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David Thewlis

1963-03-20 Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

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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.


Avatar 3 2024-12-18
Zack Snyder's Justice League Ares 2021-03-18
Val Self (archive footage) 2021-07-23
Rare Beasts 2021-05-21
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father 2020-08-28
Guest of Honour Jim 2020-07-09
Eternal Beauty Mike 2020-08-21
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Himself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018-02-09
Justice League Ares 2017-11-15
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Himself 2017-10-28
Wonder Woman Sir Patrick / Ares 2017-05-30
None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa Self 2016-06-07
Anomalisa Michael Stone (voice) 2015-12-30
Macbeth Duncan 2015-08-16
Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2015-10-01
An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole - The Inspector 2015-09-13
Legend Leslie Payne 2015-09-09
Queen & Country Sargeant Major Bradley 2014-05-20
Stonehearst Asylum Mickey Finn 2014-09-11
The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama 2014-11-26
The Fifth Estate Nick Davies 2013-10-11
RED 2 The Frog 2013-07-18
The Zero Theorem Joby 2013-09-20
Separate We Come, Separate We Go Norman 2013-10-25
Anonymous William Cecil 2011-10-21
The Lady Michael Aris 2011-11-30
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects Self / Remus Lupin 2011-06-14
How to Get a Head in Sculpture Self 2011-02-23
War Horse Lyons 2011-12-25
The Organ Grinder's Monkey Pablo (voice) 2011-06-06
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin 2011-07-07
Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2010-10-07
London Boulevard Jordan 2010-11-10
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin 2010-10-17
Athena Chuck 2010-04-21
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin 2009-07-07
Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2009-05-16
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Ralf Hoess 2008-05-07
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin 2007-06-28
The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007-10-11
The Omen Keith Jennings 2006-06-06
Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn 2006-03-29
Les enfants invisibles Jonathan 2005-09-01
The New World Wingfield 2005-12-25
Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler 2005-05-03
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Remus Lupin 2004-05-31
Timeline Robert Doniger 2003-11-26
Cheeky Harry Sankey 2003-09-08
Hamilton Mattress Hamilton Mattress (voice) 2002-01-01
D.I.Y. Hard Man 2002-09-30
Goodbye Charlie Bright Charlie's Dad 2001-05-11
Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays 2000-06-09
Endgame Clov 2000-09-10
The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot 2000-03-31
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2000-03-10
L'assedio Jason Kinsky 1998-02-05
The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998-03-06
Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998-10-01
Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997-09-12
American Perfekt Santini 1997-06-11
DragonHeart King Einon 1996-05-31
James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (voice) 1996-04-12
The Island of Dr. Moreau Edward Douglas 1996-08-23
Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995-11-03
Restoration John Pearce 1995-12-29
Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994-07-29
Naked Johnny 1993-09-14
The Trial Franz 1993-06-18
Prime Suspect 3: The Keeper of Souls James Jackson 1993-12-19
Black and Blue Crematorium Attendant 1992-09-27
Damage Detective 1992-12-02
Afraid of the Dark Locksmith / Tom Miller 1991-10-10
Filipina Dreamgirls Tim Shanks 1991-09-15
Journey to Knock Terry 1991-09-17
Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1990-11-15
Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1989-03-12
Skulduggery Tony 1989-11-18
Vroom Ringe 1988-11-11
The Short & Curlies Clive 1988-09-29
Road Joey 1987-10-07
Little Dorrit George Braddle 1987-12-11
The Amazing Maurice Boss Man (voice)