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Caleb McLaughlin (born October 13th, 2001) is an 18 year old American actor and singer, known for his lead role in the Netflix original television series Stranger Things as Lucas Sinclair.

His acting career was launched in the year of 2012 when short film Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes was released, with him starring as the main character Noah.

He also appeared in the mini-television series New Edition: The Movie as Ricky Bell, which was released in 2017.

Biography

Early Life

McLaughlin grew up in Carmel, New York. He attended Kent Primary School and later attended George Fischer Middle School for one year. He studied dance for a year at Happy Feet Dance School in Carmel, New York and then at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, former Lion King producer.

Career

Caleb began his career when he appeared in an opera called Lost in the Stars in Cooperstown, New York at the Glimmerglass Opera House. He trained in ballet, tap, and jazz.

His first appeared in the short film ‘Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes’ in 2012. The same year, he was cast as Young Simba in the Broadway musical ‘The Lion King’. This play was staged at the Minskoff Theatre from 2012 to 2014.

During this time, McLaughlin also appeared in an episode each of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘Forever’. After this, he got featured as Caleb in an episode of ‘What Would You Do?’

In 2016, he was cast as Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’. That year, he also had small roles in the TV programs ‘Shades of Blue’ and ‘Blue Bloods’. In 2017, McLaughlin played Ricky Bell in the miniseries ‘The New Edition Story’. The same year, he also did two music videos.

He also voiced Young Gary in an episode of another Netflix TV series ‘Final Space’ and voiced Ghost in an episode of Cartoon Network TV series ‘Summer Camp Island’.

In 2019, he played Darius in a Netflix sports drama film High Flying Bird. Later in 2019, he was announced that he will star with Idris Elba in Ricky Staub's Concrete Cowboys, as Cole.

Also in 2019, he recently graduated high school and has plans to continue his education, although not in an on-campus classroom. He is going to college in the fall of 2019 but he is doing it online like home-school thing again because he is still filming Stranger Things and any upcoming projects.

Personal Life

Caleb is a well- balanced kid and a true humanitarian. He loves God, his family and appreciates all those who support him on this journey.

He has been home-school since the fifth grade and before Stranger Things. In 2019, he graduated high school but he going to college in fall. He is just take some courses, online courses in college like he is going to do the home-schooling thing again for still filming Stranger Things and Concrete Cowboys.

Filmography

Film

Year

Title Role
2012 Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes Noah
2019 High Flying Bird Darius
2020 Concrete Cowboys Cole

Television

Title Role
2013 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Boy
2013 Unforgettable Older Brother
2014 Forever Alejandro
2015 What Would You Do? Caleb
2016 Shades of Blue Jay-Jay
2016 Stranger Things Lucas Sinclair
2016 Blue Bloods Tone Lane
2017 The New Edition Story Ricky Bell (age 10-15)
2017 Lip Sync Battle Himself
2018 Final Space Young Gary (voice)
2018 Summer Camp Island Ghost (voice)

Music Videos

Year Artist Title
2017 Jimmy Fallon "Jimmy Fallon's Golden Globes 2017 Opening"
2017 Sia "Santa's Coming For Us"

Stage

Year Title Role Location
2012–14 The Lion King Young Simba Minskoff Theatre, Broadway

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Young Actor Nominated
BET Awards YoungStars Award Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) Won
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team  Stranger Things Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Actor Stranger Things Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Stranger Things Nominated


External Links

Gallery

Trivia

  • He played Young Simba in The Lion King on Broadway in 2012.
  • He studied dance at the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City, New York.
  • He first met Stranger Things costar Gaten Matarazzo at a playground when both were on Broadway.
  • He is left handed.
  • When the Duffers Brothers called Caleb to tell him he got the part of Lucas, they actually pretended like he didn't get to be Lucas, just to mess with him.

References

  1. "http://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/caleb-mclaughlin.html"Famous Birthdays
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