Will Poulter

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Will Poulter
Will Poulter 2013.jpg
Poulter at the We're the Millers premiere, London, 14 August 2013
BornWilliam Jack Poulter
(1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 21)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active2007–present
 
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Will Poulter
Will Poulter 2013.jpg
Poulter at the We're the Millers premiere, London, 14 August 2013
BornWilliam Jack Poulter
(1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 21)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active2007–present

William Jack "Will" Poulter (born 28 January 1993) is an English actor. He is notable for his roles as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (2007),[1] Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), Kenny Rossmore in We're the Millers (2013), and Gally in the film adaptation of the young-adult dystopian science fiction novel The Maze Runner (2014). In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Poulter was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline, a former nurse, and Neil, a professor of cardiology.[1][3] He was educated at Harrodian School.[1]

Poulter played various acting roles before landing the role of Lee Carter in the 2008 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][8]

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.[9][10]

Poulter began filming a small British independent film called Wild Bill, directed by Dexter Fletcher, at the end of 2010.[11] 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.[12] The film was released on 23 March 2012 to extremely positive reviews, with praise heaped on Poulter's performance.[13]

In 2011, Poulter appeared with the popular British vlogger 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.

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. For his role in the film, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. He also appears as a caretaker in the music video for Rizzle Kicks' song "Skip to the Good Bit".

In 2014, Poulter will appear in 4 films: he will play Fordy in the crime film Plastic directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza and Emma Rigby, Gally in the film adaption of The Maze Runner alongside Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario, Jack in Kids in Love, a film produced by Ealing Studios in which he plays the protagonist alongside Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian de Souza and Cara Delevingne, and the film "Glassland", directed by Gerard Barrett and also starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette.

In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, voted for by the public.[2] Other actors nominated for the award were Lupita Nyong'o, George MacKay, Léa Seydoux and Dane DeHaan.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
2008Son of RambowLee Carter
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderEustace Scrubb
2012Wild BillDean
2013We're the MillersKenny Rossmore
2014PlasticFordyPost-production
2014The Maze RunnerGallyPost-production
2014Kids in LoveJackPost-production
2014GlasslandShanePost-production
Television
YearTitleRole
2007Comedy ShuffleFind Your Folks Presenter
2008Comedy Lab – School of ComedyVarious
2008Lead BalloonSweet Throwing Boy
2009–2010School of ComedyVarious

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film
YearNominated workAwardResults
2008Son of RambowBritish Independent Film Award for Most Promising NewcomerNominated
2008Son of RambowYoung Artist Award for Leading Young Performers (shared with Bill Milner)Nominated
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderLondon Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the YearNominated
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – MaleNominated
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderSaturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger ActorNominated
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderYoung Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast
(shared with Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes)
Nominated
2012Wild BillLondon Critics Film Award for Young British Performer of the YearNominated
2014We're the MillersBAFTA Rising Star AwardWon
2014We're the MillersEmpire Award for Best Male NewcomerNominated
2014We're the MillersMTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough PerformanceWon
2014We're the MillersMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts)Won
2014We're the MillersMTV Movie Award for Best Musical MomentNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Son of Rambow: ready for action at www.telegraph.co.uk (accessed 22 June 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Bafta Film Awards 2014: Full list of winners". BBC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman-2-7475/scotland/interview-will-poulter-actor-1-2195933
  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 www.narniaweb.com (accessed 22 June 2008)
  7. ^ It's luvverly Cockney sparra Keira at www.dailymail.co.uk (accessed 22 June 2008
  8. ^ Will Poulter Cast in Narnia 3 at www.comingsoon.net (accessed 22 June 2008
  9. ^ "ScreenTerrier: The Fades". Screenterrier.blogspot.com. 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  10. ^ Sibayan, Genevieve. "Touch – A new supernatural drama series for BBC3 {TV}". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Narnia stars switch on London's Christmas lights!". The Hollywood News. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  12. ^ http://wildbillthefilm.com/[dead link]
  13. ^ "Approximate Release Date for Wild Bill – The Unofficial Will Poulter Fansite". Willpoulterfans.webs.com. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  14. ^ Reynolds, Simon; Harris, Jamie (8 January 2014). "BAFTA Film Awards 2014 - nominations in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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