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Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (/ˈkævəl/; born 5 May 1983) is a British actor.[1][2][3][4] He began his career with roles in the feature adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and I Capture the Castle (2003). He later appeared in supporting roles in several television series, including BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, ITV's Midsomer Murders, and Showtime's The Tudors. He has since appeared in numerous major Hollywood films, such as Tristan & Isolde (2006), Stardust (2007), Blood Creek (2009), and Immortals (2011).

Henry Cavill
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Cavill at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill

(1983-05-05) 5 May 1983 (age 36)
ResidenceSouth Kensington, London, England
EducationSt Michael's Preparatory School
Stowe School
  • Actor
Years active2001–present
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Cavill gained prominence and international recognition for portraying Superman in the DC Extended Universe, starring in Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017). He went on to star in the action spy film Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018).

Early lifeEdit

Cavill was born the fourth of five boys[5] on Jersey in the Channel Islands.[6] His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), was a secretary in a bank, and his father, Colin Cavill, was a stockbroker.[7] He was educated at St Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.[8]


Cavill at the Whatever Works premiere in 2009

Cavill began his film career with a role in Laguna (2001) and Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He continued with appearances in BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002), the television film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002), and the television series Midsomer Murders (2003). In 2003, he had a supporting role in I Capture the Castle, followed by Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Red Riding Hood (2006) and Tristan & Isolde (2006). He had a minor role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Stardust (2007).

From 2007 to 2010, Cavill had a leading role in Showtime's television series, The Tudors, as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The series was well-received: it was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy in 2008. Cavill gave the show credit for bolstering his career: "It's done the most for me to date. [...] Now that there's an audience somewhere in America that's aware of who I am, I have more sell-ability, because of The Tudors."[9] Entertainment Weekly named him the "Most Dashing Duke" and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying "charm, depth and a killer bod".[10]

Cavill had been set to play Superman in McG's 2004 film, Superman: Flyby. McG pulled out of the project and direction was taken over by director Bryan Singer, who recast Brandon Routh as the lead in Superman Returns.[11][12] Cavill was also the cause of a write-in effort from fans to see him cast as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).[13] The role eventually went to Robert Pattinson. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was outspokenly in favour of Cavill playing the character of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film,[14] calling him her "perfect Edward".[15] However, by the time production of the film began, Cavill was too old to play the character,[15][16] and again the role went to Pattinson.

In 2005, Cavill was a final choice for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale.[17] The producers and director Martin Campbell were torn between him and Daniel Craig; reportedly Campbell supported Cavill but the producers preferred an older Bond.[11][18] Craig ultimately landed the role. Despite reports that he was a contender for Batman in Batman Begins, Cavill confirmed that he never auditioned for, nor was offered, the role.[11][17] He starred in director Joel Schumacher's horror film, Blood Creek (2008), and had a supporting role in Woody Allen's comedy film, Whatever Works (2009).[19]

Cavill at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Cavill played the lead role of Theseus in Tarsem Singh's mythological film, Immortals, released 11 November 2011.[20] Cavill starred, alongside Bruce Willis, in The Cold Light of Day released in 2012.

On 30 January 2011, it was announced that Cavill had been cast in the role of Clark Kent / Superman in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.[21] Snyder called Cavill "the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."[22][23] Entertainment media applauded Henry Cavill on his road to success.[24][25] On being chosen for the role, Cavill commented, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen."[26] Cavill reprised the role of Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a 2016 sequel which featured a crossover with Batman[27] and Wonder Woman.[28][29] In 2017, Cavill returned as Superman in Justice League. According to his manager Dany Garcia, Cavill is working on a new standalone Superman movie.[30] Shortly after the release of Justice League, Cavill revealed he is under contract to play Superman in one more film.[31]

Cavill has expressed interest in taking over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig gives it up.[32] He co-starred with Armie Hammer in the film version of spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.[33][34][35] He appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con in disguise to surprise the cast of Suicide Squad.[36]

In 2018, Cavill co-starred as August Walker in the action spy film Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Also that year, he starred in the psychological thriller Night Hunter (originally titled Nomis).[37] On 4 September 2018, it was announced that Cavill will be portraying the protagonist Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.[38][39][40]

On 27 June 2019, it was announced that Cavill is set to portray Sherlock Holmes in Legendary Entertainment's upcoming film adaptation of The Enola Holmes Mysteries with Millie Bobby Brown in the titular role.[41]

In the mediaEdit

Cavill was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2012.[42]

In December 2013, Cavill was named "World's Sexiest Man" by British Glamour magazine.[43] The same year, Empire magazine placed him third on their list of "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars 2013".[44]

In early 2008, Cavill became the face of the British fragrance Dunhill.[45] A television commercial for the brand featured a suited-up Cavill walking through the Union Jack, before boarding a helicopter.[46] A second television commercial featured Cavill driving a car through a deserted London at night, and meeting a young woman.[47]

Charity workEdit

Cavill is a spokesman for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,[48] and an ambassador for The Royal Marines Charity. He launched the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge and took part in The Gibraltar Rock Run 2014.[49][50]

In August 2014, Cavill took part in an Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Association, where he was soaked with six large buckets of water while wearing his full Superman costume.[51][52][53]

Personal lifeEdit

He was once engaged to British showjumper Ellen Whitaker. They ended their engagement in 2012.[54]

The actor resides in South Kensington, London with his pet American Akita, Kal.[55][56][57]

In 2018, Cavill started practising Brazilian jiu-jitsu, having been seen training at Roger Gracie's academy in London.[58]

He is a fan of the American football team the Kansas City Chiefs.[59]

His brother, Lieutenant Colonel Nik Cavill MBE, is a Royal Marines officer and as of 2016 he commands the 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.[60]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Laguna Thomas Aprea
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Albert Mondego
2003 I Capture the Castle Stephen Colley
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld Mike
2006 Tristan & Isolde Melot
Red Riding Hood The Hunter
2007 Stardust Humphrey
2009 Whatever Works Randy Lee James
Blood Creek Evan Marshall
2011 Immortals Theseus
2012 The Cold Light of Day Will Shaw
2013 Man of Steel Clark Kent / Superman
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Clark Kent / Superman
2017 Justice League
Sand Castle Captain Syverson
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout August Walker
Night Hunter Lt. Walter Marshall
2020 Enola Holmes Sherlock Holmes post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Chas Quilter Episode: "Well-Schooled in Murder"
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Soldier Colley Television film
2003 Midsomer Murders Simon Mayfield Episode: "The Green Man"
2007–2010 The Tudors Charles Brandon 38 episodes
2018 Running Man Himself Episode 410
2019–present The Witcher Geralt of Rivia Main role, Post-production[61]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
TBA Squadron 42 Ryan Enright In development

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 NewNowNext Award Cause You're Hot The Tudors Nominated [62]
2013 Man of Steel Nominated [63]
Teen Choice Award Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Nominated [64]
Choice Liplock (shared with Amy Adams) Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Actor in an Action Movie Nominated [65]
MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Won [66]
2016 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Nominated [67]
Choice Liplock (shared with Amy Adams) Nominated
2017 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Nominated [68]
Favorite Butt-Kicker Nominated
Favorite Frenemies (shared with Ben Affleck) Nominated
Razzie Awards Worst Actor Nominated [69]
Worst Screen Combo (shared with Ben Affleck) Won
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actor Justice League Nominated


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