Edward John Speleers|
7 April 1988
Chichester, Sussex, England
|Notable work||Eragon, Downton Abbey|
Edward John "Ed" Speleers (born 7 April 1988) is an English actor and producer. He is best known for playing the title role in the 2006 film Eragon, as well as starring in Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning TV series Downton Abbey. Speleers also has nominations for awards such as Saturn Award and National Television Awards.
Speleers was born at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex. His parents divorced when he was three. His mother, Gill, lives in Spain; his father, John, is a financial consultant and lives in London. He has two older half brothers. In 2006, he left Eastbourne College to portray Eragon. Before starring in the film Eragon, he had already auditioned for a number of roles, such as Peter Pevensie's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - which he lost to William Moseley. For Eragon, he defeated about 180,000 candidates.
Prior to Eragon, Speleers appeared in school productions, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was 10, Peter Pan, A Streetcar Named Desire, Richard III and Hamlet. While at Eastbourne College, Speleers wrote a play, Retribution, with his friend Rob Curran, which investigated the subjects of child abuse and paedophilia. Speleers also acted in a short film by Charlie Bleakley, called Metropolis.
He then landed the lead role of the 20th Century Fox screen version of Eragon in 2006. In 2008, he appeared in the British prime time series Echo Beach as Jimmy Penwarden. In 2010, Speleers played the role of Jason Grint in the made-for-television fantasy-adventure film based on witchcraft in a medieval feudal time period.
In mid 2010, Speleers was cast as one of the lead roles in British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die directed by Julian Gilbey, a feature film, starring Melissa George, Sean Harris and Eamonn Walker, released in September 2011 in Britain. He has starred in few short films Deathless as John Ray, The Ride as Student and Turncoat as Nathan Reece.
In 2012, Speleers was part of the comedy horror film Love Bite, in the lead role of Jamie, with Jessica Szohr and Timothy Spall. This production, was well regarded by the critics as to the cast, production and screenplay. He was also cast in the film A Dead Man in Deptford, based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess, and in the worldwide hit and Golden Globe award winning series Downton Abbey, in which he played the regular role of Jimmy Kent.
He starred as Sam in the film Plastic, written and directed by Julian Gilbey for Gateway Films. Production was shot in Britain, Miami and Brunei from January 2013. The film was largely panned by critics. On 12 March 2014 it was reported that Speleers was among five actors being considered for a lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the role has been never confirmed.
In 2015, Speleers had a small role in the historical drama mini-series Wolf Hall as Edward Seymour, brother of Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour. He also played a leading role in the direct to DVD werewolf horror film Howl, as a young and unsatisfied train conductor. His character, Joe, is overseeing the last London train on a dark and stormy night when the train is overtaken by a werewolf attack. He guest starred in BBC One 6-part mini-series Partners in Crime, an adaptation of two of Agatha Christie's novels about a crime-solving married couple, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Speleers appeared in three episodes based on the story N or M?, in the role of Carl Denim. He played the role of Greg in the British drama film Remainder directed by Omer Fast.
In 2016, he played the role of Slean in the British epic fantasy drama television series from ITV, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. He had a supporting role in the fantasy adventure film Alice Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin. The following year starred in the biopic novel Breathe, with Andrew Garfield.
In late 2017, Ed Speleers and fellow Downton Abbey guest star, Maria Doyle Kennedy, were confirmed to appear in season four of the British-American drama series Outlander. Speleers is set to play Irish smuggler and pirate Stephen Bonnet. The series is written by Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) based on Gabaldon's fourth book in the Outlander series, Drums of Autumn, which will continue the romantic storyline between the characters Claire and Jamie.
In February 2018, the British portal Screen Daily, confirmed a production of the film Zoo. Starring Speleers and produced by Alexander Brondsted, Zoo is a dark comedy-horror film about a couple in crisis attempting to reconcile during a zombie pandemic. On August 21, 2018, Speleers premiered the play Rain Man, living the ambitious character, Charlie Babbitt. The piece is based on the film of the same name, produced by MGM, and gave Speleers a tour of the United Kingdom.
Speleers lives in London, England. He is married to Asia Macey and has one child with her, born in January 2015. In May 2018, the British portal Daily Mail confirmed that the couple would be expecting their second baby.
|2011||A Lonely Place to Die||Ed||Julian Gilbey|
|2012||Love Bite||Jamie||Andy De Emmony|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||James Harcourt||James Bobin|
|2017||Breathe||Colin Campbell||Andy Serkis|
|2018||The Revenger: An Unromantic Comedy||Johnny||Mark Murphy||In Post-production|
|The House That Jack Built||Police Officer||Lars von Trier|
|2018||Zoo||John||Antonio Tublen||In Post-production|
|2010||Deathless||John Ray||Aimee Powell|
|2011||The Ride||Student||Marion Pilowsky|
|2012||Metamorphosis: Titian 2012||Acteon||Luke White|
|2013||Turncoat||Nathan Reece||Will Gilbey|
|2008||Moving Wallpaper||Ed Speleers||4 episodes|
|Moving Wallpaper: The Mole||1 episode|
|Echo Beach||Jimmy Penwarden||12 episodes|
|2009||Jirō Shirasu: Man of Honour||Robin Cecil Byng||1 episode|
|2010||Witchville||Jason Grint||TV film|
|2012-2014||Downton Abbey||James Kent||17 episodes|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset||4 episodes|
|Agatha Christie's: Partners in Crime||Carl Denham||3 episodes|
|2016||Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands||Slean||12 episodes|
|2018||Outlander||Stephen Bonnet||season 4|
|2018||Rain Man||Charlie Babbitt||The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company|
|2016||Battlefield 1||Daniel Edwards|
Awards and Nominations
|2007||Saturn Award||Best Young Actor||Eragon||Indicated|
|2012||Golden Globe||Best Miniseries or TV-Movie||Downton Abbey||Winner|
|2014||Emmy Award||Best Comedy Series Cast||Downton Abbey||Winner|
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