Only the second actor ever to be awarded Outstanding Performance by a Young Actor from the National Board of Review, USA. The first was fellow Brit Christian Bale in 1987 (then titled Outstanding Juvenile Performance) for Empire of the Sun (1987).
First acting performance is reported to be part of the London stage production of Bugsy Malone in Christmas 1998.
Was chosen out of 2000 boys to play "Billy Elliot" over a series of seven auditions. Criteria that the casting director was looking for were acting ability, dancing ability and the right Northern English accent.
When he won Best Actor at the 2001 British Academy Awards (BAFTAs), not only did he beat the Best Actor Oscar winner of that year, Russell Crowe, but the other three nominees he beat out - Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas and Geoffrey Rush - had also won the Best Actor Oscar in past years.
Was Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival.
Very good friends with Anne Hathaway, Romola Garai and Charlie Hunnam whom he met while filming Nicholas Nickleby (2002).
He was accompanied by his then girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood to the King Kong (2005) premiere in New York.
Named among Fade In Magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know" in 2005.
Was in a relationship with Evan Rachel Wood (June 2005-September 2006).
Was ranked #19 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list.(2008).