Will Poulter

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Will Poulter
Will Poulter 2013.jpg
Poulter at the London premiere of
We're the Millers in August 2013
Born William Jack Poulter
(1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 22)
Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2007–present

William Jack "Will" Poulter (born 28 January 1993) is an English actor and producer most recognized for his role as Gally in the film adaptation of the young-adult dystopian science fiction novel The Maze Runner (2014). In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[1] He is also notable for his roles as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (2007),[2] Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), and Kenny Rossmore in We're the Millers (2013).

Early life[edit]

Poulter was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline (Barrah), a former nurse, and Neil Poulter, a professor of cardiology.[2][3] His mother was raised in an Anglo family in Kenya, where her father was a game warden. Poulter was educated at Harrodian School.[2]


Poulter played various acting roles before landing the role of Lee Carter in the 2007 movie Son of Rambow, which was released to positive reviews, and praise for the performances of Poulter and his co-star Bill Milner. He also performed with other young comedic actors in School of Comedy,[4] which aired its pilot on Channel 4's Comedy Lab on 21 August 2008. School of Comedy was then commissioned for a full series by Channel 4,[5] which began airing on 2 October 2009. The programme finished after a second series.

In 2009, he was selected to play the role of Eustace Scrubb in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (filmed in Queensland, Australia), and was accompanied by some members of his family. The movie was first screened on 10 December 2010. The film opened to mixed reviews, but Poulter's performance was well received.[6][7][8]

In 2010, he appeared in the BBC Three pilot The Fades, a 60-minute supernatural thriller written by Skins writer, Jack Thorne. The pilot has been commissioned to be written as six-part series with almost entirely a new cast.[9][10]

Poulter began filming a small British independent film called Wild Bill, directed by Dexter Fletcher, at the end of 2010.[11] It centres around Bill Hayward, played by Charlie Creed-Miles, who, on parole after spending eight years in prison, finds his two sons, Dean (Poulter) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams), living alone abandoned by their mother. With the attention of social services now focused on the boys, Bill struggles to play good dad while keeping out of jail as Jimmy gets in trouble with some dangerous acquaintances of Bill's past.[12] The film was released on 23 March 2012 to extremely positive reviews, with praise for Poulter's performance.[13]

In 2011, Poulter appeared with the popular British blogger and his School of Comedy co-star Jack Harries on his YouTube channel by the name of JacksGap in a video called Jack and Will.

In 2013, he played Kenny in We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. While the film opened to mixed reviews, the performances of the cast were well-received, especially Poulter. For his role in the film, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He also appears as a caretaker in the music video for Rizzle Kicks' song "Skip to the Good Bit".

In 2014, he played Fordy in the crime film Plastic, directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza and Emma Rigby. The film was critically panned on release. The same year, he played Gally in the film adaptation, The Maze Runner, alongside Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario. The film was a critical and commercial success, with the performances of the cast being praised.

In 2015, Poulter starred as Shane in the Irish indie film Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett and co-starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette. The film was a critical success, with many reviewers praising Poulter's performance in particular as being his most diverse role to date. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Poulter stated the film was "the proudest I've been to be a part of a movie".

In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, voted for by the public.[1] Other actors nominated for the award were Lupita Nyong'o, George MacKay, Léa Seydoux and Dane DeHaan.[14] The same year, he also won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with his co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts) for his performance in We're the Millers.[15]

In 2014, Poulter was chosen as one of 23 upcoming actors to feature in July's issue of Vanity Fair, with all actors being named "Hollywood's Next Wave". Other actors featured included Dylan O'Brien (Poulter's co-star in The Maze Runner), Jack Reynor (Poulter's co-star in Glassland), and Tye Sheridan (Poulter's co-star in The Yellow Birds).[16]

Poulter is due to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in the revenge-thriller The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film centers on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.[17]

Poulter is reported to have been cast in the role of Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming remake of the Stephen King miniseries It.[18][19] He was also cast to star in the upcoming Luc Besson film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of the comic book series Valérian and Laureline, which will begin filming in December 2015 and scheduled for a 2017 release.[20]


Year Film Role Notes
2008 Son of Rambow Lee Carter
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Eustace Scrubb
2012 Wild Bill Dean
2013 We're the Millers Kenny Rossmore
2014 Plastic Fordy
The Maze Runner Gally
A Plea for Grimsby Jone Short film
2015 Glassland Shane
Kids in Love Jack Post-production
The Revenant Jim Bridger Post-production
TBA It Pennywise
2017 Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets Valérian Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Comedy: Shuffle Find Your Folks Presenter
2008 Comedy Lab Various
Lead Balloon Sweet Throwing Boy
2009–2010 School of Comedy Various
2010 The Fades Mac Pilot

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Son of Rambow Nominated
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Performers Shared with Bill Milner Nominated
2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast Shared with Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Young British Performer of the Year Nominated
2013 Wild Bill Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Shared with Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston We're the Millers Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Kiss Shared with Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston Won
Best Musical Moment Nominated
British Academy Film Awards EE Rising Star Award Won
Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Dylan O'Brien) The Maze Runner Won


  1. ^ a b "Bafta Film Awards 2014: Full list of winners". BBC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Son of Rambow: ready for action at www.telegraph.co.uk (accessed 22 June 2008)
  3. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman-2-7475/scotland/interview-will-poulter-actor-1-2195933
  4. ^ Lee, Robin (16 August 2007). "School of Comedy". The List. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Comedy Labs on Channel 4". 
  6. ^ Will Poulter Cast as Eustace Scrubb at www.narniaweb.com (accessed 22 June 2008)
  7. ^ It's luvverly Cockney sparra Keira at www.dailymail.co.uk (accessed 22 June 2008
  8. ^ Will Poulter Cast in Narnia 3 at www.comingsoon.net (accessed 22 June 2008
  9. ^ "ScreenTerrier: The Fades". Screenterrier.blogspot.com. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  10. ^ Sibayan, Genevieve. "Touch – A new supernatural drama series for BBC3 {TV}". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Narnia stars switch on London's Christmas lights!". The Hollywood News. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  12. ^ http://wildbillthefilm.com/[dead link]
  13. ^ "Approximate Release Date for Wild Bill – The Unofficial Will Poulter Fansite". Willpoulterfans.webs.com. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  14. ^ Reynolds, Simon; Harris, Jamie (8 January 2014). "BAFTA Film Awards 2014 - nominations in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Will Poulter, Emma Roberts & Jennifer Aniston Win MTV Best Kiss". Hollywood life. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Smith, Krista (11 June 2014). "Hollywood’s Next Wave". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (25 June 2014). "We’re the Millers" Will Poulter Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’ (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Will Poulter to Play Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's 'It'". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Cary Fukunaga's It Reboot Has Found Its Pennywise the Clown". People. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Luc Besson’s next movie is his biggest sci-fi film since The Fifth Element". 12 May 2015. 

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