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Harry John Newman Treadaway[1] (born 10 September 1984) is an English actor known for his performance as Victor Frankenstein on the horror-drama series Penny Dreadful.

Harry Treadaway
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Treadaway at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1984-09-10) 10 September 1984 (age 34)
Years active2005–present


Early lifeEdit

Born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Devon, Treadaway was brought up in Sandford, Devon. His father is an architect and his mother is a primary school teacher; he has two brothers, older brother Sam (an artist)[2] and slightly older twin Luke. Treadaway and his twin brother Luke attended Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton, Devon, where they played in the twice Devon Cup winning Rugby Union team.[3]

Inspired by a love of Eddie Vedder[3] and with support from their secondary school drama teacher,[4] the twins formed a band called Lizardsun. They also both joined the National Youth Theatre.[4]


His professional debut was Brothers of the Head, a feature film about conjoined twin brothers in a punk rock band. Harry played Tom Howe, the band's rhythm guitarist and songwriter, and his brother Luke played Barry Howe, the lead singer. During rehearsals and throughout the shoot, Harry and Luke were connected to each other for fifteen hours a day, wearing sewn-together wetsuits or a harness. They also slept in one bed to simulate the conjoined nature of their characters. The Treadaways performed all tracks featured in the film themselves live on stage, as well as recording nine tracks for the sound-track album.

Treadaway took time out from his course at LAMDA to work on Brothers of the Head, and graduated in 2006.[5]

Treadaway took on other professional commitments while still at drama school including Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder for ITV television, and a reading of a new play, Myrna Molloy for Operating Theatre Company in 2006.

Since graduating, he has taken on work such as Recovery for Tiger Aspect (playing the son of characters played by David Tennant and Sarah Parish) and as Mark Brogan on the Channel 4 series Cape Wrath (known as Meadowlands in America). In Control Harry plays Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris. In 2008 he appears in the Channel 4 drama The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall and a short film by Sam Taylor-Wood.

He has acted in horror film The Disappeared, directed by Johnny Kevorkian, and science fiction-fantasy film City of Ember.

He made his stage debut in Over There, a new play by Mark Ravenhill alongside his twin brother Luke Treadaway at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009.

Treadaway is also credited as a songwriter, after writing the piece Sink or Swim which he and Luke performed both on film and on the soundtrack of Brothers of the Head. Also he performed his song "Raise This Up" in "Brothers of the Head" as a solo performance during the scene in which Tom Howe's girlfriend breaks his heart.

In 2011, he appeared in The Last Furlong, filmed in Ireland. He starts as the title character James Furlong.

He played Victor Frankenstein in the Showtime TV series Penny Dreadful, starting in May 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Brothers of the Head Tom Howe
2006 Marple: "Sleeping Murder" George Erskine TV film
2006 Afterlife Liam TV series; 1 episode
2007 Recovery Dean Hamilton TV film
2007 Control Stephen Morris
2007 Cape Wrath Mark Brogan TV series; 8 episodes
2008 Love You More Peter
2008 The Disappeared Matthew Ryan
2008 City of Ember Doon Harrow
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Billy TV film
2009 Fish Tank Billy
2010 Pelican Blood Nikko
2011 The Night Watch Duncan Pearce TV film
2011 The Last Furlong James Furlong
2011 Albatross Jake
2012 Cockneys vs Zombies Andy Macguire
2012 Flight of the Storks Jonathan Anselme TV mini-series
2013 The Lone Ranger Frank
2013 Truckers Glen Davies
2014 Honeymoon Paul
2014–2016 Penny Dreadful Dr. Victor Frankenstein TV series
2016 Squadron 42 Starfarer Pilot Video Game
2017 Mr. Mercedes Brady Hartsfield TV series
2017 Halo of Stars Chicci
2018 Gringo Miles

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 9th British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer (shared with Luke Treadaway)
Brothers of the Head
2018 22nd Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series
Mr. Mercedes


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at
  2. ^ "> Homepage : Sam Treadaway".
  3. ^ a b "Luke Treadaway". Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b Brakham, Patrick (11 May 2011). "Luke Treadaway: Hello aliens, fancy a spliff?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Interview with The Lone Ranger actor Harry Treadaway". 13 July 2013. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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