Freddie Highmore may have found massive success growing up in front of the camera but the actor is also killing it off-cam.
The British actor has sold his dark comedy series “Homesick” to TBS. According to The Wrap, the project is already in development with Highmore as co-writer and co-executive producer. Homesick is a half-hour episode series from Sony Pictures TV and the actor’s production banner, Alfresco Pictures.
Penned by Highmore and his collaborator James Mitchell, the story puts the spotlight on mental health, body image, toxic masculinity, and themes that challenge conventional gender roles. The show is loosely based on Mitchell’s personal experiences as a young adult. It highlights the lead character’s dysfunctional but closely knit relationship with his narcissistic mother. His self-destructive antics are chronicled as he secretly tackles an eating disorder.
The sale marks the second series deals for Highmore’s Alfresco Pictures with the first being Love, Dad, an hour-long drama developed at the ABC network in the past broadcast season. It also further solidifies Highmore as a bona fide producer.
Highmore began his acting career at the very young age of 7. He has starred in fantasy film favorites including Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Golden Compass, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Aside from acting, Highmore has kept himself busy behind the camera with projects that see him as a writer, director, and producer. His writing and directing debut is a notable one in A&E’s concluded series Bates Motel which he also starred in. The actor recently garnered praise for his performance as an autistic and brilliant doctor on the ABC show, The Good Doctor.
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