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Tom Felton
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Born
Thomas Andrew Felton [1]

(1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 33)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Years active1997–present
Websitetomfelton.com

Thomas Andrew Felton (born 22 September 1987)[2] is an English actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in the film adaptions of the best-selling Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling. His performances in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 won him two consecutive MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain in 2010 and 2011.

Prior to Harry Potter, Felton began appearing in commercials when he was eight years old for companies such as Commercial Union and Barclaycard. He made his screen debut in the role of Peagreen Clock in The Borrowers (1997) and he portrayed Louis T. Leonowens in Anna and the King (1999). Following the conclusion of the Harry Potter series in 2011, Felton appeared in the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series.[3] He had roles in the minor films From the Rough (2011) and The Apparition (2012), and starred as James Ashford in the critically acclaimed period drama film Belle (2013). He has since appeared in films such as In Secret (2014), Against the Sun (2014), Risen (2016), A United Kingdom (2016), and Feed (2017). He portrayed Julian Albert in The Flash.

Early life

Felton was born in Epsom, the son of Sharon Anstey and Peter Felton. Peter and Sharon were married but divorced when Felton was a teenager. He was educated at West Horsley's Cranmore School until the age of thirteen, after which time he attended The Howard of Effingham School. Felton is a singer and was part of a choir at the age of seven. He was a member of four school choirs and was offered a place in the Guildford Cathedral Choir. He has three older brothers: Ashley, Jonathan, and Chris.[4]

Career

Early career

Felton began acting in adverts for companies such as Commercial Union[5] and Barclaycard.[2] In 1998, he performed the voice of James in the television series Bugs and landed his first feature film role in 1997 when he played the role of Peagreen Clock in Peter Hewitt's film The Borrowers.[6] Felton played witness Thomas Ingham opposite Clive Owen in Second Sight in 1999.[7] Felton's role of Louis T. Leonowens in the film Anna and the King, starring Jodie Foster, was also filmed in 1999 in Malaysia.[2] Felton made an appearance in the episode "Hide and Seek" of Second Sight 2 followed in 2000.[8] The Guildford Cathedral Choir also offered him a position.[9]

2000–present

Felton at Comic Con, San Diego, 2010.

By autumn 2001, Felton had become known internationally for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy, the bully, enemy, and foil of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He appeared in all the Harry Potter films. Before landing the part of Malfoy, Felton had auditioned to play Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.[10] Of the four young actors who succeeded in getting the main roles, Felton had the most extensive film experience.[citation needed] Thereafter Felton's schedule began to fill with the work of filming the first four films, premieres, and contributing to articles and interviews. He also received the Disney Channel's Kids Awards for Best DVD for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on 22 September 2003.[11] Felton started his Official Tom Felton Fan Club in 2004 and took part in autograph signing events.[12][13] His fan club was reported to have attracted so many fans that Felton had to put a temporary stop to people signing up to his fan club.[14] The autographing session in Germany drew people from Chile and one fan in Cologne summarised: "Tom is a real nice, professional young man, always happy, smiling, laughing, full of power — a real gentleman."[15] When the fan asked Felton what kids should do if someone like his character is bullying them, he said: "Tell someone. You do not want to keep it to yourself."[10]

After filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Felton made a guest appearance on Home Farm Twins in 2005, where he played Adam Baker in the short-lived series.[16] He attended Collectormania on 30 April 2005[17][18] and London's world premiere for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.[19] On 11 November 2005, he and Rupert Grint presented Liz Carnell with the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Award for all of her work to raise awareness of the dangers of bullying.[20][21] Felton worked on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix throughout 2006.

In July 2007, Felton visited Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado in a pre-screening, charitable event of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.[22] He was also present at Leicester Square for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 3 July 2007.[23][24]

On 12 November 2008, Felton appeared alongside Jack Osbourne on Adrenaline Junkie as he participated in various challenges in South Africa, including a 200 ft bungee jump on Bloukrans Bridge, took a ride in a helicopter, followed by a parachute freefall and came face-to-face with great white sharks.

When asked whether he was looking forward to playing a good guy in the future he answered: "No. Well, I don't know. I suppose for now I'm happy with sticking to what he is. But after the Potter legacy is over I look forward to playing a good guy, or someone different anyway; someone not so spiteful."[25] Felton also played the character Simon in the 2009 horror/thriller movie The Disappeared.[26]

Felton posted three music videos on YouTube under the account "Feltbeats", in which he performs fragments of original songs. Nine songs have been re-recorded and are now available on iTunes: "Time Well Spent," "Time Isn't Healing", "One of These Days", "Under Stars," "Right Place, Right Time," "In My Arms," "All I Need," and "I Will Be There" join the instrumental "Silhouettes in Sunsets." He also recorded an album titled In Good Hands. It includes the six songs "If You Could Be Anywhere", "We Belong", "When Angels Come", "Convinced", "Father of Mine", and "If That's Alright with You".

In 2010, Felton released his original song "Hawaii" on Six String Productions[27] – an independent record label run by Felton, David Proffitt and Philip Haydn-Slater promoting creative independence and ownership of artists' material and musical talent.

Felton in 2011.

In November 2010, the film White Other, which Felton played the main character, Ray Marsden, was released. His character Ray is a troubled youth in the "ends" of England and Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, also makes an appearance as one of the other main roles in the film.[28]

Felton had a cameo role in Get Him to the Greek, released on 4 June 2010.[29] He portrayed the human character Dodge Landon in the 2011 science-fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes,[3] and played a paranormal investigator in the thriller film The Apparition (2012).[30]

On 18 March 2011, Felton appeared in a comedy sketch on Red Nose Day 2011 alongside James Corden, Rupert Grint, George Michael, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Professor Robert Winston and Keira Knightley.[31]

In 2016 and 2017, Felton appeared as CSI Julian Albert / Doctor Alchemy on the third season of The Flash.[32]

On 26 April 2018, it was announced that Felton was cast in the series regular role of Logan Maine on the YouTube science fiction series Origin.[33]

Personal life

In 2003, Felton and his brother Chris worked with Joe Babbitt, the St. Lawrence County Angler's Association, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6, the Chamber of Commerce, and a diverse group of other organisations to form the World Junior Carp Tournament,[25][34] which involves competitive fishing for ages 11 to 18.[35]

Felton was in a relationship with stunt assistant Jade Olivia Gordon from 2008 to 2016.[36] Gordon portrayed the wife of his character, Draco Malfoy, in the final Harry Potter film.[37]

His maternal grandfather is Nigel Anstey.[38]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Borrowers Peagreen Clock
1999 Anna and the King Louis T. Leonowens
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Draco Malfoy Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2008 The Disappeared Simon Pryor
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Draco Malfoy
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
White Other Ray Marsden Short Film
Get Him to the Greek Himself Cameo
13Hrs Gary Ashby
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Draco Malfoy
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Dodge Landon
2012 The Apparition Patrick
From the Rough Edward
2013 Belle James Ashford
In Secret Camille Raquin
2014 Against the Sun Tony Pastula
2016 Risen Lucius
Message from the King Frankie
A United Kingdom Rufus Lancaster
Sheep and Wolves Grey (voice) English dub
2017 Megan Leavey Andrew Dean
Feed Matt Grey
Stratton Cummings
2018 Ophelia Laertes
2019 Braking for Whales Brandon Walker
TBA A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting Post-production
The Forgotten Battle Tony Post-production
Burial Pre-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Bugs James Episode: "Pandoras' Box"
1999 Second Sight Thomas Ingham Television film
2000 Second Sight 2: Hide and Seek Thomas Ingham Television film
2005 Home Farm Twins Adam Baker Unknown episodes
2013 Labyrinth Viscount Trencavel Television miniseries
Full Circle Tim Television miniseries
2014 Murder in the First Erich Blunt Main role (season 1)
2015 Tom Felton Meets The Superfans Interviewer Directorial debut
2016–2017 The Flash Julian Albert / Alchemy Recurring role (season 3)
2018 Origin Logan Maine Main role (10 episodes)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Draco Malfoy (voice)
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2018 "Empty Space" James Arthur

Discography

EPs

  • Time Well Spent (2008)
  • All I Need (2008)
  • In Good Hands (2009)
  • Hawaii (2011)

Singles

  • "Silhouettes in Sunsets" (2008)
  • "If You Could Be Anywhere" (2010)
  • "Time Isn't Healing" (2008)

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Refs
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a Feature Film Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actor Nominated
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince MTV Movie Award Best Villain Won
Scream Award Best Ensemble Won
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 MTV Movie Award Best Villain Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain Won
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 MTV Movie Award Best Cast Won
Scream Award Best Ensemble Nominated
2015 Himself Giffoni Film Festival Giffoni Experience Award Won

See also

References

  1. ^ "Warner Bros. Official site". (Flash: click appropriate actor's image, click "Actor Bio"). harrypotter.warnerbros.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 April 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Wicked! Harry Potter's rival is not such a bad boy at home". Archived from the original on 30 July 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b "'Harry Potter' Villain Helps Bring on the 'Rise of the Apes'". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  4. ^ The Wireless Wizarding Network-Profile of Tom Felton. Retrieved on 7 June 2012
  5. ^ Azkaban Exclusives: Draco Malfoy from CBBC. Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  6. ^ Tom Felton biography from Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on 3 August 2007.
  7. ^ Tom Felton biography Archived 2 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine from Flixster. Retrieved on 3 August 2007.
  8. ^ Tom Felton biography Archived 27 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine from movies.msn.com. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  9. ^ Tom Felton biography Archived 10 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine from Veritaserum. Retrieved on 3 August 2007.
  10. ^ a b "Meet Tom Felton, actor" from Time For Kids. Retrieved on 4 August 2007. Archived 8 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Update: Emma Watson and Tom Felton accept Disney Channel Kids Award for 'Chamber of Secrets' Popular from HPANA. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  12. ^ Tom Felton fan club launch from CBBC Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  13. ^ Tom Felton to start official fan club Popular from HPANA. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  14. ^ Felton fans in a fan club frenzy from CBBC. Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  15. ^ Reports on Tom Felton's recent fan-signing event Popular from HPANA Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  16. ^ Tom Felton biography from MuggleNet. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  17. ^ Tom Felton to appear at Collectormania in UK from HPANA. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  18. ^ Meet your favourite cult TV stars for free at Britain's premiere comic fair from BBC News. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  19. ^ GOF London World Premiere Report from MuggleNet. Retrieved on 5 August 2007.
  20. ^ Grint & Felton present award for anti-bullying Popular from HPANA. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  21. ^ The Pride of Britain Award: Special Award: LIZ CARNELL from the Daily Mirror. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  22. ^ 'Potter' actors attend charitable event in Denver Popular from HPANA. Retrieved on 5 August 2007.
  23. ^ Stars out for Potter première from BBC News. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  24. ^ European Premiere of 'Harry Potter' from Fox News Channel. Retrieved on 5 August 2007. Archived 9 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ a b Tom Felton Talks About Reading, Collecting, and Being Draco from Scholastic Corporation. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  26. ^ The disappeared movie from The New York Times.
  27. ^ [1] from SixString Website.
  28. ^ "White Other official website". Whiteother.com. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  29. ^ "Tom Felton cameo with Jonah Hill". Snitchseeker.com. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  30. ^ "Harry Potter Star Tom Felton to Wave His Wand at The Apparition". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  31. ^ "Video: Tom Felton's sketch for Comic Relief – Red Nose Day and Trendic Topic". Feltbeats.com. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  32. ^ Ausiello, Michael (30 June 2016). "The Flash: Harry Potter's Tom Felton Joins Season 3 as Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  33. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (26 April 2018). "'Origin' YouTube Sci-Fi Series Sets Natalia Tena & Tom Felton As Leads, Paul W.S. Anderson As Director". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  34. ^ Tom Felton in NY for Carp Tournament Popular from HPANA. Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  35. ^ Lawrence lands World Junior Carp Tournament from CNY Business Journal, archived at "findarticles.com." Retrieved on 4 August 2007.
  36. ^ "Fans lose it as Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis reunite". The New Zealand Herald. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.[better source needed]
  37. ^ "Tom Felton changes real-life love to reel-life wife". DNA India. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  38. ^ "Tom Felton on Instagram: "This is Lee Jordan....and my grandpa, my real actual grandpa (on the left) x"". Instagram. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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