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Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1963
SpouseSara Sugarman
MarkTowering height
FactHe'd been considered for the role of "Montgomery" in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) then, as filming was due to start, he was cast as "Edward Douglas", replacing Rob Morrow, who'd dropped out.

David Thewlis is an English actor, director, screenwriter, and author. He was born in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, to Maureen (née Williams) and Alec Raymond Wheeler. His mother was a teacher and his father was a journalist. He has two older sisters. He was educated at Arnold School, where he was head boy, and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He began his career as a stand-up comedian before turning to acting.

Thewlis’s film debut was in the 1984 film Meantime. He has since appeared in many films including The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Dragonheart (1996), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), The Phantom Menace (1999), Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001), Gangs of New York (2002), Cheeky (2003), The New World (2005), Basic Instinct 2 (2006), Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), War Horse (2011), Red Dragon (2011), Anonymous (2011), The Theory of Everything (2014), and Wonder Woman (2017).

Thewlis has also appeared on stage and television. His stage roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1987), Hamlet in Hamlet (1990), and Macbeth in Macbeth (1992). His television roles include Mike Leigh’s Four Days in July (1985) and Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986).

Thewlis won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Naked (1993). He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Mike Leigh’s Naked (1993) and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991).

Thewlis is married to actress Anna Friel. They have two daughters.

General Info

Full NameDavid Thewlis
Date Of BirthMarch 20, 1963
Height1.89 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Voice Actor, Author, Film director
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama, Highfield Leadership Academy


SpouseSara Sugarman
ChildrenGracie Ellen Mary Friel
ParentsAlec Raymond Wheeler, Maureen Thewlis Wheeler
PartnerAnna Friel


AwardsCannes Best Actor Award, British Independent Film Award – The Richard Harris Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Short Film
MoviesAnomalisa, War Horse, The Theory of Everything, Dragonheart, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Regression, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Total Eclipse, ...
TV ShowsDandelion Dead, A Bit of a Do, Dinotopia, Fargo, Valentine Park

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1Towering height


1I'd only read a bit of the first book. And I just knew about all the media furor over it. But I'd not read books 2 or 3. I'd just read a bit of it. And I'd seen the films.
2The making of 'Naked' was an absolutely phenomenal, mind-bending experience. That film was life-changing and put my career onto a whole different level.
3I'd been a stepparent for about two years with a woman who had a child, and I came to realize I adored children and was good with them. So I was very happy when Anna got pregnant.
4Yeah, well that's the best thing about it, I think, is knowing kids and kids getting mental when they know you're in it. Any kid you meet and anyone I know tells the kid you're in it and they get short of breath.
5Restoration I did because I really loved e novel and I like Michael Hoffman, who directed it, but it wasn't a really challenging part for me. I'm not critical of the film: I just don't think I gave a very interesting performance.
6On relationship with now ex-girlfriend Anna Friel: It's certainly not easy having to spend a lot of time apart, and having a five-year-old child who's got to be at school. So we need to learn how to organize our time really well because for months we will be in two different countries.
7On Anna Friel: Before Anna, I'd had a few relationships and I'm glad I've been around a bit. I know where it's gone wrong or know who are the wrong people for me and who I might be wrong for.
8I met the Coens here a few years ago and they said they liked my work.
9I don't think Alfonso was a big expert on Potter either. He was feeling his way through it more than I was.
10It wasn't the greatest script in the world, but not many people can say they've played a wicked king in a swashbuckling Arthurian special-effects monster movie.
11It wasn't a good idea to work on 'Naked' in the first months of a marriage. I was living apart from my wife in a flat overflowing with books I was reading for the part.
12And it was only released in London last week, so when I go back to England Monday or whatever, I am expecting heaps of adulation. I'm hoping there is. If that doesn't happen I will be disappointed.
13Well I am afraid that I am going to die, because I have just put a down payment on a house.
14I was still listening to the Beatles until I came here, you know.
15When you do something well, this is the best job in the world.
16The very best thing about doing it is seeing the reaction on kid's faces when you tell them you've done it.
17I had such a nice time making it, and I can't wait to make the fifth one. The whole crew were just really, really lovely. All the costume people, the make-up girls, the kids - even my driver.
18I keep myself content by doing lots of different stuff and make sure that my next role is completely different to the last. I just enjoy the versatility of it, the challenge of doing lots of different things. It keeps the job interesting.
19I don't worry. I'm more stoical. Of course I have insecurities. I fear getting older. I fear death and illness. I'm not prone to depression, but I get depressed because everybody gets depressed. Suddenly I'm away from my family or doing a job I'm not enjoying.
20The lifestyle I have now, and the opportunities I have had, are all down to Mike [Leigh] getting me on board in Naked. After Cannes, my agent told me to get the next flight to LA. He was right. I had a part in Prime Suspect 3 by the end of the week.


1He'd been considered for the role of "Montgomery" in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) then, as filming was due to start, he was cast as "Edward Douglas", replacing Rob Morrow, who'd dropped out.
2He was in a relationship with actress Anna Friel from 2001 - 2010. They have a daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis, born on July 9, 2005.
3Because he had such a bad experience working on The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), he vowed never to see the final product. He skipped the opening premiere.
4During the filming of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), he fell off a horse and broke his leg.
5Turned down the role of Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), which was later given to Jeremy Irons.
6Graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England in 1984.
7Was originally considered for the role of Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). He later got the role of Professor Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
8He and his ex-girlfriend, Anna Friel, became The Faces Of Mulberry in Spring 2002.
9Banned from entering China because of his role in Seven Years in Tibet (1997).




The Miracle Maker2000Judas Iscariot (voice)
Love Story1999TV ShortDealer
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?1999Nesbit
L'assedio1998Jason Kinsky
Divorcing Jack1998Dan Starkey
The Big Lebowski1998Knox Harrington
Seven Years in Tibet1997Peter Aufschnaiter
American Perfekt1997Santini
The Island of Dr. Moreau1996Edward Douglas
DragonHeart1996King Einon
James and the Giant Peach1996Earthworm (voice)
Restoration1995John Pearce
Total Eclipse1995Paul Verlaine
Black Beauty1994Jerry Barker
Dandelion Dead1994TV Mini-SeriesOswald Martin
Prime Suspect 31993TV Mini-SeriesJames Jackson
Frank Stubbs Promotes1993TV SeriesMike Bence
The Trial1993Franz
I Bet It Will Rain1992Short
Screen One1991-1992TV SeriesCrematorium Attendant / Tim Shanks
Swords at Teatime1992ShortMichael
Afraid of the Dark1991Locksmith / Tom Miller
Screenplay1987-1991TV SeriesTerry / Joey
Shrinks1991TV SeriesTerry Slater
Life Is Sweet1990Nicola's Lover
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit1990TV Mini-SeriesDoctor
Skulduggery1989TV MovieTony
A Bit of a Do1989TV Mini-SeriesPaul Simcock
Resurrected1989Kevin Deakin
The Short & Curlies1988TV ShortClive
Valentine Park1987-1988TV SeriesMax
Erasmus Microman1988TV SeriesIsaac Newton
Little Dorrit1987George Braddle
The Singing Detective1986TV Mini-SeriesSecond Soldier
Up the Elephant and Round the Castle1985TV SeriesThe Mugger
Summer Season1985TV SeriesJim Dench
Only Fools and Horses....1985TV SeriesStew
The Mercy2017post-productionRodney Hallworth
Fargo2017TV SeriesV.M. Varga V.M. Vargas
Wonder Woman2017Sir Patrick
Regression2015/IKenneth Raines
An Inspector Calls2015TV MovieThe Inspector
Anomalisa2015Michael Stone (voice)
Legend2015/ILeslie Payne
Sunday Roast2014ShortDick Puck
The Theory of Everything2014Dennis Sciama
Stonehearst Asylum2014Mickey Finn
Queen & Country2014Sargeant Major Bradley
Family Guy2014TV SeriesBritish Father
The Fifth Estate2013Nick Davies
The Zero Theorem2013Joby
RED 22013The Frog
Separate We Come, Separate We Go2012ShortNorman
War Horse2011Lyons
The Lady2011Michael Aris
Anonymous2011/IWilliam Cecil
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 22011Remus Lupin
The Organ Grinder's Monkey2011ShortPablo
London Boulevard2010Jordan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Remus Lupin
Mr. Nice2010Jim McCann
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince2009Remus Lupin
Veronika Decides to Die2009Dr. Blake
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas2008Father
The Street2007TV SeriesJoe Jennerson / Harry Jennerson
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Remus Lupin
The Inner Life of Martin Frost2007Martin Frost
The Omen2006Keith Jennings
Basic Instinct 22006Det. Roy Washburn
The New World2005Wingfield
All the Invisible Children2005Jonathan (segment "Jonathan")
Kingdom of Heaven2005Hospitaler
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Professor Lupin
Timeline2003Robert Doniger
Cheeky2003Harry Sankey
Little Wolf's Book of Badness2003ShortMr. Twister (voice)
Dinotopia2002-2003TV SeriesCyrus Crabb
D.I.Y. Hard2002ShortMan
Dinotopia2002TV Mini-SeriesCyrus Crabb
Hamilton Mattress2001TV ShortHamilton Mattress (voice)
Goodbye Charlie Bright2001Dad
Endgame2000TV MovieClov
Gangster No. 12000Freddie Mays


Sunday Roast2014Short
Hello, Hello, Hello1995Short


Atop the Fourth Wall2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
James and the Giant Peach1996performer: "Family", "Eating The Peach"
Only Fools and Horses....1985TV Series performer - 1 episode


Hello, Hello, Hello1995Short


The Path to Redemption2006Video documentary special thanks


None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Regression'2016Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up2012Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Janela Indiscreta2012TV SeriesHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2011TV SeriesHimself
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Remus Lupin
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects2011Video documentaryHimself - 'Remus Lupin'
How to Get a Head in Sculpture2011TV Movie documentary as David Thlewis
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures2010Video documentaryHimself - 'Remus Lupin'
Face Booth2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters2009Video documentaryHimself - 'Remus Lupin'
Friendship Beyond the Fence2009Video documentary shortHimself
Cinema 32008TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
Omenisms2006Video documentary shortHimself
Between the Sheets: A Look Inside 'Basic Instinct 2'2006Video documentary shortHimself / Roy Washburn
Colors of the Crusade2006Video documentary shortHimself
Kingdom of Heaven: Cast Rehearsals2006Video documentary shortHimself
Kingdom of Hope: The Making of 'Kingdom of Heaven'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2004-2005TV Series documentary shortHimself
'Kingdom of Heaven': Interactive Production Grid2005Video documentaryHimself
Conjuring a Scene2004Video documentary shortHimself
Head to Shrunken Head2004Video documentary shortHimself
Tate Modern2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Making of 'Dragonheart'1997Video documentaryHimself
The British Academy Craft Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Dreamtown: A Brief Anatomy of Blackpool1994DocumentaryPresenter - Himself
Le cercle de minuit1993TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Check the Gate: Putting Beckett on Film2003Video documentaryFrom "Endgame"
Discovering Dinotopia2002TV Movie documentaryCyrus (uncredited)


Won Awards

2008Richard Harris AwardBritish Independent Film Awards
1994Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorNaked (1993)
1994ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearNaked (1993)
1994NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorNaked (1993)
1993Best ActorCannes Film FestivalNaked (1993)
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorNaked (1993)

Nominated Awards

2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Supporting Actor - International CompetitionQueen & Country (2014)
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Theory of Everything (2014)
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
2011Peter Sellers Award for ComedyEvening Standard British Film AwardsLondon Boulevard (2010)
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesThe Street (2006)
2007Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorBasic Instinct 2 (2006)
1998British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Performance by a British Actor in an Independent FilmDivorcing Jack (1998)
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Short FilmHello, Hello, Hello (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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