Bill Milner

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Bill Milner
Born William Henry Milner[1]
(1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 20)
Teddington, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England, UK[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

William Henry "Bill" Milner (born 4 March 1995) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Will Proudfoot in Son of Rambow, Edward in Is Anybody There? and the young Magneto in X-Men: First Class.

Life and career[edit]

Milner was born in England. He lives with his family in Hampton, London,[2] and attended Teddington School.[3]

Milner got his start in the Hammer & Tongs film Son of Rambow which was released in 2008. He has since appeared in the made-for-TV films Who Killed Mrs De Ropp? and My Boy Jack. He also appeared in the film adaptation of the David Almond book Skellig which was released in the UK in 2009. In 2009 he starred alongside Michael Caine in the film Is Anybody There?, and also took on the role of Ian Dury's son Baxter in the biopic, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll which was released in the UK on the 8 January 2010.[4] He played the role of young Magneto in X-Men: First Class.[5]

"It was very easy working with Bill because I don't regard him as a child actor. I regard him as an actor who's a child. The difference is you feel absolute confidence in him. You don't feel he's a child. You can depend on him. He's quite extraordinary. Of course, he'd never been in the theatre. He'd only been in an amateur dramatic society. So he didn't have any theatrical baggage to get rid of. He's a natural little boy.... He was absolutely essential." – Michael Caine on Milner's performance in Is Anybody There?, Boston Globe, 3 May 2009.[6]

Bill has said he is working on his debut mixtape which includes features from Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Libby, and 2 Chainz.

In 2013, he plays a school boy in the video of Mind Mischief, by Tame Impala.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Son of Rambow Will Proudfoot Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performers (shared with Will Poulter)
Who Killed Mrs De Ropp? Nicholas TV film
My Boy Jack Peter Carter TV film
2008 Pop Art[7] Toby Warner short film
Is Anybody There? Edward Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
2009 Skellig Michael
Mixtape[8] Ben Short Film
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Baxter Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Disco Danny Short Film
2011 X-Men: First Class Young Erik Lensherr / Magneto
2012 I, Anna Theo
The Secret of Crickley Hall Maurice Stafford TV series
Broken Jed
2014 Locke Sean (voice)
The 7.39 Adam Matthews TV film

Awards[edit]

2008 British Independent Film Awards
Most Promising Newcomer for Son of Rambow — Nominated
2009 Young Artist Award
Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performers for Son of Rambow — Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FindMyPast.co.uk
  2. ^ Williams, Sally (22 March 2008). "Son of Rambow: ready for action". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Weeks, Richard (27 April 2009). "Keeping Cool". 
  4. ^ Maher, Kevin (4 December 2009). "Andy Serkis brings Ian Dury back to life". The Times. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (17 August 2010). "January Jones joins 'X-Men'". Variety. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Feeney, Mark (3 May 2009). "What's it all about, Michael Caine?". Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Boyle, Amanda (12 May 2009). "Pop Art". BBC. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Snellin, Luke (23 June 2009). "Mixtape". 

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