David Thewlis is one of those actors that is in just about everything, from modern gritty TV crime dramas to blockbuster films like the Harry Potter franchise. But he’s also got an impressive list of costume flicks to his name, so let’s take a look!
The Singing Detective (1986)
As far as I can tell, this is his only part in the episode, as one of a group of singing soldiers ogling a woman in a train car.
Little Dorrit (1987)
Crappy image, but proof that he’s in it!
The Trial (1993)
Remember when Kyle MacLachlan was a whole thing in the mid-’90s?
Black Beauty (1994)
One of several adaptations of the classic novel about a horse and his people in the late 1800s.
Dandelion Dead (1994)
A crime drama based on a true story about a solicitor who was tried and hanged for the murder of his wife and the attempted murder of his business rival. Thewlis plays said business rival.
Total Eclipse (1995)
Thewlis plays Paul Verlaine, French poet and love interest to Arthur Rimbaud (played Leonardo Di Caprio).
I don’t know about you, but I think this is one of his hottest roles. Something about that mid-17th century look really suits him.
I remember not hating this movie back when it first came out, but that was 25 years ago and I’m wondering if I would feel the same about it now.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Thewlis plays Peter Aufschnaiter, mountaineer, cartographer, and companion to Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) as they escape an internment camp in India and wind up spending, well, seven years in Tibet.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
A film starring the ridiculously gorgeous Paul Bettany, told in flashbacks to the 1960s. David Thewlis plays Freddie Mays, a London gangster who recruits Bettany’s character as an enforcer.
I am pretty sure I saw this movie back in the day. Either that, or one of a dozen exactly like it. David Thewlis’ character doesn’t get to go back in time, but I just need you all to see the Ye Olde Mid-evil happening here.
This is a gorgeous film with A LOT OF ISSUES. One of these days I will get around to reviewing it, but until then, have another snippet, this time of David Thewlis as The Hospitaler.
Seen here with the late, great Christopher Plummer in yet another gorgeous-but-issues historical film.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Pretty sure you can’t be a working male actor in the the UK without being contractually obligated to play a Nazi officer at least once during your career.
“Dumb but pretty” was the hot take from Trystan. David Thewlis plays William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster.
War Horse (2011)
Another war film about a horse with David Thewlis in it, and I’m sorry, I just can’t get excited about any of it.
Queen & Country (2014)
I had no idea that this was a sequel to “Hope & Glory,” which I loved as a kid. Gonna have to hunt this down and watch it!
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
I haven’t seen this, not sure I will … Unless someone in the comments says it’s worth watching.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
I watched this and enjoyed it, but never got around to reviewing it for some reason. Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in the 1950s; David Thewlis plays Dennis W. Sciama, Hawking’s Ph.D. supervisor at Cambridge.
Another film I am perpetually dragging my feet on watching, despite the fact that it’s filled with actors I like, and has interesting (though highly inaccurate) costumes.
There is no good explanation as to why I loved this movie as much as I did, except it’s really just that good. Biopic of the Kray Twins, with Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie, and David Thewlis as Leslie Payne, Reg’s partner and legal mastermind.
David Thewlis plays Inspector Goole, a mysterious visitor to a wealthy family in the wake of a recent suicide of a local girl. Costumes by Amy Roberts, who has designed for most of the current crop of BBC historical dramas out there.
Seemingly harmless, but actually a god in disguise. Thewlis plays Ares, Wonder Woman’s arch nemesis in the reboot.
The Mercy (2017)
David Thewlis plays Rodney Hallworth, a journalist-turned-publicist who represents Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) in his ill-fated bid to compete in the Golden Globe Race in 1969.
17th-century New France. Costumes look … eh. That’s all I’ve got right now. Anyone watching it? Is it any good?
What are your favorite films featuring David Thewlis? Share them with us in the comments!