Sam Claflin

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Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin 2014.jpg
Claflin in 2014.
Born Samuel George Claflin
(1986-06-27) 27 June 1986 (age 32)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK
Residence Chiswick, London
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Spouse(s) Laura Haddock (m. 2013)

Samuel George "Sam" Claflin (born 27 June 1986) is an English film and television actor. He is best known for portraying Philip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Finnick Odair in the The Hunger Games film series, William in Snow White and the Huntsman and Alex Stewart in Love, Rosie.

Early life

Claflin was born in Ipswich, Suffolk,[1] the third of four sons of Mark, a finance officer, and Sue Claflin, a classroom assistant. He has two older brothers, Benjamin and Daniel, and a younger brother, Joseph, who is also an actor.[2][3] He grew up in Norwich, Norfolk. As a child, he had an interest in football. He played throughout his childhood until he broke his ankle, an injury that he felt would prevent him from playing professionally. After some persuasion from his parents and a teacher with whom he'd made an impression during his high school play at Costessey High School, he pursued acting.[1][4] He was a member of the School of Excellence for Norwich City FC.[5] In 2003, he took up Performing Arts at Norwich City College,[4] before going on to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2009.[6]


Claflin at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides premiere in 2011.

Claflin made his acting debut in 2010, when he appeared on the television miniseries The Pillars of the Earth as Richard and in the TV series Any Human Heart as young Logan Mountstuart. In March 2011, he was cast as Thomas in The Seventh Son, a film adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice,[7] but dropped for unknown reasons and was replaced by Ben Barnes.[8] His next appearance came in April 2011, when he portrayed footballer Duncan Edwards in the BBC TV drama United, which was centred on the events of the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which Edwards was fatally injured.

In April 2010, he was cast as Phillip Swift, a missionary that falls in love with a mermaid, in 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. For the film, he received a nomination in the 17th Empire Awards for "Best Male Newcomer."[9] In 2012, he appeared as Jack in the 6-episode series White Heat. Later that year, he played a supporting role in the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman, as William, Snow White's childhood friend. He received a nomination in the 2012 Teen Choice Awards for the category "Best Movie Breakout." Also in 2012, he was cast in the lead role in Hammer Films' The Quiet Ones, which was filmed in mid-2013 and was released in April 2014.[10]

On 22 August 2012, Lionsgate announced that Claflin had been cast as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games film series, starting with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.[11][12] Director of Catching Fire, Francis Lawrence, stated of Claflin's performance during filming: "Finnick's an interesting character. At first he feels like a bit of a flirt and there's a little bit of sexual tension, but really you kind of fall in love with the guy and you see that there's a real deep emotional side to him. It's one of the reasons I really hired him in the first place was that it's where his character goes in the next couple of stories and I just think he did a fantastic job."[13] The film was released in November 2013 to general acclaim and Claflin's portrayal of Finnick received positive reviews.[14][15] Claflin reprised the role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, released in November 2014, and Part 2, released in November 2015.[16]

In February 2013, it was announced that Claflin was cast as Alex in the film adaption of Cecelia Ahern's novel Where Rainbows End.[17] The following month, he starred in the TV film Mary and Martha as Ben, which was broadcast by BBC One.[18] In 2014, Claflin starred in the romantic comedy Love, Rosie. He received critical acclaim for his role as Oxford University student Alistair Ryle in the British dramatic thriller The Riot Club with Charlotte O'Sullivan of the London Evening Standard saying "Claflin captures his character's vitriol very well" and Laura Dibdin of Digital Spy saying "Claflin brings intrigue and vulnerability to offset the sense of entitlement thus making Alistair the film's most fascinating character".

Claflin is currently filming Me Before You, the film adaption to the novel of the same name where he is set to play William Traynor and the sequel of Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman, where he reprises his role as William, Snow White's childhood friend. Both films are set to be released in 2016.[19][20]

Personal life

In 2011, Claflin started dating actress Laura Haddock.[21] In a 2012 interview, he said of Haddock, "She's my female counterpart is the best way to describe her. She is my mum. She reminds me of my mum so much which I think - a guy will know, right? It's important. Your mum knows like everything." Claflin states that, after he first met her, he called his agent to exclaim that he had just met the woman he wanted to marry. The two married in July 2013 in a private ceremony.[22][23] They live in Chiswick, London.[24] On 5 November 2015, at the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 London premiere, it was revealed that Claflin and Haddock are expecting their first child.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Philip Swift
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman William
2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Finnick Odair
2014 Quiet Ones, TheThe Quiet Ones Brian McNeil
2014 Riot Club, TheThe Riot Club Alistair Ryle
2014 Love, Rosie Alex Stewart
2014 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Finnick Odair
2015 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Finnick Odair
2016 Me Before You Will Traynor
2016 Huntsman: Winter's War, TheThe Huntsman: Winter's War William Post-production
2016 Their Finest Hour and a Half Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Pillars of the Earth, TheThe Pillars of the Earth Richard Miniseries; 8 episodes
2010 Lost Future, TheThe Lost Future Kaleb Television film
2010 Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart (young) 4 episodes
2011 United Duncan Edwards Television film
2012 White Heat Jack Miniseries; 6 episodes
2013 Mary and Martha Ben Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Nominated
2012 Grace Award Most Inspiring Performance Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Snow White and the Huntsman Nominated
2014 Empire Awards Best Supporting Actor The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Shirtless Performance The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nominated
2014 Glamour Awards Man of the Year Won


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  23. "Sam Claflin, Hunger Games Star, Marries Actress Laura Haddock in Private Ceremony". 1 August 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
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  25. Becky Freeth (5 November 2015). "The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin reveals he's expecting his first child as he coos over pregnant wife Laura Haddock at Mockingjay - Part 2 premiere". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

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