February 17, 1993|
Philip Wiegratz (born February 17, 1993) is a German actor, whose filmography consists of adaptations of English and German children's books. His first film role was playing Augustus Gloop in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Life and career
Wiegratz was born in Magdeburg, Germany. He is known for his 2005 portrayal of the greedy Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He went to a casting call not being sure of receiving any particular part, but caught the attention of a casting director and was placed on a shortlist for the role of Augustus. Wiegratz returned for several callbacks and eventually received the part, which marked his English-language film debut and also required him to wear a fatsuit instead of getting fat on his own terms. He performed his own stunts in the scenes of Augustus falling into the river in Wonka's Chocolate Room.
That same year, he also appeared in Es ist ein Elch entsprungen (international title A Christmas Carol), adapted from the Andreas Steinhöfel storybook of the same name. He played "Großer Junge" in the movie.
In 2006, Wiegratz starred in the eponymous film version of Cornelia Funke's Die Wilden Hühner as a member of an all-boys group called the Pygmies, and returned for a sequel the following year. Both pictures were commercial successes, and he and several co-stars were guests on the German children's television program Ki.Ka Live on April 2, 2007. In 2012, he played Helmut in "Lore", and Gordon Gelderman in "Ruby Red", in 2013.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
- Es ist ein Elch entsprungen (2005)
- Berndivent (one episode, 2006)
- Die Wilden Hühner (2006)
- Die Wilden Hühner und die Liebe (2007)
- Ki.Ka Live (one episode, 2007)
- Die Wilden Hühner und das Leben (2009)
- Lore (2012)
- Ruby Red (2013)