Open main menu

Claybourne Elder (born April 21, 1982[1] in Utah) is an American actor, singer, and writer who is best known for his work on television and on Broadway.

Claybourne Elder
Claybourne Elder.jpg
Elder in 2013
Born (1982-04-21) April 21, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationActor, singer, writer
Home townSpringville, Utah
TelevisionThe Carrie Diaries
Spouse(s)Eric Rosen (m. 2012)


Elder is from Springville, Utah. His mother is a schoolteacher and father a carpenter, and he is the youngest of eight siblings. At an early age he played violin in the school orchestra.[2] Elder studied acting at the Moscow Klasse Centre in Russia before attending Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He earned a degree in dramaturgy and directing from The University of Utah.[3]

He received rave reviews[4] and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award[5] for Outstanding Leading Actor in A Play for originating the role of "Ollie Olson" in One Arm directed by Moisés Kaufman. He was nominated for a 2015 Lucille Lortel Award[6] for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Allegro at Classic Stage.[7] He originated the roles of "Buck Barrow" in Bonnie & Clyde,[8] "Hollis Bessemer" in Stephen Sondheim's Road Show[9] and "Michael Victor"[10] in Venice[11]

He played the Soldier/Alex and understudied Jake Gyllenhaal in the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which opened in February 2017.[12] He also played the soldier in the concert performances in October 2016 at New York City Center.[13] He can be heard on the cast recordings of Bonnie & Clyde, Road Show, Venice and Sunday in the Park with George.

He was a series regular, Pete O'Malley, on the WB's The Carrie Diaries.[14]

Regionally he played George in Sunday in the Park with George at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia, in 2014.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Elder and director Eric Rosen were married on July 28, 2012 in New York State.[16] In 2017 they had a son through surrogacy.[17]


  • The Carrie Diaries as Pete (Season 2)[18][19]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009". FamilySearch. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Kaye, Kimberly. "Claybourne Elder", November 26, 2008
  3. ^ Howell, Blair. "From Utah to Broadway: Actors with Utah ties share Broadway stages in 'Cinderella' and 'Les Miz " Deseret News, June 16, 2014
  4. ^ Wong, Waymon (June 21, 2011). "Claybourne Elder Wows New York with Tennessee Tour de Force". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "The 2012 Drama Desk Award Nominee Luncheon". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Elder", retrieved February 25, 2017
  7. ^ Classic Stage
  8. ^ "Claybourne Elder of Bonnie and Clyde". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  9. ^ McGee, Celia (December 3, 2008). "Singing a Song of Sondheim". New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Theatre Buff: Claybourne Elder of Venice". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Broadway World Interview: Claybourne Elder". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam (February 23, 2017). "Read Reviews for Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday in the Park With George". Playbill. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 4, 2016). "All-Star Supporting Cast Joins Jake Gyllenhaal-Annaleigh Ashford Sunday in the Park". Playbill. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "Love a Man in Uniform! Who Will Hunky Broadway Star Claybourne Elder Play on The CW's The Carrie Diaries?". Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (August 12, 2014). "Hello George!: Claybourne Elder stars in Signature Theatre's Sunday in the Park, Opening Tonight". Playbill. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  16. ^ Wontorek, Paul. "Exclusive! Claybourne Elder on Puppy Love, His Broadway Wedding & Making Music in Pippin with New Hubby Eric Rosen", August 20, 2012
  17. ^ "Broadway's Claybourne Elder & Eric Rosen Welcome First Child". Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Broadway's Claybourne Elder Books Guest Role on The CW's 'The Carrie Diaries'", October 29, 2013
  19. ^ The Carrie Diaries, retrieved April 14, 2019

External linksEdit