Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore (born 14 February 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, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Highmore was born in Camden, London, into a show business family. His mother, Sue Latimer, is a talent agent whose clients include Daniel Radcliffe and Imelda Staunton, and his father, Edward Highmore, is an actor. He attended The Brookland Junior and Infant School in Hampstead Garden Suburb until the age of 11. He has a younger brother named Albert ("Bertie"), born in 1995. Highmore resides in Highgate, a suburb of north London, and as of 2003 attends Highgate School. He said he will be studying Spanish and Arabic at Cambridge University as of September 2010.
Highmore began acting with small parts on TV at the age of 7. In two movies Highmore played with members of his family. His brother Bertie played his brother in Women Talking Dirty. Also his father Edward played the father in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story.
In 2004, he had a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed performance as Peter 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 in August Rush with Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Robin Williams. The story is about a musical prodigy named Evan Taylor (who is later given the stage name August Rush) 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 plays American twins, Simon Grace and Jared Grace, alongside Sarah Bolger who plays their sister Mallory Grace.
Highmore led as an actor and voice actor in Arthur and the Invisibles. Highmore also lent his voice in The Golden Compass and A Fox's Tale as well as two planned sequels of Arthur and the Invisibles. Highmore voiced the lead character in the digitally-animated film Astro Boy.