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, The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Highmore was born into a show business family. His mother, Sue Latimer, is a talent agent whose clients include actors Daniel Radcliffe and Imelda Staunton, and his father, Edward Highmore, is an actor. He has a younger brother named Albert ("Bertie"), born in 1995. Highmore's home is in Highgate, an area of North London.
Highmore began with small parts on TV at the age of 7. In two films 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 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 film 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. He also starred alongside Emma Roberts in 2011's romantic comedy The Art of Getting By.
In 2012, it was announced he was to play the role of Norman Bates in the series Bates Motel, a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. This television series will debut in March of 2013.
In 2010, Highmore was accepted at Emmanuel College, Cambridge to study Spanish and Arabic.