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8 Things To Know About Canadian 'Upload' Star Robbie Amell

You may recognize him from 'Life with Derek'!

A brand new futuristic sci-fi series just landed on Amazon Prime and as soon as you check it out, you'll want to know more about Canadian Upload star Robbie Amell. He's been in the acting industry since the early 2000s and has starred in so many of your favourite shows and movies.

Amell stars as Nathan Brown, a man who has a near-death experience and is offered the opportunity to "upload" his consciousness into a computerized afterlife in order to become immortal.

The series is set in a futuristic world where technology allows something like that to happen, providing some big Black Mirror vibes. It can also be equated to The Good Place, since characters are aware they're living in the afterlife where everything can be controlled and perfected.

Amell stars opposite Andy Allo, Allegra Edwards, Zainab Johnson, and Kevin Bigley. 

The brand new series is already impressing audiences with a 94% Google rating and 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Plus, it was filmed entirely in Vancouver, BC, adding to the Canadian pride that Amell offers.

Here are 8 facts to know about the Upload star.

He Was Born & Raised In Toronto

Amell was born on April 21, 1988, in Toronto, making him 32-years-old. His parents, Jo Burden and Rob Amell, both work in custom jewelry, per IMDb.

He Started Acting At 6 Years Old

Famous Birthdays claims that the Upload star landed his first TV commercial when he was six years old, and acted in school plays at 16. IMDb claims that his first on-screen role was in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 in 2002 where he played Daniel Murtaugh.

He's Three Different Ages Throughout Upload Episodes

Amell's first audition for Upload was in October 2017 and the pilot was shot in the following January, per The Canadian Press. After that, filming went on for a span of years.

The Canadian Press claims that in a recent interview, Amell said, "I’m 29 in episode one, I’m 30 in episodes two, three and four, I’m 31 in episodes five through 10 — and I’m 32 when it airs, which is so weird, especially in the TV world."

His Original Career Goal Was To Be A Hockey Player

According to TV Guide, Amell originally contemplated going into professional hockey which he played in high school. However, his experience in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 made him follow a career path into acting.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell Is His Cousin

Also born and raised in Toronto, 38-year-old Stephen Amell is the first cousin of Robbie. Stephen stars as Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow in the superhero TV series, Arrow. He has also appeared in Private Practice, Supergirl, and The Flash.

He Was In Life with Derek

A year after his Cheaper by the Dozen 2 role, Amell landed the role of Max in Life with Derek which he played for two years. Max was a quarterback on the high school football team who briefly dated Casey.

He's Starred In Some Big Shows & Movies

With 51 acting credits on IMDb, Amell has appeared in How I Met Your Mother, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland, Modern Family, The Flash, Pretty Little Liars, and The X-Files. As for movies, he starred in The Duff, Picture This, and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

He's Married

Famous Birthdays writes that Amell got engaged to Italia Ricci in 2014 and they married in October 2016. In September 2019, the two had a son named Robert Amell V.

Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario, 33-year-old Ricci is an actress and has appeared in Supergirl, Designated Survivor, Chasing Life, and like her husband, an episode of How I Met Your Mother.