10 Things You Never Knew About 'Kin' and 'Daredevil' Actor Charlie Cox
Daredevil star Charlie Cox leads AMC+’s latest original series, Kin, a gripping Irish gang drama set in Dublin's criminal underbelly. Look out, too, for Game of Thrones alums Ciarán Hinds and Aidan Gillen among the talented and predominantly Irish cast.
Ahead of its premiere Thursday, September 9, here's a few things you might not know about the 38-year-old Cox, an actor you may also recognize from TV's Boardwalk Empire and the movies King of Thieves and The Theory of Everything.
1. He is descended from Andrew Elliot, who served as the final British Governor of New York before the American revolution.
So in a way, there's a pleasing symmetry to the fact that Cox and his family now live in New York.
2. He attended Sherborne School, a historic English boarding school that dates back more than 1,300 years.
Fellow "Old Shirburnians" – as the school's alumni are known – include Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee.
3. Growing up, he wanted to be a pro soccer player.
"I was a big sports fan. I was a huge soccer and rugby fan. I'd do anything to play sports," Cox told the San Antonio Current. "That's all I was thinking about. That was kind of my great passion. It still is. On a Saturday or Sunday morning, I'll always be in front of the TV watching my soccer teams playing."
4. While training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he broke the college's "no auditions" rule to try for a role opposite Al Pacino.
Cox duly landed the part of Lorenzo opposite Pacino in the 2004 movie adaptation of The Merchant of Venice. "I remember feeling really panicked. I was meant to have learnt to play the recorder for the class nativity play when I got the call from my agent telling me I'd got the role," Cox told The Independent in 2008. "The next thing I knew I was hanging out in Luxembourg with one of my idols. Deep down I knew I'd never go back to Bristol. To slot back into my class after that would have been entirely weird."
5. He didn't enjoy his drama school experience, anyway.
"I thought I was terrible at drama school. There were a lot of times I wanted the teachers to put me out of my misery and tell me to leave because the other 12 people in my class were so much better than me," he told Metro in 2008. "I've now done work which I'm proud of but I find it hard to watch my own work critically. It's cringe-making and, of course, you never believe your own performance. I know I've got a lot better and learnt a lot. I can see how far I've come."
6. His wife, Samantha Thomas, is a TV producer who also has Marvel credentials.
Thomas's producing credits include the Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, plus the upcoming U.K. remake of Call My Agent!.
7. He appeared in the pilot episode of Downton Abbey.
Cox played The Duke of Crowborough, a friend of the Crawley family who visits Downton Abbey with an ulterior motive in mind. It's revealed during his stay that he previously had a romantic encounter with junior footman Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), a relationship that would have been illegal and very risky indeed at the time.
8. His mom likes to send him bad reviews, but not in an unkind way.
"I didn't read the critics last year," Cox told The Guardian ahead of Daredevil season two. "I was very, very nervous – when I was cast there was a lot of, 'This guy doesn't look right.' But my mum finds those comments rather amusing and forwards them to me. Good for her. It makes me take it all less seriously."
9. His role in the 2011 Moby Dick miniseries was a real challenge because he came down with serious seasickness.
"I remember being sick for days and going to work," Cox told Ain't It Cool News. "It would be hours of vomiting. You can't see straight. It doesn't end. It's not like you got food poisoning. You keep getting sick. Eventually you're going to get it out and feel better. You don't feel better though, until you get off the boat. It didn't last the entire time, because eventually you do get used to it. I remember those first few days thinking, 'I’m going to throw myself off this ship. Anything is better than being on the ship. I'd rather be swimming in the water than on the ship.'"
10. And finally, he only found out what "LMAO" stands for in 2018.
You can watch the adorable moment he learned the lingo here.
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