Matthew Lewis (actor)

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Matthew Lewis
Matthew Lewis in June 2011.jpg
Lewis at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Born Matthew David Lewis
(1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 27)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Residence London, England
Other names Matt Lewis
Education St Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Matthew David Lewis (born 27 June 1989)[1] is an English film, television and stage actor, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, Jamie Bradley in The Syndicate and Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House in the BBC Three comedy drama Bluestone 42.

Early life[edit]

The son of Adrian Lewis and Lynda Needham,[2] Lewis was born in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire,[1] and raised in the nearby town of Horsforth. He has two brothers: Chris Lewis and actor Anthony Lewis.[3] He attended St Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy.[4]


Early work[edit]

He has been acting since he was five years old.[5] He started off with minor roles in television programmes, debuting in Some Kind of Life.

Harry Potter[edit]

Lewis in October 2003

He then went on to play Neville Longbottom in the eight Harry Potter films.[6]

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.[7]

The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, gave a speech during the final world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on 7 July 2011 in London, England. She stated that there were seven major cast members in the series, whom she referred to as The Big Seven, and she named Lewis as one of the seven members, along with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, and Bonnie Wright.[8]

Further career[edit]

Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Lewis played the reporter in the independent film The Sweet Shop.[9] Lewis played the character Jamie Bradley in a five-part TV series called The Syndicate written by Kay Mellor, which was broadcast on BBC One in spring 2012.[10][11]

In July 2012, Lewis appeared in a music video called Filth by A Band of Buriers; Matthew co-starred with actress Lily Loveless, who together portrayed boyfriend and girlfriend in the video.[12] Lewis played the role of Dodd in the 2012 film Wasteland (known in the UK as The Rise), written and directed by Rowan Athale.[13] The film was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday, 28 April 2013 and Monday, 29 April 2013.[14] Lewis also stars as Patrick in Me Before You which was released in theaters in June 2016.

Stage career[edit]

In 2011, Lewis played Lester Cole in his stage debut in Agatha Christie's Verdict touring stage production.[15][16]

In June 2012, Lewis was confirmed to play Mick in the West End stage new production of Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis. The role marked Lewis's West End debut. He starred in the play alongside Cian Barry, Arthur Darvill and Laurence Fox. The play started its previews on 26 September 2012, and played regularly from 3 October 2012 until 15 December 2012 at the Duchess Theatre, London.[17]

In July 2016, it was announced that Lewis is the star in stage production called ‘‘Unfaithful’’ playing the character called ‘‘Peter‘‘. The play is directed by Adam Penford, and playwright by Owen McCafferty. The play performance starts on the 25 August 2016 to 8 October 2016. In the play, Lewis is co-starring alongside with Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack and Ruta Gedmintas.[18] [19]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis is a vice-president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity.[20]

Lewis has described his association with the number 11 and how it has appeared multiple times throughout his life, such as being 11 years old when obtaining the role for Harry Potter. He has a tattoo of the number 11 on his right arm and clothing with the number 11 on it.[5] Lewis has lived in London since 2015.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Neville Longbottom
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
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2012 The Night of the Loving Dead Nigel
2013 Wasteland Dodd The film is also known as The Rise.
The Sweet Shop The Reporter
2016 Me Before You Patrick Based on novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Some Kind of Life Johnathan Taylor Television film
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Davy Plessey Episode: "An Advancement of Learning"
1999 Heartbeat Alan Quigley Episode: "Hollywood or Bust"
2000 Where the Heart Is Billy Bevan Episode: "Things Fall Apart" (S 1:Ep 2)
2012 The Syndicate Jamie Bradley Series 1, 5 Episodes
2014–2015 Bluestone 42 Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House Series 2-3
2015 Death in Paradise Dominic Claydon Episode 4.7
2016 Ripper Street D S Samuel Drummond Series 4, 8 Episodes
2016 Happy Valley Sean Series 2

Music video[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Filth by A Band of Buriers Boyfriend


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Queen's Handbag Neville Longbottom Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
2011 Agatha Christie's Verdict Lester Cole Stage, Tour Production
2012 Our Boys Mick West End, Stage Production
2016 Unfaithful Peter Stage Production.

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Neville Longbottom Voice Character
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Theme Park[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Neville Longbottom Theme park attraction

Awards and honours[edit]

On 24 July 2012 Lewis received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to the arts and charity work.[22]


  1. ^ a b "Matthew Lewis". (Sandbox Networks, Inc.). Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Charnley, Jane (1 June 2004). "Harry Potter and the boy who wouldn't give up". The Yorkshire Post. Leeds, UK. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Magic Moments with Matthew Lewis Exclusive Interview with VQ". Victoria Quarter. 17 October 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Harry Potter star goes back to school
  5. ^ a b Kaufmann, Justin (15 July 2011). "Wikipedia Files: Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)". WBEZ. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Interview with the Gryffindors: James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray". n.d. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Steve Daly (13 July 2007). "Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ J.K. Rowling's Emotional Speech at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Matthew Lewis talks Verdict, confirms new Deathly Hallows: II battle scene". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  10. ^ BBC lstest news on The Syndicate
  11. ^ Lewis first set footage on The Syndicate
  12. ^ Potter Matthew Lewis Skins Lily Loveless in Music Video, DigitalSpy, Retrieved 6 July 2012
  13. ^ First promo synopsis of Matthew Lewis in Wasteland
  14. ^ realised in cinemas in June 2016"Was released in cinemas in June 2016steland Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings"
  15. ^ Sarah Freeman (13 April 2011). "Learning how to earn a living after Harry Potter ends". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  16. ^ Laura Davis (29 March 2011). "Susan Penhaligon leads all-star cast for Agatha Christie's Verdict at New Brighton Floral Pavilion". Liverpool Daily Post. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Matthew Lewis to star in Our Boys West End Play,
  18. ^ Unfaithful,
  19. ^ Matthew Lewis talks playing male escort in new play 'Unfaithful', seeing Cursed Child.
  20. ^ Leeds Rugby Foundation website list of vice presidents.
  21. ^ "Matthew Lewis thinks his Ripper Street moustache makes him repellant to women". 
  22. ^ Matthew Lewis to receive honorary master of arts degree from Leeds Metropolitan University

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