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Robbie Amell (born April 21, 1988) is a Canadian actor, known for playing the lead role of Stephen Jameson on The CW's series The Tomorrow People and his role as Fred Jones in the films Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, as well as numerous recurring roles on such television shows as Life with DerekTrue Jackson, VPUnnatural History, and Revenge.

Early life

Amell was born in Toronto, Ontario He is a cousin of Arrow actor Stephen Amell. Along with his sister, he started modeling and acting in small roles in commercials when he was six years old. At age sixteen, he began landing roles in high school plays such as Louis and Dave and FioniaPicasso at the Lapin Agile and The Importance of Being Earnest. His love for acting made him go to Canadian Studios Acting Academy. He graduated from Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto in 2006.

Career

Amell's first role was Daniel Murtaugh in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, which filmed in the Muskoka Region of Ontario. He also appeared in the 2010 horror film Left for Dead.

Amell had a role in the Canadian Family Channel series Life with Derek, playing lead character Casey McDonald's boyfriend, Max. Life with Derek was distributed worldwide, including US Disney Channel and its international affiliates. He has also appeared in the ABC Family film Picture This.

Amell has a recurring role on both the Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP as Max Madigan's nephew Jimmy, True's love interest, and the Cartoon Network seriesUnnatural History.

He played the role of Noel Kahn's brother Eric on the ABC Family television series Pretty Little Liars during the show's third season. Amell has played hockey since he was a child and considered making a career of it until discovering his love of acting. He also takes break dancing lessons. He had a recurring role on MTV's Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous.

He was cast as Fred Jones in the 2009 TV movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, which became the most watched telecast ever on Cartoon Network. He reprised the role in the 2010 sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

In 2013, he received his biggest role to date, lead character Stephen Jameson in CW's sci-fi drama The Tomorrow People, a remake of the British series of the same name. The first episode had 2.32 million U.S. viewers. In 2014 CW opted not to renew The Tomorrow People for a second season. In July, 2014, it was revealed that he was cast as the recurring character on the freshman show The Flash as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, based on the DC Comics character.

Personal life

He has been dating Canadian actress Italia Ricci since July 2008. The couple got engaged on August 20, 2014. He is the cousin of actor Stephen Amell.

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