Timothée Hal Chalamet was born December 27, 1995 and is an American actor. He began his acting career in short films, before appearing in the television drama series Homeland in 2012. Two years later, he made his feature film debut in the drama Men, Women & Children and subsequently appeared in Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction film Interstellar.
In 2017, Chalamet gained wider recognition for his supporting roles in the coming-of-age film Lady Bird and the western Hostiles, and for his lead role as Elio Perlman in Luca Guadagnino’s romantic drama Call Me by Your Name. The latter earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the third-youngest nominee in the category. He went on to portray a drug-addicted teenager in the drama Beautiful Boy (2018), earning a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and King Henry V in the period drama The King (2019).
On stage, Chalamet has starred in John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical play Prodigal Son in 2016, for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award and won a Lucille Lortel Award.
He was born in New York City’s Manhattan borough and grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. His parents are Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and former Broadway dancer, and Marc Chalamet, an editor for UNICEF. His American mother, a third-generation New Yorker, is of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent, and his French father, who lived in Nîmes, is from a Protestant background.
Chalamet’s older sister, Pauline (born 1992), is an actress and lives in Paris. Chalamet’s maternal uncle is filmmaker Rodman Flender, his maternal aunt is television producer and writer Amy Lippman, his maternal grandfather was screenwriter Harold Flender, and his maternal grandmother, Enid Flender (née Rodman), is a former Broadway dancer.
Growing up, Chalamet spent summers in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small French village two hours away from Lyon, at the home of his paternal grandparents. His paternal grandmother, who had moved to France, was originally Canadian. Chalamet stated that his time in France led to cross-cultural identity issues. Because as he recalls, once he was there, he became the French version of himself, completely imbued with the culture, and even dreaming in French. His childhood dream was to become a professional soccer player. He used to be a coach at a soccer camp in France, coaching six to ten-year-olds when he was around thirteen.
Chalamet attended PS 87 William T. Sherman School for elementary school, and later the selective Delta program at MS 54 Booker T. Washington Middle School, which he described as a miserable three years due to the lack of a creative outlet within the school’s academically rigorous environment. His acceptance into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts was a turning point in his appreciation for acting. He stated that he had some excellent teachers and really fell in love with it. He saw that it could be and should be treated as a craft. Harry Shifman, his sophomore year drama teacher at LaGuardia, was so impressed by his audition that he insisted on Chalamet’s acceptance into the school even though he had been rejected in the interview, saying that he gave him the highest score he had ever given a kid auditioning. He graduated in 2013 and starred in school musicals as Emcee in Cabaret and Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity. He is also a YoungArts alumnus.
After high school, Chalamet attended Columbia University for one year, majoring in cultural anthropology. He later transferred to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study to pursue his acting career more freely.
As a child, Chalamet appeared in several commercials and acted in two horror short films like Sweet Tooth and Clown before making his television debut on an episode of the long-running police procedural series Law & Order (2009), playing a murder victim. He followed this with a minor role in the television film Loving Leah (2009). In 2011, he made his stage debut in the Off-Broadway play The Talls, a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1970s, in which he played a sexually curious 12 year-old Nicholas. In 2012, he had recurring roles in the drama series Royal Pains and in the critically acclaimed spy-thriller series Homeland, in which he played Finn Walden, the rebellious son of the Vice President.
In 2014, Chalamet played the younger version of the co-lead role in Worst Friends, a comedy which had a limited theatrical release. In 2015, he co-starred in Andrew Droz Palermo’s fantasy-thriller One & Two, playing the role of Zac, a son who along with his sister, begins to explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets when their mother falls ill. His next role was playing the teenage version of James Franco’s character, Stephen Elliott, in Pamela Romanowsky’s The Adderall Diaries. In his final role of 2015, Chalamet played Charlie Cooper, the sullen grandson of Diane Keaton and John Goodman’s characters in the Christmas comedy Love the Coopers.
In his second film of 2017, Chalamet played Daniel, a gawky teenager who gets swept up in the drug-dealing business over the course of a summer, in Elijah Bynum’s directorial debut, Hot Summer Nights.
In 2018, Chalamet was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The following year, Chalamet starred in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy A Rainy Day in New York (2019). Due to an accusation of sexual assault against Allen, Chalamet donated his salary to the charities Time’s Up, LGBT Center of New York, and RAINN. He next portrayed Henry V of England, a young prince who unwittingly ascends the English Throne, in David Michôd’s Netflix period drama The King, based on several plays from Shakespeare’s Henriad.
He also will star as the main character Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the science fiction novel Dune, and in Wes Anderson’s ensemble drama The French Dispatch.
Chalamet resides in New York City. He is fluent in English and French. He holds dual citizenship in the United States and France.