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Henry Cavill
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Cavill at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill
(1983-05-05) 5 May 1983 (age 35)
Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
Residence Kensington, London
Nationality British
Education St Michael's Preparatory School
Stowe School
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2001–present
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
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Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (/ˈkævɪl/; born 5 May 1983) is a British actor.[2][3][4][5] Cavill began his career with roles in the film adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and I Capture the Castle (2003).

He later appeared in minor and supporting roles in several television series, including BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, ITV's Midsomer Murders, and Showtime's The Tudors. He appeared in Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde (2006), Stardust (2007), Blood Creek (2009), and Immortals (2011). He then co-starred with Armie Hammer in the spy film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and the Netflix war drama Sand Castle (2017).

Cavill gained further prominence and international fame for playing Superman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with the reboot Man of Steel (2013), and reprising the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). The first two became the highest-grossing of all Superman films.

Early life[edit]

Cavill was born the fourth of five boys[6] on Jersey in the Channel Islands.[7] His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), was a secretary in a bank, and his father, Colin Cavill, was a stockbroker.[8] He was educated at St Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England.[9]

Career[edit]

Cavill at the Whatever Works premiere in 2009

Cavill began his film career with a role in Laguna (2001) and Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He continued with appearances in BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002), the television film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002), and the television series Midsomer Murders (2003). In 2003, he had a supporting role in I Capture the Castle, followed by Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Red Riding Hood (2006) and Tristan & Isolde (2006). He had a minor role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Stardust (2007).

From 2007 to 2010, Cavill had a leading role in Showtime's television series, The Tudors, as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The series was well-received: it was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy in 2008. Cavill gave the show credit for bolstering his career: "It's done the most for me to date. [...] Now that there's an audience somewhere in America that's aware of who I am, I have more sell-ability, because of The Tudors."[10] Entertainment Weekly named him the "Most Dashing Duke" and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying "charm, depth and a killer bod".[11]

Cavill had been set to play Superman in McG's 2004 film, Superman: Flyby. However, McG pulled out of the project and direction was taken over by director Bryan Singer, who recast Brandon Routh as the lead in Superman Returns.[12][13] Cavill was also the cause of a write-in effort from fans to see him cast as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).[14] The role eventually went to Robert Pattinson. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was outspokenly in favour of Cavill playing the character of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film,[15] calling him her "perfect Edward".[16] However, by the time production of the film began, Cavill was too old to play the character,[16][17] and again the role went to Pattinson.

In 2005, Cavill was a final choice for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale.[18] The producers and director Martin Campbell were torn between him and Daniel Craig; reportedly Campbell supported Cavill but the producers preferred an older Bond.[12][19] Craig ultimately landed the role. Despite reports that he was a contender for Batman in Batman Begins, Cavill confirmed that he never auditioned for, nor was offered, the role.[12][18] He starred in director Joel Schumacher's horror film, Blood Creek (2008), and had a supporting role in Woody Allen's comedy film, Whatever Works (2009).[20]

Cavill at the 2011 SDCC

Cavill played the lead role of Theseus in Tarsem Singh's mythological film, Immortals, released 11 November 2011.[21] Cavill starred, alongside Bruce Willis, in The Cold Light of Day released in 2012.

On 30 January 2011, it was announced that Cavill had been cast in the role of Clark Kent/Superman in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.[22] Snyder called Cavill "the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."[23][24] Entertainment media applauded Henry Cavill on his road to success.[25][26] On being chosen for the role, Cavill commented, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen."[27] Cavill reprised the role of Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a 2016 sequel which featured a crossover with Batman[28] and Wonder Woman.[29][30] In 2017, Cavill returned as Superman in Justice League. According to his manager Dany Garcia, Cavill is working on a new standalone Superman movie.[31] Shortly after the release of Justice League, Cavill revealed he is under contract to play Superman in one more film.[32]

Cavill will star in the psychological thriller Nomis alongside Alexandra Daddario and Sir Ben Kingsley, which began filming on 25 February 2017 in Winnipeg, Canada.[33] Cavill will also co-star in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Cavill has expressed interest in taking over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig gives it up.[34] He co-starred with Armie Hammer in the film version of spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., after Tom Cruise had to drop out to work on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[35][36][37] He appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con in disguise to surprise the cast of Suicide Squad.[38]

In the media[edit]

Cavill was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2012.[39]

In December 2013, Cavill was named "World's Sexiest Man" by British Glamour magazine.[40] The same year, Empire magazine placed him third on their list of "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars 2013".[41]

In early 2008, Cavill became the face of the British fragrance Dunhill.[42] A television commercial for the brand featured a suited-up Cavill walking through the Union Jack, before boarding a helicopter.[43] A second television commercial featured Cavill driving a car through a deserted London at night, and meeting with a young woman.[44]

Charity work[edit]

Cavill is a spokesman for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,[45] and an ambassador for The Royal Marines Charity. He launched the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge and took part in The Gibraltar Rock Run 2014.[46][47]

In August 2014, Cavill took part in an Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Association, where he was soaked with six large buckets of water while wearing his full Superman costume.[48][49][50]

Personal life[edit]

Cavill was engaged to English showjumper Ellen Whitaker, but they broke up in 2012.[51]

Cavill lives in South Kensington, London with his pet Akita, Kal.[52][53][54]

Cavill has started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, having been seen training at Roger Gracie's academy in London.[55]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Laguna Thomas Aprea
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Albert Mondego
2003 I Capture the Castle Stephen Colley
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld Mike
2006 Tristan & Isolde Melot
Red Riding Hood The Hunter
2007 Stardust Humphrey
2009 Whatever Works Randy Lee James
Blood Creek Evan Marshall
2011 Immortals Theseus
2012 The Cold Light of Day Will Shaw
2013 Man of Steel Clark Kent / Superman
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Clark Kent / Superman
2017 Sand Castle Captain Syverson
Justice League Clark Kent / Superman
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout August Walker Post-production
Nomis Marshall

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Inspector Lynley Mysteries, TheThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries Chas Quilter Episode: "Well-Schooled in Murder"
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Soldier Colley Television film
2003 Midsomer Murders Simon Mayfield Episode: "The Green Man"
2007–2010 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Charles Brandon 38 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 NewNowNext Award Cause You're Hot The Tudors Nominated [56]
2013 Cause You're Hot Man of Steel Nominated [57]
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Nominated [58]
Choice Liplock (shared with Amy Adams) Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated [59]
MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Won [60]
2016 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Nominated [61]
Choice Liplock (shared with Amy Adams) Nominated
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Nominated [62]
Favorite Butt-Kicker Nominated
Favorite Frenemies (shared with Ben Affleck) Nominated
Razzie Awards Worst Actor Nominated [63]
Worst Screen Combo (shared with Ben Affleck) Won

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