Johnny Harris (actor)

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Johnny Harris
Born (1973-11-03) November 3, 1973 (age 44)
Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2000–present

Johnny Harris (born 3 November 1973) is an English actor, screenwriter and producer best known for his roles in film and television, including Troy: Fall of a City, Jawbone, This is England '86, Snow White and the Huntsman, Fortitude, Monsters: Dark Continent, The Fades, Welcome to the Punch, and London to Brighton.

He received BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award nominations for his performance in the Shane Meadows cult television series This is England '86.

Harris made his debut as a screenwriter with the 2017 feature film Jawbone, also acting and co-producing. The production was backed by BBC Films and released in cinemas in May 2017.

Harris received a BAFTA Film Award 'Outstanding Debut' Nomination for his work on the film, along with a Writers Guild of Great Britain Award nomination for 'Best Debut Screenplay'. Two BIFA Award Nominations for 'Best Actor' and 'Best Debut Screenplay', and was awarded two National Film Awards for 'Best Action ' and 'Best Breakthrough Performance'.

In 2018 Harris played the role of Agamemnon in the new BBC / Netflix series Troy: Fall of a City. Filming took place on location in Cape Town, South Africa.


Born in Lambeth, London, in November 1973, Harris started his career on the stage in London's fringe theatre scene before landing his breakthrough role in the feature film London to Brighton. Although made on a tight budget, the film was voted into Time Out magazine's '100 Greatest British Movies Of All Time' and is now regarded as a cult classic.

In an interview from The Independent on Sunday at the time of the film's release, British director Shane Meadows said of Harris' performance in the film: "It's an incredibly bold and massively powerful performance, the best I've seen on celluloid for a long time."[citation needed]

Four years later, Meadows cast Harris in This is England '86 and for his portrayal of Lol's abusive father Mick he received both BAFTA Television, and Royal Television Society Award nominations for his performance. The following year he reprised the role of Mick in This Is England '88, with the show winning the BAFTA TV Award for Best Mini-Series.

Harris continued a run of award-winning projects with a leading role in the BBC drama The Fades, which won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series.

In the 2012 Universal Pictures cinema film Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, he played one of the eight dwarves alongside the late Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Brian Gleeson.

Another feature film followed – Welcome to the Punch with James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Peter Mullan and Andrea Riseborough which went on international release in 2013.

Nev Pierce, Editor of Empire Magazine, described Harris as "An heir to Oldman, in terms of being able to be both sensitive and scary, indelible and real."[citation needed] The Independent described Harris as "One of Britain's finest actors".[citation needed]

In 2015, Harris played in the Sky Atlantic/Pivot 12-part drama Fortitude alongside Sir Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, and Christopher Eccleston. Shot on location in Iceland and London, it aired on both sides of the Atlantic in January 2015. His first starring role in a feature film was as American Platoon Sergeant Noah Frater in the feature film Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to the Gareth Edwards film Monsters.

2015 also saw Harris return as 'Mick' in This Is England '90, the final instalment of the successful series. He also starred as DCI John Hind, opposite Anne-Marie Duff in From Darkness, a new four-part drama for BBC1, including filming on location in Manchester and Scotland.[citation needed]

In February 2016, filming began on Harris' debut as a screenwriter with the 2017 feature film Jawbone. He co-produced the film and starred alongside Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and Michael Smiley, with Paul Weller composing and recording an original soundtrack. Former professional boxer Barry McGuigan and his son, Shane McGuigan, served as boxing consultants and prepared Harris for his role of Jimmy McCabe.[citation needed]

The production was backed by BBC Films and released in cinemas in May 2017, with Harris receiving a BAFTA Film Awards 'Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer' nomination for his work on the film, as well as winning two National Film Awards for 'Best Action' and 'Best Breakthrough Performance'. Harris also received a Writers Guild of Great Britain 'Best Debut Screenplay' Award nomination.[citation needed] and BIFA Award Nominations for 'Best Actor' and 'Best Debut Screenplay'

In 2018 Harris returned to our television screens to play Agamemnon in the BBC / Netflix series Troy: Fall of a City. Filming took place on location in Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected filmography[edit]



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  1. ^ Ian Burrell Media Editor (2015-10-03). "Johnny Harris: This is England star says the actors' party circuit is 'a sham'". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  2. ^ juliehamill (2015-12-26). "Julie Hamill • Fifteen Minutes With Johnny Harris, actor and". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2015-10-26). "Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Paul Weller weigh into boxing drama | News | Screen". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  4. ^ Johnny Harris (2015-03-25). "Further casting announced for BBC One's original drama From Darkness - Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  5. ^ Megan Conner. "Johnny Harris: 'I thought I was a tortured genius but I was just a sad fella who thought booze was my friend' | Global". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  6. ^ Eames, Tom. "Fortitude: Michael Gambon and Johnny Harris talk rogue secrets". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  7. ^ Jason Holmes Writer based in London (2013-03-15). "Johnny Harris: An Actor With a Rare Depth of Character". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  8. ^ "BBC One - Breakfast, 07/03/2013, Actor, Johnny Harris on why you need a good "bad guy" in films". Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  9. ^ Ian Burrell (2011-10-24). "Street-fighting man still packs a real punch". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
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  11. ^ Lobb, Adrian. "Interviews Archives". The Big Issue. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Posted by MyFilms (2010-10-20). "MyFilms: An Interview With Johnny Harris". Retrieved 2017-11-03.

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