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David Thewlis

David Thewlis is undoubtedly one of the most versatile of British actors. He first shot to critical and public acclaim for his powerful performance in Mike Leigh's Naked. His other most recent credits include, Veronika Decides to Die directed by Emily Young, Thewlis's reprisal of the role of Professor Lupin in David Yates's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Paul Auster's The Inner Life of Martin Frost, John Moore's The Omen, Jordan Scott's All the Invisible Children, Terrence Malick's The New World, Ridley Scott's The Kingdom of Heaven, Alfonso Cuaron's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Richard Donner's Timeline, Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1, Peter Hewitt's Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged, the Cohen Brother's The Big Lebowski, Jean Jaques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet and John Frankenheimer's The Island of Dr Moreau. Other film credits include: Agnieszka Holland's Total Eclipse, Rob Cohen's Dragonheart, Mike Hoffman's Restoration, Caroline Thompson's Black Beauty, David Jones' The Trial, Paul Greengrass' Resurrected, Beeban Kidron's Vroom, David Caffrey's Divorcing Jack, and Short and Curlies and Life is Sweet, both for Mike Leigh. .

Thewlis's many television credits include: the roles of Joe and Harry in The Street (for which he has been nominated as Outstanding Actor TV Series Drama Category at the 2008 Monte Carlo TV Festival) Dinotopia, Endgame, Dandelion Dead, the award-winning Prime Suspect III, Frank Stubbs, Journey to Knock, Filipino Dreamgirls, Skulduggery, A Bit of a Do, Road, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and The Singing Detective opposite Michael Gambon.

In addition to his film and television work, Thewlis has also starred in Sam Mendes' The Sea at the Royal National Theatre, Max Stafford-Clark's Ice Cream at the Royal Court, Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich, Ruffian on the Stairs/The Woolley at Farnham and Lady and the Clarinet at the Kings Head.

Thewlis is also known for his work as a director; in 2007 his feature film Cheeky, which he also wrote and starred in was released by Guerilla Pictures, and in 1996 his short film Hello, Hello, Hello which he wrote and directed, was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film. David's first novel The Late Hector Kipling was published in 2007 to great critical acclaim.

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David Thewlis Facts

BirthdayMarch 20, 1963 (60)
BirthplaceBlackpool, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is David Thewlis compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Big Lebowski
Basic Instinct 2
James and the Giant Peach
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
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