Johnny Harris (actor)

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Johnny Harris
Born (1973-11-03) November 3, 1973 (age 41)
Lambeth, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Johnny Harris (born 1973) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in feature films including Snow White and the Huntsman, Welcome to the Punch, Dorian Gray and the highly acclaimed London to Brighton.

He received both Bafta and Royal Television Society Award nominations for his performance in Shane Meadows cult television series This Is England '86 and This Is England '88 and also starred in Jack Thorne's BAFTA Award winning TV show The Fades.

He is currently appearing in Fortitude, the new 12 part drama for Sky Atlantic/Pivot and will return to our cinema screens in May 2015 with a starring role in the feature film Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards hit film Monsters.


Johnny Harris was born in Lambeth, London.

Early career[edit]

Harris started his career on the stage in London's fringe theatre scene, playing Ben in En Vacances by Trevor Maynard at the White Bear, Kennington, in 1999,[1] before bursting onto our cinema screens with a leading role in the feature film London to Brighton. Despite being made on a tiny budget, the film went on to be voted into Time Out magazine's '100 Greatest British Movies Of All Time' and is now widely regarded as a cult classic with noteworthy actors and directors regarding Johnny's performance as "outstanding" and "astonishing."

In an interview in The Independent on Sunday at the time of the film's release, celebrated British director Shane Meadows said of Harris' performance in the film: "It's an incredibly bold and massively powerful performance, the best I've seen on celluloid for a long time."

Recent work[edit]

Four years later, Harris’ breakthrough role came when Meadows cast him in This Is England '86 and his portrayal of Lol's abusive father in the show saw him receive both BAFTA and The Royal Television Society Award nominations for his performance. The following year he reprised the chilling role of Mick in This Is England '88 with the show winning the BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Mini-Series’.

Johnny continued his run of award-winning projects with a leading role in the hit BBC drama The Fades, clinching the BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Drama Series’.

In 2012 he was back in cinemas in Universal Pictures smash hit film Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. He played one of the eight dwarves alongside the late Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Brian Gleeson.

Another feature film soon followed and Harris was seen in the brilliant Welcome to the Punch with James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Peter Mullan and Andrea Riseborough which went on international release in 2013.

Nev Pierce, Editor of Empire Magazine, has described Johnny as "An heir to Oldman, in terms of being able to be both sensitive and scary, indelible and real.”

The Independent described Harris as “One of Britain’s finest actors”.

Johnny is starring in the new "Sky Atlantic"/"Pivot" 12 part drama Fortitude alongside Sir Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, and Christopher Eccleston. The show was shot on location in Iceland and London and is due to air exclusively on both sides of the atlantic in January 2015.

In February 2015, we'll see Johnny in his first starring role in a feature film in the eagerly anticipated, "Monsters: Dark Continent". He is to play U.S. Platoon Sergeant ‘Noah Frater’ in the follow-up to Monsters, Gareth Edwards international hit film of 2010.


Select TV work[edit]


  1. ^ Time Out Aug 18-25 1999>

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