His very first professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich. Thewlis’ first major film role was as the rambling street philosopher Johnny in Naked (1993; dir. Mike Leigh), for which he was referred to as greatest actor by the National Society of Film Critics (United States), the London Film Critics Circle, the Evening Standard, the New York Film Critics’ Circle and the Cannes Film Festival. The same year he appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and CiarĂˇn Hinds. Prior to this Thewlis’s first television appearance was alongside Ken Jones in Valentine Park. Through the 1990s, Thewlis appeared in a variety of films, mostly fantasy and period, including Restoration (1995), Black Beauty (1994), Total Eclipse (1995) with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Dragonheart (1996), and Seven Years in Tibet (1997), opposite Brad Pitt (given that of this film, Thewlis is barred from entering China). He was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Divorcing Jack (1998), and played Clov in a (2000) television film of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Notable appearances also include Bernardo Bertolucci’s Besieged (1998) and Paul McGuigan’s Gangster No. 1 (2000), opposite Paul Bettany and Malcolm McDowell.
|Day of Birth||20-March-1963|
|Place of Birth||Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK|