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David Thewlis

Actor / Film Director | * 03/20/1963 (58) | Blackpool, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom (UK))
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David Wheeler (born 20 March 1963), known professionally as David Thewlis, is an English actor, author, director, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence starring in the film Naked (1993), for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor. His most commercially successful roles to date have been Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film series (2004–2011) and Sir Patrick Morgan / Ares in Wonder Woman (2017). Other notable film appearances include Total Eclipse (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), DragonHeart (1996), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Adventure

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Movies with David Thewlis as Actor(82)

as Boss Man (voice)2021 The Amazing Maurice
as Vic2021 Rare Beasts
as Self (archive footage)2021 Val
as Mike2020 Eternal Beauty
as Jim2020 Guest of Honour
as Rodney Hallworth2018 The Mercy
as Himself (archive footage)2018 Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal
as Ares2017 Justice League
as Sir Patrick / Ares2017 Wonder Woman
as Michael Stone (voice)2015 Anomalisa
as Duncan2015 Macbeth
as Leslie Payne2015 Legend
as Professor Kenneth Raines2015 Regression
as Inspector Goole - The Inspector2015 An Inspector Calls
as Dennis Sciama2014 The Theory of Everything
as Mickey Finn2014 Stonehearst Asylum
as Sargeant Major Bradley2014 Queen & Country
as The Frog2013 RED 2
as Joby2013 The Zero Theorem
as Nick Davies2013 The Fifth Estate
as Michael Aris2011 The Lady
as Lyons2011 War Horse
as Pablo (voice)2011 The Organ Grinder's Monkey
as William Cecil2011 Anonymous
as Jordan2010 London Boulevard
as Jim McCann2010 Mr. Nice
as Chuck2010 Athena
as Dr. Blake2009 Veronika Decides to Die
as Martin Frost2007 The Inner Life of Martin Frost
as Keith Jennings2006 The Omen
as Roy Washburn2006 Basic Instinct 2
as Hospitaler2005 Kingdom of Heaven
as Wingfield2005 The New World
as Harry Sankey2003 Cheeky
as Robert Doniger2003 Timeline
as Man2002 D.I.Y. Hard
as Hamilton Mattress (voice)2002 Hamilton Mattress
as Charlie's Dad2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright
as Clov2000 Endgame
as Freddie Mays2000 Gangster No. 1
as Judas Iscariot2000 The Miracle Maker
as Knox Harrington1998 The Big Lebowski
as Dan Starkey1998 Divorcing Jack
as Jason Kinsky1998 Besieged
as Peter Aufschnaiter1997 Seven Years in Tibet
as Santini1997 American Perfekt
as Earthworm (voice)1996 James and the Giant Peach
as King Einon1996 DragonHeart
as Edward Douglas1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau
as Paul Verlaine1995 Total Eclipse
as John Pearce1995 Restoration
as Jerry Barker1994 Black Beauty
as Franz1993 The Trial
as Johnny1993 Naked
as Crematorium Attendant1992 Black and Blue
as Detective1992 Damage
as Tim Shanks1991 Filipina Dreamgirls
as Locksmith / Tom Miller1991 Afraid of the Dark
as Nicola's Lover1990 Life Is Sweet
as Kevin Deakin1989 Resurrected
as Ringe1988 Vroom
as Clive1988 The Short & Curlies
as Joey1987 Road
as George Braddle1987 Little Dorrit

TV Shows/Series with David Thewlis as Actor(12)

as Christopher Edwards2021 Landscapers
as Claude Trepagny2020 Barkskins
as Lawrence Hatfield2019 The Feed
as Shame Wizard (voice)2017 Big Mouth
as V.M. Vargas2014 Fargo
as Joe Jennerson / Harry Jennerson2006 The Street
as Cyrus Crabb2002 Dinotopia
as James Jackson1991 Prime Suspect
as Second Soldier1986 The Singing Detective

Movies with David Thewlis as Crew(4)

Directing/Director2003 Cheeky
Writing/Writer2003 Cheeky
Directing/Director1995 Hello, Hello, Hello
Writing/Writer1995 Hello, Hello, Hello

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: David Thewlis
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Wednesday, 03/20 1963 (March) in Blackpool, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 58 years + 252 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Spouses (current/former): Sara Sugarman
Other names for David Thewlis (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"데이빗 듈리스"
"Дэвид Тьюлис"
"David Wheeler"
"大卫·休里斯"
David Thewlis frequently works together with these people:
Zack Snyder (9x, Crew)
Bonnie Wright (8x, Actress)
Charlie Kaufman (8x, Crew)
David Heyman (8x, Crew)
Marc Wolff (8x, Crew)
Emma Watson (7x, Actress)
Michael Gambon (7x, Actor)
J.K. Rowling (7x, Crew)
Jina Jay (7x, Crew)
Duke Johnson (7x, Crew)
Tim Burke (6x, Crew)
Jordan Peele (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:397, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 11/20/2021