Matthew Lewis (actor)

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Matthew Lewis
Matthew Lewis in June 2011.jpg
Lewis at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Born (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 25)
Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 – present
Website
www.matthewlewis.tv

Matthew David "Matt" Lewis (born 27 June 1989) is an English film, television and stage actor, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and Jamie Bradley in The Syndicate.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was born in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, the son of Lynda (née Needham) and Adrian Lewis.[1] He has two brothers, Chris Lewis and actor Anthony Lewis.[1][2] He attended St. Mary's Menston.[3] Lewis is an avid fan of rugby league team Leeds Rhinos in the Super League[4] and of football team Leeds United.[5] He is a vice-president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity.[6] In an interview with WBEZ, Lewis stated his association with the number 11 and how it has appeared multiple times throughout his life, such as being 11 years old when obtaining the role for Harry Potter, which has inspired him to obtain a tattoo of the number 11 on his right arm and to have myriad clothing with the number 11 on it.[7]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

He has been acting since he was five years old.[7] He started off with minor parts in television programmes, debuting in Some Kind of Life.

Harry Potter[edit]

Lewis in 2003

He then went on to try out for the part of Neville Longbottom. He has portrayed Neville Longbottom in the eight Harry Potter films.[8] During the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix Lestrange, accidentally ruptured Lewis's eardrum when she stuck her wand in his ear.[9] The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, gave a speech during the final, world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on 7 July 2011 in London, England. She stated that there were seven major cast members in the series, whom she referred to as The Big Seven, and she named Lewis as one of the seven members, along with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, and Bonnie Wright.[10]

Further career[edit]

Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Lewis played the reporter in the independent film The Sweet Shop.[11] Lewis played the character Jamie Bradley in a five-part TV series called The Syndicate written by Kay Mellor, which was broadcast on BBC One in spring 2012.[12][13]

In July 2012, Lewis appeared in a music video called Filth by A Band of Buriers, Matthew co-starred with actress Lily Loveless, and portrayed boyfriend and girlfriend in the music video.[14] Lewis played the role of Dodd in the 2012 film Wasteland (known in the UK as The Rise), written and directed by Rowan Athale.[15] The filmed was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday, 28 April 2013 and Monday, 29 April 2013.[16]

It was announced in October 2013 that Lewis had joined the series 2 cast of BBC Three comedy drama Bluestone 42. He plays Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House, an ammunition technician – replacing outgoing character "Millsy" played by Gary Carr.

Stage career[edit]

In 2011, Lewis played Lester Cole in his stage debut in Agatha Christie's Verdict touring stage production.[17][18]

In June 2012, Lewis was confirmed to play Mick in the West End stage new production of Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis. The role marked Lewis's West End debut. He starred in the play alongside Cian Barry, Arthur Darvill and Laurence Fox. The play started its previews on 26 September 2012, and played regularly from 3 October 2012 until 15 December 2012 at the Duchess Theatre, London.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Some Kind of Life Johnathan Taylor
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Davy Plessey Episode: "An Advancement of Learning"
1997 Where the Heart Is Billy Bevan Episode: "Things Fall Apart"
1999 Heartbeat Alan Quigley Episode: "Hollywood or Bust"
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Neville Longbottom
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006 The Queen's Handbag
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Video Game
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Video Game
Agatha Christie's Verdict Lester Cole Stage, Tour Production
2012 The Syndicate Jamie Bradley TV Series (Series 1, 5 Episodes)
The Night of the Loving Dead Nigel Short-Film, Voice Character
Our Boys Mick West End, Stage Production
Filth by A Band of Buriers Boyfriend Music Video
2013 Wasteland Dodd The film is also known as The Rise.
The Sweet Shop The Reporter Post-Production
2014 Bluestone 42 Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House TV Series (Series 2)

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2012 it was announced that Lewis was to receive an honorary Master of Arts degree from Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to the arts and charity work on 24 July 2012.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Charnley, Jane (1 June 2004). "Harry Potter and the boy who wouldn't give up". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Matthew Lewis.com
  3. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Harry Potter star goes back to school
  4. ^ "Harry Potter star hoping Rhinos will be magical". Super League. 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leeds fan dreams of Cup final glory". matthew-lewis.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Leeds Rugby Foundation website list of Vice presidents
  7. ^ a b Justin Kaufmann (15 July 2011). "Wikipedia Files: Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)". WBEZ. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Steph. "Interview with the Gryffindors". Veritaserum. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Steve Daly (13 July 2007). "Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  10. ^ J.K. Rowling's Emotional Speech at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Matthew Lewis talks Verdict, confirms new Deathly Hallows: II battle scene". SnitchSeeker.com. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  12. ^ BBC lstest news on The Syndicate
  13. ^ Lewis first set footage on The Syndicate
  14. ^ Potter Matthew Lewis Skins Lily Loveless in Music Video, DigitalSpy, Retrieved 6 July 2012
  15. ^ First promo synopsis of Matthew Lewis in Wasteland
  16. ^ ”Wasteland Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings”
  17. ^ Sarah Freeman (13 April 2011). "Learning how to earn a living after Harry Potter ends". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  18. ^ Laura Davis (29 March 2011). "Susan Penhaligon leads all-star cast for Agatha Christie's Verdict at New Brighton Floral Pavilion". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  19. ^ Matthew Lewis to star in Our Boys West End Play, SnitchSeeker.com
  20. ^ Matthew Lewis to receive honorary master of arts degree from Leeds Metropolitan University SnitchSeeker.com

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