David Thewlis

Lowest Rated: 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
Birthday: Mar 20, 1963
Birthplace: Blackpool, UK
The second of three children, David Thewlis grew up in an apartment above his family's combination toy store and wallpaper shop. He received his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A veteran of the London stage and English television (Prime Suspect 3), Thewlis found his particular cinematic niche as the antihero of director Mike Leigh's Naked (1993). From the moment that Thewlis, playing an indigent from Manchester, showed up unannounced at the doorstep of his old girlfriend and immediately proceeded to verbally trash everyone in sight, the audience knew it wasn't in for a Noël Coward revival. The result of Thewlis's antisocial screen behavior was the unqualified praise of discriminating moviegoers, not to mention awards from the Cannes jury, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics. He went on to demonstrate his versatility in a number of diverse roles, including Paul Verlaine in 1995's Total Eclipse, an animated earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (1996), a mountaineer in Seven Years in Tibet (1997, a role for which the actor was subsequently banned from entering China), and an expatriate British composer living in Rome in Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged in 1998. Also that year, Thewlis could be seen doing a brief but hilarious turn as a giggling conceptual artist in The Big Lebowski. As rare as it is for an actor to possess the versatility needed to alternate between such adult-oriented fare as director Mike Leigh's Naked and such innocent fun as James and the Giant Peach, Thewlis could be as effective in the former as he was endearing in the latter. Following a chilling performance as the leader of a London gang in the 2002 crime drama Gangster No. 1, Thewlis switched gears somewhat to portray the villain in the made-for-television family adventure Dinotopia shortly thereafter. In 2003, Thewlis expanded his resumé by making his feature directorial debut with Cheeky, a comedy drama concerning a mournful widower (Thewlis) whose life takes a change for the better after appearing in a popular game show of questionable taste. His profile steadily increasing thanks to roles in such high-profile releases as Timeline and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (as Professor Remus Lupin), the actor began to make as big a name for himself in large-scale Hollywood blockbusters as he previously had in intimate independent dramas. Of course, that's not to say that Thewlis had lost his taste for smaller-scale films, just that his skills were now in increased demand stateside as a direct result of his powerful early-career performances. After a busy year in 2005 with roles in the historical dramas Kingdom of Heaven and The New World, Thewlis drifted back into modern times to play a small but pivotal role in an American-shot segment of the international short anthology All the Invisible Children -- a powerful meditation on the modern mistreatment of youth by the increasingly jaded adult population. A brief turn as the Scotland Yard homicide detective trailing Sharon Stone in the belated and ill-fated sequel Basic Instinct 2 may have gone unseen by many fans after the film received considerably negative word of mouth, though a fun turn as the paranoid, bubblegum-chomping reporter hot on the trail of the young Antichrist in the 2006 remake of The Omen gave audiences much more to chew on and offered Thewlis the opportunity to have a bit of fun, to the delight of fans everywhere. The following year, Thewlis reprised his role of Prof. Lupin in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and appeared in the title role in The Inner Life of Martin Frost. He could next be seen in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a film adaptation of the John Boyne Holocaust novel, which focuses on the friendship that develops between the child of a Nazi commander at a concentration camp and a young Jewish prisoner. Thewlis enjoyed a high-profile 2011 when the last of the Harry Potter films hit screens, as did other film


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Eternal Beauty Actor 2019
74% The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018
93% Wonder Woman Sir Patrick $412.5M 2017
No Score Yet Harry Potter: Journey Through a History of Magic Actor 2017
15% Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2016
92% Anomalisa Michael Stone 2015
80% Macbeth Duncan $1.8M 2015
61% Legend Leslie Payne $14.2M 2015
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole 2015
76% Queen and Country Sgt. Major Bradley 2015
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2015
79% The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama $35.9M 2014
53% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
51% The Zero Theorem Joby 2014
36% The Fifth Estate Nick Davies $3.3M 2013
44% Red 2 The Frog $53.3M 2013
35% The Lady Michael Aris 2012
No Score Yet Endgame Actor 2012
75% War Horse Lyons $79.9M 2011
36% London Boulevard Jordan $11K 2011
46% Anonymous William Cecil $4.5M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Remus Lupin $381.1M 2011
53% Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Remus Lupin $295M 2010
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin $302M 2009
63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Father $9.1M 2008
10% The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin $292M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Judas 2007
26% The Omen Jennings $54.7M 2006
7% Basic Instinct 2 Detective Superintendent Roy Washburn $5.9M 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Jonathan 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler $47.3M 2005
63% The New World Wingfield $12.5M 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Prof. Remus Lupin $249.4M 2004
11% Timeline Robert Doniger $19.4M 2003
No Score Yet Cheeky Screenwriter Director Actor 2003
40% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2001
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie Bright Dad 2001
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Actor 2001
71% Gangster No. 1 Freddie 2000
75% Besieged Jason Kinsky 1999
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998
83% The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998
60% Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997
No Score Yet American Perfekt Ernest Santini 1997
24% The Island of Dr. Moreau Douglas 1996
50% Dragonheart Elnon 1996
91% James and the Giant Peach Earthworm 1996
70% Restoration John Pearce 1996
25% Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995
No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald 1994
80% Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994
88% Naked Johnny 1993
No Score Yet Afraid of the Dark Tom Miller/Locksmith 1993
33% The Trial Franz 1993
78% Damage Detective 1992
92% Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1991
No Score Yet Little Dorrit (Nobody's Fault) (Little Dorrit's Story) George Braddle 1988
No Score Yet Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1988
No Score Yet Vroom Ringe 1988
No Score Yet The Short & Curlies Actor 1987


100% Big Mouth
  • 2018
97% Fargo
V.M. Vargas
  • 2017
71% Family Guy
  • 2014
100% Prime Suspect
Jimmy Jackson
100% The Singing Detective
Second Soldier