Charlie Barnett (actor)

Charlie Barnett (born February 4, 1988) is an American actor from Sarasota, Florida. He starred as Peter Mills, a firefighter/paramedic on the NBC drama Chicago Fire from 2012 to 2015.[1][2] Currently, he stars as Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll. He starred as Ben Marshall on the Netflix series Tales of the City. He has a role as Gabe in the Netflix thriller series You.

Charlie Barnett
Born (1988-02-04) February 4, 1988
Alma materJuilliard School
Home townSarasota, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)


Barnett and his sister were adopted;[3] his adoptive mother is from Utah and is of Swedish descent,[4][5][6] while his adoptive father is a boat builder from Minnesota.[7][3] He was raised on a sailboat in Florida until he was seven.[1] He discovered theatre when he was six years old, and performed in many operas and musicals.[8] Barnett is a graduate from Booker High School.[8] He participated in the Carnegie Mellon Musical Theater Summer Program.

Barnett is a graduate of the Juilliard School drama program, class of 2010.[8][9] He enjoys sailing, playing Ms. Pac-Man, and classic cars.[1] While pursuing his career, Barnett has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Chicago.[10] During filming for Chicago Fire, Barnett lived with co-stars Joe Minoso and Yuri Sardarov.[7] He is a White Sox and Chicago Bears fan.[7]

From 2012 to 2015, Barnett starred as Peter Mills in the NBC action-drama television series, Chicago Fire.[11]

In 2017, Barnett was cast in the role of Ian Porter on The CW series Valor.[12]

In 2018, Barnett was cast in the main role of Alan Zaveri on the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll.[13] In the same year, Barnett was cast in the main role of Ben Marshall on the Netflix miniseries, Tales of the City.[14]

In 2019, Barnett was cast in the recurring role of Gabe on the second season of the Netflix thriller You.[15][16] In July 2019, Barnett joined Arrow for its eighth and final season, portraying John Diggle, Jr.[17]

Personal life

Barnett is gay, and came out at 13.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Circus Island Billy Robarts
2011 Private Romeo Ken Lee / Prince Escalus
2012 Gayby[1] Daniel
2012 Men in Black 3 Air Force MP #2
2013 The Happy Sad Aaron[19]
TBA The Stand-In Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[1] Chuck Mills Episode: "Gray"
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent[1] Dr. Sam Harris Episode: "Cadaver"
2013 Apex Tim Episode: "Pilot"
2012–2015 Chicago Fire Peter Mills Main cast: 66 episodes/guest star: 4 episodes
2016 Secrets and Lies Patrick Warner Main cast
2017 Orange Is the New Black Wes Driscoll Episode: "The Reverse Midas Touch"
2017–2018 Valor Ian Porter Main cast
2019 Russian Doll Alan Zaveri Main cast
Tales of the City Ben Marshall Main cast
Arrow John Diggle, Jr. Recurring role (Season 8)
You Gabe Recurring role (Season 2)


  1. "Charlie Barnett - About". NBC. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  2. "Exclusive Interview: Chicago Fire's Monica Raymond and Charlie Barnett". WhatItDo. September 25, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  3. Martin, William (October 10, 2013). "Charlie Barnett ('Chicago Fire') interview". Cultbox.
  4. @_CharlieBarnett (February 15, 2019). "Charlie Barnett" (Tweet). Retrieved February 16, 2019 via Twitter.
  5. McHenry, Jackson (February 11, 2019). "Russian Doll's Charlie Barnett on Alan, Oatmeal, and the Bachelorette Party That Changed His Life". Vulture. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  6. Martin, Megan (March 26, 2019). "BlackBook Interview: 'Russian Doll' Star Charlie Barnett On Facing Down Demons, the Brilliance of Natasha Lyonne, and Having to Die Over and Over Again". BlackBook. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. Drake, Elisa. "My Chicago: Chicago Fire's Charlie Barnett". Where. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  8. Handelmen, Jay. "Charlie Barnett's Baptism by 'Chicago Fire'". Arts Sarasota. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  9. "Private Romeo Movie" (PDF). Private Romeo. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. Gleberman, Monica. "Charlie Barnett of Chicago Fire: "[Peter Mills] has some challenges ahead"". Cable TV. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  11. Ross, Robyn (April 22, 2015). "Chicago Fire Boss Explains Why 51 Had to Say Goodbye to Another One of Its Own". TVguide. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. Petski, Denise (February 24, 2017). "'Dynasty': CW Reboot Casts Robert Christopher Riley; 'Valor' Adds Charlie Barnett". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  13. Frederick, Brittany (December 17, 2018). "Chicago Fire's Charlie Barnett starring in new Netflix series". OneChicagoCenter. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  14. Petski, Denise (October 16, 2018). "'Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The City': Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. Petski, Denise (March 26, 2019). "'You': Charlie Barnett To Recur In Series' Second Season On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. Bell, Amanda (September 29, 2019). "YOU Season 2 Will Have Some 'Extreme Turns,' Charlie Barnett Reveals". TVGuide. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  17. Petski, Denise (July 20, 2019). "'Arrow': Charlie Barnett Joins Final Season As John Diggle Jr. – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  18. "Charlie Barnett Brings Black Gay Representation to 'Tales of the City'". May 22, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  19. Handelman, Jay. "Charlie Barnett finds 'The Happy Sad' of life in festival film and NBC series". Arts Sarasota. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
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