Whitehead at the world premiere of Dunkirk in July 2017
|Born||18 July 1997|
Richmond, London, United Kingdom
Life and careerEdit
Whitehead, named after Irish folk legend Fionn mac Cumhaill, was born on 18 July 1997 to Linda, and Tim, a jazz musician. He is a native of London. Whitehead, who has three older siblings, grew up in Richmond, London. Yahoo! Movies said Whitehead was raised "in an artistic household". Growing up, he aspired to be a guitarist, a rugby player, and a breakdancer. He began acting at the Orange Tree Theatre when he was 13 years old. Later he went to Orleans Park School. He then went to Richmond College and entered the National Youth Theatre's summer course. By 2015, he was an aspiring actor working at a coffee shop in the Waterloo neighborhood of London. He starred in the 2016 British miniseries Him. He also acted in a stage performance of Glenn Waldron's Natives.
He was cast as the protagonist of Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk, which was released in early 2017. Nolan compared Whitehead to actor Tom Courtenay in his youth. Weeks after Whitehead finished with Dunkirk, he began work with Richard Eyre's film The Children Act opposite Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017. He also starred in one of eight monologues in the TV series Queers that aired in 2017.
In 2018, Whitehead starred in the Black Mirror TV series’ interactive stand-alone film Bandersnatch as lead character Stefan Butler. He will also appear in Sebastian Schipper's drama Roads (formerly Caravan) in early 2019.
|2017||Queers||TV series||"A Grand Day Out" monologue (one of eight monologues)|
|2017||The Children Act||Film|
|2018||Black Mirror: Bandersnatch||Film||Stand-alone interactive film of Black Mirror|
|2019||Roads||Film||Formerly Caravan; in post-production|
|TBD||Don't Tell a Soul||Film|||
|2017||Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer||Dunkirk||Nominated|||
|London Film Critics' Circle Award for Young British/Irish Performer of the Year||Nominated|||
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