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Justin Chatwin (born October 31, 1982) is a Canadian actor, known for his roles in Hollywood feature films like War of the Worlds (2005), The Invisible (2007), and Dragonball Evolution (2009). Over the past few years, he appeared in many independent films, such as Bang Bang Baby (2014), for which he received a nomination at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best actor in a supporting role, No Stranger Than Love (2015), Unleashed (2016), and Summer Night (2019).

Justin Chatwin
Born (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceVenice, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Years active2001–present

Chatwin is also a TV actor, best known for his work in the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless. He starred in the CBS mystery series American Gothic and was the principal guest-star in the 2016 Christmas special of the BBC1 series Doctor Who in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

In his most recent role, he stars opposite Katee Sackhoff and Tyler Hoechlin in the new Netflix original show Another Life, which premiered worldwide in 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Chatwin was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Suzanne, an artist, and Brian Chatwin, an engineer.[1] He was raised Catholic alongside his sister, Brianna.[2] In 2001, he made the first step for breaking into the movie business, as he was dared by a friend to go on an audition for a TV show in Canada, ultimately being called back and hired.[3] After that, he began to study commerce at the University of British Columbia and took acting lessons in his spare time. He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and lived for a time with actor Noel Fisher.[4]


Chatwin made his film debut in the musical comedy Josie and the Pussycats. After that, he had guest appearances in television series such as Smallville, Just Cause, Glory Days, and Mysterious Ways. He had supporting roles in the films Taking Lives and Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. Chatwin gained recognition in 2004 for his role as Tyler McKay in the miniseries Traffic. Chatwin next portrayed Tom Cruise's son in the blockbuster War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg.[5] Also in 2005, he appeared in the independent black comedy The Chumscrubber, alongside Jamie Bell and Carrie-Anne Moss. In the same year, he played the son of Kevin Nealon's character in the Showtime comedy series Weeds, appearing only in the pilot episode and the series finale. In 2006, he made a guest appearance in the ABC drama series Lost, and starred in the play Dark Matters in New York.[6]

In 2007, he starred in The Invisible, a remake of the Swedish film Den Osynlige, which marked his first lead role.[7] The following year, he played a supporting role in Middle of Nowhere, a coming-of-age drama directed by John Stockwell, also starring Anton Yelchin and Susan Sarandon.[8] In 2009, Chatwin portrayed Goku in Dragonball Evolution, a big screen adaptation based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama.[9] He then returned to Canada to shoot Funkytown, alongside Patrick Huard and Paul Doucet.[10]

Later in 2009, he was cast as Jimmy Lishman in the Showtime series Shameless, opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.[11] Chatwin was a series regular for three seasons. He also appeared in the fifth season as a special guest star in the 6th and 7th episodes.[12] In 2011, Chatwin starred in the short film Brink, written and directed by Shawn Christensen.[13] He also made a guest appearance in the third season of The Listener opposite Craig Olejnik.[14]

Chatwin subsequently appeared in the sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby (2014),[15] and the romantic comedy No Stranger Than Love (2015), with Alison Brie and Colin Hanks.[16] The following year, he starred in the thriller Urge, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene,[17] the film adaptation of Nancy Pickard's novel The Scent of Rain and Lightning,[18] the comedy Unleashed,[19] and the romantic drama One Night.[20] In 2016 he returned to television with a leading role in CBS mystery drama series American Gothic, starring alongside Megan Ketch, Antony Starr and Virginia Madsen.[21] One year prior, he had a recurring role in the third season of Orphan Black, opposite Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun.[22] He also starred in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who in 2016 Christmas special "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".[23] In 2017, he had a cameo role in the action-comedy CHiPs.

In 2018, Chatwin starred in Crackle’s latest original movie In the Cloud alongside Gabriel Byrne,[24] and in the action-thriller The Assassin's Code with Peter Stormare.[25] This year, he is set to appear in the new science fiction tv show Another Life,[26] as well in the coming-of-age drama Summer Night, directed by Joseph Cross in his directorial debut.[27] He also appeared in the music video for the Hayley Taylor song, Slow Motion, as the singer's love interest.[28] Chatwin is attached to star in the upcoming In the Lost Lands, a fantasy-adventure film based on three short stories by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Chatwin resides in Venice, California, and occasionally in Toronto, Canada, for work purposes.

Having a passion for extreme sports, he used to snowboard when he lived in Canada.[30] He is a traveller, motorcycle enthusiast and film photography lover.[31] Chatwin is much aware of the environmental and social issues, being one of the Canadian ambassadors for Operation Smile.[32]

He dated Fallen actress Addison Timlin in 2010.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Teenage Fan
2004 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 Zack
2004 Taking Lives Matt Soulsby
2005 War of the Worlds Robbie Ferrier
2005 The Chumscrubber Billy Peck
2007 The Invisible Nick Powell
2008 Middle of Nowhere Ben Pretzler
2009 Dragonball Evolution Son Goku
2011 Brink Jeremy Short film
2011 Funkytown Santo 'Tino' DeiFiori
2014 Bang Bang Baby Bobby Shore
2015 The Cycle Robbie Short film
2015 No Stranger Than Love Rydell Whyte
2016 Poor Boy Jackie Clean
2016 Urge Jason Brettner
2016 Unleashed Diego / Ajax
2016 One Night Drew
2017 CHiPs Raymond Reed Kurtz Jr.
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Hugh Jay Linder
2017 We Don't Belong Here Tomas
2018 In the Cloud Halid 'Hale' Begovic
2018 The Assassin's Code Detective Michael Connelly
2019 Summer Night Andy


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Christy, Choices of the Heart John Spencer 2 episodes
2001 Smallville Jeremy Creek Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Just Cause Shaun Martin Episode: "Code of Silence"
2002 Night Visions Pete Hartford Episode: "The Maze/Harmony"
2002 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Vinny Rose Episode: "The Devil's Autograph"
2002 Glory Days Barry Bowers Episode: "Grim Ferrytale"
2002 Mysterious Ways J.T Stanislaw Episode: "Doctor in the House"
2003 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Lawrence TV film
2003 Taken Clauson 2 episodes
2004 Prodigy Dempsey TV pilot
2004 Traffic Tyler McKay 3 episodes
2005, 2012 Weeds Josh Wilson 3 episodes
2006 Lost Eddie Colburn Episode: "Further Instructions"
2015 Breed Cooper Wells TV pilot
2011–2015 Shameless Jimmy Lishman /
Steve Wilton
40 episodes
2013 The Listener Rudy Best Episode: "Blast from the Past"
2015 Orphan Black Jason Kellerman 4 episodes
2016 American Gothic Cameron Hawthorne 13 episodes
2016 Doctor Who Grant Gordon The Return of Doctor Mysterio
2017 The Doomsday Project Chris Wyatt TV pilot
2019 Another Life Erik Wallace 10 episodes


Year Title Role Venue
2006 Dark Matters[34] Jeremy Cleary Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2007 The Mistakes Madeline Made[35] Wilson Triptych Theatre
2009 Red Light Winter[36] Davis MOTH Theatre

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
2011 "Learn to Run" David Vertesi The Boyfriend [37]
2016 "Doin' Wrong with You" Brad Carter Hugh Jay Linder [38]
2019 "Slow Motion" Hayley Taylor Love Interest [39]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Bang Bang Baby Nominated


  1. ^ "Justin Chatwin Biography (1982–)". Film Reference. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Kramer, Peter (July 5, 2005). "Chatwin looks to Cruise's style". USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Justin Chatwin: Rising Star". Wild About Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Noel Fisher On Battle: Los Angeles and Going Vampire for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Justin Chatwin takes coveted role in Spielberg's War of the Worlds remake". MovieWeb. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dark Matters". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Justin Chatwin Is Invisible". Empire. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Yelchin, Chatwin sign up for 'Nowhere'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Chatwin and Marsters join 'Dragonball Z'". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "B.C.'s Justin Chatwin takes himself to Funkytown". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Emmy Rossum to star in Showtime pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "'Shameless': Emmy Rossum Teases Justin Chatwin's Return & New Love Interest". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Brink". Tribeca Film. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "'The Listener' Season 4: Mind Games And Familiar Faces". HuffPost. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare to Star in 'Bang Bang Baby' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, Colin Hanks In 'No Stranger Than Love' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "'Shameless' Actor Justin Chatwin Joins 'Urge' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  18. ^ "Logan Miller, Mark Webber, Justin Chatwin Join 'The Scent of Rain and Lightning'". TheWrap. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  19. ^ "Kate Micucci, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin Join Indie 'Unleashed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "AFM: Anna Camp-Justin Chatwin Romance '1 Night' Sells to Level 33 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "Justin Chatwin & Megan Ketch To Star In CBS Summer Series 'American Gothic'". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  22. ^ "'Orphan Black' Adds 'Shameless' Alum Justin Chatwin, James Frain For Season 3". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  23. ^ "'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Sneak Peek Reveals First Look At Justin Chatwin's New Hero". IndieWire. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  24. ^ "Gabriel Byrne, Justin Chatwin Star in Crackle's VR-Themed Movie 'In the Cloud'". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  25. ^ "'Shameless,' 'Fargo' Actors to Star in Indie 'Legacy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  26. ^ "Netflix's 'Another Life' Adds 4 to Cast, Finds Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Joseph Cross Teams With James Ponsoldt on Directorial Debut 'Summer Night' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Hayley Taylor Challenges The Passage Of Time in 'Slow Motion' Video Featuring Justin Chatwin". Popdust. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  29. ^ "Milla Jovovich in Final Talks to Star in George R.R. Martin's 'In the Lost Lands'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  30. ^ "Dragonball Evolution : Justin Chatwin Interview". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  31. ^ "Bio". The Adventures of Charlie Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  32. ^ "Molly Sims, Justin Chatwin, and Benj Gershman join Operation Smile as 25th Anniversary Smile Ambassadors". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  33. ^ "The Cycle". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  34. ^ "Full Cast Set for Aguirre-Sacasa's Dark Matters at Rattlestick". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  35. ^ "Review: 'The Mistakes Madeline Made'". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  36. ^ "Boulder International Fringe Festival: Native returns in dream-fueled play". Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  37. ^ "David Vertesi – Learn to Run" – via YouTube.
  38. ^ "Brad Carter – Doin' Wrong with You" – via YouTube.
  39. ^ "Hayley Taylor – Slow Motion" – via YouTube.

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