David Thewlis

David Thewlis

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    • March 20th, 1963
Thewlis had a minor role in an episode of the 1980s sitcom Up the Elephant and Round the Castle. He also appeared in an episode of popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1985) as a friend of Rodney. His first professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich. Thewlis's breakout role was Naked (1993; dir. Mike Leigh), as the main character, Johnny, a homeless, highly intelligent, embittered, rambling street philosopher, for which Thewlis 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. That same year, he appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds. Before that, his first television appearance was in Valentine Park. During 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. He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Divorcing Jack (1998), and played Clov in a television film of Samuel Beckett's Endgame (2000). Notable appearances also include Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged (1998) and Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1 (2000), opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell. He auditioned for the role of Quirinus Quirrell in the Chris Columbus directed film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but the part went to Ian Hart. Despite missing out on the first film, he was cast in 2004 as Professor Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He did not have to audition as he was director Alfonso Cuarón's first choice for the role. Thewlis reprised the role in four other films in the series. He appeared as an SS Commandant of a Nazi death camp and father of the main character in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was well received. Other credits include Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Terrence Malick's The New World (2005), and The Omen (2006). Thewlis played the late Dr. Michael Aris, husband of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, in the biopic The Lady directed by Luc Besson. In 2012, he received an International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Plus Camera Award. In the same year, he also played in Separate We Come, Separate We Go, directed by Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright. In June 2015, Thewlis was reported to be filming scenes for a Donald Crowhurst biopic, The Mercy, on the beach at Teignmouth, Devon, playing Donald Crowhurst's press agent, Rodney Hallworth, while Colin Firth is playing Donald Crowhurst. He also starred in Regression, a thriller released in autumn 2015. In September 2015, Thewlis starred as Inspector Goole in Helen Edmundson's BBC TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls. In October 2015, he played King Duncan in the film Macbeth.

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Acting (68 Credits)

2024Avatar 3
2021Zack Snyder's Justice League as Ares
2021Landscapers as Christopher Edwards
2020I'm Thinking of Ending Things as Father
2020Barkskins as Claude Trepagny
2019Guest of Honour as Jim
2019Eternal Beauty as Mike
2019Rare Beasts as Vic
2019The Feed (2019) as Lawrence Hatfield
2017The Mercy as Rodney Hallworth
2017Wonder Woman as Sir Patrick / Ares
2017Justice League as Ares
2015An Inspector Calls as Inspector Goole - The Inspector
2015Anomalisa as Michael Stone (voice)
2015Regression as Professor Kenneth Raines
2015Legend as Leslie Payne
2015Macbeth as Duncan
2014Stonehearst Asylum as Mickey Finn
2014Queen & Country as Sargeant Major Bradley
2014The Theory of Everything as Dennis Sciama
2013The Zero Theorem as Joby
2013The Fifth Estate as Nick Davies
2013RED 2 as The Frog
2011The Lady as Michael Aris
2011Anonymous as William Cecil
2011War Horse as Lyons
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Remus Lupin
2010Mr. Nice as Jim McCann
2010London Boulevard as Jordan
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Remus Lupin
2009Veronika Decides to Die as Dr. Blake
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Remus Lupin
2008The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as Ralf Hoess
2007The Inner Life of Martin Frost as Martin Frost
2007Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Remus Lupin
2006The Omen as Keith Jennings
2006Basic Instinct 2 as Roy Washburn
2005Kingdom of Heaven as Hospitaler
2005The New World as Wingfield
2005All the Invisible Children as Jonathan
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Remus Lupin
2003Timeline as Robert Doniger
2002Dinotopia as Cyrus Crabb
2002Dinotopia as Cyrus Crabb
2001Goodbye Charlie Bright as Charlie's Dad
2000Gangster No. 1 as Freddie Mays
2000The Miracle Maker as Judas Iscariot
1999Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? as Nesbit
1998Divorcing Jack as Dan Starkey
1998Besieged as Jason Kinsky
1998The Big Lebowski as Knox Harrington
1997Seven Years in Tibet as Peter Aufschnaiter
1997American Perfekt as Santini
1996DragonHeart as King Einon
1996The Island of Dr. Moreau as Edward Douglas
1996James and the Giant Peach as Earthworm (voice)
1995Total Eclipse as Paul Verlaine
1995Restoration as John Pearce
1994Black Beauty as Jerry Barker
1993Naked as Johnny
1993Prime Suspect 3: The Keeper of Souls as James Jackson
1993The Trial as Franz
1992Damage as Detective
1991Afraid of the Dark as Locksmith / Tom Miller
1990Life Is Sweet as Nicola's Lover
1989Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit as Doctor
1987The Short & Curlies as Clive
1987Little Dorrit as George Braddle

Himself (2 Credits)

2021Val as Self (archive footage)
2017Harry Potter: A History of Magic as Himself


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