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It was an awesome character. They wrote it brilliantly. I loved playing him. I got to be an evil guy which was really, really cool.

—Robbie Kay src

Robbie A. Kay is the British actor who portrays Peter Pan and Peter Pan (Wish Realm) on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Robert[3] "Robbie" Kay was born on September 13,[1] 1995[2] in the town of Lymington in Hampshire, England.[2] He is the son of midwife Stephanie and Merchant Navy seafarer Ivan Kay,[4] and has two sisters.[5] His mother originates from Newcastle upon Tyne's West End with his maternal grandmother Barbara Donaldson currently residing in Arthur's Hill, Newcastle. Robbie's parents met in Tynemouth while his father was in the Merchant Navy.[4]

At nine, Robbie was in various school plays.[6] After moving to Prague, a school noticeboard asking for extras in a film, specifically English-speaking children, helped him nab a speaking role in the 2006 period drama The Illusionist despite having no professional acting experience. However, the scene itself was edited out from the final cut. Afterwards, he received minor parts in movies Hannibal Rising and My Boy Jack.[4]

From this, Robbie piqued the interest of a Canadian company who requested him to try out for the part of Young Jakob in their upcoming film Fugitive Pieces.[4] The casting directors of Fugitive Pieces had auditioned over one-hundred fifty boys before accepting Robbie as their choice.[7] One of the casting directors, Nancy Bishop, was hired by production to coach Robbie.[8] The shooting schedule of the movie took place in a total of nine weeks; six weeks in Canada and three weeks on some Greek islands.[4]


So honoured and grateful to have been a part of the wonderful creation that is #OnceUponATime. An unforgettable journey. Adam and Eddy, thank you for giving me the opportunity to put a fresh take on the legendary Peter Pan. To all of you that have watched the show, thank you. You are a special group of people and the show is so incredibly lucky to have fans as brilliant as ours. Lots of love 💚[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Illusionist Movie - Deleted scene
2007 Hannibal Rising Kolnas's Son Movie - Credited as "Robert Kay"
2007 Fugitive Pieces Jakob Beer (child) Movie
2010 Made in Dagenham Graham O'Grady Movie
2010 Ways to Live Forever Sam Movie
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Cabin Boy Movie
Year Title Role Notes
2007 My Boy Jack Arthur Relph TV movie
2008 Pinocchio Pinocchio TV movie
2013 Rita TV movie
2013-18 Once Upon a Time Peter Pan/Peter Pan (Wish Realm) Recurring role; 16 episodes
2015-2016 Heroes Reborn Tommy Clark Main role; 13 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Bathory: Countess of Blood Pals Movie (Voice credit)


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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