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AUGUST RUSH

FREDDIE HIGHMORE (August Rush) has, in just the last three years, emerged as one of the film industry's most respected and sought-after young actors. He won the Empire Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in Marc Forster's acclaimed 2004 feature "Finding Neverland.” His performance in that film also brought Highmore two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one individually for Best Supporting Actor and another shared with the ensemble cast for Outstanding Cast Performance. In addition, he won the first of two consecutive Critics' Choice Awards for Best Young Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The following year, he won his second Critics' Choice Award for his work in Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Highmore made his feature film debut at the age of seven in "Women Talking Dirty,” with Helena Bonham Carter. He then appeared in a number of longform television projects, including the BBC's "Happy Birthday Shakespeare” and TNT's "The Mists of Avalon.” In 2004, he had starring roles in three films, including Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Two Brothers” and "Five Children and It,” with Kenneth Branagh. However, it was his poignant performance as Peter in "Finding Neverland” that caught the attention of both critics and audiences, as well as his cast-mates. His "Finding Neverland” co-star Johnny Depp was so impressed with Highmore that he recommended the young actor to director Tim Burton for the title role in 2005's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Highmore more recently starred alongside Russell Crowe and Albert Finney in Ridley Scott's comedy drama "A Good Year,” and then played the title role in Luc Besson's fantasy adventure "Arthur and the Invisibles.” Later this year, he will be heard as the voice of the character Pantalaimon in the fantasy film "The Golden Compass,” and, in 2008, will star opposite himself as twins in "The Spiderwick Chronicles.”

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