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David Thewlis

Actor, Director, Writer Date of birth 20th March 1963
Place of birth Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Year of debut 1987
First feature film Road

David Thewlis grew up in Blackpool. As a child, he was interested in creative writing and music. After his punk band Door 66 disbanded, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating in 1985, he landed minor parts in movies, TV and commercials. In 1993, he starred in his career-defining role in Mike Leigh's Naked. He has since appeared in a range of movies including Seven Years In Tibet and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

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David Thewlis's films

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Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
12 Certificate
150 Mins

As Lord Voldemort's power continues to grow, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) tries to find a way to defeat him. Moderate threat.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
PG Certificate
136 Mins

The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends face an escaped convict (Gary Oldman) and the soul-sucking Dementors. Contains scary scenes and mild language

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film The Fifth Estate
15 Certificate
123 Mins

The true story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch). With Daniel Bruhl. Strong language and moderate violence.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • David Thewlis is banned from entering China after his performance in Seven Years In Tibet.
  • In 2001 he moved in with actress Anna Friel. In 2005 they had their first child together, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel.
  • He directed the Bafta-nominated short Hello, Hello, Hello.
  • He is also a writer. His first novel, The Late Hector Kipling, was published in 2007.
  • He turned down a part in the third Die Hard movie, which eventually went to Jeremy Irons. His agent persuaded him that he still needed to do a studio movie, so he starred in Dragonheart in 1996.