Jamie Campbell Bower — things you didn't know about the TV and film star

Stranger Things actor Jamie Campbell Bower.
Stranger Things actor Jamie Campbell Bower. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Jamie Campbell Bower has starred in some of the biggest movie franchises of recent times including The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter

Now the actor is about to feature in one of the most popular series on the small screen as he joins Netflix's Stranger Things for season 4. 

The British born star has always wanted to act but he's also a musician and model, with chiselled good looks and an edgy vibe that make him perfectly suited for roles about the supernatural and the darker side of life. 

We know he's a talented and popular actor but here are a few things that you might not know…

Jamie Campbell Bower had to keep his role in Stranger Things secret for almost a year

Netflix officially announced that Jamie would be joining the Stranger Things cast in November 2020, but the actor had known about his exciting new venture for months before.

He told NME.com in 2021: "I was told about it in January of last year, and I had to keep it under wraps for so long. I’m still to this day humbled and blown away by the fact that I’ve been allowed this opportunity. 

“I still have those ‘pinch me’ moments. I’ve done some work already, and just being there is a real experience. There’s just something really magical and really special about working on that job.”

Jamie's Instagram post below also reveals his feelings about his new role. He says: "I am humbled and honored to be joining the @strangerthingstv cast and crew. See you out there. X"

Jamie will play Peter Ballard in Stranger Things, season 4, Vol 1, which is available on the streaming platform from Friday, May 27, with Vol 2 coming on July 1.

So far all we know about the character is that he works in the psychiatric hospital where a murderer called Victor Creel (played by Robert Englund who was Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies) is imprisoned. 

His debut film role was with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter

Jamie Campbell Bower and Helena Bonham Carter star

Jamie Campbell Bower and Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (Image credit: Alamy)

Jamie hit the ground running when he first started his career, bagging his first film role alongside some Hollywood heavyweights including  Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Timothy Spall.

In the 2007 movie, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the young Jamie played Anthony Hope. The film was directed by Tim Burton, Stephen Sondheim provided the music and Jamie was just a little bit daunted by his prestigious castmates. 

He told Observer.com that his first day at work on the project was "terrifying,” and also revealed how ridiculously happy he was when he got the call telling him the role was his: “I was out shopping at the time and I got this call on my mobile. I was just like, 'OH MY GOD!' Honestly, I was like a little girl running around this shop like, 'oh-my-god-oh-my-god-oh-my-god.'”

He went to boarding school with lots of famous faces

Jamie went to a boarding school called Bedales in Hampshire from the age of eight to 17. It's not a stage school but many famous actors and musicians have also graduated from the same place including Daniel Day Lewis, Minnie Driver and Ted Lasso star Juno Temple was even in the same year as Jamie. 

Singer Lily Allen is also a former student and the band The Kooks. Known for its liberal and relaxed attitude, there is no school uniform and the teachers and pupils all call each other by their first names, which maybe explains why so many of its ex-pupils go on to flourish in the arts. 

Jamie counts Sir Ian McKellen as an old friend 

Jamie Campbell Bower in The Prisoner

Jamie Campbell Bower in The Prisoner. (Image credit: ITV)

In 2009 Jamie won a role in the ITV remake of the classic 1960s cult drama The Prisoner. He spent four and a half months in Namibia, Africa alongside his co-stars Hayley Atwell and Ruth Wilson and became great mates with the leading star of the remake Sir Ian McKellen. 

He told the Evening Standard at the time: "What have I learned from Sir Ian? Everything. He did take me under his wing a little bit. He's absolutely lovely and genuine and we are very good friends now. He taught me how to be myself and how to be a gentleman. We went stir-crazy in Namibia for all those months. He was a shining light and kept us sane."

He plays a mean vampire

Jamie Campbell Bower in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Jamie Campbell Bower in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. (Image credit: Alamy)

Jamie's first role in a smash-hit book-to-movie franchise saw him play Caius, an evil Volturi vampire in the second film from the hugely popular series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He starred alongside Good Omens actor Michael Sheen who plays the role of Aro the leader of the Volturi.  

He continued to play Caius in both Breaking Dawn sequels and found a legion of dedicated fans in the process. 

Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower and Cameron Bright

Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower and Cameron Bright star in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. (Image credit: Summit Entertainment)

He played the same character in two movie franchises

Jamie is the only actor to star in both the Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts franchises as the same character. 

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 he plays the role of the young Gellert Grindelwald, an old childhood friend of the great wizard Albus Dumbledore, but who turned to the dark side and became one of the biggest villains in the wizarding world. 

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, he plays the young Gellert Grindelwald once again, with Johnny Depp playing the older Grindelwald for the first two movies. The character is then played by Mads Mikkelsen for the third installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which was released in April 2022.

He is also a musician

A passionate musician Jamie has been in bands for most of his life, the latest being a punk band called Counterfeit. Check out the cover of Kerrang magazine below with Jamie looking every inch the rebellious rockstar. 

Since they split in late 2020 Jamie has continued as a solo artist under the name Jamie Bower.  

He is the voice of Skiff in children's animation Thomas & Friends

Jamie may have made a name for himself playing darker roles, but in 2015 he took on a very different character as he provided the voice for sail boat Skiff in the children's feature-length animation, Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.

He told Animation World Network.com: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this project. I grew up with Thomas & Friends so it’s been really exciting to be able to get involved in this new feature special and voice the character of Skiff. It is a great show to be involved in and incredibly fun to record. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first animation and I look forward to everyone seeing the end result.”

And he wasn't the only big name to lend his voice to the iconic children's characters as actor Eddie Redmayne played new character Ryan and legendary actor John Hurt played Sailor John.

Jamie Campbell Bower’s fact file

Frequently asked questions about the star…

How old is Jamie Campbell Bower?

Jamie Campbell Bower is 33 years old. He was born on November 22, 1988.

Is Jamie Campbell Bower married?

No Jamie Campbell Bower is not married. 

Does Jamie Campbell Bower have any children?

No Jamie Campbell Bower does not have any children.

Where was Jamie Campbell Bower born?

Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, UK.

How tall is Jamie Campbell Bower?

Jamie Campbell Bower is 6 foot tall. 

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Twitter: @Jamiebower

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Joanne Lowles
Freelance writer and editor

Joanne Lowles has been writing about TV since 2002. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism, she worked for All About Soap magazine covering the ups and downs of life on the cobbles, the square and the Dales. 

Next came nearly 10 years at TV Times magazine as a writer and then deputy features editor. Here she spent many happy days interviewing the biggest names in entertainment and visiting the sets of some of our most popular shows including Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing

With a love of nature and wildlife she’s also interviewed the leading experts in this area including David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall. She’s also travelled the world visiting Mongolia, Canada and South Africa to see how the best in the business make the most brilliant natural history documentaries. 

Freelance since 2013, she is now is a digital writer and editor for What to Watch, previews the best on the box for TV Times mag each week and loves being constantly surprised, entertained and informed by the amazing TV that she is lucky enough to watch.