English-Canadian actor Keir Gilchrist became a person of much interest after he shot to the limelight thanks to his role in United State of Tara. He is also popular for portraying Craig Gilner in the 2010 comedy film It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Keir Gilchrist started off as a child actor and progressed to a teen actor. Gilchrist has grown into a young adult and is still progressing in his career without major struggles. Now set for adult roles, Keir believes his role as Sam Gardener, a teen with autism in Netflix’s dramedy, Atypical would be his last teen role.
Keir Gilchrist appears to fit into any role that comes his way with ease. That is exactly why after starring in the United State of Tara as gay teenager Marshall, speculations became rife that he is homosexual. But is this actually true? Get to find out more about the uprising actor below.
Keir Gilchrist Biography
Keir Gilchrist was born on 28 September 1992 in Camden Town, London, England. His birth name is Keir David Peters Gilchrist. Despite being a UK citizen, Keir is of Canadian descent as his parents, Catherine and Ian Gilchrist are from Canada. He has a younger brother, Evan Gilchrist who is also an actor.
Gilchrist spent the earlier years of his childhood in his birthplace, London. He developed a passion for acting while still a child. Keir would go for free acting lessons after school at a Boys and Girls Club in his neighborhood. He later enrolled to train at the Annex Children’s Theater in Education in Toronto, Ontario.
While still training, Keir started off his acting career in 2003 aged 11. He began with appearing in commercials and playing minor/guest roles in both television films and movies. He played his debut television role in an episode of Queer as Folk in 2003. His first movie role was in the 2004 film, The Right Way where he starred as young David. Before his breakthrough, Keir appeared in numerous other films and TV series.
In 2007, Keir Gilchrist landed his first major television role in Fox’s TV Situation Comedy, The Winner. On getting the role, Keir left London for the United States, precisely Boston, Massachusetts, and later to New York.
In the next two years (2009) Gilchrist got his breakthrough role United State of Tara. He portrayed the young version of main character Marshall Gregson in the Showtime comedy series till 2011. His role in the series brought Keir widespread public attention as well as opened bigger doors of opportunity for him.
Keir Gilchrist later won the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival award for Best Actor for his role in the 2013 short film, Seasick Sailor. Keir portrayed Sam Gardener in Netflix’s drama-comedy, Atypical which premiered in 2009.
Movies and TV Shows
Since kick-starting his professional career in 2003, Keir Gilchrist has been working non-stop, starring in numerous movies and television series. Here is a timeline of Gilchrist’s filmography.
After screen-debuting in Queer as Folk (2003), Gilchrist started getting a marathon of other roles both minors and leads. In 2004 after several auditioning, Gilchrist earned one movie role and two in television series, namely: The Right Way, Doc, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday respectively.
2005 saw him star in two movies and one television series namely: Horsie’s Retreat, The Waldo Cumberbund Story and 1-800-Missing respectively. The following year, he starred in yet another three set of works: A Lobster Tale (2006 movie), and TV series Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends and ReGenesis.
2007 was quite a busy year for Gilchrist as he featured in five works which include one movie, Dead Silence, and four TV series Family Guy, The Altar Boy Gang (unaired pilot), Life with Derek and The Winner in which he played his first major television role. 2008 was a bit idle for Kier as he appeared in only one work – Peter Vattaneo’s comedy film, The Rocker.
For the next ten years (2008-2018), Kier Gilchrist has continued to through much hard work, gradually earn himself a fine reputation in the film industry. Within this period, he appeared in twenty-four other professional works. Notable among them are: It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Seasick Sailor (2013), The Good Neighbor (2016), Hacker (2017), The Listener (2009), United States of Tara (2009–2011), Share (2015), Atypical (2017–present) and Room 104 (2017).
Kier Gilchrist earned the role of Andre in the 2019 mystery movie, The Education of Fredrick Fitzell.
Is He Gay?
Keir Gilchrist is not gay. He, in fact, has a girlfriend. The gay controversy sparked off after Keir played the role of Marshall Gregson, a gay teenager in United State of Tara. However, Keir’s mention of his girlfriend during an interview with Vulture in August 2017, shows that the rumors were false.
Actually, Keir Gilchrist is as of 2019 dating fellow actor and Atypical co-star, Michelle Farrah Huang. Keir and Michelle probably met each other on the set of the Netflix movie. They made their first public appearance as a pair in 2017 at the premiere of HBO’s hit television series, Room 104. The lovebirds take pleasure in sharing photos from their lovely moments on social media, especially on their individual Instagram accounts.