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Caleb Reginald McLaughlin

(2001-10-13) October 13, 2001 (age 22)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present

Caleb Reginald McLaughlin (born October 13, 2001) is an American actor. He gained recognition for playing Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present). McLaughlin began his career on the Broadway stage as Young Simba in the musical The Lion King followed by small roles in television. Following his breakthrough with Stranger Things, he appeared in the films High Flying Bird (2019) and Concrete Cowboy (2020), his first starring feature film role. His work also includes the miniseries The New Edition Story (2017) and various television voice acting roles.

Early life

Caleb Reginald McLaughlin was born on October 13, 2001 in Carmel, New York. He was born to parents April and Corey McLaughlin. He attended Kent Primary School and later attended George Fischer Middle School for one year. He studied dance for a year at Happy Feet Dance School in Carmel, New York and then attended Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster Hill, New York for one year. He then studied at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, former Lion King producer.


McLaughlin's first acting role was as a child in the opera Lost in the Stars in Cooperstown, New York at the Glimmerglass Opera House. His first starring role was on Broadway as Young Simba in The Lion King musical (2012–14). He then went on to have guest-starring roles in television series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Unforgettable, Forever, What Would You Do?, and Shades of Blue. In 2016, McLaughlin's breakthrough role came with his portrayal of Lucas Sinclair in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things (2016–present). In 2017, he was a nominee for the BET YoungStars Award, and in 2018 he won Outstanding Performance by a Youth at the NAACP Image Awards. In 2020, McLaughlin made his feature film debut in Concrete Cowboy, co-starring with Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome, which received positive reviews. In December 2020, McLaughlin was included as an honoree in Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2021 list in the field of Hollywood and Entertainment.


McLaughlin has spearheaded the social media campaigns #EmbraceYourFace and #BeYourBiggestFan, promoting healthy body image, positivity and self-esteem. McLaughlin has stated: "Feeling good about yourself is healthy. It always starts with you first, before it goes to anyone else... You have to learn to love and appreciate yourself and take that time to do it." In 2020, McLaughlin also encouraged people to vote in the 2020 US presidential election, posting a video on his official Instagram account with links to the non-profit organization



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes Noah Short film
2019 High Flying Bird Darius
2020 Concrete Cowboy Coltrane “Cole”
2023 Shooting Stars Dru Joyce III Post-production
TBD The Deliverance Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kid Episode: "Born Psychopath"
Unforgettable Older Brother Episode: "New Hundred"
2014 Forever Alejandro Episode: "The Pugilist Break"
2015 What Would You Do? Foster Child Season 10; Episode 2
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Episode: "District of Columbia"
2016 Shades of Blue Jay-Jay 3 episodes
Blue Bloods Tony Lane Episode: "For the Community"
2016–present Stranger Things Lucas Sinclair Main role
2017 The New Edition Story Ricky Bell (age 10-15) 3 episodes
Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "The Cast of Stranger Things"
2018 Final Space Young Gary (voice) Episode: "Chapter 4"
2018–2021 Summer Camp Island Ghost (voice) 4 episodes
2021 Ultra City Smiths Trevor Johnson (voice) 6 episodes
2022 The Boys Presents: Diabolical Mo-Slo (voice)


Year Title Role Venue Notes Ref.
2012, 2016 Lost in the Stars Alex Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera
2012–14 The Lion King Young Simba Minskoff Theatre Broadway replacement
2015 The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Bokkie Pershing Square Signature Center Off-Broadway

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref.
2012 "Still Standing" (feat. Jill Scott) Pharoche Monch
2017 "Santa's Coming For Us" Sia
2021 “Neighborhood” Caleb Mclaughlin
2022 “Soul Travel” Caleb Mclaughlin

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Teen Actor Stranger Things Nominated
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2017 BET Awards YoungStars Award Nominated
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) Won
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team (with Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink) Nominated
2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Nominated
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2021 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Male Breakthrough Performance Concrete Cowboy Nominated

See also

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