Harry Melling (actor)
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Harry Edward Melling (born 13 March 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. He played a young thespian with no arms or legs in the Coen brothers' 2018 film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Melling during the 2018 Venice Film Festival
Harry Edward Melling
13 March 1989 (age 30)
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Relatives||Patrick Troughton (grandfather)|
David Troughton (uncle)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Jim Troughton (cousin)
Sam Troughton (cousin)
Melling was born in London. His maternal grandfather was actor Patrick Troughton, best known for his role as the Second Doctor in Doctor Who. He is also the nephew of actors David Troughton and Michael Troughton, and the first cousin of cricketer Jim Troughton and actor Sam Troughton. Melling attended St Paul's Primary School, Hendon School and Mill Hill School. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In his early career, Melling starred in stage productions of The Provoked Wife, King John, Antigone, and Plenty. He appeared in five of the Harry Potter films as Harry Potter's spoiled cousin Dudley Dursley. In 2009, he starred in a revival of Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared in an episode of the BBC series Merlin entitled "The Sorcerer's Shadow", playing a young warlock named Gilli who intends to use magic to help him win Camelot's legendary tournament. He also played Robert Brown in the BBC series Just William.
In October 2009, it was announced that Melling had lost so much weight since his last appearance in Harry Potter that he was now "unrecognisable". His role as Dudley Dursley was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but Melling reprised the role by wearing a fat suit. He commented positively about the change, "I can now shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley."
"[I] came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds--above all, by the recitations of the limbless man, which thrum with genuine yearning. He is beautifully played, with a little help from C.G.I., by Harry Melling, who was once the odious Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. Funny how people grow up".
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Dudley Dursley|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1|
|2016||The Lost City of Z||William Barclay|
|2018||The Ballad of Buster Scruggs||Harrison||Segment: "Meal Ticket"|
|2019||Waiting for the Barbarians||Garrison Soldiers 4|
|TBA||The Devil All the Time||Post-production|
|TBA||The Old Guard||Post-production|
|2005||Friends and Crocodiles||Young Oliver|
|2010||Merlin||Gilli||Episode: "The Sorcerer's Shadow"|
|2010||Just William||Robert Brown|
|2011||Garrow's Law||George Pinnock||Series 3|
|2016||The Musketeers||Bastien||Episode: "Fool's Gold"|
|2009||Mother Courage and her Children||Swiss Cheese||Royal National Theatre|
|2010||Bedroom, Dens and Other Forms of Magic||Theatre 503|
|2010||Women Beware Women||Young Ward||Royal National Theatre|
|2011||The School for Scandal||Sir Benjamin Backbite||Barbican Centre|
|2011||When Did You Last See My Mother?||Ian||Trafalgar Studios|
|2012||I Am a Camera||Christopher Isherwood||Southwark Playhouse|
|2013||Smack Family Robinson||Sean Robinson||Rose Theatre, Kingston|
|2013||The Hothouse||Lamb||Trafalgar Studios|
|2013||King Lear||Fool||Minerva Theatre, Chichester|
|2014||King Lear||Fool||Brooklyn Academy of Music|
|2014||The Angry Brigade||Morris
|Theatre Royal, Plymouth|
Warwick Arts Centre
Watford Palace Theatre
|2016||Hand to God||Jason /Tyrone||Vaudeville Theatre, London|
|2016||King Lear||Edgar||The Old Vic|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Dudley Dursley||Voice|
- "Harry Melling shares his thoughts with MuggleNet on the black comedy "Smack Family Robinson" in an exclusive interview".
- "Interview: Harry Melling talks The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Netflix and Liam Neeson with horses". VODzilla.com. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
- Jardine, Cassandra. "Harry Potter star: My life after Dudley Dursley". The Telegraph. 6 October 2009
- "The Fractious, Frustrating Thrills of "Widows". (In print edition, "Desperate Measures".)". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 November 2018..