• Keir Gilchrist is a Canadian actor and musician born in Camden, London, England in 1992
• Gained recognition in 2007 with roles in Horror mystery thriller “Dead Silence” and comedy “The Winner”
• Had a long-term relationship since 2017 with Michelle Farrah Huang
• Enjoys spending time outdoors and is a fan of Johnny Depp and the film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”
• Has a net worth estimated at over $400,000
Who is Keir Gilchrist?
Canadian actor and musician Keir David Peter Gilchrist was born in Camden, London, England on 28 September 1992, meaning that his zodiac sign’s Libra. He’s had roles in more than 50 movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for his playing of the main character Craig in the popular 2010 romantic comedy film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and which also starred Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts. It follows a depressed teenager who’s checked himself into a psychiatric ward for adults, and the film was nominated for two awards.
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Education and early life
Keir was born to Canadian parents Ian Gilchrist and Catherine (nee Peters) – they moved to Boston, Massachusetts when he was four years old, then to New York City, and eventually to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His uncle is David Wilfrid Peters, a successful economist, and his maternal grandfather was Douglas Peters, a Canadian politician, economist and banker.
Keir fell in love with acting at a very early age, and was 10 when he made his debut TV series appearance, playing Jim Stockwell Jr. in the 2003 episode “Big Fucking Mouth” of the romantic drama “Queer as Folk”. He honed his skills at Annex Children’s Theatre, and upon matriculating from a local high school in 2011 chose to focus on acting, and not to pursue a college degree.
Roles in movies
Keir’s debut film role was in the 2004 comedy “The Right Way”, and he could then have been seen appearing in the sports comedy “Saint Ralph”, the short comedy “The Sadness of Johnson Joe Jangles” and the family drama “An American Girl Holiday”, all released in 2004.
He gained recognition in 2007, with his portrayal of Young Henry in the horror mystery thriller “Dead Silence”, written and directed by James Wan, and which starred Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta and Donnie Wahlberg. It follows a widower who believes that the ghost of a late ventriloquist is behind his wife’s murder. Some of Keir’s film roles in the remainder of the 2000s were in the drama “The Egg Factory” and the musical comedy “The Rocker” both in 2008, and the 2010 romantic comedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”.
In 2014, he played the lead character Paul in the critically acclaimed horror mystery thriller “It Follows”, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, and which also starred Maika Monroe and Olivia Luccardi. The movie follows a young woman who’s just had sex, and is now being stalked by a supernatural force; the movie won 26 of its 70 award nominations.
Keir’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2019 drama “Castle in the Ground”, the 2020 mystery thriller “Flashback” and the 2021 crime thriller “An Intrusion”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming movies “The Featherweight (II)”, “Freaky Tales”, and “Mort in Sherman Oaks”.
Roles in TV series
In 2004, Keir played R. J. Mitchell in the episode “The Last Ride” of the romantic family drama “Doc”, and gained recognition in 2007 with his portrayal of Josh McKellar, one of the main characters in the comedy “The Winner”. The series was created by Ricky Blitt, also starred Rob Corddry and Erinn Hayes, and follows a successful man as he’s reflecting on the time when he lived with his parents; the series was nominated for two awards. The remainder of the decade saw Keir appear in an episode of the family comedy “Life with Derek”, and of the crime fantasy “The Listener”.
From 2009 through 2011, he played Marshall Gregson in all the 36 episodes of the romantic comedy “United States of Tara”, created by Diablo Cody, and which starred Toni Collete, John Corbett and Rosemarie DeWitt. It follows a woman who’s trying to raise a family while suffering from dissociative identity disorder – the series won nine of its 35 award nominations, including two Primetime Emmy wins.
In 2013, Keir voiced Toby in the episode “Valentine’s Day in Quahog” of the animated comedy “Family Guy”, and could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the news comedy “Newsreaders”, the science fiction action “Delete” and the fantasy comedy “Room 104”.
Most recently, from 2017 through 2021 he portrayed the main character Sam Gardner in the comedy “Atypical”, which Robia Rashid created, and which also starred Brigette Lundy-Paine and Jennifer Jason Legh. It follows autistic 18-year-old boy Sam who wants to have a girlfriend, and the series won two of its nine award nominations.
Keir’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Love and Death”.
Keir received special thanks for the 2018 biographical crime movie “American Animals”.
He’s made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “Today”, “Celebrity Page” and “Front Row Flynn”.
Awards and nominations
Keir was nominated for a 2008 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor, for “The Winner”, and a 2014 Leo Award for Best Lead Performance By A Male in a Television Movie, for “Delete”.
Love life and girlfriend
Keir’s quite open when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, and it’s widely known that he’s today in a long-term relationship with Michelle Farrah Huang, an American actress who was born in Los Angeles, California on 3 June 1989, making her three years his senior.
The two met while shooting for the series “Atypical” in 2016, and have since been together. They revealed that they were dating in May 2017, after Keir had uploaded a picture featuring them together onto his Instagram account; Michelle revealed that they were dating to her fans two months later.
Keir hasn’t spoken about other girls whom he’s perhaps been with, he’s in a long-term relationship with Michelle Farrah Huang as of December 2022, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Keir is of Scottish, Northern Irish and English descent.
He and the late American actress and child model Skye McCole Bartusiak were born on the exact same date; Skye died from a drug overdose on 19 July 2014, aged 21.
Keir enjoys spending his spare time outdoors, especially in nature, and loves to go camping with his friends.
He’s revealed that Johnny Depp’s one of his favorite actors, and that he’s a huge fan of the film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Keir’s posted only 17 pictures and videos onto his Instagram account, but is still followed by more than 550,000 people on the social media network.
Height, eyes and wealth
Keir’s age is 30. He has brown eyes and hair, weighs around 135lbs (61kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall.
Keir’s net worth’s been estimated at over $400,000, as of December 2022.