Who is Charlie McDermott?
Charles Joseph McDermott Jr. was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania USA, on 6 April 1990 – his zodiac sign is Aries and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who might be known best for his portrayal of one of the lead characters, Axl Heck in the comedy series “The Middle” created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, and which also starred Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn. It is about the lives of a dysfunctional family living in Orson, Indiana. It aired from 2009 to 2018 and won 14 awards, while it was nominated for 37 others including a Primetime Emmy.
Early life and education
Charlie was raised alongside his sisters Grace and Erin in West Chester, by their father Charlie McDermott Sr. and their mother Barbara.
The family later moved to Wilmington in Delaware, where Charlie attended the high school Salesianium, and became interested in acting, making his debut film appearance just upon enrolling, as he portrayed a boy in the critically acclaimed mystery thriller film “The Village”, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and which starred Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. He was also physically active at high school, as he played several sports including soccer and tennis.
After turning 16, Charlie moved to Los Angeles in California to pursue his acting career – it’s unknown if he actually matriculated from high school.
Roles in TV series
Charlie made his debut TV series appearance in 2004 after portraying Young Gerald in all seven episodes of the family series “Windy Acres”, which starred Tantoo Cardinal, Rusty De Wees and Felicia Hammer, and follows Stephanie Burns as she moves with her two daughters from New York to Vermont to run a dairy farm.
The following years saw Charlie appear in single episodes of various series, such as the comedy “The Office”, the crime fantasy drama “Medium”, and the romantic comedy drama “Private Practice”.
The year 2017 saw him portray Barry Futturman in the episode “Operation: Natal Attraction” of the action adventure comedy “Future Man” which starred Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson, and follows a gamer as he travels through time to help save humanity from extinction; the series was nominated for three awards.
His most recent appearance in a TV series has been in the 2019 crime mini-series “Unbelievable”, created by Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldam, and which starred Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever. It follows the true story of a girl who lied to detectives about being raped, and was a hit, winning five awards while it was nominated for 37 others including four Golden Globes.
Roles in movies
In 2005, Charlie starred as Sneaky in the short comedy “Keeping Up with the Kids”, and then appeared in various movies such as the 2006 action adventure drama “Disappearances”, the 2007 romantic comedy “The Ten” which starred the famous actors Jessica Alba and Winona Ryder, and the 2008 crime drama “Frozen River”, written and directed by Courtney Hunt, and which won 32 awards while it was nominated for 39 others, including two Oscars.
Charlie was praised for his portrayal of Andy in Sean Anders’ romantic comedy “Sex Drive”, which follows a teenager driving across the US to meet the girl he talks to over the internet.
In 2009, he appeared in the fantasy “Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas”, which failed to attract a lot of attention despite receiving positive reviews from the critics.
The year 2010 saw him appear in the science fiction comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine”, then Charlie took a five-year break from acting before returning to portray Student in Guidance Office in the romantic comedy “Slow Learners”. He stared in the short romantic drama “Three Days” alongside Katherine Besozzi and Cody Derr, and portrayed the lead character Clyde in the comedy “Super Clyde”.
One of Charlie’s most recent roles in movies has been in the 2018 comedy drama “Instant Family”, written and directed by Sean Anders, and which starred Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Isabela Merced – it follows a couple fostering three children. He has also appeared in the 2019 horror thriller “Countdown”, which received mixed reviews.
Awards and nominations
In 2009, Charlie was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for “Frozen River”, and was in 2011 nominated together with his colleagues for a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series for “The Middle”. The year 2015 saw him nominated for a Blimp Award for Favorite TV Actor for “The Middle” as well.
In 2016, Charlie was nominated for a Golden Coyote Paws Award for Best Actor in a Short Film for “Three Days”.
Does he have a wife or is dating his girlfriend?
In 2010, Charlie was in a relationship with Shelby Young, an American actress perhaps known best for her performance in the anthology horror series “American Horror Story” – they dated for over a year before splitting for unknown reasons.
In 2017, Charlie married his other half Sara Rejaie, an actress, film writer and director, known for the short thriller film “Layla” which she wrote, edited, produced, directed and starred in. The movie won the actress Carmina Garay two awards: a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Short Film: Teen Actress and a Young Entertainer Award for Best Young Actress 13-14.
It appears that Charlie and Sara have agreed not to have children, so as to focus on their careers.
People tend to confuse Charlie with the man with the same name, who is married to Beth Allen and who have a son together born in 2016.
As of January 2021, Charlie is married to Sara Rejaie, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Charlie is interested in photography, and has his own website onto which he has uploaded many of the pictures he’s taken. He is mostly focused on capturing nature, animals, and old cars.
He is a dog-lover, and has a pet dog which can be seen featured in some of his pictures.
— The Middle (@TheMiddle_TV) April 11, 2017
Charlie is an avid traveler who has been all around the US visiting nearly every state, while he’s also been to France and Germany in Europe. While travelling, he mostly visits natural locations such as national parks, forests and mountains.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Liar Liar”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Les Miserables”.
Age, height and net worth
Charlie’s age is 30. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 135lbs (61kgs).
As of January 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.