Charlie Cox

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Charlie Cox

Cox at the 2016 Wizard World Chicago
Born Charlie Thomas Cox
(1982-12-15) 15 December 1982
London, England, UK
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Religion Roman Catholic
Partner(s) Samantha Thomas
Children 1

Charlie Thomas Cox[1] (born 15 December 1982) is an English actor known for his roles as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel's Daredevil TV series by Netflix, Tristan Thorn in Stardust and Owen Sleater in the second and third seasons of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Early life

Cox, the youngest of five children, was born in London, England, and brought up in East Sussex. He is the son of Patricia C. A. "Tricia" (née Harley) and Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox, who is a publisher.[2][3][4] He has one brother, Toby (born 1974), and three half-siblings from his father's first marriage: Emma, Zoe and Oliver.[4]

Cox was raised Roman Catholic[5][6] and was educated at two independent schools: at Ashdown House School in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex and Sherborne School in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset. He later trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol.


Cox played the role of Tristan Thorn in the 2007 film Stardust. He was next seen in the 2008 film Stone of Destiny in which he played Ian Hamilton. He made his West End debut in Harold Pinter's The Collection at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, and in September 2010 he played the closeted gay Duke of Crowborough in the first episode of the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. He also appeared in Kleist's The Prince of Homburg, playing the title role, at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2010. He played the part of St. Josemaría Escrivá in the 2011 Roland Joffé film There Be Dragons. Also in 2011, Cox signed on to play a recurring role in the second season of the Martin Scorsese-produced HBO original series Boardwalk Empire as an Irish immigrant with ties to the IRA.[7][8] His character became a regular for the series' third season, which was broadcast in September 2012.

Currently, Cox portrays Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel's Daredevil TV series, produced and released through Netflix.[9] His performance was praised and given a Helen Keller Achievement Award for his role by the American Foundation for the Blind.[10]

Personal Life

Cox recently became a father to his first child with his girlfriend, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones producer Samantha Thomas.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 dot the i Theo
2004 The Merchant of Venice Lorenzo
2005 Things to Do Before You're 30 Danny
2005 Casanova Giovanni Bruni
2006 The Maidens' Conspiracy Diafebus
2007 Stardust Tristan Thorn
2008 Harry, Henry and the Prostitute Harry Short film
2008 Stone of Destiny Ian Hamilton
2009 Big Guy Chuck Short film
2009 Perfect Paul Short film
2009 Glorious 39 Lawrence
2011 There Be Dragons Josemaría Escrivá
2011 Nancy, Sid and Sergio Sergio Short film
2012 A Sunny Morning Adam Short film
2013 Hello Carter Carter
2014 The Theory of Everything Jonathan Hellyer Jones
2016 Eat Local Henry


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Judge John Deed Young Vicar Episode: "Everyone's Child"
2006 Lewis Danny Griffon Pilot
2006 A for Andromeda Dennis Bridger Television film
2010 Downton Abbey Duke of Crowborough Episode "1.1"
2011 Moby Dick Ishmael 2 episodes
2011–2012 Boardwalk Empire Owen Sleater 20 episodes
2013 The Ordained Tom Reilly Pilot
2013 Legacy Charles Thoroughgood Television film
2015–present Daredevil Matt Murdock / Daredevil Main role
2017 The Defenders


Year Title Role Notes
2005 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni Southwark Playhouse
2008 The Collection Bill Ambassadors Theatre
2010 The Prince of Homburg The Prince of Homburg Donmar Warehouse
2016 Incognito Henry Maison, Michael Wolf, Hans Albert Einstein, Ben Murphy, Freddy Myers, Greg Barraclough Manhattan Theatre Club

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015 Helen Keller Achievement Awards Honoree Daredevil Won
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best New Titles Sequence Won


  1. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. "Charlie Cox: Star turn". The Independent. 29 January 2008.
  3. Hardy, Rebecca (11 October 2007). "Fantasy movie sprinkles unknown actor in Stardust". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2007.
  4. 1 2 "Charlie Cox". The Peerage. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  5. "British actors line up for film about life of Opus Dei founder". Catholic Online. 4 September 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. St Josemaria is played by the English actor Charlie Cox, who is a Catholic. "I've been brought up a Catholic."
  6. "Interview: Charlie Cox". Busted Halo.
  7. Shaw, Marty (1 February 2011). "Charlie Cox Joins The Boardwalk Empire". BSC. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  8. Andreeva, Nellie (31 January 2011). "TV Castings: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond book pilots, Boardwalk adds a Recurring". Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  9. "Charlie Cox to Star in 'Daredevil' TV Series for Marvel and Netflix". Variety. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  10. "Helen Keller Achievement Awards 2015". American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  11. Sharma, Nemisha (September 7, 2016). "Charlie Cox Will Soon Become A Dad? 'Daredevil' Actor To Welcome First Child With Girlfriend Samantha Thomas". International Business Times.
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