Freddie Highmore

Thanks to innate talent, good timing and a talent agent mother, Freddie Highmore blossomed rather quickly into a fine actor by the time he was 12 year-old when he starred in the wildly successful remake, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005). Prior to his film-stealing turn as the lucky lad who wins a golden ticket good for one tour of Willy Wonka's wondrous chocolate factory, Highmore established himself as a young actor to watch with his pivotal performance in the Oscar-nominated "Finding Neverland" (2004). Even his co-stars were impressed with Highmore's ability: Johnny Depp later encouraged director Tim Burton to cast him in "Chocolate Factory" and Kate Winslet called him the best child actor she had ever seen. Despite early success, however, Highmore stated he had no plans to pursue a career in acting; luckily for his fans, that never came to pass, with Highmore going on to appear in films such as "Master Harold...and the Boys" (2010) and starring as a teenage Norman Bates in the drama "Bates Motel" (FX 2013-17).