fight and a hand bow—a stick-fighting sequence. It was a lot of training.
When someone argues with their significant other, how often does that seem to them like they’re battling with a giant monster?
Charlie Hunnam: It depends how formidable their significant other is. Mine is pretty formidable. [Laughs.] I don’t know if I would rank her quite as Kaiju-esque, but she’s maybe a baby Kaiju.
How do you prepare to have 250 gallons of water dumped on you every minute for a week?
Charlie Hunnam: I thought I was prepared. I just did a lot of physical training and a little bit of meditating and really trying to get my mental and physical strength to as strong as it could be. I was actually one of the last people to go in the [control] pod. I was going to be in there for a much, much longer time than anyone else, so they got everyone else in it first.
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And all these guys that consider themselves such tough dudes were all crying like little girls about how brutal the [control] pod was. And I thought, “You know what? I’m going to show them how a real man handles a situation like this.” By the end of the third day, I too was crying like a girl. But I was in there for 27 days.
All joking aside, it actually was the most brutal, physical experience of my life. We were essentially on an elliptical machine at high resistance for 14 hours a day wearing a suit that weighed approximately 30 pounds dry. But then, as you said, they would pour 250 gallons of water a minute onto my head, so then .. it was probably closer to 50 pounds. Movement was completely restricted because you were strapped into the machine. So it’s not like between takes we could get out of it.
For a while I’ve been bringing get-ups like that to the gym’s elliptical machine so I can be prepared if any situations like this come up.
Charlie Hunnam: God bless you. If the Kaiju come, you’re one of the few that’s going to be ready.
It seems like they are coming. In the movie, the year 2020 is Year 7 of the war, so I think we better start getting prepared.
Charlie Hunnam: Oh, we better get prepared. One way or another, we better get prepared. The Kaiju are a beautiful allegory for what we’re actually facing. [The film is] a big, spectacular action romp, but at the center of it is a really beautiful human story. It’s about people facing potentially the impending apocalypse and putting their petty differences aside and coming together to try to figure out a solution. I think that’s a really nice, potent message because I am one of the people out there that truly believe that the apocalypse is nigh. [Laughs.] With the population spinning out of control and global warming and the myriad of problems that we’re facing as mankind, we better drop our petty differences pretty quick and figure out how we’re going to deal with this.
When you say “nigh,” is that like two weeks? Six months? I just want to mark my calendar.
Charlie Hunnam: I think we’re going to be in the next 50-75 years dealing with some seriously, seriously big problems. But, you know, party on for the next 20 years. [Laughs.]
Will that be from a human incident or monster attack?
Charlie Hunnam: [Laughs.] I think human incident, but I’m not ruling anything out.
How would Jax from “Sons of Anarchy” handle battling the Kaiju?
Charlie Hunnam: I think Jax Teller would wreak havoc with the Kaiju. I think he would do just fine strapped into a Jaeger. Maybe with Opie as his co-pilot. They would go and kick some serious [Kaiju] ass.
You talked about not being considered for tough roles early in your career. Now, how much trouble do you think you’d have being considered for non-tough roles, since you’re obviously such a badass?
Charlie Hunnam: [Laughs.] That’s good. It’s funny; I grew up so rough and tumble and fighting and playing rugby and stuff, and then I got to Hollywood and everybody wanted me to play these pretty boy roles. In the beginning of one’s career, you just have to do the work that you can get to establish yourself to a certain degree. I was always choosy, but you have to take the opportunities that are presented. I got to the point where I felt like I have to break out of this, and I got some badass in me that I have to let out. Now I seem to have been playing a string of badasses.
It’s funny; I’m going to go and do another movie with Guillermo this spring. It came out of knowing Guillermo and him seeing all of my different sides as a human being. I’m going to play for the first time in my career this quiet, stolid, contained, learned man who doesn’t get the girl, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s swashbuckling ladies’ man. So I’m really excited about that.
After seeing how “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” turned out, did you have any regrets?
Charlie Hunnam: No. You know what? I did have some regrets. Because after that period, after I turned that down, I still had another whole year of complete unemployment. They went off and made this movie and had a wonderful experience and everyone got paid a lot of money. They had offered me a [bleep]-load of money that would have been life-changing for me at that point, but I just couldn’t do it. I toiled with myself for that whole year, like, “Why? Why am I so cerebral? Why didn’t I just go and have a good time with my friends and go and do this thing and what the hell is the matter with me?” All those type of thoughts.
And then it’s funny; I couldn’t see the movie for a while because I was a bit tortured by it. And then I went and did some projects—I got “Sons of Anarchy” and I made a couple movies that I was really excited about. Then I saw it right after I had seen Russell Brand do some stand-up on TV. It just seemed to me that it had all gone exactly the way it was supposed to go.
Russell Brand did a so much better job than I would have done in the movie. He was so much more equipped for that role. The role was different; he wasn’t a rock star. He was a young actor in the version that I was going to do. And there was actually a very, very funny reveal where I had this really big Texas twang for the first half of the movie and then I get into an argument with Sarah Marshall and she goes, “Can you stop doing that goddamn accent?!” And then I’d say (in English accent), “But honey, how am I ever going to get work in America if I don’t practice my accent?” And then there’s the big reveal that I was actually English. We had a lot of laughs in the read-through, but like I said, it was bad timing for me.