Born: January 28, 1993
Date of Birth: January 28, 1993
Will Poulter was born and raised in Hammersmith, London, England. He attended the Harrodian School where he began studying drama. It was his drama teacher Laura Lawson whom he credits for encouraging him to audition for Garth Jennings' Son of Rambow, a film about two English schoolboys from opposite backgrounds who are inspired to make a film based on Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood. Will auditioned and won the role, which earned him a British Independent Film Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.
In 2008, Will landed a role in the British sketch comedy series, School of Comedy alongside actor-turned-YouTube star Jack Harries. Will played various characters in the sketch comedy, in which youth parodied the world of adults. He stayed on the E4 series until 2010.
Will’s next notable role came as Eustace Clarence Scrubb in 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third film of the Chronicles of Narnia series. The role earned Will recognition and numerous nominations for a variety of awards.
In 2011, Will starred in Dexter Fletcher’s BAFTA-nominated drama Wild Bill. It follows the story of a man named Bill Hayward who serves eight years in parole and returns to find his two sons abandoned by their mother. Will played the elder son, 15-year-old Dean, who has found a job to support him and his brother. The role earned Will another nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for Young British Performer of the Year.
Having achieved success in the U.K., Will crossed over to Hollywood. His first role there was the 2013 comedy We’re The Millers , which follows a pot dealer’s (Jason Sudeikis) plan to create a fake family in order to help him transfer a shipment of weed from the U.S. to Mexico. Will played Kenny, whose fake family members are played by Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts.
Will also joined the ensemble cast of the 2014 adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel, The Maze Runner, in the role of Gally. Set in a dystopian world, the film follows a group of youths who discover they are trapped in a maze and attempt to escape. Most recently, he starred in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant (2016) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The film has been nominated for four Golden Globes.