Charles Bartholomew "Chuck" Bass (born May 19, 1991), is a character in the best-selling Gossip Girl series of novels, and is portrayed by Ed Westwick in the television series of the same name. A secondary, antagonistic character in the original book series, Chuck is a main character in the television series, and serves as the show's antihero and breakout character.
Charles Bartholomew Bass was raised in Manhattan's most elite social circle. He is the son of wealthy businessman Bartholomew Bass and his wife Misty, and has one brother named Donald. Chuck resides with his family at the Plaza Hotel on the Upper East Side and attends school at the Riverside Preparatory School for Boys on the Upper West Side, along with scholarship student Dan Humphrey. Chuck is virtually friendless, but is tolerated by the others because of his family's enormous wealth. He is described as having flamboyant fashion sense, with a penchant for scarves, and has a pet monkey named Sweetie whom he carries around with him everywhere. Lazy and vain, Chuck's only interests are sex and money, and he is often chided by his father for lacking ambition and performing poorly in school. He has a number of bisexual flings with numerous females and males, but his only serious relationship comes near the end of the series, when he begins dating Greg, a student who also briefly had a fling with a then-experimenting Dan Humphrey. Because of his poor grades, Chuck is rejected from every single college he applies to, and is ultimately sent to military school by his furious father. However, in the Gossip Girl spin-off The Carlyles, it is stated that Chuck never showed up to military school, and his whereabouts thereafter are unknown.
Charles Bartholomew Bass was born to the late Bartholomew "Bart" Bass, a self-made billionaire who owns the New York Palace Hotel, where Chuck resides. Both of his parents are now deceased, as of It's a Wonderful Lie, leaving Chuck with only his step-family, the van der Woodsens and uncle, Jack Bass. Chuck attends the prestigious St. Jude's School for Boys with long-time best friend Nate Archibald. He is the resident bad boy of the Upper East Side, originally portrayed as a Casanova type who sometimes goes as far as date-rape to get what he wants. After sleeping with Blair Waldorf in Victor, Victrola, he has taken on a softer side, and is often shown to be nearly monogamous in light of his love for Blair. He is the male version of Blair when it comes to manipulation and revenge, the two often coming together to form cruel and sometimes elaborate plans for vengeance and self-gain. Fan-favorites, they have proven to be the sharpest, wittiest characters on the show, and are thus often described as equals. In the second season, Chuck reveals to Dan Humphrey that his mother died giving birth to him. With the tragic death of his father, Chuck has essentially come full circle in his character development, now the same dangerous lothario he was introduced as at the start of the show.
Edward "Ed" Gregory Westwick (born June 27, 1987) is an English actor best known for his role as Chuck Bass in the main cast on the American television series Gossip Girl. He is also the lead singer of the English indie rock band The Filthy Youth.
Westwick trained at the National Youth Theatre in London. He appeared on the British television series Doctors (as "Holden"), Casualty (as "Johnny Cullin") and Afterlife (as "Darren"). His film credits include Breaking and Entering, Children of Men and Son of Rambow. He has also been cast in the sequel to Donnie Darko and the upcoming horror film 100 Feet.
Westwick also fronts the British indie rock band 'The Filthy Youth,' composed of himself, Benjamin Lewis Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Mitch Cox, and John Vooght.
When filming Gossip Girl, Westwick resides in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood with co-star Chace Crawford. When not filming, Westwick lives in Hertfordshire just outside of London. In an interview with Company Magazine, Westwick stated that he supported the London based football team Chelsea F.C.
He is rumored to be dating fellow Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr (2008)