Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield


Islington, London.

Birth Name

Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield


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London born child actor Asa Butterfield is best known for his dramatic role of the son of a nazi in the Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008). However, he started acting at the Young Actors Theatre in his hometown every Friday afternoon after school ever…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He developed an iPad app called Racing Blind together with his father, brother and a friend. It is the only game available on the app store that is meant to be played with the eyes closed.

    • In Portuguese, Asa means 'Wing', while in Greenlandic, Asa means 'Loved one'.

    • Asa's older brother, Morgan, is the drummer for the English band Oats.

    • Movies:
      -The Invention of Hugo Cabret as Hugo Cabret (2010).
      -Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang as Norman (2010).
      -The Wolfman as young Ben (2010).
      -The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas as Bruno (2008).
      -Son of Rambow as Brethren Boy (2007).
      -After Thomas (TV) as Andrew (2006).

    • Television:
      -Merlin as Mordred (2008-2009).
      -Ashes to Ashes as Donny (2008).

    • Asa beat hundreds of children in the auditions for Martin Scorsese's movie The Invention Of Hugo Cabret. He got the main role but it wasn't written thinking of him.

    • While filming Merlin, Katie McGrath caught a 12 year-old Asa with a Maxim magazine featuring Megan Fox on the cover.

    • Asa considers his role of Kevin, a boy abused by his mother in The Kid one of his more challenging interpretations so far.

    • Asa has blue eyes, dark brown hair and is 5'11" (180cm).

    • Asa studied at Stoke Newington School.

    • While filming for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Asa had a tutor onset and took three hours of school lessons every day.

    • Asa Butterfield beat hundreds of other boys when casting for his role in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas while at the same time auditioning for Jaco van Dormael's Mr. Nobody, although he dropped from the casting process of the second one voluntarily.

    • Mark Herman, director of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, chose Asa for the role of Bruno because the kid's knowledge about the Holocaust was scarce which fit the innocent quality that was sought for the character and it was kept that way. Asa was the third person among the hundreds he saw for the role and he could hold the screen like no other, 'having the right blend of innocence and curiosity' together with some 'compelling, watchful eyes'.

    • Nominations:
      2008 British Independent Film Awards - 'Most Promising Newcomer' for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
      2008 NSPCC Award (London Critics Circle Film Awards) – 'Young British Performer of the Year' for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
      2009 Young Artist Awards – 'Best Performance in an International Feature Film for Leading Young Performers' (shared with Jack Scanlon) for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).

    • Asa likes to spend his summer holidays with his cousins and brother.

    • Asa plays the piano and the guitar and loves singing. Despite he prefers jazz and funk over rock, in 2003 he recorded a song (a remix from the hits Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus and Making Plans For Nigel by XTC) for the XFM Rock School competition which was placed out for a while and for which he won a Fender guitar.

    • Favourites:
      -Videogames, especially fighting ones.

    • Asa has an older brother named Morgan and two younger sisters, the eldest named Loxie. His mother is named Jacqueline Farr, otherwise known as Jake, and she is a school teacher.  His father's name is Sam Butterfield.

    • A 5 year-old Asa appears behind a desk on the cover of the book Better than Working, a Patrick Skene Catling's autobiography.

    • Asa has two cats named Leo and Missy.

  • Quotes

    • Asa Butterfield: (About pursuing an acting career) Seeing as I've had loads of press now… well, not that much, and some nominations, I reckon I probably want to be an actor now.

    • Asa Butterfield: (About 'The Kid') It's sort of horrific. I'm abused really badly. My mum beats me until she's too tired to carry on. She breaks my hand in a mangler.

    • Asa Butterfield: (About 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas') The last scene was horrible; I almost threw up. It felt like I was going through it, though nowhere near as bad.

    • Asa Butterfield: (About being crammed together with hundreds of Hungarian extras for scenes of extreme degradation in 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas') It was disgusting.

    • Asa Butterfield: (About how he was preserved from the atrocities being shot on the film's Budapest set for 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas') They kept us away from most of the bad stuff.