David Thewlis

David Thewlis

Highest Rated: 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Lowest Rated: 6% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1963

Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Actor David Thewlis pursued his creative passions all his life. As a true artist, Thewlis delved deeply into forms of expression other than the one that has earned him a living. Born in Blackpool, England, Thewlis spent a happy childhood filling diaries with "words and sentences and poems" - his first foray into an artistic life. Thewlis then explored music by playing in a punk band called Door 66. When the time came to decide his future, Thewlis chose to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated in 1985. It was while in school that Thewlis turned to acting. A slave to twin passions of music and acting, Thewlis performed Simon & Garfunkel songs in clubs in order to earn his equity card. Meanwhile, Thewlis began appearing in commercials and on stage and snared a few small roles in film and on British television, including the movie-of-the-week "The Singing Detective" (PBS, 1988), "Skulduggery" (1989) and "Life Is Sweet" (1990), directed by Mike Leigh. Though his role "Life Is Sweet" was small, Thewlis impressed Leigh enough to be cast for the lead role in "Naked" (1993). His performance as Johnny, a down-and-out, yet intelligent drifter in Manchester whose brutal treatment of women defies convention as he lives outside the social norm of late-20th century England, earned Thewlis several awards for best actor, including that of the New York Critics, National Society of Film Critics, and the London Film Critics Circle. Thewlis went on to amass a resume of divergent roles, ranging from kid's movies to dark independents to big budget Hollywood productions. His next role after "Naked" was opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "Total Eclipse" (1995), an indie drama about the turbulent relationship between French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. His next role became very special to the actor: as the voice of Earthworm in "James and the Giant Peach" (1996), Thewlis was subsequently asked on birthdays and other occasions to reprise his role for the children of friends and relatives. Next for Thewlis came "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996), John Frankenheimer's attempt to put H.G. Wells' novel on screen. Thewlis next starred in "Dragonheart" (1996), playing Einon, a medieval king whose despotic reign belies the near-death promise he made when he was a boy. In April 1996, Thewlis directed a short film he wrote called "Hello Hello Hello?" (1998) and later received an honorable BAFTA Award nomination for his effort. Thewlis meanwhile continued acting, starring opposite Brad Pitt in "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997), or as the crew liked to call it, "Five Years on This Set". His performance didn't earn Thewlis any award nominations, but he was banned from ever visiting China. After a small role in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" (1998), Thewlis starred opposite Thandie Newton in "Besieged" (1999), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. In "Gangster No. 1", Thewlis plays an old associate of Gangster 55 (Malcolm McDowell) who gets released from prison after a 30-year stint. And in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), Thewlis played Professor Remis Lupin in the third adaptation of the popular novels. To top off a busy period, Thewlis directed his first feature-length film, "Cheeky" (2003), a comedy that was shown at the London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Thewlis returned in front of the camera for "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), playing a monk watching over the son (Orlando Bloom) of a knight (Liam Neeson) in this epic historical drama taking place in the relative calm between the 2nd and 3rd Crusades of the 12th century. He then had a supporting role in Terrence Malick's "The New World" (2005). Thewlis then signed on to appear in the sequel "Basic Instinct 2" (2006), starring Sharon Stone as the vampy novelist Catherine Tramell, who once again lures an unsuspecting man (David Morrissey) into a murderous trap. After a key role in the 2006 remake of horror classic "The Omen," Thewlis starred as the title character in Paul Auster's little-seen drama "The Inner Life of Martin Frost" (2007) and reprised his role as the heroic Lupin in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). In 2008, he had a supporting part in the Holocaust drama "The Boy with the Striped Pajamas" and subsequently returned to the Potter fold for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009), as well as the concluding chapters of the fantasy saga "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011). With the Potter films continuing to bring in a sizeable paycheck, Thewlis was able to comfortably pursue smaller projects, including the drug-trade biopic "Mr. Nice" (2010), with Rhys Ifans, and "London Boulevard" (2010), a crime thriller starring Colin Farrell. Appearing in "Anonymous" (2011), another drama featuring Ifans, Thewlis stuck to other period pieces, portraying the husband of a dedicated Burmese politician in Luc Besson's "The Lady" (2011) and an unpleasant landlord in Steven Spielberg's World War I-era film "War Horse" (2011). Following a little time away from the spotlight, Thewlis revisited blockbuster fare, playing the enigmatic character of The Frog in the action sequel "Red 2" (2013). Supporting roles in Bill Condon's political thriller "The Fifth Estate" (2013), Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" (2013) and Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" (2014) followed in quick succession, followed by John Boorman's historical romantic drama "Queen and Country" (2014), psychological thriller "Regression" (2015) and the Tom Hardy-starring film about the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins, "Legend" (2015). After co-starring in Michael Fassbender's "Macbeth" (2015) as King Duncan, Thewlis appeared in comic book blockbuster "Wonder Woman" (2017) as Ares, the title character's adversary. That same year, Thewlis joined the cast of anthology series "Fargo" (FX 2015- ) for its third season.

Highest rated movies

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Wonder Woman
Life Is Sweet
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Naked
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Big Lebowski I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Avatar 2 Peylak (Character) - 2022
82% 49% I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father (Character) - 2020
68% 33% Rare Beasts Vic (Character) - 2019
78% 62% Eternal Beauty Mike (Character) - 2019
42% 40% Guest of Honour Jim (Character) - 2019
74% 32% The Mercy Rodney Hallworth (Character) - 2018
93% 83% Wonder Woman Sir Patrick (Character) $412.8M 2017
92% 71% Anomalisa Michael Stone (Voice) $3.4M 2015
15% 21% Regression Profesor Kenneth Raines (Character) $54.7K 2015
80% 64% Macbeth Duncan (Character) $1.1M 2015
61% 59% Legend Leslie Payne (Character) $1.9M 2015
No Score Yet 57% An Inspector Calls Unknown (Character) - 2015
76% 46% Queen and Country Bradley (Character) - 2014
80% 84% The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama (Character) $35.9M 2014
55% 49% Eliza Graves Mickey Finn (Character) - 2014
48% 43% The Zero Theorem Joby (Character) $219.4K 2013
35% 36% The Fifth Estate Nick Davies (Character) $3.3M 2013
44% 63% Red 2 The Frog (Character) $53.2M 2013
36% 62% The Lady Michael Aris (Character) - 2011
74% 74% War Horse Mr. Lyons (Character) $79.9M 2011
45% 53% Anonymous William Cecil (Character) $4.5M 2011
96% 89% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin (Character) $381.0M 2011
38% 30% London Boulevard Jordan (Character) $10.5K 2010
53% 44% Mr. Nice Jim McCann (Character) - 2010
77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin (Character) $295.0M 2010
No Score Yet 50% Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake (Character) - 2009
84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin (Character) $302.0M 2009
64% 85% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Father (Character) $9.0M 2008
77% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin (Character) $292.0M 2007
10% 26% The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost (Character) $5.1K 2007
26% 40% The Omen Jennings (Character) $54.6M 2006
6% 26% Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn (Character) $5.9M 2006
39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaller (Character) $47.4M 2005
90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor Lupin (Character) $249.4M 2004
13% 45% Timeline Robert Doniger (Character) $19.5M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheeky Harry Sankey (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 2003
No Score Yet 20% Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 60% Hamilton Mattress Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 78% Goodbye Charlie Bright Dad (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 86% The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot (Voice) - 2000
71% 77% Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays (Character) $30.9K 2000
40% 79% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 55% Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey (Character) - 1998
75% 80% Besieged Jason Kinsky (Character) $2.0M 1998
83% 93% The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington (Character) $17.4M 1998
No Score Yet 59% American Perfekt Santini (Character) - 1997
60% 73% Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter (Character) $37.9M 1997
91% 65% James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (Voice) $28.9M 1996
50% 60% Dragonheart King Einon (Character) $51.3M 1996
24% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Edward Douglas (Character) $27.7M 1996
25% 61% Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine (Character) $339.9K 1995
71% 59% Restoration John Pearce (Character) $3.5M 1995
80% 76% Black Beauty Jerry Barker (Character) $4.2M 1994
88% 92% Naked Johnny (Character) $1.7M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Clock Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prime Suspect III James Jackson (Character) - 1992
92% 87% Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey to Knock Terry (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skulduggery Tony (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 42% Resurrected Kevin Deakin (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 50% Vroom Ringe (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 67% The Short & Curlies Clive (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Road Joey (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 0% Seven Hyden Park Unknown (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 31% Black Snake (Sweet Suzy) (Dutchess of Doom) Unknown (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
100% No Score Yet Landscapers Christopher Edwards (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2020
55% 91% Barkskins Monsieur Claude Trepagny (Character) 2020
99% 77% Big Mouth The Shame Wizard (Voice) 2018-2019
57% 72% The Feed Lawrence Hatfield (Character) 2019
93% 84% Fargo V.M. Varga (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy British Father (Guest Voice) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Street Harry Jennerson/ Joe Jennerson (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinotopia Unknown (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin (Character) 1994
100% 63% Prime Suspect James Jackson (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Bit of a Do Paul Simcock (Character) 1989