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Asa Bopp Farr Butterfieldnote  (born Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield on 1 April 1997 in Islington, England), is an English actor best known for portraying Bruno in the film adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo Cabret in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Ender Wiggin in Ender's Game, and Otis Milburn in the Netflix series Sex Education.

He began acting at age 8 after he was spotted by a casting director at a local drama club, and soon secured a minor role in the Made-for-TV Movie After Thomas. From there, he had a supporting role in Son of Rambow before doing an episode of Ashes to Ashes (2008) in 2008. In the same year, he won the recurring role of the infamous Mordred in The BBC's Merlin — a role not dissimilar to his successful performance in Rambow, which is possibly why he was cast. Released around the same time was the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas film; his starring role in the film was his first to receive major recognition. At the same time that he auditioned for the film, he also successfully auditioned for a role in Mr. Nobody, but turned it down in order to do the film.

During this time, Butterfield was still attending regular school like any other boy; he would put his career on temporary hold beginning in fall 2008, when he began secondary school. He returned with a supporting role in The Wolfman followed by a lead role in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, both released in 2010. In these films, he played alongside respected actors like Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, and his own real stardom began. Following this, he won the titular roles in Hugo and Ender's Game, leading an All-Star Cast with veteran actors in each film.

After finishing up Ender's Game, Butterfield appeared in several other films, including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Space Between Us, and Slaughterhouse Rulez. He most recently starred in the series Sex Education from 2019 to 2023.

Butterfield is known for several other public ventures. He is an eSports player, having played at the Nintendo World Championships in New York in 2017 and Genesis 6 in Oakland, California in 2019, and being to Team Liquid in October 2020 under the username "Stimpers." He also bridged the gap between acting and professional gaming further when he was signed onto Panda Global in 2018 as a brand ambassador to promote the eSports team to a wider audience. He also enjoys making and producing music (forming the group Mambo Fresh with his brother), co-designed a turn-based iPad game called Racing Blind with his father and brother, and has taught an annual acting masterclass since 2017 at the London-based acting school The Reel Scene.


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  • Asa Butterfield wanted to quit acting at the age of 8 after The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas because he found it difficult to handle the intense themes of death and suffering.
  • Butterfield attended a regular school until his graduation and refused homeschooling despite requests by staff to begin homeschooling. He believed that homeschooling would separate him from reality.
  • He created a mobile app known as Racing Blind at the age of 16 and was the only app on the App Store at the time designed to be played blind.
  • Butterfield auditioned for the role of Spider-Man in 2015, but lost to Tom Holland. Debunked rumors emerged that his Reddit post was what lost him the role.
  • Butterfield's mother is a psychologist, much like Otis Milburn's mother.
  • Butterfield likes electronic music, Dungeons and Dragons, DOTA 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and science.