Edward Jack Peter "Ed" Westwick[2] (born 27 June 1987) is an English actor and musician, best known for his role as Chuck Bass on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). He has appeared in films such as the romantic crime drama Breaking and Entering (2006), the comedy-drama Son of Rambow (2007), the sci-fi drama S. Darko (2009), the romantic comedy Chalet Girl (2011), the biopic J. Edgar (2011), the romantic drama Romeo and Juliet (2013), the action thriller Last Flight (2014), the crime drama Bone in the Throat (2015), the horror comedy Freaks of Nature (2015), and the thriller Billionaire Ransom (2016). He starred as Kent Grainger on ABC's crime drama series Wicked City.

 

 

Early life

Westwick was born in Hammersmith, London, and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.[3] He is the third and youngest child of Carole (née Blenkiron), an educational psychologist, and Peter Westwick, a university lecturer.[4] He has two older brothers.[4][5] At age six, he began music lessons and attended a Saturday morning drama school.[6] He was educated at The Barclay School and North Hertfordshire College, where he took A-levels in business, law, and communication.[6][7] He later trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.[8][9]

Career

Acting

Westwick made his film debut in Breaking and Entering (2006), following an open audition casting call sent to the National Youth Theatre.[2] He went on to guest star in the British television series Doctors as Holden, Casualty as Johnny Cullin, and Afterlife as Darren. He also had a minor role in the film Children of Men (2006). He commented, "I needed to get some experience. I needed to be on set, in front of the camera."[7]

In 2007, Westwick appeared in the film Son of Rambow and was cast as Chuck Bass in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Westwick said of his casting, "There wasn't much work in the UK. I was only in LA for a month and I got this show. It's changed my life."[2] For his portrayal of Chuck, he assumed an American accent, based on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[2] As a result of the show's success, he was named one of 2008's Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine,[2] and appeared the following year on its "100 Most Beautiful" list with the whole cast of Gossip Girl.[2] Westwick earned the 2008 and 2009 awards for Best TV Villain at the Teen Choice Awards, and was named Breakthrough Talent by GQ in 2010.[2] Entertainment Weekly also named Westwick's character Chuck Bass number one in their "Best Dressed TV Characters of 2008" list (tied with Leighton Meester's character Blair Waldorf), as well as in their "Best Performances" list alongside co-star Meester.[2]

 

In 2008, Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss.[2] That same year, he appeared as Joey in the horror film 100 Feet. In 2009, Westwick played the role of Randy Jackson in the sequel to Donnie Darko, directed by Chris Fisher, and guest-starred in the third season of the Showtime original series Californication, as Chris "Balt" Smith, a student who was fascinated with vampire literature.[2] In May 2009, he was attached to play Heathcliff in the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights.[2] However, in January 2010, director Peter Webber left the project, which was then passed into the hands of Andrea Arnold. This directing change caused the roles to be recast.

In 2010, Westwick in the McHenry Brothers short film The Commuter, which was shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone.[3] In January 2011, Westwick joined Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial first director of the FBI.[3] That same year, he appeared in the romantic comedy Chalet Girl. He co-narrated the audio book version of City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and also narrated Clare's second novel Clockwork Prince from The Infernal Devices series.[3] In mid-2011, Westwick became an international celebrity endorser for Penshoppe, a local clothing brand in the Philippines.[3][3]

He next co-starred in the film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet as the main antagonist and Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. The film was released on 11 October 2013.[3] Westwick then portrayed the lead role in the film adaptation of Anthony Bourdain's novel Bone in the Throat, which premiered at South by Southwest on 14 March 2015.[3] Westwick then co-starred in the horror comedy film Freaks of Nature, which was released on 30 October 2015.[3] In March 2015, he joined the cast of ABC's short-lived crime drama series Wicked City as Kent Grainger, a sadistic Sunset Strip serial killer.[3] The series was cancelled after airing 3 episodes, but was picked up by Hulu to air the remaining 5 episodes. Westwick was next seen in Jim Gillespie's Billionaire Ransom, released on 19 August 2016,[3] and stars in the upcoming thriller Jekyll Island.

Music

Westwick fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Ben Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani, and John Voight. The band, formed in 2006, was inspired by the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Kings of Leon. The songs "Come Flash All You Ladies" and "Orange" were both featured in an episode of Gossip Girl.

Personal life

Westwick shared an apartment with his Gossip Girl co-star Chace Crawford in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan from the beginning of the series in 2007 until July 2009, when Crawford moved out. He dated his Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr from 2008 until 2010.

Westwick moved to Los Angeles, after Gossip Girl ended. He is a keen Chelsea FC supporter, and is a friend of footballer Charlie Henry.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Children of MenAlex 
2006Breaking and EnteringZoran 
2007Son of RambowLawrence Carter 
2008100 FeetJoey 
2009S. DarkoRandy Jackson 
2010The CommuterBellboy in LiftShort film
2011Chalet GirlJonny Madsen 
2011J. EdgarAgent Smith 
2013Romeo & JulietTybalt 
2014Last FlightCharles Gillis 
2015Bone in the ThroatWill Reeves 
2015Freaks of NatureMilan Pinache 
2016Billionaire RansomBilly Speck 
2016Jekyll IslandBen CollinsCompleted

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006DoctorsHolden EdwardsEpisode: "Young Mothers Do Have 'Em"
2006CasualtyJohnny CullinEpisode: "Family Matters"
2006AfterlifeDarrenEpisode: "Roadside Bouquets"
2007–12Gossip GirlCharles "Chuck" Bass117 episodes
2009CalifornicationChris "Balt" SmithEpisode: "The Land of Rape and Honey"
2015Wicked CityKent Grainger8 episodes
2017SnatchSonny CastilloUpcoming series

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2008Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star: MaleGossip GirlNominated
Choice TV VillainWon
2009Won
Young Hollywood AwardsYoung Hollywood Breakthrough – MaleHimselfWon
Breakthrough Performance – MaleGossip GirlWon
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV VillainNominated
2011Nominated
2012Choice TV Actor: DramaNominated