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

David Thewlis

David Wheeler (born 20 March 1963), better known as David Thewlis, is an English actor and filmmaker. He is known as a character actor and has appeared in a wide variety of genres in both film and television. He has received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and nominations for two BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Thewlis made his film debut in Little Dorrit (1987) and acted in the Mike Leigh films Life is Sweet (1990) and Naked (1993), winning the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for the latter. He then appeared in films such as Black Beauty (1994), Restoration (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Dragonheart (1996), and Seven Years in Tibet (1997). He became more widely known to film audiences for his roles as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter franchise (2004–2011) and Ares / Sir Patrick Morgan in Wonder Woman (2017). Other film roles include Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), War Horse (2011), The Theory of Everything (2014), Anomalisa (2015), I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020), and Enola Holmes 2 (2022). Thewlis' most notable television roles include V. M. Varga in the third season of FX's Fargo (2017), the voice of the Shame Wizard in the Netflix animated sitcoms Big Mouth (2017–present) and Human Resources (2022–present), Christopher Edwards in the HBO miniseries Landscapers (2021), and John Dee in the Netflix drama series The Sandman (2022). His performance in Fargo earned him nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Critics' Choice Award.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin 2007
The Omen Keith Jennings 2006
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin 2009
Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997
Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler 2005
Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays 2000
Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn 2006
James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (voice) 1996
Damage Detective 1992
Naked Johnny 1993
The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot (voice) 2000
Goodbye Charlie Bright Charlie's Dad 2001
DragonHeart King Einon 1996
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin 2011
The Island of Dr. Moreau Douglas 1996
Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2009
Timeline Robert Doniger 2003
Restoration John Pearce 1995
Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Father 2008
Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995
Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1990
Afraid of the Dark Locksmith / Tom Miller 1991
Anonymous William Cecil 2011
Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998
Besieged Jason Kinsky 1998
Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2010
London Boulevard Jordan 2010
Endgame Clov 2000
The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2000
The Trial Franz 1993
War Horse Lyons 2011
Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1989
The Lady Michael Aris 2011
Cheeky Harry Sankey 2003
RED 2 The Frog 2013
Filipina Dreamgirls Tim Shanks 1991
The Zero Theorem Joby 2013
The Fifth Estate Nick Davies 2013
D.I.Y. Hard Man 2002
Road Joey 1987
Vroom Ringe 1988
The New World Wingfield 2005
The Organ Grinder's Monkey Pablo (voice) 2011
Stonehearst Asylum Mickey Finn 2014
The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama 2014
The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998
Macbeth Duncan 2015
Legend Leslie Payne 2015
The Short & Curlies Clive 1987
Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2015
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Remus Lupin 2004
An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole - The Inspector 2015
Journey to Knock Terry 1991
American Perfekt Santini 1997
The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018
Little Dorrit George Braddle 1987
Hamilton Mattress Hamilton Mattress (voice) 2002
Separate We Come, Separate We Go Norman 2013
How to Get a Head in Sculpture Self 2011
Queen & Country Sargeant Major Bradley 2015
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic Himself 2017
Justice League Ares 2017
Eternal Beauty Mike 2020
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Self (archive footage) 2018
Guest of Honour Jim 2020
Wonder Woman Sir Patrick / Ares 2017
Rare Beasts Vic 2021
Black and Blue Crematorium Attendant 1992
Skulduggery Tony 1991
Avatar 3 Peylak 2025
Athena Chuck 2010
Anomalisa Michael Stone (voice) 2015
The Amazing Maurice Boss Man / Rat King (voice) 2022
None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa Self 2016
Zack Snyder's Justice League Ares 2021
Val Self (archive footage) 2021
I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father 2020
Deep Red Instant Love 1988
Enola Holmes 2 Grail 2022
All the Invisible Children Jonathan (segment "Jonathan") 2005
The Making of 'DragonHeart' Self 1997
Littlemouth 1970
The Magic Touch of Harry Potter Self 2004
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (archive footage) 2012
Swords at Teatime Mike 1992
Love Story Dealer 1999
Sunday Roast Dick Puck 2014
Little Wolf's Book of Badness Mr. Twister (voice) 2003
Series Cast Year
Prime Suspect James Jackson 1991
A Bit of a Do 1989
Valentine Park Max 1987
Only Fools and Horses 1981
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 Christopher Edwards 2021
Human Resources Lionel St. Swithens (voice) 2022
Frank Stubbs Promotes Mike Bence 1993
The Sandman John Dee 2022
KAOS Hades 1970
The Artful Dodger Norbert Fagin 2023
Human Resources Memory Bank Manager (voice) 2022
Sherlock & Daughter Sherlock Holmes 1970
The Singing Detective Second Soldier 1986
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