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Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström[1] (born 8 January 1987[2][better source needed]), known professionally as Freddie Stroma, is a British actor and model, best known for playing Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter film series and Luke in the 2011 musical comedy film A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. He starred as Adam Cromwell on the dramedy series Unreal, which premiered on Lifetime in June 2015. He starred as Brit Vayner in the 2016 Michael Bay war film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. In 2016, he played H.G. Wells in the ABC series Time After Time.

Freddie Stroma
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Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström

(1987-01-08) 8 January 1987 (age 32)
London, England
EducationRadley College
National Youth Theatre
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationActor, model
Years active2005–present
Johanna Braddy (m. 2016)

He has been married to his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy since 2016.

Early lifeEdit

Stroma was born in London, England, to father Stefan Sjöström, a Swedish-born computer industry executive, and German mother Crystal Sjöström, and grew up in Ascot, England in Berkshire, about 25 miles west of London.[3] He was educated at the public boys-only boarding school Radley College in Oxfordshire, graduating in 2005.[1][4] He has an older sister, Antonia Sjöström, and a younger brother, Philipp Sjöström.[3]

When he was 16, Stroma was accepted to the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.[3] He had roles on various British TV shows, including Casualty and BBC's detective show, Mayo (aka The Gil Mayo Mysteries). While studying neuroscience at University College London,[4] Stroma continued to work as an actor and model. He ended up taking a year off from university to play the role of Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. After filming was over, Stroma completed his degree at University College London.[3] In 2009, he attained a 2:1 BSc (an upper-second-class degree) in Neuroscience.[4]


After graduating from college, Stroma was cast in the role as Cormac McLaggen first in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.

Stroma played the role of Cool Brett in the crime-thriller film

Stroma appeared in the direct-to-DVD romantic film A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song as a British student, Luke Morgan. He played opposite Katie Gibbs (played by Lucy Hale) as her love interest.

He had a minor role in Pitch Perfect, a 2012 comedy about the world of collegiate a cappella.[5] He played a radio station manager at the local college radio station.[6]

In 2014, he was cast in the role of Jack in the psychological thriller After the Dark, which was formerly known as The Philosophers, with his former Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright.[7] The film was shot on location in Jakarta.[8]

In June 2015, Stroma was one of the romantic interests, Adam Cromwell, in the Lifetime dramedy Unreal.[9] He plays British bachelor who is competing on a fictionalized The Bachelor-type reality show called Everlasting.[10] Stroma's character is manipulated as much as the women who are vying for his attention in the show that is a behind-the-scenes view of reality dating shows.[11][12]

Unreal was picked up for a second season[13][14] but Stroma had said that he does not think his character will be back.[15] However, during a Paley Center panel on Unreal[16] he said that he is hopeful as the show will continue to feature Everlasting.[17] After the season 1 finale, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, one of the co-creators of Unreal, confirmed that Stroma would be back in season 2.[18]

Stroma had a role in the Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), playing Yale University graduate student Brit Vayner, an undercover CIA officer in Libya.[19]

In 2016, he joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Dickon Tarly, the brother of Samwell Tarly.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Stroma said he modelled (and acted) to help pay for university. He modelled for Acne Underwear in their Underwear Collection Autumn/Winter 2008.[8][21] He uses Stroma as a surname instead of Sjöström because there is an NHL player named Fredrik Sjöström. Stroma plays guitar and can sing but he is not classically trained in either.[8]

Stroma began dating his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy in the summer of 2015.[22] Stroma and Braddy got engaged in May 2016,[23] and were married on 30 December 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.[24]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lady Godiva Matt
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Cormac McLaggen
2010 Cool Brett
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Cormac McLaggen
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Cormac McLaggen
2011 A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song Luke Morgan Direct to video
2012 Pitch Perfect Luke
2013 After the Dark Jack
2014 Extraterrestrial Kyle
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Ben
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Brit Vayner
2018 Second Act Ron Ebsen
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Mayo Lucas Harper aka. The Gil Mayo Mysteries; episode: 1.7
2006 Casualty James Huppert Episode: "Happy Hour"
2007 The Last Flight to Kuwait Gregor Schatz Television film
2015–2016 Unreal Adam Cromwell Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2016 Game of Thrones Dickon Tarly Episode: "Blood of My Blood"
2017 Time After Time H. G. Wells Lead role
2019 Grand Hotel Oliver 2 episodes


Year Song Album
2011 "Knockin" A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
"Possibilities" A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song


  1. ^ a b "The Old Radleian" (PDF). Radley College. 2009. p. 144. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2015. F W C J Sjostrom (2000), the actor Freddie Stroma, with (L-R) Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Alan Rickman attending the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in New York
  2. ^ "Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005: Frederic Wilhelm C J Sjostrom". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chi, Paul (15 July 2009). "Meet Harry Potter Hottie Freddie Stroma". People. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Meet the squeaky clean movie teens". The Independent. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (25 October 2011). "Stroma finds voice in U's 'Pitch'". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  6. ^ Lambe, Stacy (28 July 2015). "Freddie Stroma, the Ass and Heart of Lifetime's UnREAL". Out. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  7. ^ Harvey, Dennis (13 February 2014). "Film Review: 'After the Dark'". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Yuvita, Petricia (8 October 2012). "Exclusive Feature: Freddie Stroma". DA MAN. DestinAsian Media Group. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (30 September 2013). "'Harry Potter' Alum Books 'Unreal' Work for Lifetime (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ Phelan, Paige (22 June 2015). "'UnREAL's' Freddie Stroma: Adam Is "Selling Himself Out Just as Much as the Girls Are"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ Lash, Jolie (20 July 2015). "Freddie Stroma On Playing Suitor Adam In Lifetime's 'UnREAL'". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  12. ^ Hoffman, Lauren (20 July 2015). ""UnREAL" Star Freddie Stroma: All the Characters Are Whoring Themselves Out". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  13. ^ Rosen, Christopher (6 July 2015). "Lifetime renews UnREAL for second season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  14. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (31 July 2015). "'UnREAL' TV panel: 7 things we learned". USA Today. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  15. ^ Jung, E. Alex (28 July 2015). "UnREAL's Prince Charming, Freddie Stroma, on Adam's Pathological Narcissism and Why He Doesn't Think He'll Be Back Next Year". Vulture. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  16. ^ Paley Center for Media (30 July 2015). "PaleyLive: An Evening with the Cast & Creators of UnREAL". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  17. ^ Phelan, Paige (31 July 2015). "'UnREAL' Cast and Creators Tease Season Finale: "The Gloves are Off"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ Phelan, Paige (3 August 2015). "'UnREAL' Finale: Creators Talk Unleashing "Full Dragon" Rachel, Season 2 Plans". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ Pedersen, Erik (17 March 2015). "Freddie Stroma Has '13 Hours'; Christopher Gorham Lands Lead In 'Po'; 'Exeter' Set For DirecTV Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  20. ^ Hibberd, James (4 September 2015). "Game of Thrones casts Samwell Tarly's brother - Scoop: 'UnREAL' star Freddie Stroma joins season 6". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Freddie Stroma Dances in His Underwear". Acne Underwear. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  22. ^ Webber, Stephanie (4 August 2015). "UnREAL Costars Freddie Stroma and Johanna Braddy Are Dating: Photo, Details!". Us Magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  23. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (17 May 2016). "UnREAL's Freddie Stroma and Johanna Braddy Get Engaged". E! Online. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  24. ^ Lee, Esther (31 December 2016). "Johanna Braddy Marries Freddie Stroma: Exclusive Details". The Knot. Retrieved 1 January 2017.

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