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Overview (4)

Born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK
Birth NameSamuel George Claflin
Nickname Claf
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level and Norfolk county level. However, he suffered two broken ankles and at 16 gave up thinking about a footballing career. He took up performing arts and a teacher from Costessey High School was impressed with his performance in a school play, and encouraged him to take up drama. He joined the local youth group at Norwich's Theatre Royal and went on to gain entry to LAMDA drama school in 2006 graduating with a 3 year acting degree in 2009. He is the 3rd eldest of 4 boys, his older brothers Dan and Ben are not involved in drama but his younger brother Joe Claflin commenced at the same drama school in 2009 also doing a 3 year acting degree.

In 2010, Clafin made his debut screen performances in two award-winning series, The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and Any Human Heart (2010). His film debut came playing footballer Duncan Edwards, one of the 'Busby Babes', in United (2011). Clafin then came to the attention of cinemagoers across the world when he was cast as Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Various roles followed, including Jack in White Heat (2012) and Prince William in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). He played Finnick Odair in the sequels The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (3)

Spouse Laura Haddock (30 July 2013 - 2019)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Parents Claflin, Susan A.
Claflin, Mark J.
Relatives Claflin, Dan (sibling)
Claflin, Ben (sibling)
Joe Claflin (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

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Trivia (7)

His father is an accountant/financial manager and his mother is a school pupil welfare adviser.
While he is of mostly English descent, part of his father's family is American. His paternal grandfather was born in Connecticut, and his great-grandfather, Newton Cleveland Claflin, was from Revere, Massachusetts. Sam descends from Robert McClaughlin, a Scottish immigrant to Essex, MA in the 1600s (the surname was eventually shortened to simply "Claflin").
Graduated from the 3 Year BA (Hons) Acting course at LAMDA. [July 2009]
Good friends with actor and model Douglas Booth, with whom he co-starred in The Riot Club (2014).
He is a ninth cousin, once removed, of American actor Ashton Holmes (through shared "Claflin" ancestry).
Sam and his wife Laura Haddock welcomed their first child in December 2015.
Met his then-wife Laura Haddock when both auditioned unsuccessfully for roles in My Week with Marilyn (2011). He was after the part of Colin Clarke that went to Eddie Redmayne and Laura had vied for the role of Marilyn that went to Michelle Williams.

Personal Quotes (50)

I do just genuinely believe Chris Hemsworth is a 6'3, more muscular version of me. And more handsome, but I try.
When I was in high school, I was a bad singer. I mean, all my early acting was musical theater, and my first ever show was 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' Everyone's familiar with it. I played priest number 3 and sang so out of tune that it's not even funny.
I always try to be true to who I am and just be myself.
I don't go to royal parties or play polo on horseback. No, I don't hang out with the posh crowd, if that makes sense.
I used to spend a lot of time at football training, but that time was later spent in amateur acting classes and my local youth theatre, in plays at school and after-school clubs. That filled the void.
I have to prove myself in a lot of ways - as an actor, as a person, as someone who can handle pressure.
Get yourself into every audition that you can. Even in those for smaller roles, you'll never know when someone may recommend you for a bigger one.
I come from the bottom of the ladder. I'm from Norwich. Not many people seem to know about it.
One of the first pieces of advice I was ever given, on my first job was, 'You should always buy something to treat yourself to say, 'Well done for getting the job!''
I keep in touch with what's real.
I'm very English. I'm white. I mean, I'm so pale. With spray tans they start peeling and start getting really dirty looking.
I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, I think, and I strive for perfection.
Johnny Depp gave me the best advice. He said, 'Keep your feet on the ground. Stay grounded. Remember where you came from.'
I'm open to all the elements, I'm definitely ready to take anything on. But I don't want to jump too far into the deep end.
I think it's every actor's dream to play a character that's really odd, and you know no one wants to play himself.
I've lived with boys and girls, and I find that boys are generally cleaner than girls. Generally! This is a big generalization!
My parents don't have any showbusiness links. They are so far away from it.
A famous actor told me once - I don't want to name names, I hate that sort of thing - but I was at his house and he said, 'Are you on Twitter?' I said, 'Yes, I am.' And he said, 'There'll be one day when you'll have, like, five friends. And in the same day it'll go to five thousand.'
Chris Hemsworth is like my bromance. Seriously, I think I really inherited one of my best friends now. He doesn't know this yet, but I'm going to stalk him if he doesn't.
L.A. is my office. I come here for work and work only.
Going through the ranks and all the training you do as an actor, you hope you're going to make it. But there's a part of you that's got to be realistic and say: 'Look, it might not happen to me.'
I purposefully did not want to watch anything I've done so far; I actually don't like looking at my face, so I don't like watching myself on the screen. It's an insecurity thing I have.
I quite like the element of surprise, and as much as I have my ideas, I always appreciate ideas that come from other people as well, and I love the mystery of not knowing.
In England, when we're at drama school, we spend a lot of time learning the craft from playwrights and stage actors, who are very well trained in the basics of acting because they need to get it right the first time - you can't have second or third takes when you're in front of a live audience, unlike in film.
One of the first pieces of advice I was ever given, on my first job was, you should always buy something to treat yourself to say well done for getting the job! However I've not followed on that through yet... I've always wanted a tattoo, something to mark my experience.
There will be times when you just can't seem to land an acting job, and you feel like giving up. Don't! The only way to realise that dream is to keep working hard for it.
I don't know what you're talking about but I'm still going to laugh.
I wanted to play Katniss, but they refused.
["I'm not sure what you said, Sam" message] I didn't say anything Siri? What's going on?
[Peeta/Finnick "kiss"] I definitely had butterflies.
I've learnt a few tricks [when filming The Hunger Games]... shaving my chest is one of them.
[commenting a picture of an earthworm he uploaded] I got worms.
I'm surprised that the director was able to look past my ugly exterior.
Don't you just hate it - tripping over your own feet. I'll be on the floor of my trailer if anyone needs me.
Can I describe Jennifer Lawrence in three words? No, I can't. There are so many great fantastic compliments I have to give that girl. Three words isn't enough.
Oh, 'Sam Claflin and wife on holiday'. Who cares? Like, why is that hitting the news? Like, the fact we had... it ruined the holiday. The fact that people were very intrusive and kind of interfering in our break, it's really irritating. I don't find myself interesting. Or my wife interesting. No wait! She's very interesting, of course.
[Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC save or kill] Och, neither. I don't know. Purely because I know more of the Backstreets'... work, I'll save *NSYNC.
I don't really like my face. I'm a little offended by it in fact.
["@samclaflin does not exist" message is being displayed] Twitter is harsh.
This really gigantic crab was coming down [in the worst nightmare I had as a child], was coming at me like this [moves hands like crab's claws ] and I woke up right before it got me. I think big crabs scare the living daylights out of me. Don't know why. Maybe because I'm a Cancer!
[on the sugar cube scene in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"] The scariest moment of my life. I'm on Twitter and so many people have been like 'Don't mess this up, or we will kill you.'
I remember doing one job when they literally made me pull my shirt up and were grabbing my fat and going, "You need to lose a bit of weight". This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.
I like a good cry, I can't deny. I'm also rhyming.
Then I made out with Josh [Hutcherson]. It's like my favorite film ever!
I definitely spanked Jennifer Lawrence with my trident.
When I do shave, I feel like I'm about ten years old.
I still don't have a life. I have no friends.
I sat on my own with my dog last night and watched My Best Friend's Wedding - it's one of my favorite films of all time. Notting Hill, Love Actually, When Harry Met Sally... When a romantic comedy is done well there's nothing that beats it.
For the good of Panem, he [Finnick] basically tells them his life story and it's hugely emotional but at the same time he doesn't allow himself to get emotional. I think the reasoning behind it is, I'm ready to fight. This is my small, small donation to the cause. In comparison to what other people have sacrificed, him telling his story is a small sacrifice.
[How do you always look so dapper all the time?] I uh... I don't know... do I? I don't know that I do. Trust me, you don't see me behind closed doors. Wait, that sounds really shady...

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