David Thewlis Biography

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

Score: 6.65 / 10
Released: October 18, 2013
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Steve Golin, Michael Sugar
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney
Genre: Drama
Length: 128 minutes
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David Thewlis Biography


Date of Birth: March 20, 1963

Born in Blackpool, England, Thewlis leapt into the big time with his multi award-winning performance as the vagabond with verbal diarrhea in Naked (1993).

He's also a talented writer, having written plays for the National Theatre and New Vic, a BAFTA-nominated film short for Channel Four in England, and a full length film, Cheeky (2003), which was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As well as all this, Thewlis also has the dubious distinction of being banned from ever setting foot in China after the Chinese authorities took offense at his co-starring role opposite Brad Pitt in Seven Years in Tibet (1997).

In the mid 2000s, he appeared in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven (2005) opposite Orlando Bloom and with Colin Farrell in The New World (2006). He also had an ongoing role as Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter films.

Moving into the 2010s, he acted in Luc Besson's film The Lady (2012) playing the role of the husband to famous female Burma politician Aung San Suu Kyi. He also nabbed parts in RED 2 (2013) with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, The Zero Theorem (2013) with Christoph Waltz, the Oscar-winning Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything (2014) with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, and Legend (2015), which is a biopic chronicling twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray featuring Tom Hardy.

Most recently, David worked on the series Fargo in 2017 as V.M. Vargas and played a character in Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot.

Always jumping from one interesting character to another, Thewlis says, "I don't think there's any reason to lose my integrity since I can make a perfectly decent, honorable living by keeping it."


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