Henry Cavill
Birth Date:
Jersey, Channel Islands
Birth Place:
May 5, 1983
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British actor Henry Cavill is known to television audiences for playing Charles Brandon on the television series “The Tudors,” which ran on Showtime for four seasons from April 1, 2007 until June 20, 2010. He has appeared in the films “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002), “Tristan & Isolde” (2006),”Stardust” (2007),“Whatever Works” (2009) and “Immortals” (2011). Recently, he attracted the attention of public for playing the role of Superman/Clark Kent in the 2013 film “Man of Steel,” making him the first non-American actor to play the role.

In May 2011, Cavill's girlfriend, English showjumper Ellen Whitaker, announced their engagement. They separated later in August 2012. In September of that year, Cavill started dating American actress and former mixed martial artist Gina Carano.

Cavill is a fan of video games and a huge fan of comic books. He has an interest in Egyptology and can speak French fluently. He mentions “Gladiator” (2000) his favorite film and Mel Gibson and  “Man of Steel” co-star Russell Crowe his favorite actors.         


Childhood and Family:

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on May 5, 1983, in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, to Marianne and Colin Cavill. His mother is a secretary in a bank, while his father is a stockbroker. He has four brothers, Charlie, Nik, Piers and Simon. Henry attended St. Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey before going to Stowe School, a boarding school in Buckinghamshire, England. It was while at Stowe School that he found his first love with acting. He is known with the nicknames Hank, Henners and Most Dashing Duke.

The Tudors


Henry Cavill got his early acting experience by performing in school plays like Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and  “Grease.” In one of those shows, Cavill was discovered by a casting director and later was cast as the vindictive 15 year old Albert Mondego in the 2002 adventure film “The Count of Monte Cristo,” adapted from the Alexandre Dumas, père book of the same name. The film, directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk, Richard Harris and Luis Guzman, was a modest box office success. Prior to his appearance in the film, Cavill appeared in the Italian movie “Laguna” (2001), along with Joe Mantegna and Sergio Castellitto.

Cavill made his British TV debut in BBC's “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries” in the 2002 episode “Well Schooled in Murder.” He went on to appear as a soldier in the TV movie adaptation of “Goodbye Mr. Chips” (2002) on PBS' Masterpiece Theater and as Simon Mayfield in an episode of “Midsomer Murders” (2003). In 2003, Cavill had a supporting role as servant named Stephen Colley  in “I Capture the Castle,” a film adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel of the same title. The film was directed by Tim Fywell and starred Romola Garai in the lead role of Cassandra Mortmain, alongside Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara FitzGerald. Two years later, the actor was cast as an ill-fated moviegoer in the direct to video horror sequel “Hellraiser: Hellworld,” starring Doug Bradley, Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick and Christopher Jacot. 

Cavill was cast as Rufus Sewell's marginalized son in the romance/drama film “Tristan & Isolde” (2006), which was directed by Kevin Reynolds and starred James Franco and Sophia Myles, and starred as The Hunter, opposite Morgan Thompson as Red and Joey Fatone as the Wolf, in “Red Riding Hood,” which was released in the United States in 2006. He also played Humphrey in the British fantasy movie “Stardust” (2007), directed by Matthew Vaughn, a love interest of Evan Rachel Wood in the Woody Allen movie “Whatever Works” (2009), which also starred Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley, Jr. and Michael McKean, and Evan Marshall in Joel Schumacher's horror film “Blood Creek” (2009).

From 2007 to 2010, Cavill played the role of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in the Showtime historical drama series “The Tudors.” The cast of the show also included Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sarah Bolger, Callum Blue and Natalie Dormer.

In 2011, Cavill starred as Theseus, a mortal chosen by the god Zeus to fight the evil King Hyperion in Tarsem Singh's fantasy movie, “Immortals.”  With a budget of $75 million, the film has grossed $83,504,017 in the United States and Canada and $143,400,000 in other countries, for a total of $226,904,017 worldwide.

The same year, Cavill won the lead role of Clark Kent/Superman on “Man of Steel,” the Zack Snyder movie adaptation of the classic superhero Superman. The film is set to be released on June14, 2013.

In 2012, Cavill co-starred with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in action/thriller film “The Cold Light of Day.”

Cavill will play a role in the upcoming movie “The Great Wall” (2014). He is rumored to play Napoleon Solo in the Guy Ritchie forthcoming  action/adventure film “The Man from  U.N.C.L.E.”


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