Asa Butterfield

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 1 April 1997, Islington, London, England. 

Despite growing up in the limelight with parents working in the industry, Asa Butterfield had a relatively normal childhood. He attended Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form College where he balanced his academic studies with pursuing his acting aspirations.

At just ten years old, Butterfield made his debut appearance on television with a minor role in the drama series “After Thomas” (2006). However, it was his captivating performance as Bruno in Mark Herman’s film adaptation of John Boyne’s novel “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” (2008) that brought him international recognition. Portraying an innocent German boy during World War II who befriends another child imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp showcased Asa’s remarkable talent even at such a young age.

Continuing to impress audiences and critics alike with each subsequent role, Asa took on challenging projects that demonstrated versatility beyond his years. His portrayal of Hugo Cabret in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film “Hugo” (2011) further solidified him as one to watch within the industry.

Another significant milestone came when he starred as Ender Wiggin alongside Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in Gavin Hood’s sci-fi adventure “Ender’s Game” (2013), based on Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel. This thought-provoking performance showcased not only Asa’s dramatic range but also his ability to carry a film as the lead.

Asa Butterfield has continued to build an impressive resume, taking on diverse roles in both independent films and mainstream productions. Notable works include “The Space Between Us” (2017), “Journey’s End” (2017), and “Sex Education” (2019-present), a popular Netflix series where he portrays an awkward teenager navigating the complexities of adolescent life.


Suggested viewing


Sex Education (2019)

Sex Education poster (2019)

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Sex Education is a British tv series that follows Otis, a socially awkward high school student whose mother is a sex therapist. With the help of his rebellious classmate Maeve, he starts an underground sex therapy clinic at their school to tackle various issues faced by their fellow students. Hilarity and self-discovery ensue as they navigate relationships, insecurities, and teenage sexuality.

Top cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Aimee Lou Wood, Tanya Reynolds.

Hugo (2011)

Hugo poster (2011)

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

Hugo is a film adaptation of the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. It tells the story of an orphaned boy named Hugo, living in Paris, who befriends a girl and embarks on a mysterious adventure involving an automaton left behind by his late father. This heartwarming tale celebrates the magic of imagination and cinema.

Top cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory.

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