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Meet Joe Locke: The Rising Star Who Plays Charlie Spring in ‘Heartstopper’

Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce you to the breakout star of the year. The name of this person is none other than Joe Locke. Read the article further to know more about the story of his life.

Here’s everything you need to know about Joe Locke

Joe Locke is a British actor by profession. He is also a social media influencer. At the moment, he is garnering the attention of the people as he featured in Netflix’s Heartstopper.

We must say that the 18-year-old has made quite a grand entrance into the world of cinema. For those of you who are unaware, he plays the role of Charlie Spring in the brand new teen series on Netflix.

Joe is from the Isle of Man. It is a small island in the Irish Sea off the coast of England. It is not a part of the United Kingdom. The island is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It is better known for its rugged coastline, medieval castles, and rural landscape, rising to a mountainous center.

Charlie Spring is Joe’s first onscreen role

Joe just made his acting debut with Netflix’s series Heartstopper. He got the part via an open audition. In an interview with Behind The Blinds, he said, “When I first heard about the audition, I read the comics and I just saw so much of myself in Charlie and so much of what my school experience was like.”

Locke continued, “I really wanted to be a part of the project because I felt like there are not many shows out there that depict the positives of growing up as a queer person – I just thought it was so great that there’s a story in which we can show younger queer kids that they deserve happiness.”

What is the show ‘Heartstopper’ all about?

The series Heartstopper is based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name by Alice Oseman. It showcases the tale of Charlie Spring, a gay schoolboy who falls in love with someone he sits next to in his new form, Nick Nelson, while also exploring the lives of Charlie and Nick’s friends: Tao, Elle, and Isaac.

Along with Locke, the show also stars Kit Connor as Nicholas “Nick” Nelson, William Gao as Tao Xu, Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent, Kizzy Edgell as Darcy Olsson, and Corinna Brown as Tara Jones.

What did Joe have to say about his role in ‘Heartstopper’?

During a media interaction, Locke talked about his own experiences in high school. He said, “I think that with queer people there’s a universal experience of school that everyone sort of relates to, but then there are differences.”

The actor further added, “I never would say I was bullied. There was only a handful of people I can think of who ever said anything bad to me. Charlie really struggles with that. I think going to an all-boys school probably comes with its differences.”

Joe told Behind The Blinds that he admires the confidence of his character Charlie. He said, “I’m a more extroverted person than Charlie, but he’s definitely more confident than me. I would have never joined a rugby team for someone I had a crush on or had the guts to ask someone if they liked me or if they wanted to kiss me!”

Is Locke present on Instagram?

The answer to the above question is a big yes. Joe has a profile on the social media platform Instagram. He has a good fan following on Instagram. As of now, he has nearly 1.1 million followers on the photo and video sharing platform.

We are pretty sure that the number of his followers will be as high as the sky in the future. His Instagram bio reads, ‘Olivia Colman is my mother in law.’

When you will scroll through the Instagram feed of Locke, you will find pictures of him with the star cast of the show Heartstopper, a few photos of him with his friends and family, and some snaps from his professional shoots with several magazines.

How did the fans react to the show ‘Heartstopper’?

One fan wrote, “thank you #heartstopper for giving us nick nelson. for giving bisexual people such healthy representation. to see him figure himself out, understand he is bi and tell his mum on his own terms in his own time and for her to just hug him.”

Another user tweeted, “The wonderful @EurosLyn, director of #Heartstopper, on @BBCr4today this morn talking about first love, growing up gay & getting the adaptation right. He did such a brilliant job getting stunning performances out of the central cast and making day players like me feel valued.”

Followed by a user who tweeted, “I have watched heartstopper at least 3 times already and heres what I know. Anyone who says Nick and Charlie, Tao and Elle and Darcy and Tara aren’t soulmates clearly wasn’t watching close enough.” #Heartstopper

One user penned,”im sorry to my future roomie but im literally going to put the heartstopper leaves and flowers all over my dorm room im sorry.”

Another user wrote, “every day. every day i wake up and i have to ask myself: is today a rewatch heartstopper, rewatch ofmd or rewatch moon knight day? and then i debate a bit.”

One user tweeted, “me and my friend are gonna rewatch heartstopper at my house after school i am absolutely ecstatic I NEED SOMEONE TO PINE WITH LFMSO.”

Another user wrote, “watching heartstopper is painful in a good way because it’s so cool to see queerness in media and the show is so cute but then you realize that you will probably never experience that type of love.”

These were a few reactions of the fans to Netflix’s show Heartstopper. Since the time the show has released, it has garnered positive feedback from all ends. We can’t wait to see Joe Locke shine on the screen in the times to come. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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