|Born||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 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.
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.
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.
In 2012, Speleers was part of the comedy horror film Love Bite, in the lead role of Jamie, with Jessica Szohr and Timothy Spall. 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 Golden Globe award winning series Downton Abbey, where he played the regular role of Jimmy Kent.
|Deathless (short)||John Ray||Aimee Powell|
|2011||A Lonely Place to Die||Ed||Julian Gilbey|
|The Ride (short)||Student||Marion Pilowsky|
|2012||Love Bite||Jamie||Andy De Emmony|
|Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 (short)||Acteon||Luke White|
|2013||Turncoat (short)||Nathan Reece||Will Gilbey|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||James Harcourt||James Bobin|
|2008||Moving Wallpaper||Ed Speleers (Desacreditado)||TV series|
|Moving Wallpaper: The Mole||Ed Speleers (Desacreditado)||TV Short|
|Echo Beach||Jimmy Penwarden||TV series|
|2009||Shirasu Jiro||Robin Cecil Byng||TV series|
|2010||Witchville||Jason Grint||TV film|
|Downton Abbey||Jimmy Kent||TV series
|2015||Wolf Hall||Edward Seymour||TV miniseries|
|Agatha Christie's: Partners in Crime||Carl Denham||TV series
(3 episodes of N or M)
|2016||Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands||Slean||TV series|
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