Charlie Hunnam made his screen debut in the British teen drama and coming of age television series ‘Byker Grove’ in 1998. He went on to make his big-screen debut in the 1999 British comedy film ‘Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?’ where he played the role of ‘Daz.’ Following his debut, he went on to star in films like ‘Abandon’ (2002), ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (2002), ‘Cold Mountain’ (2003), ‘Green Street’ (2005), and ‘Children of Men’ (2006). In 2008, he joined the cast of the American action crime drama television series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ created by Kurt Sutter. He portrayed Jackson 'Jax' Teller in the series which earned him several award nominations including 3 EWwy Award nominations. Sons of Anarchy aired 7 seasons before going off-air in 2014. In 2011, he starred as ‘Gavin Nichols’ in the American thriller drama film ‘The Ledge’ directed by Matthew Chapman. The film received negative reviews from critics and ultimately tanked at the box office. He next starred as ‘Frankie’ in the 2012 Jordan Roberts-directed comedy film ‘3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom.’ The film received a mixed response from critics and received a 45% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, he also appeared in the American crime drama film ‘Deadfall’ directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. The film received a lukewarm response from critics.
The year 2013 saw the release of the Guillermo del Toro-directed American science fiction monster film ‘Pacific Rim.’ The film garnered praise from critics and grossed over $411 million on a budget of $180–200 million. Hunnam also became a recipient of the ‘Huading Award’ for his performance in the film. In 2015, he starred as ‘Dr. Alan McMichael’ in the gothic romance film ‘Crimson Peak’ directed by Guillermo del Toro. Even though the film saw positive reviews upon release, it failed to score success at the box office. He continued to star in films like ‘The Lost City of Z’ (2016), ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ (2017), ‘Papillon’ (2018), ‘A Million Little Pieces’ (2019), ‘Triple Frontier’ (2019), ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ (2019), ‘Jungleland’ (2019), and ‘The Gentlemen’ (2019). He was last seen in the 2022 American-British mystery thriller film ‘Last Looks’ directed by Tim Kirkby. He will be next seen in the upcoming American epic science fiction adventure film ‘Rebel Moon.’