Harry Potter Cast Bios

November 13th, 2010 by Harry Potter Fans


Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone arrived in theaters in 2001, fans have watched in amazement as J. K. Rowling’s magical words have been brought to life on the big screen. When Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint embodied the extraordinary trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron, they were just tiny tykes who have since literally grown up before our eyes. Read more about this talented group and the fine British thespians who have accompanied them on their remarkable journey!

Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter character: Harry Potter

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Emma Watson
Harry Potter character: Hermione Granger

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Rupert Grint
Harry Potter character: Ron Weasley

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Ralph Fiennes
Harry Potter character: Voldemort

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Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter character: Bellatrix Lestrange

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Tom Felton
Harry Potter character: Draco Malfoy

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Alan Rickman
Harry Potter character: Severus Snape

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Gary Oldman
Harry Potter character: Sirius Black

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Maggie Smith
Harry Potter character: Professor McGonagall

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Michael Gambon
Harry Potter character: Professor Dumbledore

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Robbie Coltrane
Harry Potter character: Rubeus Hagrid

His full name is Anthony Robert McMillian and he was born March 30, 1950 in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire. He has appeared in numerous films and plays and began acting at the age of 20. His stage name Coltrane is a tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. He is not only an actor, but also a comedian and author.

Ian Hart
Harry Potter character: Professor Quirrell

Ian Hart was born October 8, 1964 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. He was raised in a Catholic family with his two other siblings and studied drama at the Liverpool Mabel Fletcher College of Music and Drama. Ian Hart appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Richard Griffiths
Harry Potter character: Vernon Dursley

Richard Griffiths was born on July 31, 1947 in Thornaby-on-Tess, Yorkshire, England. He has won a Tony Award and has worked in stage, film and television. He has also won the Laurence Olivier Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Fiona Shaw
Harry Potter character: Petunia Dursley

Fiona Shaw was born on July 10, 1958 in County Cork, Ireland. She regularly works in the London theater and has won the CBE award. She has also been in As You Like It, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Taming of the Shrew and Electra.

Richard Harris
Harry Potter character: Professor Dumbledore

His full name is Richard St. John Harris and he was born October 1, 1930 in Limerick City, Ireland. He was the fifth child out of eight children. He passed away October 25, 2002 at the age of 72. He appeared in the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the last film he appeared in. He has won two Academy Award nominations and one Grammy Award.

Kenneth Branagh
Harry Potter character: Gilderoy Lockhart

His full name is Kenneth Charles Branagh and he was born December 10, 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has won both an Emmy and an Academy Award nomination. He acts and directs and has done many Shakespeare films including As You Like It, Othello, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Jason Isaacs
Harry Potter character: Lucius Malfoy

Jason Isaacs was born June 6, 1963 in Liverpool, England. He’s performed on stage, television, and film and has become well known for his character in the Harry Potter films.

Christian Coulson
Harry Potter character: Tom Marvolo Riddle (a young Lord Voldemort)

Christian Coulson was born on October 3, 1978 in England. He attended Westminster School in London on scholarships and was also a member of the National Youth Music Theater from 1990-1997. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with an English degree from Clare College in 2000.

David Thewlis
Harry Potter character: Remus Lupin

David Thewlis Wheeler was born on March 20, 1963 in Blackpool, England. He is a film, television and stage actor, as well as a writer. He was named best actor by the National Society of Film Critics, the London Film Critics Circle, the Evening Standard, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Cannes Film Festival.

Timothy Spall
Harry Potter character: Peter Pettigrew

His full name is Timothy Leonard Spall and he was born on February 27, 1957 in Battersea, London, England. He has been awarded by BAFTA for his film, stage and television work. Most recently, aside from the Harry Potter films, he was in Disney’s Enchanted and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd.

Emma Thompson
Harry Potter character: Sybil Trelawney

Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, England. She is an actress, comedian, and screenwriter and part of the Refugee Council. Both of her parents were actors as well and she has lived almost her entire life in Scotland. She has appeared in multiple films and television, along with plays on stage. Most notably she was in The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility and Angels in America.

Brendan Gleeson
Harry Potter character: Mad-Eye Moody

Brendan Gleeson was born on March 29, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland and has appeared in Irish, American and British films. Aside from the Harry Potter movies, his other notable roles have included Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later and Braveheart.

Robert Pattinson
Harry Potter character: Cedric Diggory

Robert Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986 in London, England. Not only has he acted, but he is also a musician and has modeled. He started out working backstage in the Barnes Theater Company and then began auditioning for upcoming roles. After appearing as Cedric Diggory, Robert Pattinson went on to star as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies.

Miranda Richardson
Harry Potter character: Rita Skeeter

Her full name is Miranda Jane Richardson and she was born on March 3, 1958 in Southport, Merseyside, England. She has won an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award. She has worked in stage, film and television. She appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Imelda Staunton
Harry Potter character: Dolores Umbridge

Her full name is Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton and she was born on January 9, 1956 in London, England. She is mostly known for her comedic role in the TV series Up the Garden Path and her role in Vera Drake. She has won an Academy Award and two Olivier Awards.

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