Charles John Rowe is a British actor born on April 23, 1996 in Islington, London, UK. His Mother is a drama teacher and his father is an actor and writer. He grew up in Crouch End and attended St Michael’s Primary School.
He began his acting career in early childhood, appearing in commercials. His first role outside of advertising was in 2005 in the West End Christmas musical ‘The Snowman’, where he played a supporting role of a boy and only had one line. His first on-screen role was in 2006 in a British TV show called ‘Jackanory’ in episode ‘Muddle Earth’ along with John Sessions. The show is made to encourge children to read. His first movie role was in the 2006 adaptation of ‘The Golden Compass’.
He gained wider fame in 2011, when he played Peter Pan in the TV miniseries ‘Neverland’, a prequel to the ‘Peter Pan’ story along with Rhys Ifans. He became even more known for his role of Leo Roth in ‘Red Band Society’, a TV show discounting the lives of teens in a children’s hospital. His co-star in the show, Octavia Spencer took him to the Academy Awards as her date.
In 2016 he returned to West End in ‘The Winslow Boy’ at the Old Vic Theatre where he played the titular character Ronnie Winslow. At the time of the play’s opening he was the youngest lead ever at the Old Vic.
In 2016 he was a finalist to be cast as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the MCU, but lost out to Tom Holland. After that he has done mostly TV work, but had a notable appearance in the 2019 Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’.