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Robinson promoting Love, Simon in 2018
Born
Nicholas John Robinson

(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 27)
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Nicholas John Robinson (born March 22, 1995) is an American actor. As a child, he appeared in a 2008 stage production of A Christmas Carol and Mame, after which he starred in the television sitcom Melissa & Joey (2010–2015). He went on to play a supporting role in the adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and took on lead roles in several teen dramas, including The Kings of Summer (2013), The 5th Wave (2016), Everything, Everything (2017), and Love, Simon (2018). He has since starred in the miniseries A Teacher (2020) and Maid (2021).

In 2018, Robinson was named in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in the Hollywood & Entertainment category.

Early life

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995, in Seattle, Washington. He has four younger siblings. His mother is Denise Podnar. Robinson initially attended Seattle Preparatory School, but left in the middle of his freshman year and moved to Los Angeles after booking a regular role on Melissa & Joey. He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013. He was accepted to New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and attended in the summer to work on another season of Melissa & Joey.

Career

Robinson made his professional acting debut at the age of eleven with a role in a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. Talent scout Matt Casella recommended him to a few agencies and Robinson was eventually signed with the Los Angeles-based Savage Agency. Because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Robinson's family moved back to Washington where he continued to perform on stage in and around Seattle.

In 2010, Robinson was cast in the role of Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart's character, on the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey, playing the character until its cancellation in 2015.

In 2011, while on hiatus from Melissa & Joey, Robinson began filming of the Disney Channel original movie Frenemies; Robinson played the role of Jake Logan. Frenemies premiered in January 2012, on the Disney Channel.

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jord Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer. He also guest-starred in the episode "Blue Bell Boy," during the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He also began appearing in a series of television commercials for Cox Communications entitled "Buffer Time is Bonding Time."

In 2015, Robinson portrayed Zach Mitchell in Jurassic World, in which he was widely seen. He played Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave, which was released in January 2016. These roles made him unavailable for multiple episodes of the final season of Melissa & Joey, but he returned for the final three episodes.

He played the titular lead in independent film Being Charlie, a semi-autobiographical feature about director Rob Reiner's relationship with his son, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival; the film was released theatrically in 2016.

In 2017, he starred in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal, and as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name.

In 2018, Robinson starred as the titular Simon Spier in the gay coming out teen drama film Love, Simon. The film was considered ground-breaking because it was the first major studio film to focus on a gay, teenage romance. Robinson's performance as Simon garnered critical acclaim. After reading the script, Robinson revealed that he broke his own rule to no longer play high schoolers because he saw the cultural importance of the film. In 2019, he co-starred in the third film version of Richard Wright's Native Son.

In 2020, Robinson co-starred in the FX miniseries A Teacher, and he narrated his DM responses to the protagonist of Love, Victor, a Love, Simon spinoff TV series on Hulu, and appeared in two episodes of the show. In 2021, he starred in the Netflix miniseries Maid, opposite Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell. The series was critically acclaimed, with Robinson getting praise for his performance.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
2017 Kong: Skull Island Bar guest #2 Cameo
Everything, Everything Olly Bright
Krystal Taylor Ogburn
2018 Love, Simon Simon Spier
2019 Native Son Jan Erlone
Strange but True Phillip Chase
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Stu Beckell
2021 Silk Road Ross Ulbricht
2023 Damsel Prince Henry Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon Main role
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2020–2021 Love, Victor Simon Spier Special guest star and producer (seasons 1–2)
2020 A Teacher Eric Walker Main role; miniseries
2021 Maid Sean Main role; miniseries

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
Lego Dimensions Zach Mitchell

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue
2007 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Intiman Playhouse
2007–2008 A Christmas Carol Ensemble ACT Theatre
2008 Mame Patrick Dennis 5th Avenue Theatre
2009 A Thousand Clowns Nick Burns Intiman Playhouse
2010 Lost in Yonkers Arty Kurnitz Village Theatre
2019 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Shubert Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male The Kings of Summer Nominated
2015 Young Entertainer Awards Best Leading Young Actor – Feature Film Jurassic World Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Everything, Everything Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Won
Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award Love, Simon Won
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award Love, Simon Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Love, Simon Won
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Love, Simon Nominated
People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated
The Comedy Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Love, Simon Nominated
2021 International Online Cinema Awards Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Series A Teacher Nominated
Pena de Prata Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or TV Special Maid Nominated
2022 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actor Maid Pending
International Online Cinema Awards Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie Maid Pending
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