Thornton, Asa Maxwell Farr Butterfield is a British actor best known for his role as Hugo Cabret in Martin Scorsese’s drama film “Hugo.” Butterfield, a native of London, began attending the Young Actors’ Theatre Islington on Friday afternoons when he was seven years old. In 2006, he made his feature debut in the television movie “After Thomas.” A year later, he made his debut film appearance in the action drama ‘Son of Rambow.’ He received significant acclaim for his performance as Bruno in the Holocaust film “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” in 2008.
He also starred as a young Mordred in BBC’s ‘Merlin,’ as well as Norman in the fantasy film ‘Nanny.’ He was cast as Ender Wiggin in “Ender’s Game,” Nathan Ellis in “X+Y,” Jacob “Jake” Portman in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and Gardner Elliot in “The Space Apple video game. Asa Butterfield was born in Islington, London, on April 1, 1997 to Jacqueline Farr and Sam Butterfield.
He has three siblings: Morgan, his brother, and Loxie and Marlie, his sisters. Butterfield was given the nickname “Maxwell Thornton” at birth, but on his passport he changed it to “Bopp” (after the Hale-Bopp comet).He went to Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form, a secondary school in London. On Friday afternoons, he would act at the Young Actors’ Theatre Islington after school. Asa Butterfield was discovered by a talent spotting casting director at the Young Actors’ Theatre Islington when he was eight years old. In 2006, he made his professional acting debut in the telefilm “After Thomas.” In the film, Butterfield played Andrew, a minor character.
In 2007, he worked on his first feature picture, “Son of Rambow,” a comedy. He made a guest appearance in BBC One’s crime drama “Ashes to Ashes” the following year. He played one of the two starring characters in Mark Herman’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ in 2008, with Jack Scanlon playing the other. The film was a holocaust drama in which Butterfield played Bruno, based on John Boyne’s novel of the same name. In 2008, he was cast in the popular fantasy-adventure series “Merlin” as Mordred, a recurring role.
In 2010, he was cast alongside Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, and Ewan McGregor in the fantasy comedic family film ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang,’ which he starred in alongside Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Smith, and Ewan McGregor. In the 2013 film “Ender’s Game,” Butterfield played Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. While the film garnered mixed to excellent reviews, he gained a lot of appreciation for his role as the hero.In the British film ‘X+Y’ (2014), it was renamed ‘A Brilliant Young Mind’ in the United States.
In 2015, he starred in the drama “Ten Thousand Saints” as the protagonist. The film, which also stars Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch, premiered on January 23 at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The following year, he was cast as Jacob “Jake” Portman in the dark fantasy film “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
In 2017, he appeared in three films and had a cameo appearance in the animated science fiction series “Thunderbirds Are Go.” In the romantic science fiction film “The Space Between Us,” Butterfield played Gardner Elliot, a boy who was born and raised on Mars, and Sebastian Prendergast in “The House of Tomorrow.”
Asa Butterfield is best recognised for his performance in the epic historical adventure film “Hugo,” which he starred in in 2011. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” and tells the storey of Hugo (Butterfield), a young child who lives alone in the Gare Montparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s after his father died. Butterfield’s performance earned him critical acclaim as well as a slew of prizes.
Asa Butterfield was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for “Most Promising Newcomer” in 2008 for “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,” but lost to Dev Patel (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). Butterfield was nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year for the same role. He earned the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male for his performance in “Hugo.”
He also won the Sierra Award for Youth in Film and the NFCS Award for Best Child Actor for the film at the 2011 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards. Asa Butterfield had previously been linked to Ella Purnell, another English actress. They started dating in 2015, but it ended quickly. There have been rumours that he is currently dating Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev, however neither party has confirmed this.
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