Born/Date of Birth: 6 August 1998 (age 20)
Place of Birth: Maidstone, Kent, England
Education: Sir Roger Manwood's School
Years active: 2007-2010
Jack Scanlon (born 6 August 1998) is an English former child actor who is best known for his role in the 2008 Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Early and personal life
Scanlon was born in Canterbury, Kent and now lives in Deal with his parents and younger brother. He now attends Bath Spa University studying Commercial Music.
He is a fan of Aldershot Town, and attended Sir Roger Manwood's School in nearby Sandwich, Kent.
He auditioned for "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" through his drama club and was eventually cast as Shmuel after director Mark Herman narrowed his choice down to about three possible candidates and paired each with Asa Butterfield for a final audition together. According to Herman: "Jack and Asa played very well against one another."
Although "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is Scanlon's feature film debut, he did act before. He appeared in a 10-minute short film title "The Eye of the Butterfly" (which led to him being suggested to the casting director of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas") and in a 2007 episode of the Peter Serafinowicz Show.
Scanlon also played the younger brother of main character Sean (William Miller) in the 2009 British children's miniseries Runaway, broadcast on BBC One, which was part of the CBBC season about homelessness.
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