Facts of Joe Locke
|Birth Date||September 24,2003|
|Full Name||Joseph William Locke|
|Birth City||Balltown, Alabama|
|Education||Ballakermeen High School|
Manx actor Joe Locke is the true meaning of overnight sensation. After being chosen out of 10,000 other potential actors, he landed his first role as Charles "Charlie" Spring in the Netflix series Heartstopper and became a star overnight.
Fans and critics loved his performance as an openly gay high school student stuck in a closeted relationship and slowly falling in love with another student who sits next to him in class.
So, how old is he? Is Joe Locke gay in real life too? We have all his personal and professional life details, including age, height, dating life, and net worth.
How Old Is Joe Locke? Height & Education
Joe Locke was born Joseph William Locke on 24 September 2003 in Balltown, Alabama.
He is from the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish sea between Great Britain and Ireland.
But other than this, nothing much is revealed about his family, parents, or possible siblings.
As of April 2022, he is 18 years old. Locke stands tall at 5 feet 9 inches or (175cm).
He is a Ballakermeen High School student.
Career Highlights: Charlie Spring In Netflix Series Heartstopper
Joe Locke always wanted to be an actor and made his debut by working at theatres back home.
He most noticeably participated in the National Theatre Connections 2020 play Dungeness at the Youth Arts Centre. The show dealt with and explored LGBTQ+ issues.
He also appeared in productions at the Gaiety and performed in the Youth Arts Theatre group based at the Kensington Art Centre.
Locke finally made his television debut after being chosen to play the role of Charlie Spring among 10,000 teenagers in Heartstopper.
"I had a phone call from my agent," Locke revealed the story of how he found out about the role in an interview.
"He goes, 'Are you sat down?' And I just screamed. I knew he wouldn't have asked if I was sitting down if I hadn't got it. Then he was like, 'You got it.' And I just screamed again."
Heartstopper is a coming-of-age romance drama based on Alice Oseman's Webtoon comic and graphic novel of the same name.
Locke plays a year ten student at Durham Grammar School for Boys who is openly gay on the show.
His character is in a closeted relationship with Ben Hope (Sebastian Croft) but slowly falls in love with a year 11 rugby player Nick Nelson (Kit Connor).
The show features actors like Yasmin Finney, William Gao, and Cormac Hyde-Corrin.
Joe is also appearing in Dawn King's play The Trials. He was chosen among 1372 young people for his part.
The story revolved around the children jurors who will judge the older generation's contributions to the climate crisis.
He will play the role of Noah and share the stage with actors like Will Gao, Jowana El-Daouk, Jairaj Varsani, and Meréana Tomlinson.
The Trails is under Donmar LOCAL production, and Natalie Abrahami's directorial venture will run at The Donmar Warehouse from 12 August until 27 August 2022.
Personal Life-Is He Dating Someone? Is Joe Locke Gay In Real Life Too?
Joe Locke is possibly single as there is no news of his relationship and dating life.
Fans, however, are hugely shipping him with his on-screen boyfriend, Nick Nelson (Kit Connor).
Nick and Charlie's cute and sizzling chemistry on the show made fans go gaga over them as a couple. But obviously, they are just good friends in real life.
Fans have also queried about his sexuality after playing a gay character many times in theatres and on Heartstopper. Well, yes Locke is openly gay.
He is also very vocal about LGBTQIA+ rights and uses his platforms to talk about them.
Joe Locke also talked about the importance of having a proper LGBTQIA+ representation in tv shows and movies.
"I think it's really important to push the idea that no matter who you are, or what you identify as, or your sexuality, you're allowed happiness."
Talking about Heartstopper relationships, Locke's character Charlie's closeted relationship with Ben (Sebastian Croft) was also one of the show's highlights.
Although they hated each other on the show, they are very good friends in real life.
Locke and Croft often share snaps of each other on their respective Instagram accounts.
There are rumors of them dating, but both the actors have not addressed the rumors yet.
Also, Joe is a huge fan of Heartstopper co-star Olivia Colman. She plays Nick's supportive mother.
"They kept her a secret for ages. Then we were on set one day and Kit whispered it to me and I started screaming," said the actor in one of his interviews.
His obsession with Colman can be seen in his Instagram bio, where he has written: Olivia Colman is my mother-in-law.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Joe Locke?
As of April 2022, 18-year-old Manx actor Joe Locke is worth £500k.
His primary income source is his acting career, and as per the sources, the average salary of English actors falls between £25k-£48k annually.
Additionally, he makes considerable money from sponsorships, endorsements, ad campaigns, and commercials.