Matthew Lewis

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Matthew David Lewis (born 27 June 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.


[edit] Early life

Lewis was born in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, the son of Lynda (née Needham) and Adrian Lewis.[1]

[edit] Career

[edit] Early work

He has been acting since he was five years old. He started off with minor parts in television programmes, debuting in Some Kind of Life.

[edit] Harry Potter

He then went on to try out for the part of Neville Longbottom. He has portrayed Neville Longbottom in the eight Harry Potter films. For his role as Neville Longbottom, Lewis wears yellow and crooked false teeth, two-sizes-too-big shoes and has plastic bits placed behind his ears in order to make them stick out more. This is done to give the character a more clownish look.[2] During the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix Lestrange, accidentally ruptured Lewis's eardrum when she stuck her wand in his ear.[3]

[edit] Further career

Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Lewis plays the reporter in the upcoming independent film The Sweet Shop.[4]

[edit] Stage career

In 2011, he played Lester Cole in a touring stage production of Agatha Christie's Verdict.[5][6]

[edit] Personal life

Lewis is an avid fan of rugby league team Leeds Rhinos in the European Super League.[7]

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Some Kind of Life Johnathan Taylor
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Davy Plessey Episode: "An Advancement of Learning"
1997 Where the Heart Is Billy Bevan Episode: "Things Fall Apart"
1999 Heartbeat Alan Quigley Episode: "Hollywood or Bust"
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Neville Longbottom
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Neville Longbottom
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Neville Longbottom
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Neville Longbottom
2006 The Queen's Handbag Neville Longbottom
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Neville Longbottom
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Neville Longbottom
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Neville Longbottom
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Neville Longbottom post-production
TBA The Sweet Shop Reporter post-production

[edit] References

  1. Charnley, Jane (2004-06-01). "Harry Potter and the boy who wouldn't give up". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  2. Interview with the Gryffindors Veritaserum
  3. Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked Entertainment Weekly

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