Henry Cavill

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Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill
(1983-05-05) 5 May 1983 (age 32)[1]
Jersey, Channel Islands
Residence Kensington, London
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Education St. Michael's Preparatory School
Stowe School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill /ˈkævəl/ (born 5 May 1983) is an English actor. Cavill began his acting career starring as Albert Mondego in the 2002 film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He would later star in minor and supporting roles in television shows such as BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and The Tudors before transitioning to more mainstream Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde, Stardust and Immortals.

In 2008, Cavill became the face and official spokesperson of the Dunhill fragrance collection for men campaign. He was also cast in the main ensemble of the 2007 Showtime series The Tudors, starring as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk until the series' end in 2010. Cavill would gain further prominence and international fame playing the titular superhero Superman in the 2013 reboot film Man of Steel, which became a commercial success and the highest-grossing Superman film of all time, a role that he will reprise in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League Parts One and Two.[2] In 2015, he co-starred with Armie Hammer in the spy film The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Early life[edit]

Stowe School

Cavill was born the fourth of five boys[3] on the Bailiwick of Jersey in the Channel Islands[4] His mother, Marianne, was a secretary in a bank, and his father, Colin, a stockbroker.[5] He was educated at St. Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School near Buckingham, north Buckinghamshire, England.[6]


Cavill began his film career with a role in Laguna (2001) and the following year in Kevin Reynolds' 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He continued with appearances in BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002), the television film Goodbye Mr. Chips (2002) and the television series Midsomer Murders (2003). In 2003, he had a supporting role in I Capture the Castle, followed by Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Red Riding Hood (2006) and Tristan & Isolde (2006). He had a minor role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Stardust (2007).

From 2007 to 2010, Cavill had a leading role in Showtime's television series, The Tudors, as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The series was well-received: it was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy in 2008. Cavill gave the show credit for bolstering his career: "It's done the most for me to date. [...] Now that there's an audience somewhere in America that's aware of who I am, I have more sell-ability, because of The Tudors."[7] Entertainment Weekly named him the "Most Dashing Duke" and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying "charm, depth and a killer bod".[8]

Cavill had been set to play Superman in McG's 2004 film, Superman: Flyby. However, McG pulled out of the project and direction was taken over by director Bryan Singer, who recast Brandon Routh as the lead in Superman Returns.[9][10] Cavill was also the cause of a write-in effort from fans to see him cast as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).[11] The role eventually went to Robert Pattinson. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was outspokenly in favour of Cavill playing the character of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film,[12] calling him her "perfect Edward".[13] However, by the time production of the film began, Cavill was too old to play the character,[13][14] and again the role went to Pattinson.

In 2005, Cavill was a final choice for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale.[15] The producers and director Martin Campbell were torn between him and Daniel Craig; reportedly Campbell supported Cavill but the producers preferred an older Bond.[9][16] Craig ultimately landed the role. Despite reports that he was a contender for Batman in Batman Begins, Cavill confirmed that he never auditioned for nor was offered the role.[9][15]

Cavill in 2009 during Whatever Works premiere

In early 2008, Cavill became the face of Dunhill fragrances.[17] The television ad featured a suited-up Cavill walking through the Union Jack, before mounting a helicopter.[18] A second television ad featured Cavill driving a car through a deserted London at night, and meeting with a young woman.[19] He starred in director Joel Schumacher's horror film, Blood Creek (2008), and in 2009, he had a minor role in Woody Allen's comedy film, Whatever Works.[20]

Cavill played the lead role of Theseus in Tarsem Singh's mythological, big-budget special effects film, Immortals, released 11 November 2011.[21] In 2012, Cavill starred, alongside Bruce Willis, in The Cold Light of Day.

On 30 January 2011, it was announced that Cavill had been cast in the role of Clark Kent/Superman in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.[22] Snyder called Cavill "the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."[23][24] Entertainment media applauded Henry Cavill on his road to success.[25][26] On being chosen for the role, Cavill commented, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen."[27] Cavill will reprise the role of Superman in a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a 2016 sequel which will feature a crossover with Batman[28] and Wonder Woman.[29][30]

Cavill has expressed interest in taking over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig gives it up.[31] He co-starred with Armie Hammer in the film version of spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., after Tom Cruise had to drop out to work on the fifth Mission: Impossible film.[32][33][34]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Cavill began dating English equestrian rider Ellen Whitaker after they had met at the Olympia London International Horse Show. They became engaged in May 2011. In May 2012, the pair ended their engagement.[35][36]

Cavill is a spokesman for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,[37] and an ambassador for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. He launched the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge and took part in The Gibraltar Rock Run 2014.[38][39] Cavill lives in Kensington.[40]

In the media[edit]

In December 2013, Cavill was named "World's Sexiest Man" by British Glamour magazine.[41] The same year Empire magazine placed him third on their list of "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars 2013".[42] In August 2014 Cavill took part in an Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Association, where he got soaked with six large buckets of water (doing the challenge in his full Superman costume), after which media wrote that by this Cavill "proved" that he's really Superman.[43][44][45]



Cavill at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Laguna Thomas Aprea
2002 Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte Cristo Albert Mondego
2003 I Capture the Castle Stephen Colley
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld Mike
2006 Tristan & Isolde Melot
2006 Red Riding Hood The Hunter
2007 Stardust Humphrey
2009 Whatever Works Randy Lee James
2009 Blood Creek Evan Marshall
2011 Immortals Theseus
2012 Cold Light of Day, TheThe Cold Light of Day Will Shaw
2013 Man of Steel Clark Kent / Kal-El
2015 Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Clark Kent / Superman Post-production
2016 Sand Castle Captain Syverson Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Inspector Lynley Mysteries, TheThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries Chas Quilter Episode: "Well-Schooled in Murder"
2002 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Soldier Colley Television film
2003 Midsomer Murders Simon Mayfield Episode: "The Green Man"
2007–2010 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Charles Brandon 38 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2012 NewNowNext Award Cause You're Hot[46] The Tudors Nominated
2013 Cause You're Hot[47] Man of Steel Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Nominated
Choice Liplock (shared with Amy Adams) Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Won


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  45. ^ David Crow (26 August 2015). "Henry Cavill And Amy Adams Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge As Superman and Lois Lane". Den of Geek. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
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  47. ^ "2013 Nominees – Cause You're Hot". NewNowNext Awards. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 

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Preceded by
Brandon Routh
Actor to portray Clark Kent/Superman
Succeeded by