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Cavill in MAN OF STEEL.

About Henry Cavill (1983 – )

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. He is the second youngest son, and has four brothers. His mother, a housewife, is of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Henry's father is an English stockbroker. He was educated at St. Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey before attending Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England.

Henry's interest in acting began at an early age, with school play roles in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and Sonny in "Grease". He also starred and directed Hamlet in "40 Minutes".

In 2002 when he was 17, Henry was discovered by casting directors who were looking for a young boy to play Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo. He went on to star in Laguna (2001), appeared in BBC's "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries", the TV film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002), and the TV series Midsomer Murders (1997).

When Henry was 20, he captured starring roles in I Capture the Castle (2003), Red Riding Hood (2006), and Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005). He also played a minor role in Stardust (2007) with Sienna Miller and Ben Barnes.

From 2007 to 2010, Henry had a leading role in the TV series The Tudors (2007) as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The series was a hit and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy in 2008. Entertainment Weekly named Cavill the 'Most Dashing Duke'.

He also starred in Blood Creek (2006) and Woody Allen's comedy film Whatever Works (2009). Early in 2011 Cavill was cast as the next Superman in Man of Steel (2013), which made him the first non-American actor to play Superman.

Also in 2011, Henry starred in Tarsem Singh's mythological sfx film Immortals (2011) alongside Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, and Luke Evans. The following year he starred in the action-thriller Cold Light of Day with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

In 2013, Man of Steel became the highest-grossing Superman film to date, and the second-highest-grossing reboot of all time behind the 2012 production of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Beyond the world of filmmaking, Henry became the Ambassador for Durrell Wildlife Park and created a website and social media hashtag called #CavillConservation, with the goal of raising funds and public awareness for animals and conservation.

With his brother Charlie, Henry (along with producer Rex Glensy) formed a film production company, Promethean Productions.

Henry Cavill's notable movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
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
2006 Red Riding Hood The Hunter
2007 Stardust Humphrey
2009 Whatever Works Randy Lee James
2009 Blood Creek Evan Marshall
2011 Immortals Theseus
2012 The Cold Light of Day Will Shaw
2013 Man of Steel Clark Kent / Kal-El
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Clark Kent / Superman

Henry Cavill's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Chas Quilter
2002 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Soldier Colley
2003 Midsomer Murders Simon Mayfield
2007–2010 The Tudors Charles Brandon

Memorable Quotes

“I suppose that when I'm building a character, it's usually related to what their family is like and who their parents are, as well as how I grew up - that nurture side. ”

“Entering the acting world, it's a very lonely life. You all get so close, and then you promise to e-mail and text each other, but you never do. So that idea of being a sort of lone traveler I can definitely associate with.”

“[on auditioning for the Superman role in Christopher Reeve's original costume] It was petrifying, mortifying and embarrassing all at the same time. I was coming off a movie where I had to be out of shape, and then I had gone through Christmas, so I was extra out of shape. I just had to throw on the Lycra-like outfit, and that never looks good when it's basically a sort of sausage casing.”

Did You Know

Cavill has an interest in ancient history, especially in Egyptology, classical Greece, and ancient Rome.

Cavill is fluent in French, has conversational skills in Italian and German, and says he can order a beer in Czech.

While working as an extra in Proof of Life (2000), Cavill asked Russell Crowe for advice about acting, since he had aspirations of pursuing a full-time career as an actor. A few days later, he received a box of gifts from Crowe which included a signed picture of him in Gladiator along with a brief note: "Dear Henry: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Crowe would later play Henry's father in Man of Steel (2013).

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Cavill in "The Tudors" (2007-2010).
Henry Cavill takes aim in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)"
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Henry Cavill in "The Cold Light of Day" (2012).
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Cavill in "Immortals" (2011).
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Henry Cavill in "Whatever Works" (2009).