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David Thewlis

David ThewlisAKA David Wheeler

Born: 20-Mar-1963
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In childhood, David Thewlis was a quiet boy who scribbled poetry into his diary, and as a teen he played lead guitar with a punk band called Door 66. His first professional work as an actor was in a commercial for Kellogg's Bran Flakes. After several small roles on British television, Thewlis' first leading role was in a starkly political 1987 BBC drama titled Road, about poverty in England under the Thatcher administration. He licked chocolate off Jane Horrocks' naked body in Life is Sweet, and played the vulgar rapist ex-boyfriend in Mike Leigh's Naked. In Besieged he played a reclusive pianist, and in Total Eclipse he played Leonardo DiCaprio's long-term bisexual lover. He also played an earthworm in James and the Giant Peach, a mountain climber who escaped prison in Seven Years in Tibet, and the kindly Professor Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films.

He wrote, directed, and starred in Cheeky (2003), the bizarrely heartwarming story of a young father who deals with his grief after his wife is killed in a house fire by competing on a game show where contestants insult each other.

His stage name, Thewlis, is his mother's maiden name.

Father: Alec Wheeler (toy shop owner)
Mother: Maureen Wheeler (homemaker)
Wife: Sara Sugarman (film director, m. 1992, div. 1995)
Girlfriend: Fairuza Balk (actress, dated 1996-97)
Girlfriend: Kate Hardie (actress, b. 1969, dated late 1990s)
Girlfriend: Anna Friel (actress, cohabited since 2001, one daughter)
Daughter: Gracie Thewlis (b. 9-Jul-2005 with Friel)

    University: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

    Risk Factors: Vegetarian

    A Bit of a Do Paul Simcock (1989)

    Justice League (26-Oct-2017)
    Wonder Woman (15-May-2017)
    Regression (18-Sep-2015)
    Anomalisa (4-Sep-2015) [VOICE]
    Legend (3-Sep-2015)
    Macbeth (23-May-2015)
    The Theory of Everything (7-Sep-2014)
    Stonehearst Asylum (14-Jun-2014)
    The Fifth Estate (5-Sep-2013)
    The Zero Theorem (2-Sep-2013)
    Red 2 (18-Jul-2013)
    War Horse (4-Dec-2011) · Lyons
    The Lady (12-Sep-2011)
    Anonymous (11-Sep-2011) · William Cecil
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (7-Jul-2011) · Remus Lupin
    London Boulevard (26-Nov-2010)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (11-Nov-2010) · Remus Lupin
    Mr. Nice (14-Mar-2010) · Jim McCann
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (6-Jul-2009) · Remus Lupin
    Veronika Decides to Die (16-May-2009)
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (28-Aug-2008)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (3-Jul-2007)
    The Inner Life of Martin Frost (10-Feb-2007) · Martin Frost
    The Omen (6-Jun-2006) · Keith Jennings
    Basic Instinct 2 (21-Mar-2006) · Roy Washburn
    The New World (25-Dec-2005) · Wingfield
    Kingdom of Heaven (4-May-2005)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (31-May-2004) · Prof. Lupin
    Timeline (19-Nov-2003) · Robert Doniger
    Dinotopia (12-May-2002)
    Goodbye Charlie Bright (11-May-2001)
    Gangster No. 1 (9-Jun-2000) · Freddie Mays
    The Miracle Maker (31-Mar-2000) [VOICE]
    Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (13-Nov-1999)
    Besieged (14-Sep-1998)
    Divorcing Jack (14-Aug-1998) · Dan Starkey
    The Big Lebowski (15-Feb-1998) · Knox Harrington
    Seven Years in Tibet (13-Sep-1997)
    American Perfekt (11-Sep-1997) · Santini
    The Island of Dr. Moreau (23-Aug-1996) · Douglas
    Dragonheart (31-May-1996) · Einon
    James and the Giant Peach (12-Apr-1996) [VOICE]
    Restoration (29-Dec-1995) · Pearce
    Total Eclipse (3-Nov-1995)
    Black Beauty (29-Jul-1994)
    Prime Suspect 3 (19-Dec-1993)
    Naked (14-Sep-1993) · Johnny
    The Trial (13-May-1993)
    Damage (2-Dec-1992) · Detective
    Life Is Sweet (22-Mar-1991)
    Afraid of the Dark (1991) · Locksmith -- Tom Miller
    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (10-Jan-1990)
    Resurrected (1989)
    Little Dorrit (11-Sep-1988) · George Braddle
    Vroom (1988)
    The Singing Detective (16-Nov-1986)

Author of books:
The Late Hector Kipling (2007, novel)

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