Ed Westwick – Biography

normal_003Name: Edward Jack Peter Westwick
Born: June 27, 1987
Place: Hammersmith, England, UK

Edward Jack Peter Westwick was born in Hammersmith, London, and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. He is the third son and youngest child of Carole (née Blenkiron), an educational psychologist, and Peter Westwick, a university lecturer. He has two older brothers, one named William. At age six, he began music lessons and attended a Saturday morning drama school, Top Hat Stage & Screen. He was educated at The Barclay School and North Hertfordshire College, where he took A-levels in business, law and communication. He later trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.

Westwick made his film debut in Breaking and Entering (2006), following an open audition casting call sent to the National Youth Theatre. He went on to guest star in the British television series Doctors as Holden, Casualty as Johnny Cullin, and Afterlife as Darren. He also had a minor role in the film Children of Men (2006). He commented: “I needed to get some experience. I needed to be on set, in front of the camera.”

In 2007, Westwick appeared in the film Son of Rambow and was cast as Chuck Bass in The CW’s teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Westwick said of his casting: “There wasn’t much work in the UK. I was only in L.A. for a month and I got this show. It’s changed my life.” For his portrayal of Chuck, he assumed an American accent, based on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.As a result of the show’s success, he was named one of 2008’s Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine, and appeared the following year on its “100 Most Beautiful” list with the whole cast of Gossip Girl. Westwick earned the 2008 and 2009 awards for Best TV Villain at the Teen Choice Awards, and was named Breakthrough Talent by GQ in 2010. Entertainment Weekly also named Westwick’s character Chuck Bass number one in their “Best Dressed TV Characters of 2008” list (tied with Leighton Meester’s character Blair Waldorf), as well as in their “Best Performances” list alongside co-star Meester. In 2008, Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss. That same year, he appeared as Joey in the horror film 100 Feet. In 2009, Westwick played the role of Randy Jackson in the sequel to Donnie Darko, directed by Chris Fisher, and guest-starred in the third season of the Showtime original series Californication, as Chris “Balt” Smith, a student who was fascinated with vampire literature.

In May 2009, he was attached to play Heathcliff in the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights, alongside Gemma Arterton as Catherine. However, in January 2010, director Peter Webber left the project, which was then passed into the hands of Andrea Arnold. This directing change caused the roles to be recast. In 2010, Westwick appeared alongside Dev Patel, Charles Dance, and Pamela Anderson in the McHenry Brothers short film The Commuter, which was shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone. In January 2011, Westwick joined Clint Eastwood’s film J. Edgar, a biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio about J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial first director of the FBI. That same year, he appeared in the romantic comedy Chalet Girl alongside Felicity Jones. He co-narrated the audio book version of City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and also narrated Clare’s second novel Clockwork Prince from The Infernal Devices series. In mid-2011, Westwick became an international celebrity endorser for Penshoppe, a local clothing brand in the Philippines.

In 2013, he co-starred in the 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, alongside Hailee Steinfeld. In May 2013, it was reported that Westwick would play the lead role in the film adaptation of Anthony Bourdain’s novel Bone in the Throat; the film had its premiere at South by Southwest on 14 March 2015. In August 2013, Westwick was in talks to join the film Kitchen Sink. In October 2013, Westwick started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q. The film is set to be released in 2016. In June 2014, Westwick began filming Jim Gillespie’s thriller Take Down, alongside Jeremy Sumpter and Phoebe Tonkin. In March 2015, he joined the cast of ABC’s crime drama series Wicked City as Kent Grainger, a sadistic Sunset Strip serial killer who preys on young women.

Westwick fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Ben Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani, and John Voight. The band, formed in 2006, was inspired by the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Kings of Leon. The songs “Come Flash All You Ladies” and “Orange” were both featured in an episode of Gossip Girl.

He shared an apartment with his Gossip Girl co-star Chace Crawford in Chelsea, Manhattan from the beginning of the series in 2007 until July 2009, when Crawford moved out. Westwick moved to Los Angeles, California after Gossip Girl ended. Keen on football, Westwick is a Chelsea F.C. supporter. He is friends with footballer Charlie Henry.

Westwick began dating his Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr in late 2008. They split in May 2010, with Westwick saying “girlfriends are too much of a headache”, but briefly reunited whilst filming season 4 of Gossip Girl in August 2010.

Besides acting, Westwick fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Benjamin Lewis Allingham, David “Gattman” Gatt, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani and John Vooght. While he is now inactive in the band, largely because he wants to focus on his acting career and the other band members are still based in the U.K., he has expressed an interest in forming another group in New York.

Awards & Nominations
2008
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Star Male – Won
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Villain – Won

2009
Young Hollywood Awards – Breakthrough Male – Won
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Villain – Won

2010
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Villain – nominated

2011
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Villain – nominated

2012
Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV Actor: Drama – nominated

Source: Wikipedia