Jack Scanlon (born 6 August 1998) is an English former child actor who is best known for his role in the 2008 Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Jack Scanlon
Born (1998-08-06) 6 August 1998 (age 21)
Years active2007-2010

Early and personal lifeEdit

Scanlon was born in Canterbury, Kent and now lives in Deal with his parents and younger brother. He now attends Bath Spa University studying Commercial Music.[citation needed]

He is a fan of Aldershot Town, and attended Sir Roger Manwood's School[1] in nearby Sandwich, Kent.


He auditioned for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas through his drama club and was eventually cast as Shmuel after director Mark Herman narrowed his choice down to about three possible candidates and paired each with Asa Butterfield for a final audition together. According to Herman: "Jack and Asa played very well against one another."[2]

Although The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is Scanlon's feature film debut,[3] he did act before. He appeared in a 10-minute short film titled The Eye of the Butterfly (which led to him being suggested to the casting director of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)[4] and in a 2007 episode of the Peter Serafinowicz Show.[5]

Scanlon also played the younger brother of main character Sean (William Miller) in the 2009 British children's miniseries Runaway, broadcast on BBC One, which was part of the CBBC season about homelessness.[6][7]



Year Film Roles
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Shmuel


Year Programme Role
2007 Peter Serafinowicz Show Various roles
2009 Runaway Dean
2010 Married Single Other Joe


  1. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/east_kent_mercury/news/2010/january/27/three-day_exhibition_in_deal.aspx
  2. ^ "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - Casting the characters". Last Broadcast. Archived from the original on 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  3. ^ "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Production Notes". Miramax Films. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  4. ^ "Star Interview: Jack Scanlon". TVhits.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  5. ^ "The Peter Serafinowicz Show - Production Details, Plus Regular Cast and Crew". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  6. ^ "Runaways". RTÉ Guide. RTÉ. 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  7. ^ "Kierston Wareing: A Runaway success". Wales on Sunday. Wales Online. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-26.

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