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.


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.




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


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"


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



  • 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.


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