Charlie R. Heaton is a British actor and musician. He plays Jonathan Byers in the  Netflix series .
Heaton was born in
Leeds and raised on a  council estate in Bridlington by his mother. After moving to London when he was 16, Heaton joined London  noise-rock band Comanechi as the drummer and toured with them for more than a year.  Heaton then joined London-based  psychedelic band Half Loon.
In 2015, Heaton made his acting debut with the
ITV crime drama series , playing the role of Gary McCready. DCI Banks He then appeared as Riley in ITV's detective series  . Vera He guest-starred in  BBC One's medical drama series as Jason Waycott. Casualty In 2016, he appeared in the thriller film  , co-starring Shut In Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, and directed by Farren Blackburn.  Heaton also plays Jonathan Byers in the  Netflix supernatural drama series . Stranger Things  In 2016, he starred in the movie  .
As You Are
In May 2017, Heaton was cast to star as
Samuel "Sam" Guthrie / Cannonball in , a 2020 film based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics comic book of the same name. In August 2018, the BBC announced that Heaton would be playing  Joseph Merrick, commonly known as the "Elephant Man", in a new two-part drama. The casting drew criticism from a disability charity group. 
Charlie Heaton formerly dated musician
Akiko Matsuura. They had a son born in 2014. Since 2017, he has been in a relationship with his  Stranger Things co-star, Natalia Dyer.
Heaton missed the premiere of
Stranger Things 2 as on 21 October 2017, he was refused entry to the United States when customs found traces of cocaine in his luggage. Heaton was put on a plane back to London; he withdrew his application to enter America to avoid arrest. 
DCI Banks Gary McCready
Episode: "Changing Tides"
Casualty Luke Dickinson, Jason Waycott
Episode: "Sweetie", Episode: "The Department of Secrets"
Stranger Things Jonathan Byers
Awards and nominations
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