David Thewlis

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 ...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven. Harry suspects perils may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle fast approaching. Together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Tom Felton

As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven. Harry suspects perils may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle fast approaching. Together ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Tom Felton

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Emma Watson  •  Rupert Grint  •  Helena Bonham Carter

Harry, Ron and Hermione walk away from their last year at Hogwarts to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, putting an end to Voldemort's bid for immortality. But with Harry's beloved Dumbledore dead and Voldemort's unscrupulous Death Eaters on the loose, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Emma Watson  •  Rupert Grint  •  Helena Bonham Carter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Year three at Hogwarts means new fun and challenges as Harry learns the delicate art of approaching a Hippogriff, transforming shape-shifting Boggarts into hilarity and even turning back time. But the term also brings danger: soul-sucking Dementors hover over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Cuarón
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Gary Oldman

Year three at Hogwarts means new fun and challenges as Harry learns the delicate art of approaching a Hippogriff, transforming shape-shifting Boggarts into hilarity and even turning back time. But the term also brings danger: soul-sucking Dementors hover over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Cuarón
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Gary Oldman

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

American Perfekt (1997)

Criminal psychiatrist, Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility. An experimental road trip during which ever decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile, Sandra Thomas, disenchanted professional, is en route to pick up her flunked ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Chart
CAST:  Robert Forster  •  Amanda Plummer  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Paul Sorvino

Criminal psychiatrist, Jake Nyman is taking a much needed vacation from responsibility. An experimental road trip during which ever decision will be made on a flip of a coin. Meanwhile, Sandra Thomas, disenchanted professional, is en route to pick up her flunked ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Chart
CAST:  Robert Forster  •  Amanda Plummer  •  Fairuza Balk  •  Paul Sorvino

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  David Morrissey  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  David Thewlis

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  David Morrissey  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  David Thewlis

Damage (1992)

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The life of a respected British politician at the height of his career crumbles when he becomes obsessed with his son's lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Graves

The life of a respected British politician at the height of his career crumbles when he becomes obsessed with his son's lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Graves

Divorcing Jack (1998)

He's Irish, he's ageing, he drinks, is a touch cynical and when he has time writes a newspaper column. On the eve of the country's first election as an independent state, Dan Starkey's life is about to change after he finds the young woman he has just made love to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caffrey
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Laura Fraser

He's Irish, he's ageing, he drinks, is a touch cynical and when he has time writes a newspaper column. On the eve of the country's first election as an independent state, Dan Starkey's life is about to change after he finds the young woman he has just made love to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Caffrey
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Laura Fraser

DragonHeart (1996)

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  David Thewlis  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Dina Meyer

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  David Thewlis  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Dina Meyer

Gangster No. 1 (2000)

An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie's gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGuigan
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Jamie Foreman  •  Paul Bettany  •  Malcolm McDowell

An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk and who joined Freddie's gang—a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGuigan
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Jamie Foreman  •  Paul Bettany  •  Malcolm McDowell

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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The rebellion begins! Lord Voldemort has returned, but the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Michael Gambon

The rebellion begins! Lord Voldemort has returned, but the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Yates
CAST:  Daniel Radcliffe  •  Rupert Grint  •  Emma Watson  •  Michael Gambon

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Joanna Lumley  •  Miriam Margolyes  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Richard Dreyfuss

When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Joanna Lumley  •  Miriam Margolyes  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Richard Dreyfuss

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

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After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Orlando Bloom  •  Eva Green  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Marton Csokas

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Orlando Bloom  •  Eva Green  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Marton Csokas

Life Is Sweet (1990)

Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Alison Steadman  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Claire Skinner  •  Jane Horrocks

Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on Andy, a cook who forever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Alison Steadman  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Claire Skinner  •  Jane Horrocks

Little Dorrit (1987)

A drama based on the novel by Charles Dickens which tells the story of Arthur Clennam who is thrown into a debtor's prison. There he meets a young seamstress whose father has been imprisoned for twenty-five years. A film in originally released in two parts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christine Edzard
CAST:  Derek Jacobi  •  Joan Greenwood  •  Max Wall  •  Patricia Hayes

A drama based on the novel by Charles Dickens which tells the story of Arthur Clennam who is thrown into a debtor's prison. There he meets a young seamstress whose father has been imprisoned for twenty-five years. A film in originally released in two parts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christine Edzard
CAST:  Derek Jacobi  •  Joan Greenwood  •  Max Wall  •  Patricia Hayes

Naked (1993)

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An unemployed Brit vents his rage on unsuspecting strangers as he embarks on a nocturnal London odyssey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Lesley Sharp  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Greg Cruttwell

An unemployed Brit vents his rage on unsuspecting strangers as he embarks on a nocturnal London odyssey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Lesley Sharp  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Greg Cruttwell

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

A shipwrecked sailor stumbles upon a mysterious island and is shocked to discover that a brilliant scientist and his lab assistant have found a way to combine human and animal DNA—with horrific results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Val Kilmer  •  Fairuza Balk  •  David Thewlis

A shipwrecked sailor stumbles upon a mysterious island and is shocked to discover that a brilliant scientist and his lab assistant have found a way to combine human and animal DNA—with horrific results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Val Kilmer  •  Fairuza Balk  •  David Thewlis

The New World (2005)

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Q'orianka Kilcher  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Christian Bale

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Q'orianka Kilcher  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Christian Bale

The Omen (2006)

A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  Julia Stiles  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  David Thewlis

A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  Julia Stiles  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  David Thewlis
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