Luke Benward Wiki Bio
Luke Aaron Benward was born in Franklin, Tennessee USA, on 12 May 1995 – his zodiac sign is Taurus, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and a singer, probably known best for his portrayal of Bo in the 2018 comedy movie “Dumplin’”. Written by Kristin Hahn based on the novel by Julie Murphy, and directed by Anne Fletcher, the film starred Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald and Odeya Rush, and follows the teenage girl Willowdean, who has decided to enter her mother’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant. It was nominated for nine awards.
Love life and girlfriend
Luke’s quite open when it comes to his love life, and there are five girls whom he has been with, that the public knows about.
Sometime in the early 2000s, he began dating Cristin McCleary, an American actress and model with 10 acting credits to her name, and who’s probably known best for her appearance in the 2016 mystery science fiction movie “Westworld”. The two were together for around a year, before splitting for unknown reasons. Luke then spent close to a year dating the non-celebrity girl Indah Winsome.
In 2006, he started going out with Georgie Henley, a famous British actress, who’s most likely known best for having portrayed Lucy Pevensie, in the film series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Luke and Georgie were together for more than two years, before splitting in 2008, again for unknown reasons.
From 2012 to 2014, he was in a relationship with Olivia Holt, an American actress, model and a social media star. In 2019, Luke spent a couple of months dating Ariel Winter, an American actress and model.
As of June 2021, Luke is again in a relationship with the actress Olivia Holt, but hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Early life and education
Luke was raised in Franklin alongside his sisters Ella and Gracie, by their mother Kenda (nee Wilkerson) who’s an acting coach, model and an actress, and their father Aaron Benward who’s a musician, and one half of the country music duo Blue County (with the other half being Scott Reeves). Luke’s grandfather is Jeoffrey Benward, a famous American Contemporary Christian musician.
Luke was only seven years old when his acting career was launched in 2002, with his portrayal of David Moore in the critically acclaimed historical action movie “We Were Soldiers”. This hit starred Mel Gibson and Madeleine Stowe, and follows the wives of both the American and the Vietnamese men while they were fighting in the Vietnam War. The movie won three of the eight awards for which it was nominated. The same year also saw Luke appear in the two-part pilot episode of the family comedy series “Family Affair”, and in the short music video “Martina McBride: Concrete Angel”.
He spent the following a couple of years focused on his education, and returned to acting in 2005.
He worked on his way up in the film industry throughout his entire education, and in 2013, after having matriculated from a local high school, Luke chose not to pursue a college degree, but to focus on acting full-time.
Roles in movies
In the second half of the 2000s, Luke played supporting characters in a number of hit movies, including the 2006 family comedy “How to Eat Fried Worms”, and in 2008 the family adventure comedy “Minutemen”, and the family fantasy adventure “Mostly Ghostly”.
The year 2010 saw him play 14-years-old Alan, in the romantic mystery drama “Dear John”, written by Jamie Linden, based on the eponymous novel by Nicholas Sparks, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. It starred Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and is the love story of a soldier and a conservative college student.
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The year 2012 saw Luke appear in three movies: the action adventure comedy “Girl Vs. Monster”, the musical “Zombies and Cheerleaders” and the family musical drama “Madison High”. In 2014, he starred as Will, alongside Dove Cameron and Mike Manning, in the family sports drama “Cloud 9” – it follows a snowboarder who’s being taught by a former champion. His following roles were in the 2015 war drama “Field of Lost Shoes”, and the 2015 drama “Point of Honor”.
In 2018, Luke played Jack, in the popular comedy “Life of the Party”, written and directed by Ben Falcone and starring Melissa McCarthy, Matt Walsh and Molly Gordon, it follows a woman whose husband has just asked for a divorce, and who has thus decided to return to college. It won three of the seven awards for which it was nominated.
Luke’s two most recent movie roles have been in the 2019 thriller “Grand Isle”, and the 2021 thriller drama “Wildcat”. He’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies: the horror thriller “Living Dead Presents: Fog City”, the comedy “Playing God”, and the thriller “Don’t Log Off”.
Roles in TV series
In 2012, Luke was cast to play the supporting character Matthew Pearson, in the family comedy “See Dad Run”, and the following year saw him play Beau Landry in six episodes of the family comedy “Good Luck Charlie”.
He gained recognition in 2014 with his portrayal of Dillon in the horror drama “Ravenswood”, and the same year saw him make a guest appearance as Bruce Kaczander, in the episode “The Age of Darkness” of the hit comedy “The Goldbergs”; it starred Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile, and follows the Goldbergs family living in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in the ‘80s.
The series has been airing since 2013, and has won four of the 16 awards for which it has been nominated.
The following years saw Luke appear in an episode or two of several series, including in the action adventure “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”, the mystery crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the family comedy “Girl Meets World”. His two most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2016 episode “The Interim” of the sports drama “Pitch”, and six episodes of the comedy “Still the King” in 2017.
Luke performed the song “Glory Glory” in the 2005 movie “Because of Winn-Dixie”, and in 2008 he sang the song “Get Up” in the movie “Dog Gone”. In 2012, he sang “Had Me @ Hello” in the film “Girl Vs. Monster”, and in 2014 “Cloud 9” in the eponymous movie.
He produced the 2019 short movie “Then & Now”, and is currently producing the film “Don’t Log Off”, as well as both directing and producing the short movie “Boys”.
Luke has made a guest appearance in a number of talk-shows, such as “Teens Wanna Know”, “Hometown to Hollywood” and “Celebrity Page”.
Awards and nominations
Luke has won three awards. In 2007, he and his colleagues won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film, for their performance in “How to Eat Fried Worms”, and in 2019, Luke and his colleagues won a Madrid International Film Festival Award for Best Short Comedy, for “Then & Now”. Also in 2019, he and the remaining of the cast won a Burbank International Film Festival Best Short Film by Women Award, for “Then & Now”.
He was also nominated for a 2009 Young Artist Award, and a 2020 CinEuphoria Award.
Hobbies and other interests
Luke’s a huge fan of football, and has watched football games both live at the field, and on TV. He also played it while at high school, but wasn’t good enough to pursue it as a career.
He likes to listen to music in his spare time, and his favorite bands are The Beatles and Kings of Leon, while his favorite solo performers are Bruno Mars, Eminem and Michael Buble.
Luke’s physically quite active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym each week, thus his muscular body.
He likes to travel, and has been to various US states for both work and pleasure, while he’s also been to a couple of European countries, including Greece and France. Luke’s dream travel destination is Hawaii.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, the late Robin Williams, and Meryl Streep – a couple of his favorite films are “Good Will Hunting”, “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Kramer vs. Kramer”.
Age, height and net worth
Luke’s age is 26. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) and he weighs around 187lbs (85kgs).
As of June 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.