Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield, or commonly called Asa Butterfield, was born in Islington, London on April 1, 1997. This young actor is the son of the couple Jacqueline Farr and Sam Butterfield. He explored the world of acting for the first time at the age of 7 years. He had a chance to attend the Young Actor Theater theater club every day after school. Starting from his experience, he got a small role in the television drama AFTER THOMAS in 2006 and the SON OF RAMBOW film a year later. He received a minor role in ASHES TO ASHES, playing Donny.
He began his professional career at the age of 10, when he starred in THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS. At first, Butterfield was not the director’s main choice to play the lead role in the Holocaust-themed film. Mark Herman as the director audited hundreds of children with the aim of getting a picture of a very innocent child. Then one by one the participants who auditioned were given questions related to the Holocaust. Butterfield passed the audition because he didn’t know anything about the event. In addition to successfully becoming the main actor in the film, he also escaped in the film MR. NOBODY is audited simultaneously. But he did not take part in the last film.
In the MERLIN series, Butterfield appeared as one of the key figures in the story. Playing as Mordred, he appeared in several episodes of the series that aired from 2008. He got a small role in the film titled THE WOLFMAN which was released in 2010. NANNY MC PHEE AND THE BIG BANG is a film he starred with Emma Thompson in the same year. Finally, he got the lead role in the film made by Martin Scorsese, HUGO which was released in 2011. ENDER’S GAME became a film that made his name increasingly popular. Butterfield starred in the film’s adaptation of the novel with Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfield. After the ENDER’S GAME, he finished his role in the X + Y film which was released in 2014. At the end of 2013, Butterfield planned to take a role in KING OF KASTLE and THE WHITE CIRCUS. In early 2014, he will star with TEN THOUSAND SAINT with Ethan Hawke, and will be released in 2015.
Besides his work as an actor, Butterfield also enjoys playing music. He released a mash song Teenage Dirtbag and Making Plans For Nigel in 2004. He also designed games with his father and brother. The game entitled Racing Blind was released on April 7, 2013.