Who is Callum Turner?
Callum Turner was born in Hammersmith, London, England, on 15 February 1990 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he holds British nationality. He’s an actor and a model, perhaps known best for playing the role of Theseus Scamander in the movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”.
Early life and education
Callum grew up in the Chelsea district of London. He lived on an estate with his family, which he later revealed helped him stay away from the wrong crowd, and focus on his education.
He used to be a soccer player growing up, and even played semi-professionally as a teenager, before quitting at the age of 17. After matriculating from a local high school in 2008, Callum started taking acting classes, and eventually also ventured into modeling. He fronted Burberry’s 2011 campaign, photographed by Mario Testino, and has since modeled for several other fashion brands, such as Reebok and Next.
Roles in movies
Callum made his acting debut in 2010, when he starred in the short drama “Think of England”, written and directed by Chris Young. In the following year, he appeared in his first feature length movie, the crime drama “Zero” which starred Amar Adatia.
Three years later, Callum starred in the comedy drama “Queen & Country”, written and directed by John Boorman, and which also starred Vanessa Kirby and David Thewlis. The film is the sequel to Boorman’s 1987 movie “Hope & Glory”, featuring numerous characters from the original. In 2015, Callum had a role in the critically-acclaimed horror thriller “Green Room”, centered on a rock band forced to fight for their lives after witnessing a murder at a local skinhead bar. Many consider this role to be his breakthrough, as it opened the door for Callum to star in more American blockbusters.
In the same year, he appeared alongside Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in the award-winning sci-fi horror drama “Victor Frankenstein”, an adaptation of the classic novel by Mary Shelley, told from the perspective of Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor. In 2016, Callum played the role of Nathan in the star-studded sci-fi action adventure “Assassin’s Creed”, directed by Justin Kerzel and based on the eponymous video game franchise, and which starred Michael Fassbender, Marion Coti inllard and Jeremy Irons.
In 2017, he was cast a male lead opposite to Kate Beckingsale in the romantic drama “The Only Living Boy in New York”. In the following year, he played the role of Theseus Scamander in the sequel to “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them”, entitled “The Crimes of Grindelwald”, and the tenth overall installment in the “Wizarding World” franchise, which also includes the seven “Harry Potter” movies.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from the critics, it was one of the highest-grossing films of the year, and was nominated for the 2019 Saturn Award for the Best Fantasy Film. Callum is set to reprise the role of Theseus in the highly anticipated third “Fantastic Beasts” movie – “The Secret of Dumbledore” – which is expected to be released in April 2022.
Callum’s most recent movie role was in the 2021 romantic drama “The Last Letter from Your Lover”, based on the eponymous novel by Jojo Moyes, and which starred Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn and Wendy Nottingham. Callum has recently joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of the bestselling novel “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, directed by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, which is scheduled for release in 2023.
Roles in TV series
Callum made his TV series debut in the 2012 mini-series “Leaving”, in which he played the role of a young man in a forbidden relationship with an older woman, played by Helen McCrory. In the following year, he appeared in single episodes of two popular British series, “The Borgias” and “Ripper Street”.
In 2014, Callum starred in the eight episodes-long crime drama “Glue”, created by Jack Throne, reprising his role in three episodes of the web-based sequel “Glue Online”, followed by his role of Anatole Kuragin, in the BBC’s TV adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War & Peace”.
In 2019 and 2020 he starred in another mini-series, the crime mystery thriller “The Capture”, centered on a British soldier who is charged with a crime, but which ends up uncovering a larger conspiracy theory involving the British government. For his performance in the series, Callum was nominated for the 2020 BAFTA TV Award in the Leading Actor category, but lost out to Jared Harris (Valey Legasov in HBO’s “Chernobyl”).
Callum is set to star in the wartime drama “Masters of Air”, directed by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, set during the WWII, following a group of American bomber pilots. The series is currently filming, and is set to be released in 2022.
In 2012, Callum appeared alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the music video for “Time to Dance”, by the French band The Shoes.
In recent years, Callum has expressed a desire to start writing and directing his own projects. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with the short “Splinter”, which starred Craig Daniel Adams, Louise Dylan and Jonathan Holby.
In 2018, he wrote and directed the short drama “Shift the Plane”, following a young working class man helping to raise his younger brother, who dreams of becoming a stand-up comic.
Struggles with drug addiction
In a recent interview with the British online newspaper “The Independent”, Callum revealed that he had an addiction to marijuana during the first four years of his acting career.
‘I never smoked on set, but as soon as I got home I was like a real addict.’, he said. After he realized that he had a problem, and that his drug usage started to seriously affect his life in a negative way, Callum determined to kick the habit, and has since completely stopped using cannabis.
Is Callum dating Vanessa Kirby?
From 2015 to 2020, Callum was in a relationship with “The Crown” star, Vanessa Kirby. The two first met in 2014 on the set of “Queen & Country”, and reportedly started dating about a year later. In the beginning, the young couple wanted to keep their relationship a secret, however, after Vanessa was announced to star alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Fallout”, rumors about her dating Callum made headlines in Britain, so they finally publicly announced that they were in a relationship. Callum and Vanessa broke up in February 2020, citing their rocketing careers as the main reason for their separation.
Callum hasn’t been vocal about a new relationship since, and it appears that he’s currently single.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Callum’s middle name is Robilliard, which his mother gave him after her late friend, poet David Robilliard.
Although he doesn’t play soccer anymore, he still loves watching soccer matches in his spare time, and has been an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club since his childhood.
Unlike many other young actors, Callum doesn’t use social media, however, there are numerous fan accounts dedicated to him on both Instagram and Twitter.
Height, age and net worth
Callum is 31 years old. He has short black hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, and weighs around 172lbs (78kgs).
As of November 2021, his net worth is estimated at more than $1 million.