Keir Gilchrist
Birth Date:
London, England, UK
Birth Place:
September 28, 1992
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First coming to prominence as Josh McKellar in the Fox short lived comedy series “The Winner” (2007), for which he nabbed a Young Artist nomination, Canadian actor Keir Gilchrist became even popular for his role as the title character's gay teenage son, Marshall, on the Showtime television series “United States of Tara” (2009-2011). Gilchrist's television credits also include a recurring role on “Life with Derek” (2007) as well as guest spots in “1-800-Missing,” “Family Guy” and “The Listener,” to name a few.

“That, to me, was really – I kind of started thinking about that and that made me feel really happy. If I can make anybody feel more comfortable about themselves, that's, you know, that's extra. I'm actually kind of excited about it.” Keir Gilchrist (about becoming a role model for gay teens for his role on “United States of Tara”)

On the big screen, Gilchrist is perhaps most known for starring in the film “It's Kind of a Funny Story” (2010). Other films he has acted in include “A Lobster Tale” (2006), “Dead Silence” (2007), “The Egg Factory” (2008), “Just Peck” (2009) and “Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray” (2011).     

London Born

Childhood and Family:

Keir David Peters Gilchrist, simply known as Keir Gilchrist, was born on September 28, 1992, in London, England, to Catherine and Ian Gilchrist. He has a brother named Evan. He is the grandson of Canadian banker, economist, and politician Douglas Peters, and is the nephew of economist David Wilfrid Peters. Keir spent his early childhood in London before his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts and then to New York City. The Gilchrist family finally settled in Toronto, Ontario, which Keir now calls home. Keir enrolled at the Annex Children's Theatre. He decided to pursue acting professionally after the suggestion of his drama teacher.

It's Kind of a Funny Story


Keir Gilchrist made his television acting debut as the son of police chief Jim Stockwell in an episode of Showtime's “Queer as Folk” (2003). He soon branched out to the big screen by playing Young David in the Canadian comedy/drama “The Right Way” (2004), starring Karyn Dwyer, Jefferson Brown and Gloria Slade. It was followed by roles in “Saint Ralph” (2004), an award winning Canadian movie directed and written by Michael McGowan and starring Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Tilly, the short “The Sadness of Johnson Joe Jangles” (2004), and the made for television movie “An American Girl Holiday” (The WB, 2004), starring Mia Farrow, Anna Sophia Robb and Olivia Ballantyne. He also made a guest appearance on the PAX TV series “Doc,” playing R.J. Mitchell.

Still in 2004, he played the role of Jamie in the stage production “Number One and Jamie” at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto.

“I really like working in front of a live audience because I've done theater once. I did a play in Toronto for nine weeks. I like having the audience there to bounce off, you know, you make a joke and they laugh. And that really gives you more energy. Gives you energy to go on.” Keir Gilchrist

Gilchrist next could be seen in the films “Horsie's Retreat” (2005) and “A Lobster Tale” (2006) as well as in a few shorts, like “The Waldo Cumberbund Story” (2005), “Spoonfed” (2006) and “Find” (2006). During this period, he also appeared in episodes of “1-800-Missing” (2005), “ReGenesis” (2006) and “Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends” (2006).   

In 2007, Gilchrist made his debut as a series regular in the Fox comedy “The Winner,” opposite Rob Corddry and Erinn Hayes.  The show, however, only had a short life. For his performance as Josh McKellar, the actor was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actor. Gilchrist also landed a recurring role on the Canadian show “Life with Derek,” playing Jamie, the boy who had developed a crush on Lizzie, did voice over in an episode of “Family Guy” and starred in “The Altar Boy Gang” (all 2007). The actor returned to features by playing Young Henry in “Dead Silence” (also 2007), an American horror movie helmed by James Wan and penned by Leigh Whannell, the creators of “Saw.”  

Gilchrist appeared as Moby Type Kid in “The Rocker” (2008), a comedy film helmed by Peter Cattaneo and starring Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Emma Stone, Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis, portrayed Matthew Hanson in “The Egg Factory” (2008), starring Kimberly Clarke, Chad Cole and Colin Ferguson, had the title role on “Just Peck” (2009), a comedy/family movie directed by Michael A. Nickles and written by Marc Arneson, and starred with Alexander De Jordy and Alexia Fast in the drama film “Hungry Hills” (2009), which was an adaptation of a novel by George Ryga.  

Gilchrist returned to series television as a regular on the Diablo Cody created comedy/drama series “United States of Tara,” following the life of Tara (played by Toni Collette), a suburban homemaker and mother dealing with dissociative identity disorder. He portrayed  Marshall, Tara's sensible and soft-spoken gay teenage son, throughout the show's three season run on Showtime from January 18, 2009 until June 20, 2011. The actor also made a guest appearance on the Canadian science fiction drama series “The Listener” (2009).      

In 2010, Gilchrist starred opposite Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis in the film adaptation of Ned Vizzini's novel, “It's Kind of a Funny Story.” The comedy/drama was directed and scripted by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. In the following year, he worked with Colin Ferguson and Barbara Tyson in  the family film “Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray,” helmed by William Fruet.

In 2012,  Gilchrist co-starred with Matt Frewer, Ryan Robbins and Gil Bellows in the television miniseries “Delete.”


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