Alwyn in 2018
Joseph Matthew Alwyn
21 February 1991
North London, England
Alwyn was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. Raised in Tufnell Park and Crouch End, North London, Alwyn is the son of a psychotherapist mother and a documentary filmmaker father. He is the great-grandson of composer William Alwyn.
He was educated at the City of London School. Although an "introverted" child, he secretly wanted to be an actor. He became a member of the National Youth Theatre in his late teens. While studying English literature and drama at the University of Bristol, he acted in two student productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After graduating in 2012, he completed a BA in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Within two weeks of his graduate showcase, in early 2015, Alwyn was cast in the lead role of Ang Lee's 2016 war drama, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on Ben Fountain's novel. In 2017, he had a supporting role in the English drama film The Sense of an Ending.
In 2018, he appeared in the period drama films Operation Finale, The Favourite, Boy Erased, and Mary Queen of Scots. In 2019, he co-starred as slave owner Gideon Brodess in the biographical drama Harriet, about abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2019.
|2016||Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||Billy Lynn||Ang Lee|
|2017||The Sense of an Ending||Adrian Finn||Ritesh Batra|
|2018||Operation Finale||Klaus Eichmann||Chris Weitz|
|The Favourite||Samuel Masham||Yorgos Lanthimos||Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble|
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
|Boy Erased||Henry Wallace||Joel Edgerton|
|Mary Queen of Scots||Robert Dudley||Josie Rourke|
|2019||Harriet||Gideon Brodess||Kasi Lemmons|
|TBA||The Souvenir Part II||Joanna Hogg||Post-production|
|TBA||The Last Letter from Your Lover||Augustine Frizzell||Filming|
|2019||A Christmas Carol||Bob Cratchit||Miniseries|
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