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Sam Humphrey (born 1994) [1] is a New Zealand-born actor from Frankston, Victoria, Australia. He is best known for playing Charles Stratton in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman.

Sam Humphrey
Born1994 (age 24–25)
NationalityNew Zealander
Years active2016–present
Notable work
Home townFrankston, Victoria, Australia


Early lifeEdit

Humphrey was born with a rare genetic disorder called acrodysplasia. As a child he was also diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn's disease and has spent a lifetime visiting hospitals and doctors' offices for operations and tests, and was not expected to reach his teenage years, let alone adulthood.

In an interview, he said that he had attempted suicide several times, but with support from his family, his faith and his resilience, he was able to overcome his challenges and pursue his dream of becoming an actor.[2] His surgery was scheduled in September 2018.[3][4]

Humphrey has two siblings, his older brother is entrepreneur Josiah Humphrey, whom co-founded the Tech company Appster in 2011.

Humphrey attended Tawa intermediate, Wellington, New Zealand in 2006.

Humphrey is of half Asian descent.[5]


Prior to his professional debut, Humphrey appeared in numerous school productions.

Humphrey began his acting career in television, his first role on Neighbours,[6] where he appeared on four episodes. He made his film debut in the historical period drama musical film The Greatest Showman, he played Charles Stratton, a dwarf performer who is also known by his stage name of General Tom Thumb. As he was taller than the real Tom Thumb, he had to walk on his knees and his voice was digitally altered to sound deeper.[citation needed]

In 2017, Humphrey starred in the television film Jeremy the Dud.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Greatest Showman Charles Stratton


Year Title Role Notes
2016–17 Neighbours James Udagawa 4 episodes
2017 Jeremy the Dud Jai Television film


  1. ^ "Sam Humphrey on the Biggest Lesson Hugh Jackman Taught Him on 'Greatest Showman'". Entertainment Tonight. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ Carey, Alexis (30 December 2017). "Rare disease hasn't stopped Aussie actor Sam Humphrey from starring alongside hero Hugh Jackman". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Greatest Showman's Sam Humphrey Is Undergoing High-Risk Surgery". Us Weekly. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ "The Greatest Showman's Sam Humphrey Undergoing 'High-Risk' Surgery Due to Crohn's Disease". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ Molina, Jess (20 March 2018). "Sam Humphrey is The Greatest Showman".
  6. ^ Thompson, Melissa (23 January 2018). "The Greatest Snowman's Sam Humphrey: A Star in the Making". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  7. ^ Findlay, Carly (5 November 2017). "Jeremy the Dud: the new short film that flips disability on its head". The Guardian.

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