Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

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Hero Fiennes-Tiffin
Born Hero Beauregard Fiennes-Tiffin
(1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 (age 19)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Hero Beauregard Fiennes-Tiffin (born 6 November 1997) is an English actor best known for his role as the 11-year-old Tom Riddle, the young version of antagonist Lord Voldemort (played in the films by his uncle, Ralph Fiennes), in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the sixth installment of the Harry Potter films.[1] He also played the role of "younger Charlie" in the war based film Private Peaceful.

Early life[edit]

Fiennes-Tiffin was born on 6 November 1997[2] in London, to film directors George Tiffin and Martha Fiennes, and educated at Emanuel School.[citation needed]


Fiennes-Tiffin made his first film appearance as Spartak in the 2008 drama, Bigga Than Ben. Fiennes-Tiffin earned the part of young Voldemort even though thousands of young actors auditioned for the role;[3] at least one publication, however, has alleged his family relation alone landed him the part.[4] David Yates, director of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, said Fiennes-Tiffin was cast as Tom Riddle due to his ability to find "the darker space" in his line readings. Yates said he did not get the role due to his relation to Ralph Fiennes, who was his maternal uncle, but admitted the family resemblance was "a clincher".[5] Yates described the actor as "very focused and disciplined"[6] and said he "got the corners and dark moods and odd spirit of the character"[3] and had a "wonderful haunted quality that seemed to bring Tom Riddle alive on-screen for us."[6]


Year Film Role
2007 Bigga Than Ben Spartak
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Tom Riddle (Aged 11)
2012 Private Peaceful Young Charlie


  1. ^ "Casting Is Complete on 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.'" Distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Warner Bros. Pictures, 16 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  2. ^ "A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe". The Peerage. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Alberge, Dalya. "Voldemort's nephew has the villainous blood for film role." The Times, 17 November 2007. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.
  4. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Elected 'Governess'". New York. 29 July 2008. Retrieved on 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ Jensen, Jeff. "There Will Be 'Half-Blood.'". Entertainment Weekly, Iss. #1007/1008, 22/29 August 2008. pg. 39. Retrieved on 2008-08-19.
  6. ^ a b Puig, Claudia. "'Potter' trailer unveils a young Voldemort." USA Today, Life section, 30 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19.

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