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Lucas Hedges (born December 12, 1996) is an American actor.[1][2] The son of writer-director Peter Hedges, he studied theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has played supporting roles in Wes Anderson’s comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the crime biopic Kill the Messenger (2014), the coming-of-age film Lady Bird (2017), and the crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). For playing a sardonic teenage orphan in Kenneth Lonergan's drama Manchester by the Sea (2016), Hedges received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Lucas Hedges
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Hedges in 2016
Born (1996-12-12) December 12, 1996 (age 21)
Brooklyn Heights, New York City, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Parent(s) Peter Hedges (father)


Early life and educationEdit

Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York,[3] the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce (née Titman) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He has an older brother, Simon.[4] He grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, frequently visiting his father's film sets.

A graduate of Saint Ann's School, he has taken a break from studying theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[5][6][7][8][9]


2007–2015: Early rolesEdit

As a child, Hedges made his feature film debut as an extra in his father's film Dan in Real Life (2007). His line in the film was cut in post-production.[10] He starred in a middle-school play production, when the casting director for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012) was in the audience and eventually cast Hedges in the film, his first role, as Redford.[11][12] He later appeared in Arthur Newman (2013),[13] Jason Reitman's Labor Day (2013),[14] and Terry Gilliam's film The Zero Theorem (2013).[15][16] In 2014, Hedges made a cameo in Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and appeared in Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger,[12][17] for which he received positive reviews.[18][19]

2016–present: BreakthroughEdit

In April 2015, Hedges joined the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's third feature film, Manchester by the Sea (2016). In it, he plays Patrick Chandler, a 16-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and who is left in the care of his unwilling and troubled uncle. The film had its world premiere on January 23, 2016, at the Sundance Film Festival,[20] where Hedges received rave reviews.[21] For his work in Manchester by the Sea, Hedges won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, and received nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, among numerous awards.[22][12]

On January 31, 2017, Hedges made his stage debut as the lead in the Trip Cullman-directed off-Broadway play Yen, by playwright Anna Jordan.[23] The play ran from February 19 until March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.[24] For this performance, Hedges received rave reviews and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and won the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut Performance.[25][26][27][28]

In 2017, he had prominent supporting roles in Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, Lady Bird, and Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.[29][30]

On March 1, 2017, it was announced that Hedges would play the lead in Jonah Hill's upcoming directorial debut titled Mid-90s opposite his Manchester by the Sea co-star Michelle Williams. Williams was later replaced by Katherine Waterston.[31]

On June 8, 2017, it was announced that Hedges will portray Garrard Conley in the film adaptation of his memoir Boy Erased, which he began filming in September 2017.[32] In December 2017, Hedges began principal production as the titular role of Ben in Ben Is Back, to be directed by his father, Peter Hedges.[33]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2007 Dan in Real Life Lilly's Dance Partner Peter Hedges
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Redford Wes Anderson
2013 Arthur Newman Kevin Avery Dante Ariola
2013 The Zero Theorem Bob Terry Gilliam
2014 Labor Day Richard Jason Reitman
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Pump Attendant Wes Anderson
2014 Kill the Messenger Ian Webb Michael Cuesta
2016 Manchester by the Sea Patrick Chandler Kenneth Lonergan
2017 Lady Bird Danny O'Neill Greta Gerwig
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Robbie Hayes Martin McDonagh
2018 Boy Erased Garrard Conley Joel Edgerton Post-production
2018 Mid-90s TBA Jonah Hill Post-production
2018 Ben Is Back Ben Burns Peter Hedges Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Slap Ritchie Joanou (né Collins) 5 episodes; American adaptation of the Australian series[34]


Year Title Role Theater Notes
2017 Yen Hench Lucille Lortel Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hedges, Peter (January 1, 1999). "Baby Anger". Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Retrieved February 21, 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ [1] Interview of Peter Hedges for his film Dan in Real Life.
  3. ^ "Lucas Hedges, Born and Raised in Brooklyn Heights, Gets Buzz for Role in 'Manchester by the Sea'". December 30, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Weinreich, Regina (July 24, 2012). "Garden Party at Goose Creek: The Odd Life of Timothy Green". Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Nordstrom, Leigh (January 24, 2016). "Sundance 2016: Five Minutes with Lucas Hedges". WWD. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ Blickley, Leigh (November 21, 2016). "Get To Know The Breakout Star Of 'Manchester By The Sea,' Lucas Hedges". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lucas Hedges". Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Kaufman, Sarah. "Lucas Hedges, Born and Raised in Brooklyn Heights, Gets Buzz for Role in 'Manchester by the Sea'", Patch Media, December 30, 2016. Accessed December 31, 2016. "Hedges was born and raised in Brooklyn and grew up in Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. He graduated from Saint Ann's School, a private, arts-based school on Pierrepont Street."
  9. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (January 5, 2017). "Spider-Man star Tom Holland among BAFTA'S 2017 EE Rising Star nominees". Metro. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ Rosen, Lisa (November 10, 2016). "Lucas Hedges finds the lightness within the dark drama of 'Manchester by the Sea'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Matthew (November 25, 2017). "Lucas Hedges In Real Life". HuffPost. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b c Lodderhose, Diana (January 5, 2017). "BAFTA Rising Star Nominees Include Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga". Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ Debruge, Peter (September 11, 2012). "Arthur Newman". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ Miller, Daniel (June 8, 2012). "'Moonrise Kingdom' Actor Joins Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 1, 2012). "Terry Gilliam Sets David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton For 'The Zero Theorem'". Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  16. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (September 18, 2014). "Review: Terry Gilliam's Uneven But Rewarding 'The Zero Theorem' Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton". IndieWire. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  17. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 24, 2014). "'Moonrise Kingdom's' Lucas Hedges to Play Jeremy Renner's Son in 'Kill the Messenger' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  18. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (September 26, 2014). "Review: 'Kill The Messenger' Starring Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Rosemarie DeWitt". IndieWire. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 26, 2014). "'Kill the Messenger': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Manchester by The Sea". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  21. ^ Chang, Justin (January 23, 2016). "Sundance Film Review: 'Manchester by the Sea'". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  22. ^ Eng, Joyce. "Oscar Snubs and Surprises: Amy Adams Out, but Mel Gibson Is Welcomed Back In". TV Guide. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  23. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (January 31, 2017). "'Yen' Review: Oscar Nominee Lucas Hedges Simmers, Explodes In Stage Debut". Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  24. ^ Lee, Ashley (October 27, 2016). "Lucas Hedges to Star in Off-Broadway Play 'Yen' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Ben Platt, Sutton Foster, Lucas Hedges & More Nominated for 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards". April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  26. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 31, 2017). "Review: 'Yen' Is a Den of Family Dysfunction". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  27. ^ Scheck, Frank (January 31, 2017). "'Yen': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  28. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (May 11, 2017). "Josh Groban, Christy Altomare, Lucas Hedges & More Win Theatre World Awards". Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Lucas Hedges ('Manchester by the Sea') on his character's 'deep emotional well'". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  30. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 7, 2016). "Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges Join Martin McDonagh's New Movie (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  31. ^ Mazzanti, Mike (March 1, 2017). "Jonah Hill's Directorial Debut 'Mid '90s' to Reunite 'Manchester by the Sea' Stars". Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  32. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 8, 2017). "Joel Edgerton To Direct, Lucas Hedges To Star In Gay Deprogram Drama 'Boy Erased'". Deadline. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  33. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (October 23, 2017). "Julia Roberts And Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30WEST-Backed 'Ben Is Back'". Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Lucas Hedges & Penn Badgley Join 'The Slap' Miniseries On NBC; 'Full Circle' Sets Cast". October 20, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 

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