Freddie Stroma

Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström[1] (born 8 January 1987[2]), known professionally as Freddie Stroma, is a British actor and model, best known for playing Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter film series and Luke in the 2011 musical comedy film A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song. He starred as Adam Cromwell on the dramedy series Unreal, which premiered on Lifetime in June 2015. He starred as Brit Vayner in the 2016 Michael Bay war film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. In 2016, he played H.G. Wells in the ABC series, Time After Time.

He has been married to his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy since 2016.

Freddie Stroma
Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström

8 January 1987 (age 32)
London, England
EducationRadley College
National Youth Theatre
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationActor, model
Years active2005–present
Johanna Braddy (m. 2016)

Early life

Stroma was born in London, England, to father Stefan Sjöström, a Swedish-born computer industry executive, and German mother Crystal Sjöström, and grew up in Ascot, England in Berkshire, about 25 miles west of London.[3] He was educated at the public boys-only boarding school Radley College in Oxfordshire, graduating in 2005.[1][4] He has an older sister, Antonia Sjöström, and a younger brother, Philipp Sjöström.[3]

When he was 16, Stroma was accepted to the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.[3] He had roles on various British TV shows, including Casualty and BBC's detective show, Mayo (aka The Gil Mayo Mysteries). While studying neuroscience at University College London,[4] Stroma continued to work as an actor and model. He ended up taking a year off from university to play the role of Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. After filming was over, Stroma completed his degree at University College London.[3] In 2009, he attained a 2:1 BSc (an upper-second-class degree) in Neuroscience.[4]


After graduating from college, Stroma was cast in the role as Cormac McLaggen first in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and then in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.

Stroma played the role of Cool Brett in the crime-thriller film

Stroma appeared in the direct-to-DVD romantic film A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song as a British student, Luke Morgan. He played opposite Katie Gibbs (played by Lucy Hale) as her love interest.

He had a minor role in Pitch Perfect, a 2012 comedy about the world of collegiate a cappella.[5] He played a radio station manager at the local college radio station.[6]

In 2014, he was cast in the role of Jack in the psychological thriller After the Dark, which was formerly known as The Philosophers, with his former Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright.[7] The film was shot on location in Jakarta.[8]

In June 2015, Stroma was one of the romantic interests, Adam Cromwell, in the Lifetime dramedy Unreal.[9] He plays British bachelor who is competing on a fictionalized The Bachelor-type reality show called Everlasting.[10] Stroma's character is manipulated as much as the women who are vying for his attention in the show that is a behind-the-scenes view of reality dating shows.[11][12]

Unreal was picked up for a second season[13][14] but Stroma had said that he does not think his character will be back.[15] However, during a Paley Center panel on Unreal[16] he said that he is hopeful as the show will continue to feature Everlasting.[17] After the season 1 finale, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, one of the co-creators of Unreal, confirmed that Stroma would be back in season 2.[18]

Stroma had a role in the Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), playing Yale University graduate student Brit Vayner, an undercover CIA officer in Libya.[19]

In 2016, he joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Dickon Tarly, the brother of Samwell Tarly.[20]

Personal life

Stroma said he modelled (and acted) to help pay for university. He modelled for Acne Underwear in their Underwear Collection Autumn/Winter 2008.[8][21] He uses Stroma as a surname instead of Sjöström because there is an NHL player named Fredrik Sjöström. Stroma plays guitar and can sing but he is not classically trained in either.[8]

Stroma began dating his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy in the summer of 2015.[22] Stroma and Braddy got engaged in May 2016,[23] and were married on 30 December 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.[24]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lady Godiva Matt
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Cormac McLaggen
2010 Cool Brett
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Cormac McLaggen
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Cormac McLaggen
2011 A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song Luke Morgan Direct to video
2012 Pitch Perfect Luke
2013 After the Dark Jack
2014 Extraterrestrial Kyle
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Ben
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Brit Vayner
2018 Second Act Ron Ebsen
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Mayo Lucas Harper aka. The Gil Mayo Mysteries; episode: 1.7
2006 Casualty James Huppert Episode: "Happy Hour"
2007 The Last Flight to Kuwait Gregor Schatz Television film
2015–2016 Unreal Adam Cromwell Main role (season 1); guest role (season 2)
2016 Game of Thrones Dickon Tarly Episode: "Blood of My Blood"
2017 Time After Time H. G. Wells Lead role


Year Song Album
2011 "Knockin" A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
"Possibilities" A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song


  1. ^ a b "The Old Radleian" (PDF). Radley College. 2009. p. 144. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2015. F W C J Sjostrom (2000), the actor Freddie Stroma, with (L-R) Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Alan Rickman attending the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in New York
  2. ^ "Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005: Frederic Wilhelm C J Sjostrom". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chi, Paul (15 July 2009). "Meet Harry Potter Hottie Freddie Stroma". People. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Meet the squeaky clean movie teens". The Independent. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (25 October 2011). "Stroma finds voice in U's 'Pitch'". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  6. ^ Lambe, Stacy (28 July 2015). "Freddie Stroma, the Ass and Heart of Lifetime's UnREAL". Out. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  7. ^ Harvey, Dennis (13 February 2014). "Film Review: 'After the Dark'". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Yuvita, Petricia (8 October 2012). "Exclusive Feature: Freddie Stroma". DA MAN. DestinAsian Media Group. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (30 September 2013). "'Harry Potter' Alum Books 'Unreal' Work for Lifetime (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ Phelan, Paige (22 June 2015). "'UnREAL's' Freddie Stroma: Adam Is "Selling Himself Out Just as Much as the Girls Are"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ Lash, Jolie (20 July 2015). "Freddie Stroma On Playing Suitor Adam In Lifetime's 'UnREAL'". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  12. ^ Hoffman, Lauren (20 July 2015). ""UnREAL" Star Freddie Stroma: All the Characters Are Whoring Themselves Out". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  13. ^ Rosen, Christopher (6 July 2015). "Lifetime renews UnREAL for second season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  14. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (31 July 2015). "'UnREAL' TV panel: 7 things we learned". USA Today. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  15. ^ Jung, E. Alex (28 July 2015). "UnREAL's Prince Charming, Freddie Stroma, on Adam's Pathological Narcissism and Why He Doesn't Think He'll Be Back Next Year". Vulture. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  16. ^ Paley Center for Media (30 July 2015). "PaleyLive: An Evening with the Cast & Creators of UnREAL". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  17. ^ Phelan, Paige (31 July 2015). "'UnREAL' Cast and Creators Tease Season Finale: "The Gloves are Off"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ Phelan, Paige (3 August 2015). "'UnREAL' Finale: Creators Talk Unleashing "Full Dragon" Rachel, Season 2 Plans". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ Pedersen, Erik (17 March 2015). "Freddie Stroma Has '13 Hours'; Christopher Gorham Lands Lead In 'Po'; 'Exeter' Set For DirecTV Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  20. ^ Hibberd, James (4 September 2015). "Game of Thrones casts Samwell Tarly's brother - Scoop: 'UnREAL' star Freddie Stroma joins season 6". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Freddie Stroma Dances in His Underwear". Acne Underwear. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  22. ^ Webber, Stephanie (4 August 2015). "UnREAL Costars Freddie Stroma and Johanna Braddy Are Dating: Photo, Details!". Us Magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  23. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (17 May 2016). "UnREAL's Freddie Stroma and Johanna Braddy Get Engaged". E! Online. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  24. ^ Lee, Esther (31 December 2016). "Johanna Braddy Marries Freddie Stroma: Exclusive Details". The Knot. Retrieved 2017-01-01.

External links

A Cinderella Christmas

A Cinderella Christmas is a pantomime version of the fairytale Cinderella, with a book by Kris Lythgoe, using for its score a pastiche of well known pop tunes. It was first produced in 2010 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California. The music includes songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Clarkson among others. Like other pantomimes, the show includes magic, dancing, singing, acting, audience interactivity and sing-a-long segments.

A Cinderella Story (film series)

A Cinderella Story is an American series of films created by Leigh Dunlap.

After the Dark

After the Dark (also titled The Philosophers outside the U.S. ) is a science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by John Huddles. Huddles' third feature film, it stars Sophie Lowe, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, James D'Arcy, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Cinta Laura and Katie Findlay. The film premiered in competition at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival on 7 July 2013. The film was nominated for “Best Motion Picture” in 2013 at the world’s top fantasy film festival (The Sitges Film Festival, or Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya). The film also premiered at Fantasy Filmfest on 21 August 2013. The film was released on February 7, 2014 in the United States.

Anna Passey

Anna Passey (born 28 August 1984) is an English actress best known for portraying Sienna Blake in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.

Extraterrestrial (2014 film)

Extraterrestrial (also known under the working title of The Visitors) is a 2014 American science fiction horror film that was directed by Colin Minihan, based on a script by both Vicious Brothers. It stars Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, and Melanie Papalia as a group of friends who must defend themselves against an alien onslaught.

Grand Hotel (U.S. TV series)

Grand Hotel is an upcoming American drama television series, based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel created by Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira, that is set to premiere on June 17, 2019, on ABC.

Jennifer Leigh Warren

Jennifer Leigh Warren is an American stage, television, film, and voice-over actress/singer who first came to the world's attention for her work in professional musical theater. She is best known for originating the role of Crystal in the Howard Ashman /Alan Menken hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, for her performance in the original Broadway cast of the Michael John LaChiusa musical Marie Christine and for her show stopping performance of “Alice’s Daughter” in the original Broadway musical "Big River" with the song "How Blest We Are" written especially for her by Roger Miller.She is a NAACP Theatre Award nominee, Los Angeles Times Ovation Award winner (and three-time nominee), Backstage Garland award winner, and won two Broadway World awards in the same season for her portrayal of the fairy godmother in the first US pantomime production A Cinderella Christmas directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and for her one-woman concert event Diamonds Are Forever:The Songs of Dame Shirley Bassey, that premiered in Los Angeles at the Renberg Theater, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander.

Johanna Braddy

Johanna Elizabeth Braddy (born August 30, 1987) is an American actress. She played the leading role in the 2009 horror film The Grudge 3, and has appeared in Hurt (2009), Easy A (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), and The Levenger Tapes (2011). She also starred in a main role as Jenny Matrix in the hit web series Video Game High School from 2012 to 2014. In 2015, Braddy co-starred as Anna Martin in the Lifetime dark comedy-drama series Unreal. She also starred as Shelby Wyatt in the ABC thriller series Quantico.

Josh Bowman

Joshua Tobias Bowman (born 4 March 1988) is an English screen actor best known for his role as Daniel Grayson in ABC's Revenge.

Lady Godiva (film)

Lady Godiva is a 2008 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Vicky Jewson. The film, starring Phoebe Thomas, Matthew Chambers, and Natalie Walter, was shot in 2006 but went unreleased for two years. Based on the historic tale of Lady Godiva, it was set in modern-day Oxford.

List of Unreal episodes

UnREAL is an American drama series that premiered on June 1, 2015, on Lifetime. Inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze, the series was created by Marti Noxon and Shapiro, and stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel Goldberg, a young reality television producer pushed by her unscrupulous boss (Constance Zimmer) to swallow her integrity and do anything it takes to drum up salacious show content. Craig Bierko, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Josh Kelly also star in supporting roles.

Season one features Freddie Stroma as Adam Cromwell, the "suitor" of Everlasting, while Johanna Braddy, Nathalie Kelley, Ashley Scott, and Breeda Wool starred as the contestants. Aline Elasmar also starred as a producer on the series. Season two features B.J. Britt as Darius Beck, the "suitor" of Everlasting, while Monica Barbaro, Denée Benton, Kim Matula, and Meagan Tandy star as the contestants. The second season also stars Michael Rady as a new producer on the series, and Gentry White as Darius' manager.

During the course of the series, 38 episodes of UnREAL aired over four seasons.

Second Act (film)

Second Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams and Larry Miller, and follows a woman in her 40s who pursues a second chance at a corporate career, after a friend creates her a fake resume and credentials. The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2018. It received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing over $71 million worldwide.


Sjöström is a Swedish surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Axel Gabriel Sjöström (1794–1846), Finnish Romantic poet

Einar Sjöström (1882–1923), Finnish architect, brother of Wilho

Frans Anatolius Sjöström (1840–1885), Finnish architect

Freddie Stroma (born 1987) (né Sjöström), British actor

Fredrik Sjöström (born 1983), Swedish ice hockey player

Joacim Sjöström (born 1964), Swedish footballer

Juhani Sjöström (1871–1909), Finnish writer

Harri Sjöström (born 1952), Finnish saxophonist

Nell Sjöström (born 1933), Swedish sprint runner

Olof Adolf Sjöström (1841–1896), Swedish banker

Sarah Sjöström (born 1993), Swedish swimmer

Victor Sjöström (1879–1960), Swedish actor, film director and screenwriter

Wilho Sjöström (1873–1944), Finnish artist, brother of Einar

Time After Time (TV series)

Time After Time is an American period drama/science fiction television series that aired on ABC from March 5 to March 26, 2017. The series, developed by Kevin Williamson, is based on the novel of the same name and was commissioned on May 12, 2016. ABC removed the series from its schedule after broadcasting five episodes. However, all 12 episodes have been broadcast in Spain, Portugal, South Africa and Australia. In addition, as of February 2019, all 12 episodes can be viewed streaming on cwSEED.

Tom Hopper

Thomas Edward Hopper (born 28 January 1985) is an English actor who has appeared in several television programmes and films including Merlin, Black Sails, The Umbrella Academy, Doctor Who, Casualty, Game of Thrones and Tormented. He starred in the 2016 film Kill Ratio.

He also starred in the Neil Marshall drama series Black Sails. Set twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Tom plays the role of Billy Bones.

Unreal (TV series)

Unreal (stylized as UnREAL) is an American drama television series that premiered on Lifetime on June 1, 2015. It stars Shiri Appleby as a young reality television producer pushed by her unscrupulous boss (Constance Zimmer) to swallow her integrity and do anything it takes to drum up salacious show content. The show was created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and was inspired by Shapiro's award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze.On July 28, 2017, it was announced that Unreal has been renewed for a shortened fourth season of eight episodes. The fourth season completed production in January 2018 before the third season had aired. On May 22, 2018, it was reported that the fourth season had been acquired by Hulu. The streaming service would distribute the series exclusively as a "Hulu Original" in the United States for a set period of time before the episodes are to air on Lifetime. On July 16, 2018, the fourth season was released on Hulu and it was confirmed that the season would be the series' last.

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