Nick Robinson (American actor)

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Nick Robinson
Robinson promoting Love, Simon in 2018
Nicholas John Robinson

(1995-03-22) March 22, 1995 (age 29)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active2007–present

Nicholas John Robinson (born March 22, 1995)[1] is an American actor. As a child, he appeared in a 2008 stage production of A Christmas Carol and Mame, after which he had a main role in the television sitcom Melissa & Joey (2010–2015).

Robinson went on to play a supporting role in the adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and took on lead roles in several teen dramas, including The Kings of Summer (2013), The 5th Wave (2016), Everything, Everything (2017), and Love, Simon (2018). He has since starred in the drama miniseries A Teacher (2020) and Maid (2021).

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born on March 22, 1995, in Seattle, Washington.[1][2][3] He has four younger siblings.[4] Robinson initially attended Seattle Preparatory School, but left in the middle of his freshman year and moved to Los Angeles after booking a regular role on Melissa & Joey.[5][6] He graduated from Campbell Hall School in 2013.[7] He was accepted to New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and attended in the summer to work on another season of Melissa & Joey.


Robinson made his professional acting debut at the age of eleven with a role in a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol.[8] Talent scout Matt Casella recommended him to a few agencies and Robinson was eventually signed with the Los Angeles-based Savage Agency. Because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Robinson's family moved back to Washington where he continued to perform on stage in and around Seattle.[8][9]

In 2010, Robinson was cast in the role of Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart's character, on the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey, playing the character until its cancellation in 2015.[10]

In 2011, while on hiatus from Melissa & Joey, Robinson began filming of the Disney Channel original movie Frenemies; Robinson played the role of Jake Logan. Frenemies premiered in January 2012, on the Disney Channel.[11]

In 2012, Robinson was cast in the lead role of Joe Toy in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer.[12] He also guest-starred in the episode "Blue Bell Boy," during the third season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He also began appearing in a series of television commercials for Cox Communications entitled "Buffer Time is Bonding Time."

Robinson in 2018

In 2015, Robinson portrayed Zach Mitchell in Jurassic World, in which he was widely seen.[13] He played Ben Parish in the film adaptation of the novel The 5th Wave, which was released in January 2016. These roles made him unavailable for multiple episodes of the final season of Melissa & Joey, but he returned for the final three episodes.[14]

He played the titular lead in independent film Being Charlie, a semi-autobiographical feature about director Rob Reiner's relationship with his son, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival;[15] the film was released theatrically in 2016.

In 2017, he starred in William H. Macy's comedy-drama film Krystal,[16] and as Olly in Everything, Everything, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name.[17]

In 2018, Robinson starred as the titular Simon Spier in the gay coming out teen drama film Love, Simon. The film was considered ground-breaking because it was the first major studio film to focus on a gay, teenage romance.[18] Robinson's performance as Simon garnered critical acclaim. After reading the script, Robinson revealed that he broke his own rule to no longer play high schoolers because he saw the cultural importance of the film.[19] That year, Robinson was named in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in the Hollywood & Entertainment category.[20] In 2019, he co-starred in the third film version of Richard Wright's Native Son.[21]

In 2020, Robinson co-starred in the FX miniseries A Teacher,[22] and he narrated his DM responses to the protagonist of Love, Victor, a Love, Simon spinoff TV series on Hulu, and appeared in two episodes of the show.[23][24] In 2021, he starred in the Netflix miniseries Maid, opposite Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Kings of Summer Joe Toy
2015 Jurassic World Zach Mitchell
Being Charlie Charlie Mills
2016 The 5th Wave Ben Parish
2017 Kong: Skull Island Bar guest #2 Cameo
Everything, Everything Olly Bright
Krystal Taylor Ogburn
2018 Love, Simon Simon Spier
2019 Native Son Jan Erlone
Strange but True Phillip Chase
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Stu Beckell
2021 Silk Road Ross Ulbricht
2023 Shadow Brother Sunday Jacob Short film[26]
2024 Damsel Prince Henry
Snack Shack[27] Shane
TBA Turn Me On TBA Post-production[28]


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Ryder Scanlon Main role
2012 Frenemies Jake Logan Television film
2012 Boardwalk Empire Rowland Smith Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2020–2021 Love, Victor Simon Spier Special guest star and producer (seasons 1–2)[29][30]
2020 A Teacher Eric Walker Main role; miniseries
2021 Maid Sean Boyd Main role; miniseries
2023 History of the World, Part II Robert Todd Lincoln Episode: "I", "II", "V", "VI"
TBA The Abandons Elias Teller Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Zach Mitchell Voice
Lego Dimensions


Year Title Role Venue
2007 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Intiman Playhouse
2007–2008 A Christmas Carol Ensemble ACT Theatre
2008 Mame Patrick Dennis 5th Avenue Theatre
2009 A Thousand Clowns Nick Burns Intiman Playhouse
2010 Lost in Yonkers Arty Kurnitz Village Theatre
2019 To Kill a Mockingbird Jem Finch Shubert Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male The Kings of Summer Nominated [31]
2015 Young Entertainer Awards Best Leading Young Actor – Feature Film Jurassic World Nominated [32]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actor Everything, Everything Nominated [33]
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Won [34]
Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality Award Love, Simon Won [35]
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award Love, Simon Won [36]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Love, Simon Won [37]
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Keiynan Lonsdale) Love, Simon Nominated
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Love, Simon Nominated [38]
People's Choice Awards The Male Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated [39]
The Comedy Movie Star of 2018 Love, Simon Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Love, Simon Nominated [40]
2021 International Online Cinema Awards Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Series A Teacher Nominated [41]
Pena de Prata Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or TV Special Maid Nominated [42]
2022 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Limited/Movie Supporting Actor Maid Nominated [43]
International Online Cinema Awards Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie Maid Nominated [44]


  1. ^ a b @5thWaveMovie (March 22, 2015). "The 5th Wave on Twitter: "Happy Birthday to #5thWaveMovie's Ben Parish, Nick Robinson!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 20, 2015 – via Twitter.
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  3. ^ "Ryder Scanlon". ABC Family. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Stevens, Serita. "Newest Teen Heart Throb: Nick Robinson | Splash Magazines | Los Angeles". Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Owen, Rob (November 3, 2020). "Nick Robinson, who went from Seattle stages to Jurassic World, now stars in FX's A Teacher". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Parenting Child Stars". Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Alexi in Bed with Nick Robinson" – via YouTube.[dead YouTube link]
  8. ^ a b Sari N. Kent. "Interview with Nick Robinson". Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Local teen stars with former idols in new TV show". King5. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 9, 2015). "ABC Family's Melissa & Joey Canceled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  11. ^ "Disney Channel Original Movie "Frenemies" Buddies Up With 4.2 Million Total Viewers - Ratings". TV by the Numbers. January 17, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (June 27, 2012). "'Toy's House' gets thesp trio". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "'Jurassic World' Nabs 'Kings of Summer' Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Michael Patterson (August 22, 2015). "THE NEXT BIG THING: Nick Robinson". Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Being Charlie". July 24, 2015. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  16. ^ Patterson, Michael (March 23, 2016). "William H. Macy's New Film to Feature Stars from American Horror Story, Daredevil and Jurassic World!". Archived from the original on September 9, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  17. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (July 20, 2016). "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  18. ^ Lang, Brent (March 9, 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "How 'Love, Simon' Helped Nick Robinson Talk To His Brother About Coming Out". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  20. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (November 20, 2018). "Nick Robinson: 10 Questions With The 30 Under 30 Star". Forbes. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Nick Robinson reveals how he landed the role of Simon in Love, Simon and more!". March 19, 2018. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2018 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (November 7, 2019). "FX to Produce Programming for Hulu". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  23. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (June 15, 2020). "'Love, Victor': A Coming-Out Story That Doubles As A Corrective". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  24. ^ VanArendonk, Kathryn (June 17, 2020). "In Love, Victor, a Spinoff Pushes Back Against Its Origin Story". Vulture. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 28, 2020). "Nick Robinson To Star Opposite Margaret Qualley In Netflix's Dramedy Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie". Deadline. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  26. ^ HollyShorts Film Festival Announces Lineup Packed With Projects From Eva Longoria, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah, Tom Holland, Ben Proudfoot, Alden Ehrenreich And More
  27. ^ Snack Shack's Wild Red Band Trailer Teases Just How Much Fun Summer Can Be
  28. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 9, 2023). "'Turn Me On': Bel Powley, Nick Robinson To Star In Dystopian Rom-Com For Director Craig Johnson; First Look Image". Deadline. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  29. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (April 11, 2019). "Love, Simon Series Coming to Disney+". TVLine. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  30. ^ Petski, Denise (August 15, 2019). "'Love, Simon': Michael Cimino Leads Cast Of Disney+ Series". Deadline. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  31. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  32. ^ "Young Entertainer Awards Submissions 2015". Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  33. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 13, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: 'Wonder Woman', 'Beauty And The Beast', 'Riverdale' Among Honorees". Deadline. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  34. ^ Atkinson, Katie (June 18, 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  35. ^ "HRC to Honor Actor Nick Robinson with the Ally for Equality Award - Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign. May 9, 2018.
  36. ^ "Maui Now: Nick Robinson to Receive 2018 Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award".
  37. ^ Evans, Greg (June 22, 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  38. ^ "The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announces their mid season film award nominees". EIN News. June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  39. ^ "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations on People's Choice Awards". E! Online. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  40. ^ "Press Academy". November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  41. ^ "International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) - 2021 Awards". IMDB. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  42. ^ "Pena de Prata (2021)". IMDb. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  43. ^ "2022 Gold Derby Awards: Top nominees are 'Succession', 'Only Murders' and all things Taika Waititi". July 11, 2022. Archived from the original on July 11, 2022. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  44. ^ "International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) - 2021 Awards". IMDB. Retrieved July 12, 2022.

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