David Thewlis

David Thewlis


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 20-03-1963
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
  • Also Known As:

    데이빗 듈리스
    Дэвид Тьюлис

  • Popularity: 8.03
  • Homepage: N/A


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.




Year Movie Character
1993 Naked as Johnny
1998 Divorcing Jack as Dan Starkey
2007 The Inner Life of Martin Frost as Martin Frost
2003 Cheeky as Harry Sankey
2002 D.I.Y. Hard as Man
2015 An Inspector Calls as Inspector Goole - The Inspector
2020 Guest of Honour as Jim
1996 DragonHeart as King Einon
2009 Veronika Decides to Die as Dr. Blake
1995 Total Eclipse as Paul Verlaine
2000 Endgame as Clov
2011 The Lady as Michael Aris
2013 The Zero Theorem as Joby
2002 Hamilton Mattress as Hamilton Mattress (voice)
2013 Separate We Come, Separate We Go as Norman
2011 How to Get a Head in Sculpture as Self
2020 Eternal Beauty as Mike
2010 Athena as Chuck
2015 Anomalisa as Michael Stone (voice)
1988 Deep Red Instant Love
1997 Seven Years in Tibet as Peter Aufschnaiter
2000 Gangster No. 1 as Freddie Mays
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau as Edward Douglas
1994 Black Beauty as Jerry Barker
2011 Anonymous as William Cecil
1998 Besieged as Jason Kinsky
2010 Mr. Nice as Jim McCann
2010 London Boulevard as Jordan
1989 Resurrected as Kevin Deakin
1988 Vroom as Ringe
2011 The Organ Grinder's Monkey as Pablo (voice)
2014 Stonehearst Asylum as Mickey Finn
2015 Regression as Professor Kenneth Raines
1991 Journey to Knock as Terry
1997 American Perfekt as Santini
2018 The Mercy as Rodney Hallworth
2015 Queen & Country as Sargeant Major Bradley
2017 Harry Potter: A History Of Magic as Himself
1993 Prime Suspect 3: The Keeper of Souls as James Jackson
1989 Skulduggery as Tony
2016 None of Them Are You: Crafting Anomalisa as Self
2006 The Omen as Keith Jennings
2005 Kingdom of Heaven as Hospitaler
2006 Basic Instinct 2 as Roy Washburn
1995 Restoration as John Pearce
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as Ralf Hoess
1991 Filipina Dreamgirls as Tim Shanks
2013 The Fifth Estate as Nick Davies
2015 Legend as Leslie Payne
1988 The Short & Curlies as Clive
1970 The Amazing Maurice as Boss Man (voice)
2020 I'm Thinking of Ending Things as Father
2003 Timeline as Robert Doniger
2017 Wonder Woman as Sir Patrick / Ares
2021 Rare Beasts as Vic
2011 War Horse as Lyons
2014 The Theory of Everything as Dennis Sciama
1970 Enola Holmes 2
1990 Life Is Sweet as Nicola's Lover
1993 The Trial as Franz
2005 The New World as Wingfield
2015 Macbeth as Duncan
2021 Val as Self (archive footage)
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright as Charlie's Dad
2000 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? as Nesbit
2013 RED 2 as The Frog
1996 James and the Giant Peach as Earthworm (voice)
1991 Afraid of the Dark as Locksmith / Tom Miller
1987 Road as Joey
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Remus Lupin
1998 The Big Lebowski as Knox Harrington
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit as Doctor
1992 Damage as Detective
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Remus Lupin
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Remus Lupin
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Remus Lupin
2000 The Miracle Maker as Judas Iscariot
2005 All the Invisible Children as Jonathan
2017 Justice League as Ares
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Remus Lupin
2024 Avatar 3
1987 Little Dorrit as George Braddle
2018 Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal as Himself (archive footage)
1992 Black and Blue as Crematorium Attendant
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League as Ares
2003 Cheeky
1995 Hello, Hello, Hello
2003 Cheeky
1995 Hello, Hello, Hello
Photo Name Department
1986 The Singing Detective (2 episode) as Second Soldier
1991 Prime Suspect (2 episode) as James Jackson
1989 A Bit of a Do (13 episode)
1987 Valentine Park (12 episode)
1981 Only Fools and Horses (1 episode)
2002 Dinotopia (13 episode) as Cyrus Crabb
1994 Dandelion Dead (4 episode) as Oswald Martin
2006 The Street (6 episode) as Joe Jennerson / Harry Jennerson
2014 Fargo (10 episode) as V.M. Vargas
2002 Dinotopia (3 episode) as Cyrus Crabb
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (3 episode) as Doctor
2019 The Feed (10 episode) as Lawrence Hatfield
2017 Big Mouth (8 episode) as Shame Wizard (voice)
2020 Barkskins (8 episode) as Claude Trepagny
2021 Landscapers (1 episode) as Christopher Edwards
1970 The Sandman (11 episode) as John Dee

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