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Heaton in September 2017
Charles Ross Heaton

(1994-02-06) 6 February 1994 (age 30)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) Natalia Dyer (2016–present)
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Charles Ross Heaton (born 6 February 1994) is an English actor and musician. He is known for starring as Jonathan Byers in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things (2016–present) and for his roles in feature films like As You Are (2016), Marrowbone (2017), The New Mutants (2020), No Future (2021), and The Souvenir Part II (2021). Prior to his acting career, Heaton played in a number of London-based bands.

Early life

Heaton was born on 6 February 1994 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He was raised by his mother on a council estate in Bridlington, a small coastal town in Yorkshire. Heaton has an older sister, Levi Heaton, also an actor and a member of Self Esteem's live band.


2010–2014: Music

Heaton moved to London at age 16. He played in a number of bands before joining the noise-rock band Comanechi as the drummer. During his tenure, the band released an album in 2013 and toured for a year and a half. Heaton then joined London-based psychedelic band Half Loon.

2014–present: Acting and Stranger Things

Heaton has no formal acting training, first considering an acting career while working for extras and commercial agencies to supplement his income as a musician and bartender.

The year 2015 proved to be a pivotal time for Heaton; he had guest roles on a string of British television dramas and was cast in three major projects, including Stranger Things. He first appeared in the ITV crime drama series DCI Banks and Vera and then guest-starred in BBC One's medical drama series Casualty. In his first feature film role, he appeared in the 2016 thriller film Shut In, co-starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, and directed by Farren Blackburn. The film was produced in early 2015, prior to being cast in Stranger Things, but was released following the show's premiere. Concurrently, he filmed the coming-of-age film As You Are in late 2015. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.

Heaton's breakthrough role was as Jonathan Byers in the Netflix supernatural drama series Stranger Things. The first season premiered in July 2016 to critical acclaim; the most recent season, its fourth, was released in 2022.

In 2017, Heaton had a main role in the psychological horror film Marrowbone. In May of that year, Heaton was cast to star as Samuel "Sam" Guthrie / Cannonball in the film The New Mutants based on the Marvel Comics comic book of the same name. Filmed in 2017, the film was released in 2020. In August 2018, the BBC announced that Heaton would be playing Joseph Merrick, commonly known as the "Elephant Man", in a new two-part drama. The casting drew criticism from a disability charity group, the group's head saying that not using a disabled actor was a missed opportunity. Ultimately, it was not produced.

In 2021, he starred opposite Catherine Keener in the independent film No Future and was part of the cast of the critically acclaimed drama The Souvenir Part II.

Personal life

Heaton has a child with Akiko Matsuura, a former bandmate. Since 2016, he has been in a relationship with Stranger Things co-star Natalia Dyer, who plays his character’s girlfriend Nancy Wheeler in the series.

Since first moving to London, he became a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Arsenal F.C.

Folk-punk band Skinny Lister wrote the song "Charlie" on their 2016 album The Devil, the Heart, and the Fight about Heaton. Heaton was a childhood friend of several band members.



Year Title Role
2014 Life Needs Courage Charlie Short film
2015 The Schoolboy Michael Stevens Short film
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II Dealer
Urban & the Shed Crew Frank
2016 As You Are Mark
Shut In Stephen Portman
2017 The Performers: Act III Bowie Character Short film
Marrowbone Billy Marrowbone
2020 The New Mutants Samuel Guthrie / Cannonball
2021 No Future Will
The Souvenir Part II Jim Dagger


Year Title Role Notes
2015 DCI Banks Gary McCready 2 episodes
2015 Vera Riley Episode: "Changing Tides"
2015 Casualty Luke Dickinson / Jason Waycott 2 episodes
2016–present Stranger Things Jonathan Byers Main role; 34 episodes
2020 Soulmates Kurt Episode: "Break On Through"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Nominated
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

See also

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