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Johnny Harris (born 1973) is an English actor.
Johnny Harris was born in Lambeth, London. He left Archbishop Michael Ramsey School in Camberwell at 13 years of age with no qualifications to pursue a promising career in boxing and three years later in 1989 He won the Junior ABA National Boxing Title.
At 17 years of age he headed off to Paris, France where he lived for the next three years. Whilst living in Paris he worked as a dishwasher on the Champs-Élysées and during this period he was introduced to literature by a work colleague. The first book he was given to read was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and years later he would play Jim Vane in Ealing Studios' film adaptation of the same book.
During this period he also developed a passion for cinema. He returned to London at 20 years of age and enrolled in acting classes at his local adult education centre Morley College in Lambeth where he studied for the next three years under the tutelage of Craig Snelling.
Harris started his career on stage in the fringe theatres of London, performing in many venues including the White Bear Theatre and the Landor Theatre. He became a company member of the Union Theatre in Southwark where he has performed in many plays over the years.
His first screen role was in Sara Dunlop's short film BIG. He played the lead role and the film won the 'Best Film Award' at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival.
In 2009 he won the Best Actor Award at the Brest European Short Film Festival for his performance in the short film Leaving He also played James Vane in Dorian Gray.
His next breakthrough came in 2011 in Shane Meadows highly acclaimed and multi-award winning This Is England '86. Harris was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Best Actor Award for his portrayal of abusive father 'Mick' in the show.
In the same year, Harris starred as Neil Valentine in a six-part BBC Three drama 'The Fades', written by Jack Thorne, who co-wrote 'This is England '86'. The show won The BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series.
In the summer of 2012, Harris appeared as one of the Eight Dwarves, alongside Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Brian Gleeson in Snow White and the Huntsman, for Universal Pictures, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.
Harris has also completed filming on a new project Last Days on Mars, a new sci-fi feature film directed by Oscar Nominee Ruairi Robinson. It stars an international ensemble including Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, and is due to be released by Universal Pictures in 2013.
In March 2013 Harris was cast in a leading role in Monsters 2: Dark Continent, the followup to the highly acclaimed Gareth Edwards film of 2010. The film will be released in 2014 and is currently shooting in Jordan.
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