Harry Melling (actor)

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Harry Melling
Harry Melling.jpg
Melling in July 2011
Born 13 March 1989 (1989-03-13) (age 29)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Relatives Patrick Troughton (grandfather)
David Troughton (uncle)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Jim Troughton (cousin)
Sam Troughton (cousin)

Harry Edward Melling (born 13 March 1989)[1] is an English actor, best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films.

Early life[edit]

Melling was born in London. His maternal grandfather was actor Patrick Troughton, best known for his role as the Second Doctor in Doctor Who. He is also the nephew of actors David Troughton and Michael Troughton, and the first cousin of cricketer Jim Troughton and actor Sam Troughton. Melling attended St Paul's Primary School, Hendon School and Mill Hill School. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


In his early career, Melling starred in stage productions of The Provoked Wife, King John, Antigone, and Plenty. He appeared in five of the Harry Potter films as Harry Potter's spoiled cousin Dudley Dursley. In 2009, he starred in a revival of Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared in an episode of the BBC series Merlin entitled "The Sorcerer's Shadow", playing a young warlock named Gilli who intends to use magic to help him win Camelot's legendary tournament. He also played Robert Brown in the BBC series Just William.

In October 2009, it was announced that Melling had lost so much weight since his last appearance in Harry Potter that he was now "unrecognisable". His role as Dudley Dursley was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but Melling reprised the role by wearing a fat suit. He commented positively about the change, "I can now shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley."[2]



Year Title Role
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Dudley Dursley
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dudley Dursley
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Dudley Dursley
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dudley Dursley
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dudley Dursley
2016 The Lost City of Z William Barclay
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Artist


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Friends and Crocodiles Young Oliver
2010 Merlin Gilli Episode: "The Sorcerer's Shadow"
2010 Just William Robert Brown
2011 Garrow's Law George Pinnock Series 3
2016 The Musketeers Bastien Episode: "Fool's Gold"


Year Title Role Venue
2009 Mother Courage and her Children Swiss Cheese Royal National Theatre
2010 Bedroom, Dens and Other Forms of Magic Theatre 503
2010 Women Beware Women Young Ward Royal National Theatre
2011 The School for Scandal Sir Benjamin Backbite Barbican Centre
2011 When Did You Last See My Mother? Ian Trafalgar Studios
2012 I Am a Camera Christopher Isherwood Southwark Playhouse
2013 Smack Family Robinson Sean Robinson Rose Theatre, Kingston
2013 The Hothouse Lamb Trafalgar Studios
2013 King Lear Fool Minerva Theatre, Chichester
2014 King Lear Fool Brooklyn Academy of Music
2014 Peddling Boy HighTide Festival
2014 The Angry Brigade Morris
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Oxford Playhouse
Warwick Arts Centre
Watford Palace Theatre
2016 Hand to God Jason /Tyrone Vaudeville Theatre, London
2016 King Lear Edgar The Old Vic
2017 Jam Kane Finborough Theatre

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dudley Dursley Voice


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