Though not yet known in the States, Douglas Booth has already gained considerable attention in his native U.K. since nabbing major roles in three high-profile television projects: He played pop singer Boy George in the 2010 television biopic “Worried About the Boy,” followed by a part as Christopher Isherwood’s boyfriend in 2011’s “Christopher and His Kind.” These led to a lead turn as Pip in last year’s BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”
Now 20, Booth says that struggles with dyslexia had affected his academic work as a young teenager, and acting was a helpful way to move past that. “I found acting was where I found myself most comfortable, and I just fell in love with it,” he says. “From that point on, it was going to be the only career for me.”
Next up, Booth is filming a part as Noah’s eldest son, who has unfinished business before the big flood in Darren Aronofsky’s antediluvian Biblical drama “Noah.” By time that film comes out in March 2014, Booth will likely already be known for his work opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the latest cinematic adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” penned by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes.