Edward Jack Peter "Ed" Westwick (born 27 June 1987) is an English actor and musician, best known for his role as Chuck Bass on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). He made his feature film debut in Children of Men (2006) and has since appeared in the films Breaking and Entering (2006), Son of Rambow (2007), S. Darko (2009), Chalet Girl (2011), J. Edgar (2011), Romeo and Juliet (2013), Bone in the Throat (2015), Freaks of Nature (2015), and Billionaire Ransom (2016).
Early life Westwick was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. He is the third and youngest child of Carole (née Blenkiron), an educational psychologist, and Peter Westwick, a university lecturer. He has two older brothers. He began music lessons and attended a Saturday morning drama school from the age of six. He was educated at The Barclay School and North Hertfordshire College, where he took A-levels in business, law, and communication. He later trained at the National Youth Theatre in London.
Acting Westwick made his film debut in Breaking and Entering (2006), following an open audition casting call sent to the National Youth Theatre. He went on to guest star in the British television series Doctors as Holden, Casualty as Johnny Cullin, and Afterlife as Darren. He also had a minor role in the film Children of Men (2006). He commented, "I needed to get some experience. I needed to be on set, in front of the camera."
In 2007, Westwick appeared in the film Son of Rambow and was cast as Chuck Bass in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. Westwick said of his casting, "There wasn't much work in the UK. I was only in LA for a month and I got this show. It's changed my life." For his portrayal of Chuck, he assumed an American accent, based on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. As a result of the show's success, he was named one of 2008's Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine, and appeared the following year on its "100 Most Beautiful" list with the whole cast of Gossip Girl. Westwick earned the 2008 and 2009 awards for Best TV Villain at the Teen Choice Awards, and was named Breakthrough Talent by GQ in 2010. Entertainment Weekly also named Westwick's character Chuck Bass number one in their "Best Dressed TV Characters of 2008" list (tied with Leighton Meester's character Blair Waldorf), as well as in their "Best Performances" list alongside co-star Meester.
In 2008, Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss. That same year, he appeared as Joey in the horror film 100 Feet. In 2009, Westwick played the role of Randy Jackson in the sequel to Donnie Darko, directed by Chris Fisher, and guest-starred in the third season of the Showtime original series Californication, as Chris "Balt" Smith, a student who was fascinated with vampire literature. In May 2009, he was attached to play Heathcliff in the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. However, in January 2010, director Peter Webber left the project, which was then passed into the hands of Andrea Arnold. This directing change caused the roles to be recast.
In 2010, Westwick in the McHenry Brothers short film The Commuter, which was shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone. In January 2011, Westwick joined Clint Eastwood's film J. Edgar, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial first director of the FBI. That same year, he appeared in the romantic comedy Chalet Girl. He co-narrated the audio book version of City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and also narrated Clare's second novel Clockwork Prince from The Infernal Devices series. In mid-2011, Westwick became an international celebrity endorser for Penshoppe, a local clothing brand in the Philippines.
He next co-starred in the film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet as the main antagonist and Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. The film was released on 11 October 2013. Westwick then portrayed the lead role in the film adaptation of Anthony Bourdain's novel Bone in the Throat, which premiered at South by Southwest on 14 March 2015. Westwick then co-starred in the horror comedy film Freaks of Nature, which was released on 30 October 2015. In March 2015, he joined the cast of ABC's short-lived crime drama series Wicked City as Kent Grainger, a sadistic Sunset Strip serial killer. The series was cancelled after airing 3 episodes, but was picked up by Hulu to air the remaining 5 episodes. Westwick was next seen in Jim Gillespie's Billionaire Ransom, released on 19 August 2016, and stars in the upcoming thriller The Crash.
Music Westwick fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Ben Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani, and John Voight. The band, formed in 2006, was inspired by the Rolling Stones, The Doors and Kings of Leon. The songs "Come Flash All You Ladies" and "Orange" were both featured in an episode of Gossip Girl.
Personal life Westwick shared an apartment with his Gossip Girl co-star Chace Crawford in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan from the beginning of the series in 2007 until July 2009, when Crawford moved out. He dated his Gossip Girl co-star Jessica Szohr from 2008 until 2010.
Westwick moved to Los Angeles after Gossip Girl ended. He is a keen Chelsea FC supporter.
Ed Westwick Actor - Born June 27, 1987 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Birth Name Edward Westwick
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)
Mini Bio (1) Ed Westwick was born on June 27, 1987 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England as Edward Westwick. He is an actor and producer, known for Gossip Girl (2007), Children of Men (2006) and Chalet Girl (2011).
Tamara Francesconi (October 2019 - present)
Jessica Szohr (2009 - ?)
Chace Crawford (2007 - July 2009)
Was the leader singer of the British rock band The Filthy Youth.
The youngest of three brothers, Westwick is the son of Carole, an educational psychologist, and Peter, a lecturer in business studies.
Cited American Psycho (2000) as one of his favorite films, having frequently watched it with his Gossip Girl (2007) co-star Chace Crawford.
During an interview with Radio 1 he said that his favorite movies are The Dark Knight (2008) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Was the face of the 2011/2012 campaign for the Philippine clothing brand Penshoppe.
Modeled his Gossip Girl (2007) character (Chuck Bass)'s American accent after the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).
Was in a relationship with actress and former Gossip Girl (2007) co-star Jessica Szohr from December of 2008 until April of 2010. He was also in a relationship with actress and model Jessica Serfaty from May 2017 until the fall of 2018.
My brother Will was more of a devil. Though I was easily led astray.
But there are a lot more differences than similarities between Chuck and me. When I was 17, I had certain characteristics of Chuck's, but obviously the context was different. I didn't come from the Upper East Side and I didn't have the same desires. Oh, and I didn't have a string of lovers. I'm a good boy.
I'm not into sceney spots, so we hang out in people's apartments. I'm only 20. And I'd rather be known for my career rather than my whereabouts. To be respected as an actor it doesn't help to be seen out in the clubs.
The whole buzz of the city turns me on. I'm a night time kind of guy, so I love going out. I always sense potential in the night - especially during the summer. When the sun's out the girls put on nice dresses. It's like London in the summertime: there's all this energy that's been laying under the earth for eight months of the year that's just been bubbling and cooking until finally it comes out with the sun.
I've always connected with music. Life's not always what you see; it's what going on in your head. Music is what comes out of your subconscious.
My brother and I had a band, Fangs of fury, for about five minutes (when he was 6 years old), I just sat and watched him. So we were a two-men band, with one man doing something.
Music is my release.
I'm a showman. I wouldn't say I'm a rock star, though...All right, in my dream world, I am.
They want Chuck, not me. Chicks dig a bad boy. (on why does he think women are attracted to him).
Shaving every day. (on what's annoying about being on Gossip Girl).
I'm not a player. (on rumors he's a womanizer, like his character Chuck Bass).
I like the glamorous indie rock look, like the Libertines. But you know, without the heroin needle sticking out of my arm. (on his fashion sense).
I'm childish at times, passionate, a little crazy, I guess. And I pride myself on being one of the last romantics. (on his dating style at 21).
My weakness is the neck - when girls get too close to my neck, crazy things start to happen.
This is my trademark: I rip my T-shirt. I'm into the whole showing-a-bit-of-chest-hair thing.
[on his chemistry with Leighton Meester] I'm madly in love with Leighton, so that's what helps on my behalf, maybe so much that she doesn't even have to be in love with me. I love enough, she's mine. I'm incredibly close with her, she's a lovely girl.
Gossip Girl (2007) is based on a woman who spreads gossip on the internet, so I guess the concept of the show is stretching out into real life. People chop and change in their relationships. Life imitates art and art imitates life.
|Full name at birth||
Edward Jack Westwick
|Claim to fame||
Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl
|Date of birth||
27 June 1987
|Place of birth||
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
5' 9½" (177 cm)
Barclay School; Stevenage, England
North Herts College (attended)
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