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Caleb McLaughlin

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Caleb McLaughlin
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McLaughlin at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Caleb Reginald McLaughlin

(2001-10-13) October 13, 2001 (age 20)
Years active2012–present

Caleb Reginald McLaughlin[1] (born October 13, 2001)[2] is an American actor. He is known for playing Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix series Stranger Things for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He has previously performed on the Broadway stage as Young Simba in the musical The Lion King. McLaughlin made his feature film debut in 2020 starring in Concrete Cowboy.

Early life

McLaughlin grew up in Carmel, New York.[3] He attended Kent Primary School and later attended George Fischer Middle School for one year. He studied dance for a year at Happy Feet Dance School in Carmel, New York and then attended Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster, New York for one year. He then studied at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, former Lion King producer.[4][5]



McLaughlin's first acting role as a child was in the opera Lost in the Stars in Cooperstown, New York at the Glimmerglass Opera House. McLaughlin's first starring role was as Young Simba on Broadway for three years from 2012-2015. He then went on to have guest-starring roles in television series such as: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Unforgettable, Forever, What Would You Do?, and Shades of Blue. In 2016, McLaughlin's breakthrough role came with his portrayal of Lucas Sinclair in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. In 2017, McLaughlin won the BET YoungStars Award, and in 2018 he won Outstanding Performance by a Youth at the NAACP Image Awards.[6] In 2020, McLaughlin made his feature film debut in Concrete Cowboy, co-starring Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome. The film had its official world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 15, 2020, generating acclaim and positive reviews.[7][8]

In the media

In December 2020, McLaughlin was included as an honoree in Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2021 list in the field of Hollywood and Entertainment.[9]


McLaughlin has spearheaded the social media campaigns #EmbraceYourFace and #BeYourBiggestFan, promoting healthy body image, positivity and self-esteem.[6] McLaughlin has stated: "Feeling good about yourself is healthy. It always starts with you first, before it goes to anyone else... You have to learn to love and appreciate yourself and take that time to do it."[6] In 2020, McLaughlin also encouraged people to vote in the 2020 US presidential election, posting a video on his official Instagram account with links to the non-profit organization[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes Noah Short film[11]
2019 High Flying Bird Darius
2020 Concrete Cowboy Coltrane “Cole”


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kid Episode: "Born Psychopath"
Unforgettable Older Brother Episode: "New Hundred"
2014 Forever Alejandro Episode: "The Pugilist Break"
2015 What Would You Do? Caleb/Secret Actor Season 10; Episode 2
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Caleb Episode: "District of Columbia"
2016 Shades of Blue Jay-Jay 3 episodes
2016–present Stranger Things Lucas Sinclair Main Character
2016 Blue Bloods Tony Lane Episode: "For the Community"
2017 The New Edition Story Ricky Bell (age 10-15) 3 episodes
Lip Sync Battle Caleb Episode: "The Cast of Stranger Things"
2018 Final Space Young Gary (voice) Episode: "Chapter 4"
Summer Camp Island Ghost (voice) Episode: "Ghost the Boy"

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Brawl with the Stars Himself Episode: "Brawl with the Stars (feat. Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin)"

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2017 Jimmy Fallon's Golden Globes 2017 Opening Jimmy Fallon
Santa's Coming For Us Sia

| |’’Corso’’ |Tyler the Creator


Year Title Role Location
2012–14 The Lion King Young Simba Minskoff Theatre, Broadway[12][13]
2015 The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Bokkie Pershing Square Signature Center, Off-Broadway[14]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Teen Actor Stranger Things Nominated [15]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [16]
2017 BET Awards YoungStars Award Nominated [17]
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) Won [18]
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [19]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best On-Screen Team (with Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink) Nominated [20]
2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Nominated [21]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Nominated [22]


  1. ^ "Sean Hayes/Stranger Things Kids/Sheryl Crow". The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Season 15. Episode 37. 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ Terry, Sarah (October 13, 2016). "The kids of "Stranger Things" wishing Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) a happy birthday is pure #friendshipgoals". HelloGiggles.
  3. ^ "Caleb McLaughlin Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". TV Guide. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Silva, Tiffany (January 10, 2017). "CALEB MCLAUGHLIN IS HAVING A GREAT START TO 2017". Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Cabiles, Janroe (July 7, 2017). "Caleb McLaughlin: Stranger Stages". Archived from the original on September 16, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Riddell, Rose (2019-06-28). "Interview: Caleb McLaughlin on 'Stranger Things' and embracing your face". Coup De Main Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  7. ^ "Stranger Things Star Caleb McLaughlin Is All Grown Up In This Gritty Western". Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  8. ^ "Netflix Picks Up Idris Elba-Caleb McLaughlin Drama 'Concrete Cowboy' (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  9. ^ "Caleb McLaughlin". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  10. ^ "Stranger Things' Caleb Mclaughlin Encourages Fans to Vote". Sada El balad. 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  11. ^ Dunmore, Royce. "Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes (2012)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Velez, Ali (August 2, 2016). "We Need To Talk About The Musical Talents Of The Kids From "Stranger Things"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Caleb McLaughlin". Playbill. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  14. ^ Isherwood, Charles (May 11, 2015). "Review: 'The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek,' an Athol Fugard Play". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "38th Annual Awards". Young Artist Association. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly.
  17. ^ "Youngstars Award". BET Awards 2017. June 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards". The Washington Post. 15 January 2018. Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  19. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (17 January 2018). "The full list of the 2018 SAG Awards nominees". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  20. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (May 3, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Howard, Annie (February 26, 2019). "Kids' Choice Awards: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Tops Nominees; DJ Khaled to Host". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  22. ^ Swift, Andy (8 July 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: Stranger Things Leads Final Wave of 2019 Nominations". TVLine. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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