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The Umbrella Academy: How old is Number 5 in The Umbrella Academy?

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY has been making waves since it dropped on Netflix back in February. But many fans have questions about one character in particular: How old is Number 5 in The Umbrella Academy?

The Umbrella Academy: Aidan Gallagher as Number 5 (Image: NETFLIX)

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Season two of The Umbrella Academy landed recently on Netflix with Number Five (played by Aidan Gallagher) back again. In the first season fans saw Number Five turning up but it wasn’t until halfway through audiences learnt his backstory and his true age. Here’s everything you need to know about Number Five and his real age.


How old is Number 5 in The Umbrella Academy?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from The Umbrella Academy

Number Five is trapped in the body of a 13-year-old boy and basically looks the same as he did when he sprinted into the future against the wishes of his adoptive father Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore).

However, he’s often referenced his age in the show and is actually in his fifties – around 58.

Nevertheless, he ends up going through a form of adolescence again when he gets drunk while on a mission to stop the end of the world.

The fifth episode of The Umbrella Academy is aptly titled Number Five and delves into the superhero’s backstory.

After Number Five leapt through time, he got stuck in the future and survived for years by himself in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Earth by himself for decades.

The Umbrella Academy: Aidan Gallagher as Number 5 (Image: NETFLIX)

The Umbrella Academy: Aidan Gallagher as Number 5 (Image: NETFLIX)


During this time, Number Five survived on a diet of cockroaches, scraps and whatever else he could find and aged.

Number Five retained his sanity by starting a relationship with a mannequin called Delores.

When The Handler (Kate Walsh) turned up and offered Number Five a job working for the Commission and bumping off people, he was seen to have become a wizened old man with a grizzly beard.

So, Number Five did age significantly but the process of travelling through time has left him stuck perhaps permanently as a teen.

However, as season one drew to a close it almost looked like the characters could age again as we saw them apparently regressing to their teenage incarnations.

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The Umbrella Academy: Aidan Gallagher as Number 5 (Image: NETFLIX)

Speaking about portraying such a memorable character, Gallagher said: “I get to play a 58-year-old time-traveling assassin.

“The role had a lot of layers to it that I knew would be fun to break down and figure out the motives behind.

“But also I had been this huge fan of the entire world that Gerard and Gabriel were able to create through the first two graphic novels. So for me, it was a dream project.”

He went on to explain to Vulture how he got under the skin of the character, saying: “The 58-year-old part is definitely an interesting detail, but I’ve always approached it as a regular character.

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“You get familiar with how he reacts to certain things, and what the dynamics are between characters.

“The writing was very good — very authentic to what Gerard was able to do with Five in the comics.”

Gallagher continued: “As far as what part of myself I brought to Five, I’ve always considered myself not really my age.

“I don’t know that I would say I’ve felt like a 58-year-old, but I’ve never felt exactly my age, or in the right place. So I could relate to him in that sense.”

The Umbrella Academy season 2 is available on Netflix now

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY has been making waves since it dropped on Netflix back in February. But many fans have questions about one character in particular: How old is Number 5 in The Umbrella Academy?

Who Plays Number 5 in ‘The Umbrella Academy?’

Number 5– the time-traveling and silver-tongued deadly assassin in The Umbrella Academy – is played by 15-year-old Aidan Gallagher. Aidan Gallagher’s first major role was on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn; he starred as Nicky Harper. While not new to the world of acting, he’s gained more prominence for his portrayal of Number Five on Netflix’s new series.

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Aidan Gallager started displaying creative talent at a very young age; by eight years old, he was story-boarding and shooting live-action shorts with his peers, according to IMDb. He even shot stop motion Lego action videos using special effects.

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At age nine, Gallagher asked his father if there was any way he could shadow a few directors while they worked. Aidan Gallagher’s father worked in the business, so he made a few phone calls to get his son on sets as an observer. However, the observer quickly turned into the participant, for directors found the young boy appealing and requested to cast him into their projects, according to IMDb.

Gallagher first booked an episode of Modern Family and a character role in the Jacked Up pilot; the latter was a CBS show that never took off. Soon after the Jacked Up misfire, Gallagher landed his role on the Nickelodeon series mentioned above.

Number Five’s role in ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Aidan Gallagher plays a time traveling and space jumping 58-year-old man stuck in a teenager’s body; thus, the role requires a bit of imagination and a lot of conviction on Gallagher’s part. It’s not easy to uphold a grown and bitter man’s disposition with the appearance of a 15-year-old; however, Gallagher excels.

Number Five is responsible for “putting the pieces together;” he struggles to figure out how the present day’s events will lead to the seemingly inevitable apocalypse; this way, he can alter the future. With a lot of weight on his shoulders, he sporadically disappears from family gatherings and often tries to solve conundrums solo, reuniting only when he sees fit.

Aidan Gallagher on playing Number Five

Gallagher, a fan of the comic book series himself, was interested in the project and his specific character prior to the show’s release. During his interview with Collider, Gallagher stated:

“I had been a fan of the graphic novels, previous to the audition for the show, so I was a fan, going in. For me, I would be interested in the project, regardless of knowing it prior to the show, as it’s a very unique character and the world that Gerard [Way] and Gabriel [Bá] have created. That was a big selling point for the cast.”

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Gallagher also revealed his tips and tricks for diving into the character he so pointedly illustrates:

“I wanted to do justice to the graphic novels, so one of the first things that I looked at was his posture. Gabriel’s drawings are very immersive, as far as the characters and the world goes, so I wanted to make sure that I got his posture right, the way he interacted with different elements. His mentality developed with the writing, as I acted in later episodes in the series. As an actor, it’s very important to have good writing, so that I can help build the series, and lucky for us, this show has incredible writing. So, as far as getting the vocabulary of Number Five correct, that was a big help. One of the things that interested me about Five was the trauma that was contributed via the apocalypse. I wanted to make sure that I got his PTSD correct. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that happens in the apocalypse. too. The 58-year-old thing was always an interesting dynamic to play with the siblings. But he’s still a person, so although you have the experience that comes with a few more decades of life, the writing took care of a lot of that. I took care of more of the human aspect of Five”

Aidan Gallagher is clearly a meticulous actor with a passion and proclivity for detail; he depicts Number Five with a degree of veracity and a sense of confidence that would be unexpected from an actor with his level of experience.

Number 5– the time-traveling deadly assassin in 'The Umbrella Academy' – is played by 15-year-old Aidan Gallagher. Read all about him here.