Oliver Phelps
Birth Date:
February 25, 1986
Birth Place:
Birmingham, England, UK
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George Weasley


British actor Oliver Phelps is best known for playing George Weasley on the Harry Potter film series. He is the twin brother of actor James Phelps and is set to star with Wilmer Valderrama and Martin Landau in the film “Latin Quarter” (2011), his first significant film role outside of the Harry Potter franchise.

Phelps is a fan of sports and mentions the Aston Villa F.C. as his favorite team. His favorite movies are “Goodfellas” and The Mummy Returns.” He enjoys music by the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eagles, Alter Bridge, Metallica, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Rage against the Machine, Elvis, Muse, Velvet Revolver, and Queen. In 2006, Phelps and his brother, James, appeared in People Magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive” issue in the twins section.


Childhood and Family:

Oliver Martyn John Phelps was born on February 1986, in Birmingham, England, 13 minutes earlier than his identical twin brother, James Andrew Eric Phelps. His parents are Martyn and Susan. He was educated at Little Sutton Primary School and The Arthur Terry Secondary School. Like his brother James, Oliver also expressed an interest in acting at an early age. The boys often performed in school drama productions when they were younger. Oliver's nicknames are Ollie and Ol.

Latin Quarter


Oliver Phelps made his major professional acting debut at age 14 when he landed the role of school clown and troublemaker George Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” (2001), the first of the Harry Potter movie series starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. Directed by Chris Columbus, scripted by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for numerous awards, including Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Since the release of the movie, it has become the eighth highest grossing film of all time as of February 2011. Phelps' brother, James, also acted with him in the film as his identical twin, Fred Weasley.

Phelps reprised his role of George in the sequel “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” which reunited him with the Columbus, Kloves and Heyman team. Released on November 15, 2002, in the United Kingdom and United States, the film was also a success the box office and made over $879 million worldwide, which made it the fifth highest grossing film ever at the time. The reviews of the film were primarily positive and it was nominated for BAFTA Film Awards in 2003 for Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

In 2004, Phelps resurfaced as George in the third installment “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-produced by Heyman and Columbus. Released on May 31, 2004, in the U.K. and June 4, 2004, in the U.S., the film gained noteworthy critical acclaim and was nominated for Academy Awards in 2005 in the category of Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. “Prisoner of Azkaban” became the second highest grossing film of 2004 worldwide (behind the movie “Shrek 2”).

Phelps next played George in the Mike Newel helmed “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) and the David Yates directed “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007). “Goblet of Fire” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction and won a BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design. Scripted by Michael Goldenberg, “Order of the Phoenix” was a commercial and critical success and applauded as “the best one yet” by the writer of the Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling. It became the second highest grossing film of 2007 after “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.”

In 2009, Phelps made his television acting debut in the British series “Kingdom,” starring Stephen Fry. Later that same year, Phelps returned to portray George Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which was released worldwide on July 15, 2009. Directed by David Yates, the film was another massive success and the second highest grossing film of 2009. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography and BAFTA Film Awards for Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.

Phelps again played George in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” which was released on November 18, 2010. He will return in the coveted role in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2,” which will be released in 2011. He will also star as Alfred Jarry in the upcoming British biopic “Latin Quarter” (2011), opposite Wilmer Valderrama and Martin Landau. The latter film was directed by Tammi Sutton and written by Gary Van Haas.


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