December 15, 1982
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Thanks to his good looks and cool English charm, Charlie Cox was practically destined for a life onscreen. The debonair character actor kicked off what would become a regular career in feature films beginning at only 20 years of age, beginning with European productions and eventually roping in major American movies and television programs. Cox's initial glimpse of international notice came with the fantasy epic "Stardust" (2007), with even greater repute arriving by virtue of his recurring role on the acclaimed series "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO 2010-14). His solidification as a star in earnest, however, occurred as a result of his casting at the head of the superhero drama program "Daredevil" (Netflix 2015-), in which he played the titular vigilante. Charlie Thomas Cox was born December 15, 1982 in London, England; he was the youngest of five children of publisher Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox and Patricia C. A. Harley Cox. Acting became a bona fide pursuit of Cox's upon his attendance of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which set him almost instantly upon graduation on a path of professional performance. Cox's first big screen role came in the romantic thriller "Dot the I" (2003), which paired him with the likes of Gael Garcia Bernal, James D'Arcy, and Tom Hardy. Cox's second movie, "The Merchant of Venice" (2004), further boosted his acting credibility thanks to the meaty part of Lorenzo and screen partners such as Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. Cox followed up these pictures with a pair of comedic turns, popping up within the casts of "Things to Do Before You're 30" (2005) and "Casanova" (2005). Next came the first inklings of a life of stardom for Cox, incepting appropriately in the genre of fantasy. Cox appeared as the main character of director Matthew Vaughn's magically enthused sophomore feature "Stardust" (2007), which served as the actor's de facto introduction to American audiences. While starring roles continued to attract Cox, his pictures immediately thereafter met with meager critical and commercial success; such included "Stone of Destiny" (2008) and "There Be Dragons" (2011). Television became a refuge for the actor, who won a widely celebrated part on the esteemed HBO crime-drama series "Boardwalk Empire" (2010-14). On the series, Cox played Owen Slater, the Irish right-hand man to Steve Buscemi's criminal kingpin Nucky Thompson. After his leave from "Boardwalk Empire" in 2012, Cox returned to the big screen, formidably at the head of the comedy film "Hello Carter" (2013) and on the sidelines of the Best Picture Academy Award-nominated biopic "The Theory of Everything" (2014). However, Cox's notability skyrocketed when he accepted the lead role in the superhero series "Daredevil" (Netflix 2015-), playing the titular comic book vigilante known for his blindness.