Harry Melling (actor)

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Harry Melling
Harry Melling Venice (cropped).jpg
Melling during the 2018 Venice Film Festival
Born
Harry Edward Melling

London, England
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
Known forDudley Dursley in Harry Potter
RelativesPatrick Troughton (grandfather)
David Troughton (uncle)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Sam Troughton (cousin)
Jim Troughton (cousin)
William Troughton (cousin)

Harry Edward Melling is an English actor. He is best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and Harry Beltik in The Queen's Gambit.

Career[edit]

In his early career, Melling performed 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 "The Sorcerer's Shadow", an episode of the BBC television series Merlin, 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 television 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". The role of Dudley was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but Melling was able to reprise the part 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."[1]

In 2014, Melling made his playwrighting debut at HighTide Festival with his one-man show Peddling.[2]

In 2018, Melling played alongside Liam Neeson in the Coen brothers' Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Of Melling's performance, New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane wrote:

[I] came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds--above all, by the recitations of the limbless man, which thrum with genuine yearning. He is beautifully played, with a little help from C.G.I., by Harry Melling, who was once the odious Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. Funny how people grow up.[3]

In 2020, Melling played Evangelical priest Roy Laferty in the Netflix thriller The Devil All The Time. That same year, he appeared in the Netflix series drama The Queen's Gambit in which he plays Harry Beltik, a friend and one of Beth's competitors in Kentucky.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Dudley Dursley
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2016 The Lost City of Z William Barclay
2017 The Current War Benjamin Vale
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Harrison Segment: "Meal Ticket"
The Keeper Sergeant Smythe
2019 Waiting for the Barbarians Garrison Soldier 4
2020 The Old Guard Steven Merrick
Say Your Prayers Tim
The Devil All the Time Roy Laferty
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Malcolm Post-production
2022 Please Baby Please Arthur Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Friends and Crocodiles Young Oliver TV movie
2010 Merlin Gilli Episode: "The Sorcerer's Shadow"
2010 Just William Robert Brown 4 episodes
2011 Garrow's Law George Pinnock 3 episodes
2016 The Musketeers Bastien Episode: "Fool's Gold"
2019 The War of the Worlds Artilleryman 2 episodes
2019 His Dark Materials Sysselman Episode: "Armour"
2020 The Queen's Gambit Harry Beltik 4 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2009 Mother Courage and her Children Swiss Cheese Royal National Theatre
2010 Bedroom, Dens and Other Forms of Magic Theatre503
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
Commander
Prophet
Snitch
Manager
Jim
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (6 October 2009). "Harry Potter star: My life after Dudley Dursley". The Telegraph.
  2. ^ Collins-Hughes, Laura (2 May 2014). "A Lost Boy, Trying to Find His Way". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  3. ^ Lane, Anthony (19 November 2018). "The Fractious, Frustrating Thrills of 'Widows' [Desperate Measures]". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 November 2018..

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