David Thewlis

  • Birth Name: David Wheeler
  • Birth Place: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer

Fast Facts

  • Stage name Thewlis is his mother's maiden name.
  • At 16, joined a punk-rock band called Door 66. Enrolled in drama school when his fellow band members announced they wanted to study drama.
  • After filming Seven Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt, he was banned for life from entering China.
  • Originally considered for the role of Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, before he was cast as Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Penned the novel The Late Hector Kipling (2007).
  • Had to stop doing research for his role as a Nazi in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) because the subject matter was giving him bad dreams.
  • Fans sometimes mistake him for Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.


  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Short Film: Nominee
  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Nominee
  • 2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Anna Friel — Ex-significant Other
  • Sara Sugarman — Ex-wife
  • Alec Wheeler — Father
  • Maureen Wheeler — Mother
  • Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis — Daughter


  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (1984)