David Thewlis

  • 18 February 2005

Date of birth

20th March, 1963







David Thewlis (born David Wheeler, 20.03.1963)
David Thewlis is an English actor perhaps best known for his role as Professor Lupin in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.

Childhood: David Thewlis was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. His parents were Maureen Thewlis and Alec Raymond Wheeler who worked in the family toy/wallpaper shop. He enjoyed music as a teenager and played in the bands QED and Door 66. He attended Highfield High School and then the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He changed his surname to Thewlis, his mother's maiden name, after attempting to register with the actors' union and discovering that his birth name was already being used by someone else.

Acting career: David Thewlis had his first big role in 1993's 'Naked' alongside Lesley Sharp and Katrin Cartlidge. That year also saw him in 'Prime Suspect 3' as an equally unpleasant character opposite Helen Mirren. In 1994, he was in 'Black Beauty' alongside Alan Cumming, Sean Bean and Peter Davison. The following year he appeared in the historical drama film 'Restoration' with Robert Downey, Jr., Hugh Grant and Ian McKellen, as well as 'Total Eclipse' with Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1996, he was in 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' with Val Kilmer and 'Dragonheart' alongside Pete Postlethwaite and Sean Connery. In 1997, he became blocked from entering thePeople's Republic of China after appearing in the war film 'Seven Years in Tibet' with Brad Pitt. The next year he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by a British Actor in an Independent Film in the movie 'Divorcing Jack' opposite Jason Isaacs and Robert Lindsay. In 2004, he appeared as Professor Remus Lupin in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' alongside Gary Oldman, Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman. He reprised his role in the subsequent sequels, 2007's 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', 2009's 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' parts 1 and 2 in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2005 and 2006, he was in Ridley Scott's 'Kingdom of Heaven' with Orlando Bloom, 'The New World' oppostite Colin Farrell and 'The Omen' alongside Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Mia Farrow. In 2008, he played a Nazi SS Commandant in 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' with Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon and Vera Farmiga. 2011 saw him star in the Aung San Suu Kyi biopic 'The Lady' opposite Michelle Yeoh.

Personal life: David Thewlis married Sara Sugarman in 1992 but they subsequently divorced in 1994. He has also had relationships with Bill Oddie's daughter Kate Hardie, and Anna Friel with whom he has one child but split with after 10 years in 2010. In 2007 he published a novel called 'The Late Hector Kipling'.

David Thewlis at the world premiere of 'The Mercy' held at the Curzon Mayfair in London. Directed by James Marsh, the film follows the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his disastrous attempt to sail around the world on his own as part of a race - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th February 2018

The Mercy Trailer

Donald Crowhurst is an amateur sailor whose ambition eclipses his financial woes. When he comes across the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968; an event in which sailors must circumnavigate the world in return for sponsorship; he sees it as the perfect opportunity for adventure, recognition and, indeed, the answer to all his financial problems.

His friends and family think he's mad to sign up to be alone on a boat for nine months, plus, while he's very much into sailing, his own boat is certainly not up to world-travel standard. Nevertheless, he enlists the help of his wife to build a new vessel that will withstand the tempestuous oceans and unpredictable weathers, managing to secure an investment from his friend Stanley Best.

Of course, his wife isn't thrilled with the whole idea. When it comes to it, the thought of watching her husband sail out to sea for the best part of a year is a heartbreaking and terrifying prospect. Indeed, he does face such a matter of life and death off the coast of Africa, and begins to realise that his new boat isn't going to get him much further.

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Wonder Woman Review


Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome balance of comedy, flirtation and a sense of righteous justice. And at the centre, Gal Gadot is a hugely engaging hero with a refreshing moral clarity to her actions. So even if the movie dissolves into the usual murky digital mayhem in its final act, there's a bright light at the centre that holds us in its grip.

While the Great War rages in Europe, life carries on as usual on the secret island home of the Amazons, where Diana (Gadot) has been raised by her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and trained by her aunt General Antiope (Robin Wright). When American spy Steve (Chris Pine) crash-lands there, Diana quickly agrees to return with him to war-torn Europe, track down God of War Aries and put an end to the fighting for good. Awed by her fighting prowess and skimpy outfit, Steve agrees to take her. They return to London to confront a smug politician (David Thewlis) and assemble a team so they can return to the front on a mission to take down the nefarious German General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and his chemical weapons scientist Maru (Elena Anaya). But Diana is still looking for Aries.

Director Patty Jenkins tells this story like an old-fashioned war epic, following a rag-tag group of good guys as they go through a series of battles on their way to the big confrontation. Along the way, there's plenty of comedy banter, dark emotion and even some lusty romance. Putting a woman at the centre of the action gives the movie a strongly resonant slant, especially because she's surrounded by men who always underestimate her.

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Wonder Woman Trailer

Diana Prince is one of the Amazon warriors of Themyscira, a tribe of women with extraordinary power. There is no-one quite as extraordinary, however, as Diana herself. After being shown the noble Sword of Athena as a young girl, our heroine becomes determined to be the one who wields it, training in all areas of combat. When her incredible powers start to shine through, her mother Hippolyta does not want to tell her the truth about her creation. As oblivious as she is to the secrets of her birthright, she becomes determined to save the world after rescuing a marooned military pilot named Steve Trevor. When he informs her of the danger that her kind faces, she insists on going with him to win the war and save the world. Of course, London is hardly the place she wants to be, but she finds new friendships in Steve and his quirky secretary Etta Candy.

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David Thewlis at FX Upfront 2017 held at SVA Theater - New York, United States - Thursday 6th April 2017

Anomalisa Trailer

Anomalisa is a new film from directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich) also wrote the film - his first animation. Initial funding for the movie was achieved on Kickstarter, the project raised over 400,000 dollars, doubling their initial asking price.

The stop-motion film used 3-D printers to create the puppets and the story follows the day to day life of Michael Stone, a man who's struggling with going through the same processes every day. When he meets a stranger in a hotel, she might just be able to show Michael a new view point.

The lead characters are voiced by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The whole film was voiced by the total of three people. The film was said to be the surprise movie of the 2015 BFI Festival.

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Macbeth Review

Very Good

Shakespeare's Scottish play returns to the big screen with earthy energy, visual style and roaring performances. Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) takes an artistic approach that makes terrific use of sweeping landscapes and harsh weather, which allows the cast to put their guts into their roles. Yet while the film looks absolutely amazing, the sound mix is so muddled that anyone unfamiliar with the play will find it difficult to follow.

Michael Fassbender plays Macbeth, an 11th century general who has just triumphed on the Highland battlefield but is struggling internally after he and Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) lost their infant child. So when three witches tell him that he is destined to become king, his wife encourages him to make it happen sooner rather than later. In secret, Macbeth murders King Duncan (David Thewlis) and pins the blame on his son Malcolm (Jack Reynor), who flees in fear, raising suspicion. Now on the throne, King and Queen Macbeth are overwhelmed by paranoia about any hint of a threat to their power, raising distrust of loyal friends like Banquo (Paddy Considine) and Duncan's defender Macduff (Sean Harris). Meanwhile, Malcolm has raised an army in England and is coming back to claim his title.

This is one of Shakespeare's bleakest, leanest plays, and Kurzel gives it an intriguingly expansive tone by setting most of the action outdoors in the elements rather than in shadowy castle corridors. In addition to adding a gritty, muddy kick, this allows the battle sequences to take on a Lord of the Rings-scale intensity. So the effect of this violence on the characters is that much more resonant. Lady Macbeth turns inward, tormenting herself in an extended dream sequence, while Macbeth goes the other way, killing anyone who seems even remotely shifty. But of course they also understand that their ambition and guilt are causing these extreme reactions.

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David Thewlis - UK premiere of 'Macbeth' held at the Festival Theatre - Arrivals at Festival Theatre - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th September 2015

Legend Review


Written and directed with a rakish swagger, and featuring two full-on performances from Tom Hardy, this true London gangster drama is hugely entertaining, even if it feels undercooked. Aside from that generic title, the film basically has no plot at all, and it strips real-life people of their complexity. It's as if the filmmakers were afraid to challenge the audience in any way. But the edgy mix of comedy and violence is riveting.

The events recounted took place over about two years in the early 1960s, although the film's anecdotal structure makes it feel more like a decade. As it begins, the fearsome young Kray brothers (both played by Tom Hardy) are consolidating their gangland grip on East London and expanding around the city, with their next target being South London boss Charlie Richardson (Paul Bettany). Reggie Kray is the tough-minded businessman, while identical twin Ronnie is a terrifying thug who happens to be openly gay at a time when being so was illegal. As they blatantly manipulate the rule of law, a Scotland Yard inspector (Christopher Ecclestone) is desperately looking for a way to take them down. Meanwhile, Reggie is romancing the 16-year-old Frances (Emily Browning), much to the annoyance of her imperious mother (Tara Fitzgerald).

The tumultuous relationship between Reggie and Frances is the only thing that adds a sense of narrative momentum to the film. Otherwise, it's a series of set-pieces that take a darkly humorous approach to family clashes and criminal violence. Writer-director Brian Helgeland infuses even the grisliest brutality with an amusing smirk, which makes the movie much more engaging than expected. And Hardy storms through the film with real charisma in both roles, as the steely, magnetic Reggie and the more unstable, fearsome Ronnie. Both performances are scene-stealing, nicely conveying how these men managed to hold the entire city in their grip, even though they were only in their early 30s at the time.

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David Thewlis - the World Premiere of 'Legend' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London on September 3rd 2015 at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd September 2015

Queen And Country Trailer

Basic training for the Korean War is tough on a group of young British cadets. It's specifically tough on Bill Rohan (Callum Turner), as their sergeant hates him. The only consoling factor is the trainee nurses school just outside of his basecamp. When he's not trying to woo the nurses in the town, he's sneaking over to their school to see the woman he has fallen in love with. But when the sergeant's prize clock is stolen, Rohan must do everything to save his best friend from court marshalling, catch the girl of his dreams, and prepare for war.

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Macbeth - Clips

Macbeth is a Scottish Duke who is greeted by three witches following a victorious battle. They reveal to him a prophecy which speaks of him one day becoming King of Scotland, and not only that, but he shall not be killed by any of woman born. Poisoned by greed, he confides in his wife Lady Macbeth, who is equally consumed with fantasies of riches and royalty. She convinces him to kill the current King to gain power and succeeds, though not without a price. From that moment on, this noble man transforms into a tyrant bound by guilt and paranoia and willing to do anything to maintain his throne and keep his dark secret hidden. But the more he tries to find peace within himself, the more danger he is faced with.

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Macbeth - Teaser Trailer

After a long, hard battle, a Scottish Thane learns of a prophesy that will change his life forever. Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) is confronted by three witches, who inform him that he shall one day be king, and that no man born by a woman shall ever kill him. When another of their prophecies comes true, he confronts his wife (Marion Cotillard), who convinces him that he must murder King Duncan (David Thewlis). From there, Macbeth falls into the darkest depths of the human soul, as he betrays those he loves for power, and abandons his friends for the love of prophesies.

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Legend - First Look Trailer

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, London was at the mercy of the terrifying Kray twins (Tom Hardy). Reggie Kray was forced to spend most of his life holding back his identical twin brother, Ronnie, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. As acclaimed night club owners and feared gangsters, the two twins were seen to own London, and lived a life of glitz and glamour, as well as blood and brutality. That is, until Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read (Christopher Eccleston) took the task of bringing two of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in the city's history to justice, by any means necessary.

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David Thewlis and Tom Hardy - Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hardy and David Thewlis filming on the set of 'Legend' in London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th July 2014