Chatwin at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
|Residence||Venice, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia|
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 The Assassin's Code (2018).
Chatwin is also a prolific tv actor, best known for his work in the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless. More recently, he starred in the CBS mystery series American Gothic. He was also the principal guest-star in the 2016 Christmas special of the BBC1 series Doctor Who in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".
Chatwin was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Suzanne, an artist, and Brian Chatwin, an engineer. He was raised Catholic alongside his two sisters, Brianna and Claire. 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. 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.
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. 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.
In 2007, he starred in The Invisible, a remake of the Swedish film Den Osynlige, which marked his first lead role. 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. In 2009, Chatwin portrayed Goku in Dragonball Evolution, a big screen adaptation based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama. He then returned to Canada to shoot Funkytown, alongside Patrick Huard and Paul Doucet.
Later in 2009, he was cast as Jimmy Lishman in the Showtime series Shameless, opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. 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. In 2011, Chatwin starred in the short film Brink, written and directed by Shawn Christensen. He also made a guest appearance in the third season of The Listener opposite Craig Olejnik.
Chatwin subsequently appeared in the sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby (2014), and the romantic comedy No Stranger Than Love (2015), with Alison Brie and Colin Hanks. The following year, he starred in the thriller Urge, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene, the film adaptation of Nancy Pickard's novel The Scent of Rain and Lightning, the comedy Unleashed, and the romantic drama One Night. 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. One year prior, he had a recurring role in the third season of Orphan Black, opposite Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun. He also starred in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who in 2016 Christmas special "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". 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, and in the action-thriller The Assassin's Code with Peter Stormare. This year, he is set to appear in the new science fiction tv show Another Life, as well in the coming-of-age drama Summer Night, directed by Joseph Cross in his directorial debut. He also appeared in the music video for the Hayley Taylor song, Slow Motion, as the singer's love interest. 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.
Having a passion for extreme sports, he used to snowboard when he lived in Canada. He is a traveller, motorcycle enthusiast and film photography lover. Chatwin is much aware of the environmental and social issues, being one of the Canadian ambassadors for Operation Smile.
|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||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||Unleashed||Diego / Ajax|
|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|
|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|
|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 /
|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|
|2006||Dark Matters||Jeremy Cleary||Rattlestick Playwrights Theater|
|2007||The Mistakes Madeline Made||Wilson||Triptych Theatre|
|2009||Red Light Winter||Davis||MOTH Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Bang Bang Baby||Nominated|
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- "Chatwin and Marsters join 'Dragonball Z'". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "B.C.'s Justin Chatwin takes himself to Funkytown". Straight.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Emmy Rossum to star in Showtime pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "'Shameless': Emmy Rossum Teases Justin Chatwin's Return & New Love Interest". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Brink". Tribeca Film. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "'The Listener' Season 4: Mind Games And Familiar Faces". HuffPost. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare to Star in 'Bang Bang Baby' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, Colin Hanks In 'No Stranger Than Love' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "'Shameless' Actor Justin Chatwin Joins 'Urge' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Logan Miller, Mark Webber, Justin Chatwin Join 'The Scent of Rain and Lightning'". TheWrap. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Kate Micucci, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin Join Indie 'Unleashed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "AFM: Anna Camp-Justin Chatwin Romance '1 Night' Sells to Level 33 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Justin Chatwin & Megan Ketch To Star In CBS Summer Series 'American Gothic'". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "'Orphan Black' Adds 'Shameless' Alum Justin Chatwin, James Frain For Season 3". Variety.com. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- "'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Sneak Peek Reveals First Look At Justin Chatwin's New Hero". IndieWire. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Gabriel Byrne, Justin Chatwin Star in Crackle's VR-Themed Movie 'In the Cloud'". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- "'Shameless,' 'Fargo' Actors to Star in Indie 'Legacy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- "Netflix's 'Another Life' Adds 4 to Cast, Finds Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
- "Joseph Cross Teams With James Ponsoldt on Directorial Debut 'Summer Night' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- "Hayley Taylor Challenges The Passage Of Time in 'Slow Motion' Video Featuring Justin Chatwin". Popdust. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
- "Milla Jovovich in Final Talks to Star in George R.R. Martin's 'In the Lost Lands'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
- "Dragonball Evolution : Justin Chatwin Interview". Cinema.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
- "Bio". The Adventures of Charlie Crowe.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
- "Molly Sims, Justin Chatwin, and Benj Gershman join Operation Smile as 25th Anniversary Smile Ambassadors". Findit.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
- "The Cycle". GarrettLeight.com. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
- "Full Cast Set for Aguirre-Sacasa's Dark Matters at Rattlestick". Playbill.com. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
- "Review: 'The Mistakes Madeline Made'". DailyCamera.com. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
- "Boulder International Fringe Festival: Native returns in dream-fueled play". DailyCamera.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
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