The British model and actor, Freddie Stroma, is probably best known for portraying Cormac McLaggen in the 2009 installment of the “Harry Potter” film franchise. He’s also famous for his performance in the TV series “Peacemaker”, and the film “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Freddie Stroma was born Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 8 January 1987, in London, England, which makes him 36 years old as of 2023. He was born to Crystal Kupper and Stefan Sjöström, who is a computer industry executive. Stroma is of German ethnicity from his mother’s side, and Swedish through his father. He spent his childhood days in Ascot, Berkshire, and was raised alongside his elder sister, Antonia and younger brother Phillip. Stroma grew up listening to Frank Sinatra songs, and developed an interest in singing at an early age – he is a self-taught guitarist.
Stroma was educated at the family-run boys’ boarding school, Sunningdale School, which is situated in Berkshire. He also attended the Oxfordshire-based public school, Radley College (formally known as St Peter’s College, Radley). In 2003, Stroma enrolled at the National Youth Theater of Great Britain (NYT), where he landed roles in several British TV series including “Mayo” and “Casualty.” After graduating from NYT, Stroma joined University College, London, where he studied Neuroscience, but took a 12-month break to appear in several projects, including the sixth installment of the acclaimed “Harry Potter” film series. He eventually graduated with an upper-second-class degree in Neuroscience in 2009.
Freddie’s childhood dream was to become a successful actor, and after university, he preferred to continue with his acting career instead of pursuing a medical. He once revealed, ‘If my dramatic career doesn’t work out, I will go on to research and find cures for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s and other motor neuron diseases. It’s a very exciting field of research. But I’d like to continue in drama, so it wouldn’t be very smart of me if I blew this amazing opportunity with an inappropriate lifestyle.’
Career Beginnings and Rise to Stardom
While at university, Stroma posed for various fashion brands including Acne Underwear, then gained recognition when he was cast in the 2009 fantasy film “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, and reprised the role of Cormac McLaggen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” (2010) and its second part, which was released in 2011. “Harry Potter” is one of the most successful film series – the eight films grossing over $7.7 billion.
In 2011, Stroma portrayed British student Luke Morgan in the American musical comedy film “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.” He starred alongside Lucy Hale, who portrayed Katie Gibbs, his love interest, and performed the songs “Possibilities” and “Knockin” in the film. In 2012, Stroma landed a minor role in another musical comedy film – “Pitch Perfect’ – which was a critical and commercial success, with a box office collection of over $115 million. 2014 saw Stroma star alongside his “Harry Potter” co-star, Bonnie Wright, in the John Huddles-directed sci-fi psychological thriller, “After the Dark”, then in the year that followed, he was cast in the Shiri Appleby-starred Lifetime reality parody “UnREAL.” His following appearances were in the 2014 Canadian sci-fi movie “Extraterrestrial”, and the 2016 American biographical film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
In 2017, Stroma played the lead role of H.G. Wells in the American period drama “Time After Time”, and his next major role was in 10 episodes of Jeff Lowell’s comedy series “The Crew” (2021). In the year that followed, he was selected to play Vigilante/Adrian Chase in the American superhero TV series “Peacemaker”, and for his performance, was nominated for a 2022 Online Film & Television Award (OFTA) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2009, Freddie voiced McLaggen in the video game “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
He’s made guest appearances in several talk shows, including “Good Morning America” and “The Insider.”
Freddie is active on Instagram (@freddiestromaa) with over 33,000 followers – he’s populated his account with his modeling photos. He joined Twitter in 2009, and is currently followed by almost 100,000 fans under his username @freddiestroma.
Stroma is married to the American actress Johanna Braddy, whom he met during the filming of “UnREAL.” Stroma portrayed a bachelor contestant in the show, and Johanna was one of the ladies competing to win his heart. They dated for several months before Stroma popped the question in May 2016 while they were on a vacation in Vancouver, Canada. The lovebirds exchanged vows on 30 December 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The bride wore a unique, flashy gown that was designed by the famed bridal design house, Anne Barge.
In 2010, Stroma had a one-year-long affair with the British actress, Tamsin Egerton, who is best known for portraying Holly in the 2005 movie “Keeping Mum”, Chelsea in the 2007 film “St Trinian’s”, and Guinevere in the TV series “Camelot.”
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Freddie is of White ethnicity and has a set of blue eyes and blonde hair. He stands 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall and weighs approximately 160lbs (73kgs); Freddie’s bicep, chest and waist sizes are approximately 13ins, 38ins, and 31ins respectively. He is a fashion fanatic who loves wearing trendy suits – he allegedly has a collection of over 100 designer suits.
Stroma’s primary source of income is his successful acting career. His estimated net worth is $2 million as of mid-2023 – he’s seemingly leading a lavish life.
Freddie Stroma’s Wife, Johanna Braddy: Brief Biography
Johanna Elizabeth Braddy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on 30 August 1987, which makes her 35 years old as of mid-2023. She was born to the vocalist and preschool music teacher, Jo Beth and her husband Steve Braddy, who’s an engineer, and was raised alongside her brother, Cole Braddy.
After making her TV debut in the 2004 ABC Family TV film “Pop Rocks,” Braddy voiced Princess Yue in the animated fantasy film “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” She has since appeared in various other projects – the most notable are the 2009 horror movie “The Grudge 3,” the TV series “Video Game High School” and “Quantico.” Johanna is a two-time joint winner of the Streamy Award for Best Ensemble Cast for their performance in “Video Game High School” (2014 and 2015), and her performance in the same TV series saw her nominated for an International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Award in 2015.