Frank Dillane

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Frank Dillane
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Frank Stephenson Dillane

(1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 27)
London, England
Years active1997–present
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

Frank Stephenson Dillane (born 21 April 1991)[1] is an English actor, best known for his portrayal of Nick Clark on Fear the Walking Dead (2015–2018), and for playing Tom Riddle in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He also appeared as Owen Coffin in the film In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

Childhood and early roles[edit]

Dillane was born in London, England. He spent part of his childhood in Brixton, before moving to East Sussex, where he grew up in a creative environment. His mother, Naomi Wirthner, is Afro-Jamaican. Wirthner manages a theatre company called The Barebones Project.[2] His father, Stephen Dillane, is an actor who has starred in numerous movies and TV series (e.g., Game of Thrones and The Tunnel),[3] and was awarded a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor on Television in 2009. Dillane made his film debut at his side as an extra in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) when he was six. He became more widely known when he portrayed Tom Riddle (a teenage Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).[4]

After passing his A-level examinations, Dillane was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art[5] (RADA) and graduated in 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. In spite of the school rules specifying that actors are not permitted to accept professional acting work for the duration of the course, Dillane was allowed to play James Papadopoulos in the independent movie Papadopoulos & Sons (directed by Marcus Markou), since it was filmed during summer holidays in 2011.[6] After Dillane was cast, his father decided to rearrange his own filming schedule to play Harry Papadopoulos (James' dad) at his side. Stephen Dillane declared it was rare to have the opportunity "to work with your children after they left home".[7]

Acting career[edit]

Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis and Frank Dillane speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Fear the Walking Dead", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Since graduating from RADA, Dillane has participated in several projects. In July 2013, he played in Candida at Theatre Royal, Bath, directed by Simon Godwin.[8] Also in 2013, Dillane portrayed Owen Coffin in In the Heart of the Sea. This adventure-drama film directed Ron Howard is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's non-fiction book of the same name, about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired the novel Moby-Dick.

In 2014, Dillane filmed the role of Keyes in Viena and the Fantomes directed by Gerardo Naranjo, in which he starred alongside Dakota Fanning[9] Dillane appeared as Shugs in the Netflix 2015 series Sense8, directed by The Wachowskis.[10]

Dillane was also been cast in an adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy's best-selling novel Maestro, to be directed by Catherine Jarvis.[11] Dillane is described by the production company Bow Street Films as having an "amazing talent and screen presence".[12] Dillane portrayed Nick Clark in the horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead, from its debut in 2015 until the fourth season.[13] He will appear alongside Beanie Feldstein and Alfie Allen in How to Build a Girl, directed by Coky Giedroyc.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Christopher Henderson
2009 Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Tom Riddle (16 years old)
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons James Papadopoulos
2015 In The Heart of the Sea Owen Coffin
2018 Viena and the Fantomes Keyes Completed
Astral Alex Harmann Completed
2019 How to Build a Girl Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Sense8 Shugs 3 episodes
2015–2018 Fear the Walking Dead Nick Clark 40 episodes
2016 Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 Episode: "Part 16"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016 42nd Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
Fear the Walking Dead


  1. ^ Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (28 August 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ Hackney Citizen (29 July 2011). "African Gothic". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy for 'The Bridge' remake". Digital Spy. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Life after Harry Potter: Where are the graduates of Hogwarts now?". The Independent. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  5. ^ Graduates 2013 – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  6. ^ Cineuropa (12 November 2012). "Papadopoulos & Sons: A Greek tragedy in the UK". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ Interview of Stephen Dillane – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Candida – Review". The Guardian. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  9. ^ (5 February 2014). "Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Frank Dillane Join Dakota Fanning in Gerardo Naranjo Punk Pic". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Biography".
  11. ^ "Bow Films Taps Frank Dillane To Topline Jarvis' 'Maestro'". Variety. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  12. ^ The Hollywood (8 February 2014). "Berlin: 'Harry Potter' Actor to Star in 'Maestro'". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  13. ^ Robert Kirkman Talks Walking Dead Companion Series
  14. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 16, 2018). "Beanie Feldstein Comedy 'How To Build A Girl' Adds Cast, Lionsgate With Shoot Under Way". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 16, 2018.

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