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Charlie Heaton

Charlie Heaton
Heaton in 2017
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2012–present
Known forStranger Things

Charlie R. Heaton is a British actor and musician.[1] He plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Early life

Heaton was born in Leeds[2] and raised on a council estate in Bridlington by his mother.[3] 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.[1][4] Heaton then joined London-based psychedelic band Half Loon.[5]


In 2015, Heaton made his acting debut with the ITV crime drama series DCI Banks, playing the role of Gary McCready.[6] He then appeared as Riley in ITV's detective series Vera.[7] He guest-starred in BBC One's medical drama series Casualty as Jason Waycott.[8] In 2016, he appeared in the thriller film Shut In, co-starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, and directed by Farren Blackburn.[9][10] Heaton also plays Jonathan Byers in the Netflix supernatural drama series Stranger Things.[11][12] In 2016, he starred in the movie As You Are.

In May 2017, Heaton was cast to star as Samuel "Sam" Guthrie / Cannonball in New Mutants, a 2020 film based on the Marvel Comics comic book of the same name.[13] 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.[14] The casting drew criticism from a disability charity group.[15]

Personal life

Charlie Heaton formerly dated musician Akiko Matsuura. They had a son born in 2014.[16] Since 2017, he has been in a relationship with his Stranger Things co-star, Natalia Dyer.[17]

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.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Schoolboy Michael Stevens Short film
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II Dealer Originally titled: Reign of the General
Urban & the Shed Crew Frank
2016 As You Are Mark
Shut In Stephen Portman
2017 Marrowbone Billy
2020 The New Mutants Samuel Guthrie / Cannonball Post-production
TBA The Souvenir Part II Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 DCI Banks Gary McCready 2 episodes
Vera Riley Episode: "Changing Tides"
Casualty Luke Dickinson, Jason Waycott Episode: "Sweetie", Episode: "The Department of Secrets"
2016–present Stranger Things Jonathan Byers Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [20]
Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble of the Year Nominated [21]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Nominated [23]


  1. ^ a b Dziautaite, Modesta (18 July 2016). Bailey, David (ed.). "Charlie Heaton". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer Take A Lie Detector Test. Vanity Fair. 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Weinstock, Tish (2 November 2016). "stranger things have happened: charlie heaton on finding fame". I-D Vice.
  4. ^ Grater, Tom (5 October 2015). "Charlie Heaton, Stars of Tomorrow 2015". Screen Daily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Charlie Heaton on Instagram: "Hey guys! 'Half loon' the band I used to play in debuted their first single 'Ruth' from their upcoming album. Go to there page to check it…"". Instagram. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ Robinson, Jennifer (23 April 2015). "DCI BANKS: Season 4". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Vera Cast List 2015: ITV Series 5 Air Date and Character Details". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "The Department of Secrets – Series 29 Episode 31 of 46". BBC. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (18 March 2015). "Oliver Platt Joins Naomi Watts In 'Shut In' For EuropaCorp & Lava Bear". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (6 March 2015). "Naomi Watts' Shut In Set 2016 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 August 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (20 August 2015). "Netflix Casts 7 Young Actors in Stranger Things Supernatural Drama from Duffer Brothers". Variety. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Matt (31 May 2017). "'New Mutants' Finds Its Cannonball with 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton". Collider. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Charlie Heaton is The Elephant Man". BBC. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Anger over casting of Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton as Elephant Mann". Sky News. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton Has a Son With Ex Akiko Matsuura". US Weekly. American Media Inc. 30 October 2017. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  18. ^ The Associated Press (28 October 2017). "'Stranger Things' star Charlie Heaton denied US entry over drugs". USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  19. ^ Fernandez, Alex (28 October 2017). "Stranger Things Star Charlie Heaton Refused Entry into U.S. After Allegedly Being Caught with Cocaine at Airport". People. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  20. ^ Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  21. ^ Dixon, Marcus James; Montgomery, Daniel (6 September 2017). "2017 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Big Little Lies' and 'SNL' sweep, while 'Stranger Things' takes Best Drama". Gold Derby. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  22. ^ Hipes, Patrick (21 January 2018). "SAG Awards' Stunt Ensemble Nominees Include Fallen 'Walking Dead' Stuntman". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  23. ^ Swift, Andy (22 June 2018). "Teen Choice Awards 2018: Riverdale Leads Final Wave of TV Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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