Caleb Reginald McLaughlin
October 13, 2001
Caleb Reginald McLaughlin (born October 13, 2001) 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.
McLaughlin grew up in Carmel, New York. 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 studied at The Harlem School of the Arts under Aubrey Lynch, former Lion King producer.
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. 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.
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.
McLaughlin has spearheaded the social media campaigns #EmbraceYourFace and #BeYourBiggestFan, promoting healthy body image, positivity and self-esteem. 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." 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 Vote.org.
|2012||Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes||Noah||Short film|
|2019||High Flying Bird||Darius|
|2020||Concrete Cowboy||Coltrane “Cole”|
|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"|
|2019||Brawl with the Stars||Himself||Episode: "Brawl with the Stars (feat. Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin)"|
|2017||Jimmy Fallon's Golden Globes 2017 Opening||Jimmy Fallon|
|Santa's Coming For Us||Sia|
| |’’Corso’’ |Tyler the Creator
|2012–14||The Lion King||Young Simba||Minskoff Theatre, Broadway|
|2015||The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek||Bokkie||Pershing Square Signature Center, Off-Broadway|
|2017||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Teen Actor||Stranger Things||Nominated|||
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|||
|2017||BET Awards||YoungStars Award||Nominated|||
|2018||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)||Won|||
|2018||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|||
|2018||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best On-Screen Team (with Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink)||Nominated|||
|2019||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Star||Nominated|||
|2019||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Actor||Nominated|||