Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage
Iain Armitage and Jane Fonda at Fire Drill Fridays protest.jpg
Armitage speaks at Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest at the U.S. Capitol,
with Jane Fonda, in 2019
Born (2008-07-15) July 15, 2008 (age 13)[1][2]
Georgia, U.S.
  • Actor
  • theater critic
Years active2014–present
Known for
Parent(s)Euan Morton
Lee Armitage
RelativesRichard Armitage (grandfather)

Iain Armitage (born July 15, 2008) is an American child actor and theater critic. He is best known for his starring roles as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon, prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies. In 2018, he received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor for his role as Sheldon Cooper. He also provided the voice for young Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020), and for police puppy, Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Early life

Armitage resides in Arlington, Virginia, and is the son of actor Euan Morton, who was born in Falkirk, Scotland,[3] and theater producer Lee Armitage. It was reported that he was named after Sir Ian McKellen.[4] He is the grandson of former United States Deputy Secretary of State Richard Lee Armitage.[5]


Armitage first gained prominence via his YouTube series Iain Loves Theatre where he reviews stage shows from musical theater.[5] His videos caught the attention of the theater industry, including a couple of agents who wanted to sign him up.[4] During the 2015 Tony Awards, he served as a correspondent for Perez Hilton and was even referenced in the opening number of the show.[4]

In January 2017, Armitage starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ("Chasing Theo"), playing a young child, Theo Lachere, who has been kidnapped. He appeared in Impractical Jokers "Look Out Below", where he was talked to by Murr in "Who Let The Dogs Out?", in the second challenge of that episode.[6] He played Ziggy Chapman in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies and he appeared in The Glass Castle, a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir of the same name.[5] In the same year, he was also in the films I'm Not Here and Our Soul at Night,[7] which also starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.[8]

In 2017, Armitage was cast as Sheldon Cooper as a child in Young Sheldon, a prequel to the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.[9][10][11] In December 2018, he appeared in an episode of The Big Bang Theory,[12] playing young Sheldon on a videotape recording intended to cheer up and encourage an older Sheldon.

In 2020, Armitage voiced young Shaggy Rogers in the Scooby-Doo film Scoob!.

In 2021, Armitage voiced Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie, replacing Justin Paul Kelly from the Nickelodeon television series.



2017The Glass CastleYoung Brian Walls
2017Our Souls at Night[13]Jamie Moore
2017I'm Not HereStevie
2020Scoob![14]Young Shaggy RogersVoice
2021PAW Patrol: The MovieChaseVoice


2014Impractical JokersHimselfEpisode: "Look Out Below"
2016Little Big ShotsGuest judgeEpisode: "The Idiom of Love"
2017Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTheo LachereEpisode: "Chasing Theo"
2017–2019Big Little LiesZiggy ChapmanMain Role
2017–presentYoung SheldonSheldon CooperLead role
2018Jeopardy!Video Clue giver6 episodes
2018The Big Bang TheoryYoung Sheldon CooperEpisode: "The VCR Illumination"
2020Nickelodeon's UnfilteredHimself, Guest panelistEpisode: "Pizza In Your Game Face!", Episode: "Let's Eat Electric Cake!"
2020Group ChatHimselfEpisode: "Group Chat Unleashed - Party Pooper Prank"
2021-presentCraig of the CreekCraigVoice, Since Season 4


2014–presentIain Loves Theatre[5]Presenter

Awards and nominations

2018Gold Derby AwardsBreakthrough Performer of the YearN/ANominated[15]
Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young ActorYoung SheldonWon[16]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout TV StarYoung SheldonNominated[17]
2020Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBig Little LiesNominated[17]
2021Kids’ Choice AwardsFavorite Male TV StarYoung SheldonNominated[18]


  1. ^ "Iain Armitage". CBS. Retrieved November 4, 2018. His birthday is July 15.
  2. ^ Estera, Christine (July 16, 2018). "'Young Sheldon' star Iain Armitage on track to becoming a millionaire at age 10". Nine. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Rothkopf, Joanna (March 7, 2019). "Show Business Didn't Happen to Iain Armitage. He Happened to Show Business". Esquire.
  4. ^ a b c Silver, Jocelyn. "Iain Armitage on 'Mrs. Meryl Streep', David Bowie, and Theater". W Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Cohen, Alina (February 22, 2017). "The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Iain Armitage". IMDb. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Sumner, Walter (May 30, 2019). "How Much Does Iain Armitage Get Paid to Play Young Sheldon Cooper?". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Chaney, Jen (March 17, 2017). "Iain Armitage on Big Little Lies, David Bowie, and the Big Bang Theory Spinoff". Vulture. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "'Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' ordered CBS". Fox News Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Mathews, Liam (August 7, 2017). "Here's the Advice Grown-Up Sheldon Jim Parsons Had for Young Sheldon's Iain Armitage". TV Guide. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Jim Parsons Says 'Young Sheldon' Star Iain Armitage Is 'Inspirational to Watch'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Lee, Jess (November 27, 2018). "Here's how The Big Bang Theory's crossover with Young Sheldon will happen". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 9, 2017). "See Robert Redford and Jane Fonda together in first footage from 'Our Souls at Night'". USA Today. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  14. ^ 'Captain Marvel', 'Young Sheldon' Stars Join Animated Scooby-Doo Movie (Exclusive) The Hollywood Reporter, May 13, 2019
  15. ^ Montgomery, Daniel; Beachum, Chris; Dixon, Marcus James; Eng, Joyce (September 6, 2018). "2018 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: 'Versace' and 'Handmaid's Tale' are top winners, but 'Game of Thrones' takes Best Drama". Gold Derby Awards. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Tech, Simon. "Winners 2018 - Young Artist Awards". www.youngartistawards.org. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Wikipedia. January 20, 2021 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26th_Screen_Actors_Guild_Awards#Television. Retrieved August 20, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Liz Calvario (March 13, 2021). "2021 Kids' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved March 13, 2021.

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