Harry Melling (actor)
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|Born||Harry Edward Melling
17 March 1989
Mill Hill School
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Relatives||Patrick Troughton (grandfather)
David Troughton (uncle)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Jim Troughton (cousin)
Sam Troughton (cousin)
Melling attended Hendon School and then Mill Hill School. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and starred in productions such as The Provoked Wife, King John, Antigone, Plenty and Sisterhood.
Melling appeared in five of the Harry Potter films as Harry Potter's bullying and spoiled cousin Dudley Dursley. In 2009, Melling made his stage debut in a revival of Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared in an episode of the BBC series Merlin entitled "The Sorcerer's Shadow", playing a young warlock named Gilli who intends to use magic to help him win Camelot's legendary tournament. Melling also played Robert Brown in the BBC series Just William.
In October 2009, it was announced that Melling had lost so much weight since his last appearance in Harry Potter that he was now "unrecognisable". His role as Dudley Dursley was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but Melling reprised the role by wearing a fat suit. He commented positively about the change: "I can now shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley."
Melling comes from an athletic and theatrical family: he is the grandson of Patrick Troughton (through his daughter Joanna), best known as the Second Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who, thus nephew of distinguished siblings David Troughton and Michael Troughton, and the first cousin of cricketer Jim Troughton and actor Sam Troughton.
|2005||Friends and Crocodiles||Young Oliver|
|2010||Merlin||Gilli||Series 3, Episode 11: "The Sorcerer's Shadow"|
|2011||Garrow's Law||George Pinnock||Series 3|
|2009||Mother Courage and her Children||Swiss Cheese||Royal National Theatre|
|2010||Bedroom, Dens and Other Forms of Magic||Theatre 503|
|2010||Women Beware Women||Young Ward||Royal National Theatre|
|2011||The School for Scandal||Sir Benjamin Backbite||Barbican Centre|
|2011||When Did You Last See My Mother?||Ian||Trafalgar Studios|
|2012||I Am a Camera||Christopher Isherwood||Southwark Playhouse|
|2013||Smack Family Robinson||Sean Robinson||Rose Theatre, Kingston|
|2013||The Hothouse||Lamb||Trafalgar Studios|
|2014||King Lear||Fool||Brooklyn Academy of Music|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Dudley Dursley||Voice only|