Johnny Harris (actor)

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Johnny Harris
Born (1973-11-03) 3 November 1973 (age 41)
Lambeth, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Johnny Harris (born 1973) is a British actor best known for his roles in feature films including Snow White and the Huntsman, Welcome to the Punch, Black Death, Dorian Gray and the highly acclaimed London to Brighton.

He received both the BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award nominations for his performance in the Shane Meadows cult television series This Is England '86 and This Is England '88.

He also starred in Jack Thorne's BAFTA Award winning TV show The Fades.

In 2015 he appeared in Fortitude, the new 12 part drama for Sky Atlantic/Pivot and returns to cinema screens with a starring role in the feature film Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to the Gareth Edwards hit film Monsters.

Johnny's latest project is From Darkness, a new four part drama for BBC1. He will play DCI John Hind opposite Anne-Marie Duff with filming currently taking place on location in Manchester and Scotland.

Background[edit]

Johnny Harris was born in Lambeth, London in November of 1973.

Early career[edit]

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. Despite being made on a tiny budget, the film went on to be voted into Time Out magazine's '100 Greatest British Movies Of All Time' and is now widely regarded as a cult classic with noteworthy actors and directors regarding Johnny's performance as "outstanding" and "astonishing."

In an interview in The Independent on Sunday at the time of the film's release, celebrated 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."

Recent work[edit]

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

Johnny continued his run of award-winning projects with a leading role in the hit BBC drama The Fades, clinching the BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Drama Series’.

In 2012 he was back in cinemas in Universal Pictures smash hit 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 soon followed and Harris was seen in 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, has described Johnny as "An heir to Oldman, in terms of being able to be both sensitive and scary, indelible and real."

The Independent described Harris as “One of Britain’s finest actors”.

In 2015, Johnny stars in the hit new "Sky Atlantic"/"Pivot" 12 part drama Fortitude alongside Sir Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, and Christopher Eccleston. The show was shot on location in Iceland and London and aired exclusively on both sides of the atlantic in January 2015.

Johnny also starred in his first leading role in a feature film, Monsters: Dark Continent receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of U.S. Platoon Sergeant ‘Noah Frater’ in the follow-up to Monsters, Gareth Edwards international hit film of 2010.

Johnny's latest project is From Darkness, a new four part drama for BBC1. He will play DCI John Hind opposite Anne-Marie Duff with filming currently taking place on location in Manchester and Scotland.

Filmography[edit]

Select TV work[edit]

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