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William Jack Poulter (born 28 January 1993) is an English actor known for his work in the films Son of Rambow (2007), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), We're the Millers (2013), The Maze Runner (2014), The Revenant (2015), and Detroit (2017). For his work in We're the Millers, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[1]

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Poulter at the Paris premiere of The Revenant in January 2016.
William Jack Poulter

(1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 25)
Years active2007–present


Early lifeEdit

Poulter was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline Poulter (née Barrah), a former nurse, and Neil Poulter, a Professor of Cardiology.[2][3] Will's mother was raised in an Anglo family in Kenya, where her father was a game warden. Poulter studied at Harrodian School.[2]


Early work (2007–2012)Edit

Poulter played various acting roles before landing the role of Lee Carter in the 2007 movie Son of Rambow, which was released to positive reviews, and praise for the performances of Poulter and his co-star Bill Milner. He also performed with other young comedic actors in School of Comedy,[4] which aired its pilot on Channel 4's Comedy Lab on 21 August 2008. School of Comedy was then commissioned for a full series by Channel 4,[5] which began airing on 2 October 2009. The programme finished after a second series.

In 2009, he was selected to play the role of Eustace Scrubb in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (filmed in Queensland, Australia), and was accompanied by some members of his family. The movie was first screened on 10 December 2010. The film opened to mixed reviews, but Poulter's performance was well received.[6][7]

In 2010, he appeared in the BBC Three pilot The Fades, a 60-minute supernatural thriller written by Skins writer, Jack Thorne. The pilot has been commissioned to be written as six-part series with almost entirely a new cast.[8][9]

Poulter began filming a small British independent film called Wild Bill, directed by Dexter Fletcher, at the end of 2010.[10] It centres around Bill Hayward, played by Charlie Creed-Miles, who, on parole after spending eight years in prison, finds his two sons, Dean (Poulter) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams), living alone abandoned by their mother. With the attention of social services now focused on the boys, Bill struggles to play good dad while keeping out of jail as Jimmy gets in trouble with some dangerous acquaintances of Bill's past.[11] The film was released on 23 March 2012 to extremely positive reviews, with praise for Poulter's performance.[12] In 2011, Poulter appeared with the popular British blogger and his School of Comedy co-star Jack Harries on his YouTube channel by the name of JacksGap in a video called Jack and Will.

Mainstream recognition and further work (2013–present)Edit

Poulter at the London premiere of We're the Millers in August 2013

In 2013, he played Kenny in We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. While the film opened to mixed reviews, the performances of the cast were well-received, especially Poulter, who found mainstream recognition with his showy, comedic work in the film. He also appeared as a caretaker in the music video for Rizzle Kicks' song "Skip to the Good Bit". Though he loved the script and auditioned for the role of Augustus Waters, he was declined the part in The Fault in Our Stars.[13]

In 2014, he played Fordy in the crime film Plastic, directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza and Emma Rigby. The film was critically panned on release. The same year, he played Gally in the film adaptation, The Maze Runner, alongside Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario. The film was a critical and commercial success, with the performances of the cast being praised. Poulter went on to describe the film and his role in it, as "a turning point" in his career.[13]

In 2015, Poulter starred as Shane in the Irish indie film Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett and co-starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette. The film was a critical success, with many reviewers praising Poulter's performance in particular as being his most diverse role to date. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Poulter stated the film was "the proudest I've been to be a part of a movie".

Poulter in 2014

In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, voted for by the public.[14] Other actors nominated for the award were Lupita Nyong'o, George MacKay, Léa Seydoux and Dane DeHaan.[15] The same year, he also won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with his co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts) for his performance in We're the Millers.[16]

In 2014, Poulter was chosen as one of 23 upcoming actors to feature in July's issue of Vanity Fair, with all actors being named "Hollywood's Next Wave". Other actors featured included Dylan O'Brien (Poulter's co-star in The Maze Runner), Jack Reynor (Poulter's co-star in Glassland), and Tye Sheridan (Poulter's co-star in The Yellow Birds).[17]

Poulter played Jim Bridger in the revenge-thriller The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film centers on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.[18] In 2017, he played the racist police officer Philip Krauss in the film Detroit, about the 1967 Detroit riots. His work in the film was praised with one critic calling it "towering" while another deemed it "terrifyingly confident".[19][20]

Poulter was initially cast as Pennywise the Clown in the 2017 remake of the Stephen King miniseries It. However, it was announced in June 2016 that Bill Skarsgård was cast instead, since Poulter was forced to drop out, due both to scheduling conflicts (the film was set to shoot at the same time as Poulter was set to begin work on Detroit), as well as the departure of its initial director, Cary Fukunaga.[21]

In 2018, Poulter reprised his role as Gally in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final installment of the Maze Runner film series. He will next star in The Little Stranger as Roderick "Roddy" Ayres, a facially disfigured, haunted war veteran.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Son of Rambow Lee Carter
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Eustace Scrubb
2012 Wild Bill Dean
2013 We're the Millers Kenny Rossmore
2014 Plastic Fordy
The Maze Runner Gally
A Plea for Grimsby Jone Short film
Glassland Shane
2015 The Revenant Jim Bridger
2016 Kids in Love Jack
2017 War Machine Rick Ortega
Detroit Philip Krauss
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Gally
The Little Stranger Roderick "Roddy" Ayres
2019 Midsommer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Comedy: Shuffle Find Your Folks Presenter
2008 Comedy Lab Various
Lead Balloon Sweet Throwing Boy
2009–2010 School of Comedy Various
2010 The Fades Mac Pilot
Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Incredible True Story Christopher Smith Album

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Son of Rambow Nominated
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performers Shared with Bill Milner Nominated
2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Shared with Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Young British Performer of the Year Nominated
2013 Wild Bill Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Shared with Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston We're the Millers Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Kiss Shared with Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston Won
Best Musical Moment Nominated
British Academy Film Awards EE Rising Star Award Won
Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Dylan O'Brien) The Maze Runner Won


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  2. ^ a b Son of Rambow: ready for action at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  3. ^ Hello. "Scotland". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  4. ^ Lee, Robin (16 August 2007). "School of Comedy". The List. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Comedy Labs on Channel 4".
  6. ^ Will Poulter Cast as Eustace Scrubb at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  7. ^ Will Poulter Cast in Narnia 3 at (accessed 22 June 2008
  8. ^ "ScreenTerrier: The Fades". 5 June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  9. ^ Sibayan, Genevieve. "Touch – A new supernatural drama series for BBC3 {TV}". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  10. ^ "Narnia stars switch on London's Christmas lights!". The Hollywood News. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  11. ^[dead link]
  12. ^ "Approximate Release Date for Wild Bill – The Unofficial Will Poulter Fansite". 25 July 2011. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  13. ^ a b Tao, Anna Peele, Mei (20 December 2017). "Detroit's Will Poulter Talks Making Out with Jennifer Aniston and Being Miserable with Leonardo DiCaprio".
  14. ^ "Bafta Film Awards 2014: Full list of winners". BBC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  15. ^ Reynolds, Simon; Harris, Jamie (8 January 2014). "BAFTA Film Awards 2014 – nominations in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Will Poulter, Emma Roberts & Jennifer Aniston Win MTV Best Kiss". Hollywood life. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  17. ^ Smith, Krista (11 June 2014). "Hollywood's Next Wave". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (25 June 2014). "We're the Millers" Will Poulter Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Will Poulter gives a towering performance in Detroit".
  20. ^ "'Detroit' is a nightmarish history lesson about trauma". 23 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Finds Its Pennywise the Clown (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-05-22.

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