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Freddie Highmore, child actor: ‘It didn’t stop me from having the childhood I deserved’ (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images,)

The series “The Good Doctor” returns this Wednesday August 31, 2022 on TF1 for the fifth season. Freddie Highmore, who plays the hero of the show, Dr. Shaun Murphy, a face known to most of the public. It must be said that his career started very early.

Freddie Highmore celebrates his 30th birthday at the beginning of 2022, but he also celebrates his 23-year career, that’s all. Born in London in the Camden Town district, the young man grew up in a family deeply rooted in the world of the arts. It must be said that between his father, the actor Edward Highmore (who mainly played in the emblematic British series “Doctor Who”), and his mother Sue Latimer, the artistic agent of a Daniel Radcliffe , he experienced film sets from early on. age

As a result, at the age of 7 the little boy made his film debut, together with Helena Bonham Carter in the film “Women Talking Dirty”. Since then, he has chained appearances and roles in television shows and mini-series, but it was not until 2004, the year of his 12th birthday, that he introduced himself to the public. That year, he played the role of Peter in the movie “Neverland”, which earned him many awards. He shared the bill with Johnny Depp, who, seduced by his performance, recommended him to Tim Burton to play with him in the adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, where he also found Helena Bonham Carter. His career was launched.

Video. Do you know? Freddie Highmore (Good Doctor) starred in a cult film with Johnny Depp

Roles that follow each other in adolescence

On the strength of his recent successes, Freddie Highmore continues his trajectory, and embodies the hero of the children’s film “Arthur and the Minimoys” by Luc Besson, becoming a musical prodigy in “August Rush ” and even the twins of “Les Minimoys” “. Spiderwick Cronicas”. A busy schedule, which however did not prevent him from continuing his education as a classical student: a desire of the actor to be able to keep his feet on the ground. “I think being away from Hollywood, and going to school and college allows you to see through illusions, to stay connected to reality. But I think it also helps you grow as an actor. If you can only experience life on set, you risk reaching the point where you don’t have life experiences that inspire you in your characters,” he said in the columns of The Evening Standard.

During an interview with Variety, however, he said that he never regretted his acting career, which was conducted in parallel with his schooling: “For me, being an actor is just something added to my childhood, and not something that prevented me from having when I was young.”

His 18th birthday, the year everything changed

In the columns of The Independent, Freddie Highmore believes that the year of his majority was a turning point in his career, mainly because the expectations for him are no longer the same. “When you’re 18, you can’t play the kid from Neverland anymore. People have different expectations, you’re less expected to blend into a role when you’re young, let alone natural. Once you become an adult you, it’s the opposite, and you’re expected to use it every day, all the time.” That year, the young actor still played in some film projects, but it was three years later, in 2013, that his career took a real turn.

In fact, at that time, he got the role of young Norman Bates in the series “Bates Motel”, a prequel to Aflred Hitchock’s film “Psychosis”. A difficult shoot that allowed him to make a name for himself on the small screen … Which did not prevent him from continuing his studies at the same time at the prestigious University of Cambridge, where he obtained degrees in Spanish and Arabic. Since then, it was on the set of the series “The Good Doctor” that the actor flourished. The role earned him several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series. And his career is far from over.

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