Freddie Highmore is an English actor best known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland (2004), Five Children and It (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), August Rush (2007), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) and The Art of Getting By (2011).
He is also known for his starring role as Norman Bates, a smart, quietly funny, handsome and sometimes shy seventeen-year-old boy with an intensely close bond to his mother, in the horror drama television series Bates Motel.
Whilst still a young child Highmore established himself as a leading talent in the film world. Previously Empire Award's Most Promising Newcomer, Highmore is a double SAG nominee and was winner of the Film Critics' award for the world's Best Young Actor two years running.
Having shot Two Brothers directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Women Talking Dirty with Helena Bonham Carter and Five Children and It with Ken Branagh, Freddie came to prominence as Peter in the Oscar nominated Finding Neverland.
His co-star Kate Winslet described him as simply the best young actor she had ever seen. Johnny Depp was so impressed that he pushed for Highmore to star opposite him again in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
After appearing alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's A Good Year, Freddie went on to play the title role in Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles trilogy where he became fluent in French.
In America Freddie played the lead role in the Oscar-nominated August Rush and starred opposite himself as twins in The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Whilst continuing with his education, Freddie voiced Astro Boy, The Golden Compass, and Justin and the Knights of Valour as well as shooting the title role in the apartheid era Master Harold... and the Boys, in South Africa.
Freddie was reunited with Helena Bonham Carter again shooting Toast and later returned to New York to team with Emma Roberts in The Art of Getting By.
Achieving straight A's in every one of his academic exams, Freddie studies Arabic & Spanish at Cambridge University being made a senior scholar and receiving a first in both his first and second years.
Taking on the iconic role from Hitchcock's Psycho, Freddie was cast in the starring role of Norman Bates in Bates Motel for A&E Universal. It was his first major television role.