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Caleb McLaughlin (born October 13, 2001)[1] is an American actor and singer. He began his career on the Broadway stage as Young Simba in the musical The Lion King. He plays Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix series Stranger Things.[2] In 2017, McLaughlin appeared in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story as young Ricky Bell. Before The Lion King, he appeared in an opera called Lost in the Stars in Cooperstown (upstate New York) at the Glimerglass Opera House.

Caleb McLaughlin
Caleb McLaughlin by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McLaughlin at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Caleb Reginald McLaughlin

(2001-10-13) October 13, 2001 (age 17)
Years active2012–present


Early lifeEdit

McLaughlin grew up in Carmel, New York.[3] He attended Kent Primary School and later attended George Fischer Middle School for one year. He studied dance for a year at Happy Feet Dance School in Carmel, New York and then at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, former Lion King producer.[4][5].



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes Noah Short film[6]
2019 High Flying Bird Darius

Eepraiseius calibius

2020 Concrete Cowboys Cole Filming[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Boy Episode: "Born Psychopath"
Unforgettable Older Brother Episode: "New Hundred"
2014 Forever Alejandro Episode: "The Pugilist Break"
2015 What Would You Do? Caleb Episode 2
2016 Shades of Blue Jay-Jay 3 episodes
2016–present Stranger Things Lucas Sinclair Main role
2016 Blue Bloods Tone Lane Episode: "For the Community"
2017 The New Edition Story Ricky Bell (age 10-15) 3 episodes
Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "The Cast of Stranger Things"
2018 Final Space Young Gary (voice) Episode: "Chapter 4"
Summer Camp Island Ghost (voice) Episode: "Ghost the Boy"

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Brawl with the Stars Himself Episode: "Brawl with the Stars (feat. Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin)"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2017 Jimmy Fallon's Golden Globes 2017 Opening Jimmy Fallon
Santa's Coming For Us Sia


Year Title Role Location
2012–14 The Lion King Young Simba Minskoff Theatre, Broadway[8][9]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Terry, Sarah (October 13, 2016). "The kids of "Stranger Things" wishing Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) a happy birthday is pure #friendshipgoals". HelloGiggles.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 20, 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Caleb McLaughlin Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". TV Guide. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Silva, Tiffany (January 10, 2017). "CALEB MCLAUGHLIN IS HAVING A GREAT START TO 2017". Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Cabiles, Janroe (July 7, 2017). "Caleb McLaughlin: Stranger Stages". Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Dunmore, Royce. "Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes (2012)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Flemming, Mike. "'Concrete Cowboys' Movie: Idris Elba, 'Stranger Things' Caleb Mclaughlin To Star". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Velez, Ali (August 2, 2016). "We Need To Talk About The Musical Talents Of The Kids From "Stranger Things"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Caleb McLaughlin". Playbill. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "38th Annual Awards". Young Artist Association. Archived from the original on January 7, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly.
  12. ^ "Youngstars Award". BET Awards 2017. June 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (17 January 2018). "The full list of the 2018 SAG Awards nominees". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  15. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 3, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Howard, Annie (February 26, 2019). "Kids' Choice Awards: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Tops Nominees; DJ Khaled to Host". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Swift, Andy (8 July 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: Stranger Things Leads Final Wave of 2019 Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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