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- Matthew David Lewis
June 27, 1989 (age 33)
Matthew David Lewis (born 27 June 1989) 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.
Lewis was born in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and raised in its town of Horsforth, the son of Lynda (née Needham) and Adrian Lewis. He has two brothers: Chris Lewis and actor Anthony Lewis. He attended St Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy.
He has been acting since he was five years old. He started off with minor roles in television programmes, debuting in Some Kind of Life.
He then went on to try out for the role of Neville Longbottom, and after succeeding has portrayed Neville in the eight Harry Potter films. 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. 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.
Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Lewis played the reporter in the independent film The Sweet Shop. 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.
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. Lewis played the role of Dodd in the 2012 film Wasteland (known in the UK as The Rise), written and directed by Rowan Athale. The film was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday, 28 April 2013 and Monday, 29 April 2013.
Lewis is a vice-president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity.
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.
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