Freddie Highmore or Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore (born February 14, 1992) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland, Five Children and It, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Arthur and the Invisibles, August Rush, The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles and Toast.
Highmore began with small parts on TV at the age of 7. In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as troubled Peter Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland. Highmore received several nominations and awards for the role, including a Broadcast Film Critics Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In 2005, he played the part of the hard-working Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (adapted from the book by Roald Dahl). He was reportedly recommended for the role by the film's star Johnny Depp, who starred in Finding Neverland and was impressed by the young actor's performance.
Highmore next appeared as the title character in August Rush with Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Robin Williams. The story is about a musical prodigy and his journey to find his parents after they are separated at his birth. This movie received a wide release on 21 November 2007. He starred in The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the popular children's stories, released in the United States in February 2008. He played American twins Simon and Jared Grace, alongside Sarah Bolger as their sister Mallory Grace.
He took the main role in Toast a BBC autobiographical film about Nigel Slater, the chef, which was shown on Thursday, 30 December 2010. In May 2011, Highmore agreed to appear in a short mockumentary film about his life at university. The plot centres around how three mentors, named Burgis, Clancy and Brown, helped him balance the conflicting pressures of celebrity and academia.