Adrian Rawlins

Adrian John Rawlins (born 27 March 1958) is an English actor best known for playing Arthur Kidd in The Woman in Black and James Potter in the Harry Potter films. In 2019, he starred in Chernobyl as Nikolai Fomin.

Adrian Rawlins
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Adrian John Rawlins

(1958-03-27) 27 March 1958 (age 62)
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University
Years active1980–present

Early lifeEdit

Rawlins was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,[1] the son of Mavis (née Leese) and Edward Rawlins, a market trader.[2][3] Rawlins was educated at Stanfield Technical High School in Stoke-on-Trent and the Stoke VI Form College. He then studied art and acting at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Rawlins has appeared in several films including Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, and also has a pivotal role in the Harry Potter film series as Harry Potter's father James Potter. Onstage, he has appeared in Her Naked Skin (2008, National Theatre). He played Richard Collingsworth in the 1989 TV serial version of The Ginger Tree, opposite Samantha Bond. He also starred in The Woman in Black which was made for television and aired at Christmas 1989.

Since 2014, he has volunteered at East Riding Theatre in East Riding of Yorkshire, becoming artistic director in 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Ginger Tree Richard Collingsworth
The Woman in Black Arthur Kidd
1993 Soldier Soldier Major Tim Radley
1996 Breaking the Waves Dr. Richardson
Dalziel & Pascoe Henry Crayford/Martin Hewitt episode "Cunning old fox"
2000 Blood Carl Dyson
2001 Midsomer Murders Adam Keyne episode "Tainted Fruit"
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone James Potter
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets uncredited
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Harbour
2004 Spooks Andrew Forrestal Series 3, Episode 8
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban James Potter
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Silent Witness Alan Eckhert Series 11, Episode 9 & 10, Peripheral Vision
2008 Doctor Who Dr Ryder episode "Planet of the Ood"
2009 Agatha Christie's Marple: Nemesis Derek Turnbull
2010 Misfits Dave Series 2 Episode 5
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 James Potter
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Midsomer Murders David Orchard episode "Echoes of the Dead"
2012, 2013 Prisoners' Wives Ian Series 1 & 2
2013 By Any Means Daniel Foster Series 1, Episode 6
2014 Silent Witness DI John Leighton Episode: "Commodity" (2 parts)
Father Brown Dr. Walter Henshaw Series 2, Episode 2
2015 The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Dr. Rhodes
2015-2016 Dickensian Edward Barbary
2017 Death in Paradise Stephen Langham Episode 6.1
2017 Darkest Hour Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding
2018 Innocent Rob Moffatt
2019 Chernobyl Nikolai Fomin


  1. ^ Adrian Rawlins Archived 1 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "City actor putting a new twist on Dickens tales", The Sentinel, 27 December 2015 Archived 30 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 27 January 2016
  3. ^ "Adrian Rawlins Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 15 March 2017.

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