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Birthday: Mar 20, 1963
Place of Birth: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

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.

Movie Cast Year
Naked Johnny 1993
Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998
The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007
Cheeky Harry Sankey 2003
D.I.Y. Hard Man 2002
An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole - The Inspector 2015
Guest of Honour Jim 2020
DragonHeart King Einon 1996
Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2009
Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995
Endgame Clov 2000
The Lady Michael Aris 2011
The Zero Theorem Joby 2013
Hamilton Mattress Hamilton Mattress (voice) 2002
Separate We Come, Separate We Go Norman 2013
How to Get a Head in Sculpture Self 2011
Eternal Beauty Mike 2020
Athena Chuck 2010
Anomalisa Michael Stone (voice) 2015
Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997
Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays 2000
The Island of Dr. Moreau Edward Douglas 1996
Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994
Anonymous William Cecil 2011
Besieged Jason Kinsky 1998
Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2010
London Boulevard Jordan 2010
Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1989
Vroom Ringe 1988
The Organ Grinder's Monkey Pablo (voice) 2011
Stonehearst Asylum Mickey Finn 2014
Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2015
Journey to Knock Terry 1991
American Perfekt Santini 1997
The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018
Queen & Country Sargeant Major Bradley 2014
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Himself 2017
Prime Suspect 3: The Keeper of Souls James Jackson 1993
Skulduggery Tony 1989
None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa Self 2016
The Omen Keith Jennings 2006
Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler 2005
Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn 2006
Restoration John Pearce 1995
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Ralf Hoess 2008
Filipina Dreamgirls Tim Shanks 1991
The Fifth Estate Nick Davies 2013
Legend Leslie Payne 2015
The Short & Curlies Clive 1988
Rare Beasts 2021
The Amazing Maurice Boss Man (voice) 1970
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father 2020
Timeline Robert Doniger 2003
Afraid of the Dark Locksmith / Tom Miller 1991
Wonder Woman Sir Patrick / Ares 2017
War Horse Lyons 2011
The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama 2014
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Remus Lupin 2004
Val Self (archive footage) 2021
Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1990
The Trial Franz 1993
The New World Wingfield 2005
Macbeth Duncan 2015
Goodbye Charlie Bright Charlie's Dad 2001
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2000
RED 2 The Frog 2013
James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (voice) 1996
Road Joey 1987
The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin 2009
Damage Detective 1992
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin 2011
The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot 2000
All the Invisible Children Jonathan 2005
Justice League Ares 2017
Avatar 3 2024
Little Dorrit George Braddle 1987
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Himself (archive footage) 2018
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin 2007
Black and Blue Crematorium Attendant 1992
Zack Snyder's Justice League Ares 2021
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects Self / Remus Lupin 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin 2010
Series Cast Year
The Singing Detective Second Soldier 1986
Prime Suspect James Jackson 1991
A Bit of a Do 1989
Valentine Park 1987
Only Fools and Horses 1981
Dinotopia Cyrus Crabb 2002
Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin 1994
The Street Joe Jennerson / Harry Jennerson 2006
Fargo V.M. Vargas 2014
Dinotopia Cyrus Crabb 2002
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Doctor 1990
The Feed Lawrence Hatfield 2019
Big Mouth Shame Wizard (voice) 2017
Barkskins Claude Trepagny 2020
Landscapers 1970
The Sandman John Dee 1970
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