Duane Henry

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Duane Henry
Duane Henry at Miramar.jpg
Henry, during an NCIS USO tour at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, 2017
Born
Duane Henry

(1985-03-18) March 18, 1985 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor
Years active2004–present
Known forClayton Reeves (NCIS)

Duane Henry (born March 18, 1985) is an English actor. Henry is most notable for his work on NCIS, Doctors, Doctor Who, and W.E. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Duane Henry was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.[1] He grew up in a working class home in Handsworth, West Midlands. As a child, Henry attended St. Francis Catholic Primary School in Birmingham, and St. John Wall School in Handsworth,[1] eventually studying drama at Dudley College.[2] When he was 17, Henry moved to London to explore a career in the entertainment industry.[1]

Career[edit]

Henry first began acting in 2004, a year after moving to London on November 27, 2003.[3] His first acting role was alongside Samantha Janus on The Afternoon Play, a British television anthology series.[1] From 2004 to 2011, Henry made a variety of guest appearances on popular British television dramas, including Doctor Who, The Bill, and The Cut, earning him a nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Screen National Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2010.[4]

From 2005 to 2013, Henry played five roles on the British medical soap opera Doctors, originally set in Birmingham. He played Gareth Broadhurst, a former soldier with PTSD in a three-part special of the show released in 2013 entitled Doctors: War Zone.[5] Henry attributes his success on Doctors to the fact that he is a native of Birmingham and is therefore automatically considered for roles on the show. Then, in 2011, Henry played a security guard in Madonna’s historical romance drama W.E.[6]

Henry moved from London to Los Angeles in November 2013.[1][7] Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Henry spent a year perfecting his American accent in order to expand his range as an actor. He auditioned for many roles, including a role on Jennifer Lopez's Shades of Blue, where Barry Levinson of Rain Man was also present.[1]

Henry first joined the NCIS cast as MI6 agent Clayton Reeves in May 2016 for the 23rd and 24th episodes of the show’s 13th season. Henry was given an option to return for the following season.[7] In July 2016, it was confirmed that Henry’s character would be featured as a regular on the show beginning in the 14th season, which aired on September 20, 2016. According to Henry, the character of Clayton Reeves did not originally have roots in Birmingham, but he incorporated his upbringing into his character’s backstory. Henry left NCIS in the 22nd episode of the 15th season titled "Two Steps Back" in which Reeves is killed off.[8] Henry explained that neither he nor the producers were sure of what direction to take the character of Reeves after the death of his creator and NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg on September 28, 2016, so the decision was made to write the character out of the show at the end of season 15.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Henry was homeless for a period in his lifetime, and has connected his difficult upbringing in Birmingham to his success as an actor. His mother was a 16 year-old single parent. He eventually moved in with his aunt and held various jobs including selling shoes on Oxford Street, and in a theatre in Leicester Square, where he "was sacked for daydreaming and practicing his autograph."[1] Henry did not know his father. He stated that growing up they were hit with reality, and where he grew up showed him where he does and does not want to be in life; it made him work much harder to achieve his goals.[3]

Henry has stated that if he were not an actor, he would still be involved in the arts, perhaps teaching drama to younger generations, or as a talent scout. When asked about his inspiration as an actor, Henry replied that he reviews the struggles of people in his social circles “from A-Z” and then sees them still on their feet and smiling and draws inspiration from them to “keep on going”.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 The Road to Guantánamo Guard #1 Documentary film directed and written by Michael Winterbottom [10]
2008 The Oxford Murders Policeman 1
[11][12]
Flick Mark Jackson Campy British horror film written and directed by David Howard [13]
2011 London Boulevard Nation of Islam Guy
[14][15]
Ghosted Jason Drama film written and directed by Craig Viveiros [16]
W.E. Dwayne / Security Guard Historical romantic drama film co-written and directed by Madonna [17]
2012 The Dark Knight Rises SWAT in Dive Bar Superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and the story with David S. Goyer [18]
Comedown Colin "Col" Urban horror film directed by Menhaj Huda and written by Steven Kendall [19]
A Scholarship Michael Short drama film written and directed by Guy Walker
12 James Short drama film written and directed by Aml Ameen
Blasted Vernon Short historical drama film written and directed by Elsa O'Toole
2014 Montana Junior Action film directed by Mo Ali [20]
2016 Oysters Have Feelings Too Daniel Short animated film produced, written, and directed by Tallulah Sheffield

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2005 The Afternoon Play Ryan Episode: "The Hitch" (S 3:Ep 1)
Doctors Alex Episode: "Sleepless Nights " (S 6:Ep 145)
7/7: Attack on London Jermaine Lindsey
[21] 2005-09 Dublate Drama DJ Drama UK Drama based on the grime scene.
2006 Jericho Roy Marlowe Episode: "The First Seventeen Hours" (S 1:Ep 1–Pilot)
Dream Team 80's Kevin Nelson Mini-series directed by Rob MacGillivray
2007 Desperados Jake Malone Recurring
Nearly Famous Lee
Blue Murder Aaron Mathews Episode: "Desperate Measures" (S 4:Ep 2)
2008 West 10 LDN Orin
  • Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Menhaj Huda
  • Based on Society Within, a book of short stories, written by Courttia Newland
[22]
Doctors Jack Shaw Episode: "And the Winner Is..." (S 10:Ep 9)
Doctor Who Mechanic Claude Episode: "Midnight" (S4:Ep 10)
Bonekickers Anthony
Coming Up Totes Episode: "Kings of London" (S 6:Ep 4)
2009 The Philanthropist Officer Bradley Episode: "San Diego" (S 1:Ep 6)
The Bill Tyson Archer Episodes:
Doctors Tony Filton Episode: "Love All" (S 11:Ep 135)
2010 The Cut Rory Andrews Recurring
2011 Law & Order: UK Marty Flynn Episode: "Denial" (S 4:Ep 2)
Doctors Steve Day Episode: "Glad Rags" (S 13:Ep 62)
2012 Casualty Tommy Downs Episode: "When the Gloves Come Off" (S 26:Ep 30)
2013 Doctors Gareth Broadhurst Recurring
2015 Paradise Pictures Aldo Boyd
[23]
2016 Cruel Intentions Sullivan
[24]
2016–18 NCIS Clayton Reeves Main: seasons 14–15; guest: season 13 [8]
2018 A Gingerbread Romance Adam Hallmark movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Laws, Roz (31 May 2016). "How Brummie Duane Henry landed a role in NCIS". Birmingham Mail. Birmingham: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ Cohn, Paulette (1 August 2017). "NCIS Star Duane Henry on Growing Up Poor, His Special Mom, and Moving to Hollywood". Parade. United States: Athlon Media Group. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c First Mag TV (2014-02-01), Duane Henry interview for First Magazine, retrieved 2016-12-01
  4. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2016-04-04). "'NCIS' Casts British Actor Duane Henry as Possible Series Regular". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  5. ^ "Duane Henry". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  6. ^ "Duane Henry". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (4 April 2016). "'NCIS': Duane Henry Joins CBS Series". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b Hein, Michael (8 May 2018). "'NCIS': Pauley Perrette Sends Farewell Message to Duane Henry After Emotional Exits". Pop Culture. United States: Entertainment Tonight and TV Guide Network. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ Venable, Nick (9 May 2018). "Why NCIS Really Killed Off That Main Character In Abby's Final Episode". CinemaBlend. United States: CinemaBlend. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  10. ^ "The Road to Guantánamo". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  11. ^ "The Oxford Murders". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  12. ^ Martínez, Guillermo (2006). The Oxford Murders (Reprint ed.). Westminster, London: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0143037965.
  13. ^ "Flick". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  14. ^ "London Boulevard". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  15. ^ Bruen, Ken (2009) [2001]. London Boulevard (Reprint ed.). New York City: Minotaur Books. ISBN 0312561687.
  16. ^ "Ghosted". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  17. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (9 December 2011). "Madonna directs 'W.E.,' which clumsily contrives parallel stories about Wallis Simpson and a modern Manhattanite named Wally". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tronc, Imc. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  18. ^ "The Dark Knight Rises". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Comedown". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Montana". Turner Classic Movies. United States: Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  21. ^ BBC News Staff (6 July 2015). "7/7 London bombings: What happened on 7 July 2005?". BBC News. London: BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  22. ^ Newland, Courttia (2000). Society Within. London: Abacus Publishing. ISBN 978-0349111803.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (17 July 2015). "Denyse Tontz & Duane Henry Board USA's 'Paradise Pictures' Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  24. ^ McLennan, Cindy (14 May 2016). "Cruel Intentions: NBC May Still Order Series". TV Series Finale. United States. Retrieved 14 May 2014.

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