Alexander Ian Sharp (born 2 February 1989) is an English/American actor best known for originating the role of Christopher Boone in the Broadway Production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
After graduating from the Juilliard School in the summer of 2014, he made his Broadway and acting debut in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the autumn. For his role as the autistic teenager Christopher Boone, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Sharp signing autographs at the stage door of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2 February 1989
Juilliard School (BFA)
|Home town||Devon, England|
Sharp was born in Westminster, London, and was raised, traveling throughout Europe and the Southwest of the United States in a caravan before moving to Devon, England, age 8. He was educated by his mother, a teacher, and his father, who worked in real estate, until the family moved to England. He has a sister, Nicole, also highly successful in her own field. His mother homeschooled him with both "rigorous and unorthodox" lessons. Upon his return to Devon, he was unable to adjust easily to a traditional school environment, and eventually left England at age 18.
Sharp wanted to be an actor from an early age. According to the Irish Mirror, his acting debut was at age 4 when he appeared in A Touch of Frost for 10 pounds. According to The Daily Beast, at age 7, he made his acting debut as Piglet in Winnie-the-Pooh. He performed in many school plays and starred as Oliver Twist in ‘Oliver!’ With the sidmouth youth theatre building up to an amateur operetta role and pantomime. He also did extensive regional theater work at the Northcott Theater in Exeter. Sharp studied Performing Arts at Yeovil College in Yeovil, Somerset and attended Beaminster Comprehensive School in Devon.
When working on a house in Montreal, Sharp decided that he wanted to become an actor. He asked a friend what the best theatre schools were, and the friend told him Yale and Juilliard. Sharp decided on Juilliard due to its location in the middle of Manhattan, and he auditioned with a scene from Hamlet. Against school rules, he also performed a scene from a play that he had written, claiming that it was the work of a little-known English playwright. He was accepted to Juilliard and attended the Drama Division's Group 43, which included Wallis Currie-Wood. During his time at Juilliard, he wrote and directed a play that was an adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. He graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2014.
After graduating from the Juilliard School in the summer of 2014, he made his Broadway and acting debut in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the autumn. For his role as the autistic teenager Christopher Boone, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. As of August 2015, he is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Sharp's final performance of Curious Incident was 13 September 2015.
In 2017, he starred in John Cameron Mitchell's, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, alongside Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Ruth Wilson. Also in 2017, Sharp starred alongside Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves in To The Bone, directed by Marti Noxon. To The Bone was released on Netflix on 14 July 2017. The semi-autobiographical movie garnered some controversy regarding its depiction of eating disorders, to which Sharp responded, "I think controversy is an interesting thing in that it usually goes hand in hand with starting conversations that surround taboo or under-discussed topics that need to be discussed and need to be less in the shadows. I would hope that [To The Bone] just creates an awareness and encourages people to talk about [eating disorders]".
Sharp is set to star as an unspecified lead part in HBO's untitled Game Of Thrones prequel, alongside Naomi Watts. He will also star in Aaron Sokin's feature film, Chicago 7, in 2019, alongside Eddie Redmayne, Micheal Keaton, Sascha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen and Jonathan Majors.
|2014–15||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time||Christopher Boone||Ethel Barrymore Theatre||Broadway|
|2017||To the Bone||Luke|
|How to Talk to Girls at Parties||Enn|
|2018||Better Start Running||Harley|
|2019||The Sunlit Night||Yasha|
|2020||Untitled Game of Thrones prequel||Main cast|
In 2015, he broke Harvey Fierstein's record as the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. In addition to winning the Tony Award in 2015, he also won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play, a Theatre World Award in recognition of his Broadway debut. and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. He also received a nomination for the distinguished performance award at the 2015 Drama League Awards. In addition he was nominated for the 2015 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Outstanding Male Dancer for his work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He also won the 2014 Logo TV NewNowNext Awards for Best New Broadway Lead Actor.
|2014||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Won|
|Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance Award||Nominated|
|Fred and Adele Astaire Awards||Outstanding Male Dancer||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play||Won|
|Theatre World Awards||Outstanding Broadway Theatre Debut||Won|
|Tony Awards||Best Actor in a Play||Won|
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Awards for Alex Sharp