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Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Edward Jack Peter Westwick[1] (born 27 June 1987) is an English actor and musician, best known for his role as Chuck Bass on The CW's teen television drama series Gossip Girl alongside co-stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. He made his feature film debut in Children of Men (2006) and has since appeared in the films Breaking and Entering (2006), Son of Rambow (2007), S. Darko (2009), Chalet Girl (2011), J. Edgar (2011), Romeo and Juliet (2013), Bone in the Throat (2015), Freaks of Nature (2015), and Billionaire Ransom (2016). He currently plays Vincent Swan in the BBC Two television comedy series White Gold (2017).

Ed Westwick
Edward Jack Peter Westwick

(1987-06-27)27 June 1987
Hammersmith, London, England
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active2006–present
Home townStevenage, Hertfordshire, England

Early life

Westwick was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.[2] He is the third and youngest child of Carole (née Blenkiron),[1] an educational psychologist, and Peter Westwick, a university lecturer.[3] He has two older brothers.[4] He began music lessons and attended a Saturday morning drama school from the age of six.[5] Westwick was educated at The Barclay School and North Hertfordshire College, where he took A-levels in business, law, and communication.[5][6] He later trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.[7][8]



Westwick on the set of Gossip Girl in 2010

Westwick on the set of Gossip Girl in 2010

Westwick made his film debut in Breaking and Entering (2006), following an open audition casting call sent to the National Youth Theatre.[9] 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."[6]

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."[10] For his portrayal of Chuck, he assumed an American accent, based on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.[11] As a result of the show's success, he was named one of 2008's Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine,[12] and appeared the following year on its "100 Most Beautiful" list with the whole cast of Gossip Girl.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

In 2008, Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss.[16] 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.[17] In May 2009, he was attached to play Heathcliff in the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights.[18] 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 starred in the McHenry Brothers short film The Commuter, which was shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone.[19] In January 2011, Westwick joined Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial first director of the FBI.[20] 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.[21] In mid-2011, Westwick became an international celebrity endorser for Penshoppe, a local clothing brand in the Philippines.[22][23]

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.[24] 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.[25] Westwick then co-starred in the horror comedy film Freaks of Nature, which was released on 30 October 2015.[26] 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.[27] 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,[28] and stars in the thriller The Crash, released on 13 January 2017.[29]


Westwick was a member of the British band The Filthy Youth.[30] The punk 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.[31]

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.[32][33]

Westwick supports Chelsea F.C.[34][35]


In November 2017, allegations were separately made by three women: Kristina Cohen, Rachel Eck, and Aurélie Wynn. Cohen and Wynn accused Westwick of rape, and Eck accused Westwick of sexual assault. All three say that the alleged incidents occurred in 2014. Westwick issued a statement describing the allegations from Cohen and Wynn as "unverified and provably untrue" and further stated: "I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape".[36][37][38][39][40] Cohen subsequently filed a complaint against Westwick.[41][42][43] In July 2018, it was reported that Westwick would not be prosecuted for the alleged offences. Prosecutors said witnesses identified by the first two alleged victims were "not able to provide information that would enable the prosecution to prove either incident beyond a reasonable doubt".[44]

The allegations resulted in the re-shooting of scenes involving Westwick in the BBC adaptation of the Agatha Christie's Ordeal By Innocence with Christian Cooke, and series two of White Gold being "paused". Westwick has stated he is disappointed with the actions of the BBC due to the ongoing investigations, legal processes, and the unverified nature of the claims.[45][46][47]



2006Children of MenAlex
2006Breaking and EnteringZoran
2007Son of RambowLawrence Carter
2008100 FeetJoey
2009S. DarkoRandy Holt
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
2017The CrashBen Collins


2006DoctorsHolden EdwardsEpisode: "Young Mothers Do Have 'Em"
2006CasualtyJohnny CullinEpisode: "Family Matters"
2006AfterlifeDarrenEpisode: "Roadside Bouquets"
2007–2012Gossip GirlCharles "Chuck" BassMain character; 117 episodes
2009CalifornicationChris "Balt" SmithEpisode: "The Land of Rape and Honey"
2015Wicked CityKent Grainger8 episodes
2017Family GuyFootball Player / Wedding Officiant (voice)Episode: "The Finer Strings"
2017SnatchSonny Castillo4 episodes
2017–presentWhite GoldVincent Swan12 episodes

Music videos

2018"Give Me Your Hand"HimselfShannon K

Awards and nominations

2008Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Star – MaleGossip GirlNominated
Choice TV – VillainWon
Young Hollywood AwardsYoung Hollywood Breakthrough – MaleHimselfWon
Breakthrough Performance – MaleGossip GirlWon
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV – VillainNominated
2012Choice TV Actor – DramaNominated


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