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Nathan Kress

Nathan Kress
Kress in 2011
Born Nathan Karl Kress
(1992-11-18) November 18, 1992
Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 1995–1998 (child model)
1998-present (actor)
Known for iCarly
Religion Christianity

Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18, 1992) is an American actor, director, and former professional child model. Kress has acted since the age of three and is known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly.

In 2014, he co-starred in his first major film, Into the Storm, and directed the Henry Danger episodes "Caved In", "The Bucket Trap", and "Captain Man: On Vacation".[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Activism 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Kress was born on November 18, 1992, in [3] He has two older brothers, Andrew and Kevin, neither of whom are involved in show business.[4][5]

Kress began his professional career at the age of four when he displayed a natural talent for memorizing and re-enacting the shows he saw on television, prompting his mother to take him to an open "[3][5][6][7][8] At the age of six, he decided to take a break from acting and return to regular school, where he led a relatively "normal" life for the next five years until deciding to return to acting professionally at the age of eleven.[5][6][7]


At the age of eleven, Kress was cast in the lead role as "The Emperor" in a school production of The Emperor's New Clothes.[5] The role rekindled his interest in performing, and at the end of his fifth grade school year, he asked his parents if he could be home-schooled so he could return to acting.[5][7] A mutual friend of Kress from school put him in touch with an agent, and after attending a summer acting "boot camp", Kress was soon going on real professional auditions once again.[5][6][7]

In April 2005, Kress made his first live television appearance since returning to acting in a comedy sketch on [3][4][9][10] Kress also appeared in several short films including Pickled, Magnus, Inc., and Bag, for which he was awarded a 168 Film Festival Jury Award for his portrayal of a small-fry drug dealer with a conscience.[5][9][11] In addition to live-action roles, Kress continued to work as a voice-actor, lending his voice to various characters in the animated feature film Chicken Little and on the Nickelodeon animated series Shuriken School.[9]

In February 2006, Kress landed a small role on the popular [3][5][6] At the time, Schneider was developing a new series for Nickelodeon, and was on the lookout for someone to play one of the lead roles in the untitled project, which would later become known as iCarly.[5][6][12]

The role of Toplin was similar to a character named "Freddie" that Schneider was looking to cast on iCarly.[4][5][6] Schneider had been so impressed with Kress' performance that he remembered him, and about 6 months after filming his small role on Drake and Josh, Kress was called in to audition for the role of "Freddie" shortly after his fourteenth birthday.[4][5][6] After several rounds of auditions, Kress was invited back for a screen test with Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy and a couple of days later he was notified that he had landed the role of "Freddie".[5][6][12] Although iCarly would not premiere until the fall of 2007, the decision was made to cut Kress' scenes with Miranda Cosgrove out of the Drake and Josh episode that had started it all, in order to avoid any potential confusion among the young Nickelodeon viewing audience.[4][6]

On September 8, 2007, [3][6][13][17][18][19] Kress' performance on the show has been characterized by one reviewer for Variety as "sweetly nerdy".[14]

In 2008, Kress starred in the Nickelodeon television movie Gym Teacher: The Movie.[2][5][9][18] In the movie, Kress played "Roland", a decidedly uncoordinated student who transfers to a new school and must be whipped into shape by his ambitious gym teacher, Dave Stewie (Christopher Meloni).[2][5][18] Later that same year, he starred as Freddie Benson in the television movie iCarly: iGo to Japan, Nickelodeon's first television film adaptation of iCarly television series.[12][17][20] Throughout 2009, Kress continued to play the role of Freddie on iCarly, but was unable to take on other projects due to Nickelodeon's decision to film both seasons two and three of the show back-to-back without the usual hiatus between filming seasons, in order to make up for the time lost during the 2008 writers strike.[6][12][13][21]

In March 2010, Kress guest-starred in the [3][9][10][22] Kress played Mason Ward, one of two best friends of a fourteen-year-old victim with traces of blood of an inmate under his fingernails.[22] Kress told of his CSI role "It was a great opportunity to try my hand at something different. I had done scenes in dramas in the past, but other than a few semi-serious scenes on iCarly, it had been a long time since I've had the opportunity to do anything other than comedy."[22] Later that same year, Kress returned to comedic roles, guest-starring as Prince Gabriel on the Nickelodeon comedy series True Jackson, VP, and as the voice of Ronald on the Nickelodeon animated series The Penguins of Madagascar.[9]

In 2011, Kress continued to appear in the role of Freddie Benson on the fourth season of iCarly, and in January 2011, Miranda Cosgrove began telling news sources that she was looking forward to returning to Hollywood to begin filming the fifth season of the main character of the Nickelodeon show.[23][24][25] On January 27, 2011 Cosgrove told Cleveland Live News "We're getting ready to start the next season, right after the (Dancing Crazy) tour. I would be willing to do the show as long as people like it and as long as it works."[23] On January 29, 2011, Reuters also reported that Cosgrove was preparing to begin filming season 5,[24] and on February 3, 2011 Cosgrove told The Middletown Press, when speaking of the show and her co-stars, Kress and Jennette McCurdy: "I've known them since I was little. I can't wait to get back. I'm really comfortable doing [iCarly]. It's like my home away from home."[25]

In 2014, Kress starred in the web show Video Game High School as 'The New Law'.

Personal life

As of February 2011, Kress was finishing up his senior year of high school and hoped to attend UCLA, which is his father's alma mater.[4][13] While filming iCarly, Kress was tutored on the set along with his co-stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy, and was home-schooled on the weekends or when on hiatus from the shooting of the show.[5][6] Kress is a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, and his hobbies include football, tennis, which he plays on weekends, air-soft, and video games, as well as an avid interest in photography and acting.[4][6][17]

Kress is a devout evangelical Christian and has said that he feels a responsibility to be a great role model to his younger fans.[5][6][12]

On May 29, 2015, Kress became engaged to his girlfriend, actress, stunt performer, and Into the Storm castmate London Elise Moore.[26]


Kress works with various charitable causes including YWAM (Youth With A Mission), where he has given money to help people build houses for the poor.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Tough Pup Voice
2005 Pickled Younger brother Short film
Chicken Little Additional voices
2007 Magnus, Inc. Jacob Short film
Bag Albert
NimBlingDit Alan
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Roland Waffle Television film
iGo to Japan Freddie Benson
2011 Game of Your Life Phillip Reese
2011/2013 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Elvis Voice
2014 Into the Storm Trey
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sketch characters 5 episodes
2005 House Scott Episode: "Spin"
2006 Shuriken School Eizan Kaburagi Voice; main cast
Ed, Edd and Eddy Rolf's friend #1 (voice) Episode: Pick An Ed
2007 Without a Trace Young Barry Episode: "Eating Away"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Jamie Season 2 Episode 35 "Back in the Game"
Drake & Josh Toplin Episode: "Battle of Panthatar"
Notes from the Underbelly Young Andrew Episode: "Surprise"
2007–2012 iCarly Freddie Benson Main cast
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Don Episode: Exchange Student
True Jackson, VP Prince Gabriel Episode: "True Royal"
The Penguins of Madagascar Ronald Voice; episode: "Field Tripped"
2011 Victorious Audience Member Episode: "Who Did It to Trina?" (cameos)
Freddie Benson Crossover: iParty with Victorious
2012 Figure It Out Himself Panelist; 2 episodes
2013 Mr. Young Pete 2 episodes
2014 Major Crimes Tyler Lang Episode: "Return to Sender Part 2"
Sam & Cat Freddie Benson Episode: "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
Growing Up Fisher Hunter 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Jake Episode: "Ka Hana Malu"
Henry Danger Himself Episode: "Birthday Girl Down"
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Video Game High School New Law/The Law Starting in S3E3

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor iCarly Nominated[30]
2009 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Nominated[31]
Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Nominated[31]
2010 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor Nominated[32]
Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Nominated[32]
2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards LOL Award (shared with ensemble) Won[33]
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actor: Comedy Nominated[34]
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick Nominated[35]


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