Netflix released The Umbrella Academy last week and the character’s fans have all been talking about is Harold Jenkins (played by Jesse Noah Gruman). Harold Jenkins is a character without superpowers who tries to get into The Umbrella Academy but is unable to because of his predicament. The Umbrella Academy cast member then plays a crucial part in the later parts of the Netflix series as Harold Jenkins returns.
Who is Harold Jenkins in The Umbrella Academy?
WARNING: The following section contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy.
Harold Jenkins is the character in The Umbrella Academy who brings on the apocalypse.
His run-ins with The Umbrella Academy start from birth, as he was born on the same day as all the other residents of the academy, except unlike them, he has no powers.
After his mother dies and his father’s abuse becomes too much, he tries to join the academy but is sent away by Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore).
Harold Jenkins then kills his father with a hammer and spends the next 12 years in prison plotting his revenge on The Umbrella Academy.
Following his release, he pretends to be Leonard Peabody (John Magaro), one of the violin students of Vanya (Ellen Page).
He slowly manipulates her to turn against the rest of the academy and discovers her powers, which causes a major catastrophe.
His manipulations lead to her becoming the White Violin and unleashing a burst of energy which blows a hole in the moon and causes it to come crashing down to Earth – a situation that acts as The Umbrella Academy’s cliffhanger.
Who plays Harold Jenkins?
Young Harold is played by 14-year-old Canadian actor Jesse Noah Gruman.
The Umbrella Academy is Gruman’s first role on-screen, though it is soon to be joined by the film The Song of Names which will also star Tim Roth and Clive Owen.
Old Harold, meanwhile, is played 36-year-old American actor John Magaro.
The actor is best known for his appearances in Oscar-nominated films like Carol and The Big Short.
Netflix viewers may also know Magaro from Orange is the New Black.
In the Netflix prison comedy-drama, he plays the pen-pal of Lorna Morello (Yael Stone) who eventually becomes her husband.
He also had a role in the Netflix original film War Machine alongside Brad Pitt.
He has also appeared in Amazon Prime series Crisis in Six Scenes and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
The Umbrella Academy is streaming on Netflix now
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