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David Thewlis presenting The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the 2008 San Sebastian Film Festival.
20 March 1963
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
|Occupation||Actor, author, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse||Sara Sugarman (1992–93)|
|Partner||Kate Hardie (??? – ???)
Anna Friel (2001–2010; 1 child)
David Thewlis (born David Wheeler; 20 March 1963) is an English actor of stage and screen. His most commercially successful role to date has been that of Remus Lupin, in the Harry Potter film series. Other notable performances include his work in the films Timeline (2003), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Omen (2006), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), London Boulevard (2010) and War Horse (2011). He made his name known in 1993 with his performance of Johnny in Naked – for which he won multiple awards – became known publicly for his performance of main antagonist King Einon in the 1996 film Dragonheart. He has also done voice work in the films James and the Giant Peach (1996) and The Miracle Maker (2000).
Thewlis, second of three children, was born David Wheeler in Blackpool, Lancashire, the son of Maureen (née Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler. Both of his parents worked at his father's shop, which sold toys in the summer and wallpaper and paint in the winter. As a teenager, he played in a rock band called QED, in which he, Cliff Ashcroft, Mark Fawl and Chris Swift wrote much of their own music and lyrics. QED played at some of the Blackpool hotels to earn money for equipment and their first recording session at Storm Studios in Blackpool. Later, Thewlis played lead guitar with a punk rock band called Door 66. As a musician he was "doing nicely, doing good" and did not want to be an actor. Thewlis was educated at Highfield High School (since renamed Highfield Humanities College), a state secondary school in Marton, Blackpool in North West England where his nickname, at least to his friends, was 'Sqwee'.
He enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London only because his friends did. Thewlis graduated in 1984. When he went to register with the actors' union, he intended to use Wheeler as his stage name, but a "David Wheeler" already existed. His mother's maiden name was the first that came to mind.
His first professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich. Thewlis' first major film role was as the rambling street philosopher Johnny in Naked (1993; dir. Mike Leigh), for which he 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. The same year he appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds. Prior to this Thewlis's first television appearance was alongside Ken Jones in Valentine Park.
Through 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 (because of this film, Thewlis is barred from entering China). He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Divorcing Jack (1998), and played Clov in a (2000) television film of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Notable appearances also include Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged (1998) and Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1 (2000), opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell.
Thewlis auditioned for the role of Professor Quirrell in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but the part went to Ian Hart. Despite missing out on the first film, in 2004 Thewlis was cast as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban without having to audition, as he was director Alfonso Cuarón's first choice for the role. He accepted it on advice from Ian Hart, who told him that Lupin was "the best part in the book". He reprised the role in four other films in the series.
Recent credits include Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Terrence Malick's The New World (2005) and The Omen (2006). As a director, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film for Hello, Hello, Hello (1995); he has also written, directed and starred in the feature Cheeky (2003). When researching for his role in Kingdom of Heaven, Thewlis went to the Hospitaller museum near his home, and the first thing he saw was a mannequin wearing the same costume that he wore in the film.
In 2001, he began a relationship with actress Anna Friel, whom he met on a flight to Cannes. Friel had, coincidentally, starred in Sara Sugarman's 1999 film Mad Cows. They both starred in the 2003 film Timeline although they shared no scenes together.
Together they have one daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel (born 9 July 2005). Thewlis noted that he was "excited" and "not at all scared" by fatherhood and that he loves children. If he was not an actor he would be a teacher as he believes "the most beautiful sound is a child laughing". During Friel's pregnancy he gave up smoking, began jogging and eating more healthily and lost weight. However the pair ended their relationship in late 2010.
Thewlis owns a converted Victorian ballroom in Clerkenwell. He also is often mistaken for fellow actor Rhys Ifans: "Twice a week, people come up to me and say, 'You were great in Notting Hill'. The public seem to think we are the same person." Thewlis has also written a novel called The Late Hector Kipling, published by Simon & Schuster in 2007.
Thewlis has won the following awards for his work in Naked.
Thewlis has also received the following awards:
Other award nominations include:
|The Short & Curlies||Clive||Short film|
|Little Dorrit||George Braddle|
|1991||Life Is Sweet||Nicola's lover|
|Afraid of the Dark||Locksmith
|1992||Swords at Teatime||Michael||Short film|
|1994||Black Beauty||Jerry Barker|
|1995||Total Eclipse||Paul Verlaine|
|Hello, Hello, Hello||N/A||Short film; directed and wrote|
|1996||James and the Giant Peach||Earthworm||Voice|
|The Island of Dr. Moreau||Edward Douglas|
|Seven Years in Tibet||Peter Aufschnaiter||Banned from entering the People's Republic of China.|
|1998||The Big Lebowski||Knox Harrington|
|Divorcing Jack||Dan Starkey|
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Nesbit|
|2000||The Miracle Maker||Judas Iscariot||Voice|
|Gangster No. 1||Freddie Mays|
|Beckett on Film – Endgame||Clov|
|2001||Goodbye Charlie Bright||Charlie's dad|
|2003||Cheeky||Harry Sankey||Also directed and wrote|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Remus Lupin|
|2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Hospitaler|
|All the Invisible Children||Jonathan|
|The New World||Edward Wingfield|
|2006||Basic Instinct 2||Roy Washburn|
|The Omen||Keith Jennings|
|2007||The Inner Life of Martin Frost||Martin Frost|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Remus Lupin|
|2008||The Boy in the Striped Pajamas||Ralf|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Remus Lupin|
|Veronika Decides to Die||Dr. Blake|
|2010||Mr. Nice||Jim McCann|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Remus Lupin|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2|
|The Lady||Michael Aris|
|Anonymous||William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley|
|1985||Only Fools and Horses||Stew||Episode 4.4: "It's Only Rock and Roll"|
|Radio Pictures||Jim Grams||television film|
|1986||The Singing Detective||Second Soldier||Episode 1.3: "Lovely Days" and 1.6: "Who Done It"|
|1987–1988||Valentine Park||Max||Appeared in nine episodes|
|1989||A Bit of a Do||Paul Simcock||Appeared in six episodes|
|1990||Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||Doctor||TV serial (Episode 1)|
|1991||Journey to Knock||Terry||television film|
|Shrinks||Terry Slater||Episode 1.5|
|Screen One||Tim Shanks||Episode 3.3: "Filipina Dreamgirls"|
|1992||Black and Blue||Crematorium attendant||television film|
|1993||Frank Stubbs Promotes||Mike Bence||Episode 1.6: "Striker"|
|Prime Suspect 3||James Jackson||television film|
|1994||Dandelion Dead||Oswald Martin||TV mini-series|
|1999||Love Story||Dealer||television film|
|2001||Hamilton Mattress||Hamilton Mattress||television film; voice|
|2002||Dinotopia||Cyrus Crabb||TV mini-series|
|2007||The Street||Joe / Harry Jennerson||Episode 2.1: "Twins"|
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