Nathan Ellis

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Nathan Ellis
Portrayed byAsa Butterfield
Appears inX+Y (released in the US as A Brilliant Young Mind)(2014)

Nathan Ellis is a main character in the British drama movie X+Y (released in the US as A Brilliant Young Mind).

Character creation[edit]

The movie is based on the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds, which follows the UK team for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Specifically, the character of Nathan Ellis is based on team member Daniel Lightwing, who is autistic (as are multiple other members of the team).[1][2]


Nathan is diagnosed with autism during the movie.