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David Thewlis

Highest Rated:   100% Life Is Sweet (1991)
Lowest Rated:   7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
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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 la

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Woman
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Mercy
  • Rodney Hallworth
2017
15% Regression
  • Professor Kenneth Raines
2016
93% Anomalisa
  • Michael Stone
2015
80% Macbeth
  • Duncan
2015
61% Legend
  • Leslie Payne
2015
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls
  • Inspector Goole
2015
79% Queen and Country
  • Sgt. Major Bradley
2015
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die
  • Dr. Blake
2015
79% The Theory of Everything
  • Dennis Sciama
2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Actor
2014
51% The Zero Theorem
  • Joby
2014
No Score Yet Untitled Wikileaks/HBO Project
  • Nick Davies
2013
37% The Fifth Estate
  • Actor
2013
43% Red 2
  • The Frog
2013
33% The Lady
  • Michael Aris
2012
No Score Yet Endgame
  • Actor
2012
76% War Horse
  • Lyons
2011
36% London Boulevard
  • Jordan
2011
46% Anonymous
  • William Cecil
2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Remus Lupin
2011
55% Mr. Nice
  • Jim McCann
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Remus Lupin
2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Remus Lupin
2009
63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
  • Father
2008
10% The Inner Life of Martin Frost
  • Martin Frost
2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Remus Lupin
2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • Judas
2007
27% The Omen
  • Jennings
2006
7% Basic Instinct 2
  • Detective Superintendent Roy Washburn
2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Jonathan
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Hospitaler
2005
62% The New World
  • Wingfield
2005
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Prof. Remus Lupin
2004
11% Timeline
  • Robert Doniger
2003
No Score Yet Cheeky
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Hamilton Mattress
  • Actor
2002
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
81% The Big Lebowski
  • Knox Harrington
1998
61% Seven Years in Tibet
  • Peter Aufschnaiter
1997
No Score Yet American Perfekt
  • Ernest Santini
1997
22% The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Douglas
1996
50% Dragonheart
  • Elnon
1996
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Earthworm
1996
69% 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
80% Damage
  • Detective
1992
100% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice

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