James Phelps

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James Andrew Eric Phelps (born 25 February 1986) is an English actor, best known for playing Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.


[edit] Early life

James and his identical twin brother, Oliver, were born in the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham, West Midlands county, England on 25 February, 1986. They are the only sons of Susan (née Spare) and Martyn Phelps. Oliver is the older of the two, by 13 minutes. Growing up, they attended Little Sutton Primary School and The Arthur Terry Secondary School. They left school in 2004, having taken their A-level exams.

They are known by friends, family and film crew to be pranksters, from something as innocent like changing their names around, to the rumored prank that caused the filming to be redone. Even though they did admit to changing their characters around, it was not done while filming, it was done once while in rehearsal. They claimed the rumor about changing during filming was made up in a recent interview by moviesireland.

[edit] Dramatic interests

Both James and Oliver showed an interest in acting at an early age, having performed side by side in a few school drama productions when they were younger. In 2000, when they were 14 years old, the twins were cast as Fred and George Weasley in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Outside of acting, James has worked as a runner on the Potter sets, and other film productions, such as The Da Vinci Code.[1]

[edit] Personal interests

Both twins are known for liking to play golf, Oliver would like to become a pro golfer, Oliver’s handicap is 20 and James’s is 18.[2] Both like listening to rock music, playing the Xbox 360, PlayStation and acting. The twin brothers support rival football clubs in Birmingham. Oliver supports Aston Villa, while James supports Birmingham City (Oliver supported Aston Villa alongside his late grandfather and James supported Birmingham City with his father). In May 2006, they both took part in a celebrity football tournament called Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six.[3] Recently, the twins planted trees at the National Forest, in Leicestershire. The wood that helped make the Harry Potter broomsticks were replanted by the boys, with the trees being birch and ash.[4]

[edit] Charity list

Both twins are into caring for people as well as for the world they live in having contributed to planting trees at the National Forest in Leicestershire. It is also known they both like music and sports, making several public appearances in support of both. Every year they attend the V Festival, held by Virgin Media each August, as well as attending the Download Festival, a rock music festival managed and arranged by Live Nations in Donington Park England. In May 2006, they both took part in the football tournament known as the Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six. They participated alongside other celebrity sports fans.[5]

[edit] List of credits

List of film credits
Year Film James' Role
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Fred Weasley
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Fred Weasley
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Fred Weasley
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fred Weasley
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Fred Weasley and Fabian Prewett
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Fred Weasley
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Fred Weasley
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Fred Weasley
List of television credits
Year TV series James' Role Notes
2009 Kingdom[6] Callum Anderson Series 3 episode 5

[edit] References

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  3. "Potter twins plant trees". BBC News. 19 January 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2674379.stm. 
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