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Henry Cavill is a TV and film actor known for his roles in The Tudors and The Immortals and as Superman in Man of Steel.
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Born on May 5, 1983, on the island of Jersey in Britain's Channel Islands, Henry Cavill pursued acting as a teen before landing roles in The Count of Monte Cristo and Tristan & Isolde. He later landed one of the lead roles in the Showtime series The Tudors and also worked with Woody Allen in the comedy Whatever Works. In the summer of 2013, Cavill starred as DC Comics hero Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
"Yes, I was bullied [at boarding school]. But I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Woe is me.' It's never easy when you're homesick. And I wasn't part of a big group. Kids are kids. Kids are mean."
"Having had all the ups and downs maybe made me want to work all the harder. Yeah, bad things will happen to you. And you'll get kicked (down) a few times. Stand up."
"I want to be one of those names that producers want to hire because you put bums on seats."
"If I'm walking around an unhealthy mess, it might damage [people's] idea of what Superman is. So there is a responsibility."
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on May 5, 1983, on Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, a British crown dependency. He attended Stowe boarding school, where he developed a love for acting, performing in several productions. Though he originally wanted to leave his archipelago birthplace, he later reported that he missed home greatly and regularly dealt with being bullied by other children over his weight.
After roles in the thriller Laguna (2001) and the series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Cavill landed a prominent part as Albert in the 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. With this role, the young actor embarked on a screen career that would be highly informed by period dramas and the fantastic.
Cavill was next featured in the British comedy I Capture the Castle (2003) before landing supporting roles in Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) and in the medieval romance Tristan & Isolde (2006).
Cavill was tapped to star in an update of Superman to be handled by director McG, but the project fell through. (Director Bryan Singer was instead given the green light to helm his own update.) Cavill at one point also was up for the role of James Bond in the remake of Casino Royale, but Daniel Craig landed the part.
Nonetheless, Cavill persevered and took on a lead role as Charles Brandon in the successful Showtime series The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII; the drama ran for four seasons. Cavill continued his costumed work in the fantasy play land of Stardust (2007) and returned to the present era while working with director Woody Allen in the Larry David comedy outing Whatever Works (2009). In 2008, Cavill also worked as a model for the Dunhill fragrance line.
2011 saw Cavill playing leading man, this time in the form of warrior Theseus in the swords-and-gods epic The Immortals. The next year Cavill played a Wall Street trader in the thriller Cold Light of Day, co-starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.
Cavill, an avid gamer in his off-hours, was playing World of Warcraft when he received a call from director Zack Snyder that he'd won the part of Superman in the Christopher Nolan–produced Man of Steel, with a U.S. release in June 2013. The film co-stars Russell Crowe as the main character's biological father, Jor-El (Cavill had met Crowe as a teen), Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams as reporter Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as newspaper editor-in-chief Perry White.
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