Matthew Lewis (actor)

Matthew Lewis

Lewis at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Born Matthew David Lewis
27 June 1989 (1989-06-27) (age 22)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 – present

Matthew David Lewis (born 27 June 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.


Personal life

Lewis was born in Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, the son of Lynda (née Needham) and Adrian Lewis. [1] He has two brothers, Chris Lewis and actor Anthony Lewis.[2] Lewis is an avid fan of rugby league team Leeds in the Super League.[3] In an interview with WBEZ, Lewis stated his association with the number 11 and how it has appeared multiple times throughout his life, such as being 11 years old when obtaining the role for Harry Potter, which has caused him to obtain a tattoo of the number 11 on his right arm and to have myriad clothing with the number 11 on them.[4]


Early work

He has been acting since he was five years old.[4] He started off with minor parts in television programmes, debuting in Some Kind of Life.

Harry Potter

Lewis in 2003

He then went on to try out for the part of Neville Longbottom. He has portrayed Neville Longbottom in the eight Harry Potter films. For his role as Neville Longbottom, Lewis wears false buck teeth, two-sizes-too-big shoes and has plastic bits placed behind his ears in order to make them stick out more.[5] During the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix Lestrange, accidentally ruptured Lewis's eardrum when she stuck her wand in his ear.[6]

Further career

Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Lewis plays the reporter in the upcoming independent film The Sweet Shop.[7]

Stage career

In 2011, he played Lester Cole in a touring stage production of Agatha Christie's Verdict.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Some Kind of Life Johnathan Taylor
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Davy Plessey Episode: "An Advancement of Learning"
1997 Where the Heart Is Billy Bevan Episode: "Things Fall Apart"
1999 Heartbeat Alan Quigley Episode: "Hollywood or Bust"
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Neville Longbottom
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006 The Queen's Handbag
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


  1. ^ Charnley, Jane (1 June 2004). "Harry Potter and the boy who wouldn't give up". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Matthew
  3. ^ "Harry Potter star hoping Rhinos will be magical". Super League. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Justin Kaufmann (15 July 2011). "Wikipedia Files: Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)". WBEZ. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Steph. "Interview with the Gryffindors". Veritaserum. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Steve Daly (13 July 2007). "Helena Bonham Carter Gets Wicked". Entertainment Weekly.,,20046035,00.html. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ 03:45 AM. "Exclusive: Matthew Lewis talks Verdict, confirms new Deathly Hallows: II battle scene". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  8. ^ Sarah Freeman (13 April 2011). "Learning how to earn a living after Harry Potter ends". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Laura Davis (29 March 2011). "Susan Penhaligon leads all-star cast for Agatha Christie’s Verdict at New Brighton Floral Pavilion". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

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