Lewis MacDougall

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Lewis MacDougall
MacDougall at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016
Lewis John Moir MacDougall

(2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 21)
Edinburgh, Scotland
OccupationFilm actor
Years active2015–present

Lewis John Moir MacDougall (born 5 June 2002) is a Scottish film actor. He made his film debut in the fantasy film Pan (2015). He subsequently starred in the fantasy tragedy film A Monster Calls (2016), the road trip drama film Boundaries (2018) and The Belly of the Whale (2018).

Early life[edit]

MacDougall was brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] His father is a retired banker. His mother, Fiona, died in December 2013 from multiple sclerosis, and a few weeks after her death Lewis was cast as Nibs in the film Pan.[2][3] Before his first film he had acted only in small parts at his local drama group, The Drama Studio, which specialised in improvised rather than scripted performances.[2][4][5]


MacDougall made his film debut in 2015 as Nibs in Pan, directed by Joe Wright, after attending an open audition in Morningside.[2] In 2016, he starred in A Monster Calls, opposite Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, and released on 23 December.[6] In the film, a dark fantasy drama, he plays a boy whose mother is dying of a terminal illness, and who begins communicating with a tree monster seemingly living outside his house. On 6 October 2016, MacDougall attended the gala screening for A Monster Calls, at the BFI London Film Festival, where he was interviewed about his role.[7] On 12 December, he appeared on BBC's The One Show, alongside co-star Liam Neeson, where he also talked about the film.[8]

He then co-starred in the road trip comedy-drama Boundaries, opposite Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2018.[9] In 2018 he also appeared as Lewis in the short film Multiplex.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Pan Nibs
2016 A Monster Calls Conor O'Malley
2018 Boundaries Henry
The Belly of the Whale Joey Moody
2020 Multiplex Lewis Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2020 His Dark Materials Tullio 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2016 Evening Standard British Film Awards Malone Souliers Award for Breakthrough of the Year Nominated [11]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [12]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Nominated [13]
London Critics Circle Film Awards Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Won [14]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakthrough Performance / Best Performance by a Youth Nominated [15]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Nominated [16]
2017 Premios Feroz Best Main Actor Nominated [17]
Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated [18]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [19]
Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [20]
Young Scot Awards Entertainment Award Won [21]
South Bank Sky Arts Award Times Breakthrough Award Nominated [22]


  1. ^ "Edinburgh schoolboy stars in Pan with Hugh Jackman". www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c John Connell (16 October 2015). "Edinburgh schoolboy stars in Pan with Hugh Jackman". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ Flintoff, John-Paul (10 December 2016). "How do you tell a child his mother is dying?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "The Drama Studio Edinburgh – Kids Drama Workshops". thedramastudio.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ Synnot, Sibohan (18 October 2015). "His Nibs: Big screen Lost Boy Lewis MacDougall reveals how he was found in Edinburgh – and is set for movie success". Daily Rec rd. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ Truitt, Brian (13 July 2016). "Trailer debut: Boy meets tree in 'A Monster Calls'". USA Today. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Lewis MacDougall on his character going through a number". gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  8. ^ "The One Show, 12/12/2016". bbc.co.uk/. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  9. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2 May 2016). "Sony's Stage 6 Films Acquires Worldwide Rights To Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Pic 'Boundaries'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Welcome". Multiplex. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  11. ^ Moore, William (18 November 2016). "Evening Standard British Film Awards – The Longlist". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. ^ "The 2016 WAFCA AWARD NOMINEES" (PDF). wafca.com. 13 December 2016.
  13. ^ Coggan, Devan (1 December 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards 2017: La La Land, Moonlight, Arrival lead movie nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  14. ^ "'Moonlight', 'Love & Friendship' Lead London Critics' Circle Nominations". deadline. 20 December 2016.
  15. ^ "2016 Awards WINNERs". phoenixfilmcriticssociety.org. 28 December 2016. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  16. ^ "The 2016 Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS) Nominations". nextbestpicture.com. 15 December 2016.
  17. ^ Gimeno, Santiago (1 December 2016). "Lista completa de los nominados a los Premios Feroz 2017". Sensacine.com.
  18. ^ "Vote for the 2017 Three Empire Awards: Final Round". Empire. 7 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Saturn Awards Nominations". saturnawards.org. 26 February 2017.
  20. ^ "21st Online Film & Television Nominations (2016)". cinemasight.com. 22 January 2017.
  21. ^ "WINNERS 2017". youngscotawards.com. 28 April 2017.
  22. ^ "The South Bank Sky Arts Awards: the stars of tomorrow". thetimes.co.uk/. 23 May 2017.

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