Peyton Wich is best known as Troy, the bullying middle schooler in the critically acclaimed Stranger Things television series on Netflix. Most recently, he re-teamed with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy on the science fiction thriller The Darkest Minds, portraying the super power-enhanced "Hot-Headed Kid." Wich also appears in the upcoming Lifetime thriller River Runs Red, appearing as Ethan, who is on the run with his siblings from those who want to harm his family, and he's Young Bobby in Same Kind of Different as Me, which stars Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Greg Kinnear, and is due in theaters shortly. On the series front, he's Danny Wilcox, a street hockey player in Mr. Mercedes, a thriller created by David E. Kelley and based on the novel by Stephen King. A native of Houma, Louisiana, Wich announced to his parents that he wanted to become an actor when he turned nine. He was soon enrolled in acting classes in New Orleans, working with Debby Gaudet's Young Screen Actors and Launch Model and Talent. His professional career began when he scored an extra role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The following year he was cast in his first leading role - the part of Nick Harrison, opposite Brooke Langton and Tom Berenger in the action thriller Impact Earth. Wich's additional television credits include: The Digger series and the television movie The Opera Game, in which he plays Young Edward Morphy. He has also appeared in a number of short films, most recently Stick-Up, from director Eric Scott Williamson. Outside of acting, Wich enjoys riding bikes and playing video games with his friends. He loves riding roller coasters and camping. He also has a vivid imagination that contributes to many of his activities, drawings, and storytelling. He continues actor training with actor/coach James Dumont and actor/producer Jeremy London.