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David Thewlis

Thewlis had a minor role in an episode of the 1980s sitcom Up the Elephant and Round the Castle. He also appeared in an episode of popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1985) as a friend of Rodney. His first professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich. Thewlis's breakout role was Naked (1993; dir. Mike Leigh), as the main character, Johnny, a homeless, highly intelligent, embittered, rambling street philosopher, for which Thewlis was named Best Actor by the National Society of Film Critics (United States), the London Film Critics Circle, the Evening Standard, the New York Film Critics' Circle and the Cannes Film Festival. That same year, he appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds. Before that, his first television appearance was in Valentine Park. During the 1990s, Thewlis appeared in a variety of films, mostly fantasy and period, including Restoration (1995), Black Beauty (1994), Total Eclipse (1995) with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Dragonheart (1996), and Seven Years in Tibet (1997), opposite Brad Pitt. He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Divorcing Jack (1998), and played Clov in a television film of Samuel Beckett's Endgame (2000). Notable appearances also include Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged (1998) and Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1 (2000), opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell. He auditioned for the role of Quirinus Quirrell in the Chris Columbus directed film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but the part went to Ian Hart. Despite missing out on the first film, he was cast in 2004 as Professor Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He did not have to audition as he was director Alfonso Cuarón's first choice for the role. Thewlis reprised the role in four other films in the series. He appeared as an SS Commandant of a Nazi death camp and father of the main character in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was well received. Other credits include Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Terrence Malick's The New World (2005), and The Omen (2006). Thewlis played the late Dr. Michael Aris, husband of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, in the biopic The Lady directed by Luc Besson. In 2012, he received an International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Plus Camera Award. In the same year, he also played in Separate We Come, Separate We Go, directed by Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright. In June 2015, Thewlis was reported to be filming scenes for a Donald Crowhurst biopic, The Mercy, on the beach at Teignmouth, Devon, playing Donald Crowhurst's press agent, Rodney Hallworth, while Colin Firth is playing Donald Crowhurst. He also starred in Regression, a thriller released in autumn 2015. In September 2015, Thewlis starred as Inspector Goole in Helen Edmundson's BBC TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls. In October 2015, he played King Duncan in the film Macbeth.

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Mar 20, 1963 In Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Sandman
Latest Project:
Movie Avatar 3 2024-12-18
Known For
Poster of Wonder Woman
Poster of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Poster of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Poster of Valentine Park
Movie Avatar 3 Peylak 2024-12-18
Series The Sandman John Dee 2023
Movie The Amazing Maurice Boss Man (voice) 2023
Movie Zack Snyder's Justice League Ares 2021-03-18
Series Landscapers Christopher Edwards 2021-12-06
Movie Rare Beasts Vic 2021-05-21
Series Barkskins Claude Trepagny 2020-05-25
Movie Guest of Honour Jim 2020-07-09
Movie Eternal Beauty Mike 2020-08-21
Movie I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father 2020-08-28
Series The Feed Lawrence Hatfield 2019-09-16
Movie The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018-02-09
Movie Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Himself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
Movie Wonder Woman Sir Patrick / Ares 2017-05-30
Movie Justice League Ares 2017-11-15
Movie Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Himself 2017-10-28
Series Big Mouth Shame Wizard (voice) 2017-09-29
Movie None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa Self 2016-06-07
Movie Queen & Country Sargeant Major Bradley 2015-01-07
Movie Macbeth Duncan 2015-08-16
Movie Legend Leslie Payne 2015-09-09
Movie Anomalisa Michael Stone (voice) 2015-12-30
Movie Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2015-10-01
Movie An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole - The Inspector 2015-09-13
Series Fargo V.M. Vargas 2014-04-15
Movie Stonehearst Asylum Mickey Finn 2014-10-23
Movie The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama 2014-11-26
Movie Separate We Come, Separate We Go Norman 2013-10-25
Movie RED 2 The Frog 2013-07-18
Movie The Fifth Estate Nick Davies 2013-10-11
Movie The Zero Theorem Joby 2013-09-20
Movie How to Get a Head in Sculpture Self 2011-02-23
Movie The Organ Grinder's Monkey Pablo (voice) 2011-06-06
Movie Anonymous William Cecil 2011-10-21
Movie The Lady Michael Aris 2011-11-30
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin 2011-07-07
Movie War Horse Lyons 2011-12-25
Movie Athena Chuck 2010-04-21
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin 2010-10-17
Movie London Boulevard Jordan 2010-11-10
Movie Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2010-10-07
Movie Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2009-05-16
Movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin 2009-07-07
Movie The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Ralf Hoess 2008-05-07
Movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin 2007-06-28
Movie The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007-10-11
Movie The Omen Keith Jennings 2006-06-06
Movie Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn 2006-03-29
Series The Street Joe Jennerson / Harry Jennerson 2006-04-13
Movie All the Invisible Children Jonathan 2005-09-01
Movie The New World Wingfield 2005-12-25
Movie Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler 2005-05-03
Movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Remus Lupin 2004-05-31
Movie Cheeky Harry Sankey 2003-09-08
Movie Timeline Robert Doniger 2003-11-26
Movie Hamilton Mattress Hamilton Mattress (voice) 2002-01-01
Movie D.I.Y. Hard Man 2002-09-30
Series Dinotopia Cyrus Crabb 2002-11-28
Series Dinotopia Cyrus Crabb 2002-05-12
Movie Goodbye Charlie Bright Charlie's Dad 2001-05-11
Movie Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2000-03-10
Movie The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot 2000-03-31
Movie Endgame Clov 2000-09-10
Movie Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays 2000-06-09
Movie Besieged Jason Kinsky 1998-02-05
Movie Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998-10-01
Movie The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998-03-06
Movie American Perfekt Santini 1997-06-11
Movie Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997-09-12
Movie The Island of Dr. Moreau Edward Douglas 1996-08-23
Movie DragonHeart King Einon 1996-05-31
Movie James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (voice) 1996-04-12
Movie Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995-11-03
Movie Restoration John Pearce 1995-12-29
Movie Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994-07-29
Series Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin 1994-10-30
Movie Prime Suspect 3: The Keeper of Souls James Jackson 1993-12-19
Movie The Trial Franz 1993-06-18
Movie Naked Johnny 1993-09-14
Movie Black and Blue Crematorium Attendant 1992-09-27
Movie Damage Detective 1992-12-02
Series Prime Suspect James Jackson 1991-04-07
Movie Journey to Knock Terry 1991-09-17
Movie Afraid of the Dark Locksmith / Tom Miller 1991-10-10
Movie Filipina Dreamgirls Tim Shanks 1991-09-15
Movie Skulduggery Tony 1991-06-29
Series Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Doctor 1990-01-10
Movie Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1990-11-15
Movie Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1989-03-12
Series A Bit of a Do 1989-01-13
Movie The Short & Curlies Clive 1988-09-29
Movie Vroom Ringe 1988-11-11
Movie Road Joey 1987-10-07
Movie Little Dorrit George Braddle 1987-12-11
Series Valentine Park 1987-06-19
Series The Singing Detective Second Soldier 1986-11-16
Series Only Fools and Horses Unknown 1981-09-08