21 July 1989 |
Kilburn, London, England
Jamie Michael Waylett (born 21 July 1989) is an English actor, and convicted criminal. He is best known for his portrayal of Vincent Crabbe in six of the Harry Potter films. In 2012, he was imprisoned for his participation in the 2011 England riots.
Waylett was born in Kilburn, London, the youngest of four children. He lived in Camden, London. At the age of nine, he was hit by a car; he was expected to die or suffer severe brain damage, but surprised doctors by apparently recovering full mental faculties.
While Waylett was a student at Emmanuel Primary School, his photograph was taken as part of a general auditioning process for the Harry Potter films. Initially considered for the part of Dudley Dursley, he was cast as Vincent Crabbe after an audition in front of director Chris Columbus. In August 2009, fellow Harry Potter star Joshua Herdman announced that Waylett would not return for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, or for the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The role of Waylett's character in the plot was taken over by Herdman's character.
On 7 April 2009, Waylett and a friend were pulled over by police after Waylett took a photograph of the officers' car as they drove past. The officers then searched their vehicle, finding a knife and eight bags of cannabis. Other images on the camera led police to Waylett's mother's house, where additional cannabis plants were discovered being grown. Waylett was charged a month later for possession of the drug. He appeared in court on 16 July and pleaded guilty to growing the plants in his mother's home, but claimed that they were for his personal use and not for distribution. On 21 July, he was sentenced to 120 hours of community service. He had previously been accused of using cocaine in October 2006.
On 14 October 2011, Waylett was arrested for his alleged participation in the 2011 England riots. The Metropolitan Police charged him with "violent disorder, having an article with intent to destroy or damage property, and receiving stolen goods". He was specifically accused of possessing a Molotov cocktail while looting a chemist in Chalk Farm, London. He was also charged with growing cannabis after police found fifteen plants during a search of his home. On 20 March 2012, he was sentenced to two years in prison for taking part in the riots.
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