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18 December 1980 |
Durham, County Durham, England, UK
|Listed height||7 ft 11 in (2.41 m)|
|Listed weight||370 lb (168 kg)|
|High school||Holy Name Central Catholic
|College||North Carolina (2000–2002)
Holy Cross (2002–2004)
|NBA draft||2004 / Undrafted|
|2004||Boston Frenzy (ABA)|
|2005–2006||Tees Valley Mohawks (England)|
|2006||CB Illescas (Spain 4th)|
|2006–2007||CB Ciudad Real (Spain 4th)|
Neil Fingleton (born 18 December 1980) is an English actor and former basketball player. He is the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union at 7 ft 7.56 in (232.6 cm) in height and among the 25 tallest men in the World.
Life and career
Born in Durham, England in 1980, Fingleton decided to attend high school in the United States after attending a basketball camp in Connecticut when he was 16. In 1997, Fingleton moved from Durham to Worcester, Massachusetts and began attending Holy Name Central Catholic High School, graduating in 2000. Fingleton's coach was J. P. Ricciardi, who would later become general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Fingleton helped the Holy Name Central basketball team to the Central Massachusetts Division I title and a berth in the Massachusetts final game in 1999 and in 2000 a 22–4 record.
Fingleton was awarded a basketball scholarship to the United States first playing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In August 2000, Fingleton had back surgery and then earned a medical redshirt from North Carolina. Fingleton played only one game with North Carolina then transferred to Holy Cross in 2002. Fingleton graduated from Holy Cross in 2004 with a degree in history.
Fingleton debuted professionally in the 2004–2005 season with the Boston Frenzy of the ABA. The Frenzy waived Fingleton in December 2004. In the 2005 NBA Development League Draft, the Austin Toros selected Fingleton as the eighth pick in the fifth round. On 6 December 2005, Fingleton started playing with the English Basketball League team Tees Valley Mohawks. In November 2006, Fingleton signed with Spanish team CB Illescas and later with Ciudad Real. After an injury forced him to retire in 2007, he returned to his home city of Durham to pursue a career in showbusiness.
On the Guinness World Records website, Fingleton says: "I am one of three siblings – my sister who is 6' 2" is the eldest at 37, my brother is 6' 9" who is 35 and I am 7' 7" at 32… my mother is 6 foot and my late father was also. My great grandfather was 6' 8". I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember. My height really took off when I reached 11 and was touching 7 foot. By the time I was 16 I was 7' 5" and stopping growing at 18 when I was 7' 7.56".
"I have never been self conscious about my height. I am more conscious of going fat and bald so that should tell you. I never let my height play a negative part in my life. I always do what I want, some tall people may be restricted as they are constantly stared at or people ask the same questions over and over. This is the only bad thing about being tall – the stupid remarks and questions. Other than that, being tall is great."
"I have been doing acting work since my basketball career finished. I spent 8 years in the USA attending High School and College. I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2004 with a degree in History. I have played professionally in Greece, Italy, Spain. Now I am concentrating on acting and trying to move to LA soon to jump in with both feet so to speak."
Two 2007 British TV documentaries, Britain's Tallest Men on BBC Three directed by Greg Clark and Superhuman: Giants on ITV, featured Fingleton and covered the difficulties and constant attention, quite often considerable rudeness, that he faces day to day.
He appeared in the film 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves,. In 2014 Fingleton played the giant Mag the Mighty in the TV series Game of Thrones. He also appeared in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis.
Fingleton appeared in a 2 part serial written by Toby Whithouse for the 9th series of Doctor Who, filming in January 2015 in Cardiff. He played the villain "The Fisher King", an alien warlord. The series was transmitted in Autumn 2015.
- Official website on archive.org.
- Toland, Jennifer (16 February 2007). "A high honor". Worcester News & Telegram.
- "Neil Fingleton". North Carolina Tar Heels. Archived from the original on 23 February 2002.
- "Neil Fingleton". NBA Development League. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- That game was a 58–54 loss to Davidson College on 20 November 2001. Fingleton missed both field goal attempts and committed two turnovers. (Boxscore)
- Clark, Andrew (Spring 2011). "Neil Fingleton '04: Exploring a New Career". Holy Cross Magazine 45 (2).
- McKay, Neil (26 February 2005). "Why Neil is ready for another giant leap.". The Journal (Newcastle, England). Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Clarke, Peter (7 December 2005). "Sound and fury". Evening Standard. p. 41. Archived from the original on 7 December 2005.
- "El gigante Fingleton cambia el Illescas por el Ciudad Real" (in Spanish). Liga ACB. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Guinness World Records – Book 2008 – Neil Fingleton – Archived
- "47 Ronin". Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Neil Fingleton – IMDb". Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- The Doctor Who Team (14 January 2015). "Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9". Doctor Who. BBC One. Retrieved 14 January 2015.