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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 May 1983Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
Birth NameHenry William Dalgliesh Cavill
Nicknames Hank
Henners
Most Dashing Duke
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency in the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Normandy, France. He is the second youngest with four brothers.

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 started at an early age with school play renditions of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and Sonny in "Grease". He also starred and directed Hamlet in "40 Minutes".

It was at the age of seventeen when Henry was discovered by casting directors at school who were looking for a young boy to play Albert Mondego in "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002). He went on to star in "Laguna" (2001), appear in BBC's "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" (2002), TV film "Goodbye Mr Chips" (2002), and TV series "Midsummer Murders" (2003).

From 2003 when Henry was twenty years old, he gained starring roles in "I Capture the Castle" (2003), "Red Riding Hood" (2007), "Hellraiser: Hellworld" (2005), and "Tristan & Isolde" (2006). He also had a minor role in "Stardust" (2007) alongside Sienna Miller and Ben Barnes.

From 2007-2010, Henry had a leading role in TV series "The Tudors" 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 him 'Most Dashing Duke'.

He also starred in "Blood Creek" (2009) and Woody Allen's comedy film "Whatever Works" (2009).

Once TV hit series "The Tudors" ended, Henry played lead roles in Tarsem Singh's mythological special effects film "Immortals" (2011) and "The Cold Light of Day" (2012) alongside Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

On January 30, 2011, it was announced that Henry Cavill had been cast as the next Superman in "Man of Steel" which is directed by Zach Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David S. Goyer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Henry Cavill Fan

Trade Mark (3)

Strong, defined jawline
Macho, heroic, stoic characters
Muscular physique

Trivia (58)

His dream role is to play Alexander the Great
Likes rugby, but no longer plays due to injuries.
Has a knack for languages.
His favorite item of clothing is a brown leather jacket, an item he says he could not live without.
Was American author Stephenie Meyer's first choice to play Edward Cullen in the movie series of "Twilight," but was considered too old to play a 17-year old by the time the movie was produced.
In 2005, Henry became a young contender for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), and performed in a final screen test. However, the producers believed Henry was too young for the role, and gave it to Daniel Craig. He also under heavy consideration and auditioned for the role of Superman in Superman Returns (2006), but eventually the role was given to Brandon Routh. Due to all this, Empire Magazine dubbed Henry Cavill "the most unlucky man in Hollywood" in December 2005.
Says if he hadn't picked up acting, he would have joined the armed forces to fulfill his "patriotic pride".
Has an interest in Egyptology.
In being cast as Superman in Man of Steel (2013), he becomes the third British actor to play the lead role in reboot of a successful screen adaptation of an American comic book series. Before him, Christian Bale was cast as Batman, and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.
Was engaged to British Showjumper, Ellen Whitaker in May 2011.
The first non-American actor to play Superman.
Is a fan of video games.
Lost two roles to Robert Pattinson: Cedric Diggory in ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' and the role of Edward Cullen in ''Twilight'' which Stephanie Meyer had described him as "Perfect for".
His favorite film is ''Gladiator (2000)''.
His favorite actors are Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe. He will be playing the son of Crowe's character Jor-El in ''Man Of Steel (2013)''.
Fluent in French and has conversational skills in Italian and German.
Had a commemorative Superman coin made as a token of appreciation for the folks at Gym Jones who trained him physically fit for Man of Steel (2013).
Henry's last name 'Cavill' is pronounced like the word 'travel'.
Resides in London, United Kingdom and Jersey, Channel Islands.
His older brother, Major Niki Richard Dalgliesh Cavill, received an MBE as a heroic Royal Marine for keeping the vulnerable safe in a hostile environment in Afghanistan.
Has worked with actor Bill Nighy twice, once in "I Capture the Castle" and also "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries". He has also worked with actor Joe Sowerbutts three times in " I Capture the Castle", "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" and briefly in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips".
He is a big comic book fan although he says he did not get to read them growing up due to his time at boarding school.
His favorite Superman story lines and the ones he used for inspiration are "Death Of Superman", "Return Of Superman", "Superman: Red Son" and "Earth-One". He is also a big fan of Grant Morrison's "New 52" work.
His favorite Superman story arc is "New Krypton" by Geoff Johns.
For his role as Clark Kent/Superman in ''Man Of Steel'', he followed a strict work-out regimen and consumed 5000 calories a day for six months. He also dyed his hair black.
He did not watch any previous Superman films or television shows while making ''Man Of Steel'', using the comics solely as a reference for his portrayal of Superman.
He achieved 6% body fat for Immortals (2011) and then went even further for Man of Steel (2013) where he achieved a body fat percentage of 3%, which is what body-builders reach during competitions.
During his childhood he was bullied a lot at school for his chubbiness and known as "Fat Cavill" because he was fat as a kid. He started to turn things around when he landed a role in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) where he had to lose a lot of weight to get the part. The biggest turning point came when he landed the lead role in Immortals (2011). Cavill went shirtless for half the movie and sported extremely chiseled eight pack abs that vowed the audience. He has never been called "fat" since then.
Played a role with the name Colley twice, and back to back. Soldier Colley in "Goodbye, Mr Chips" (2002) and Stephen Colley in "I Captured a Castle" (2003).
Broke off engagement with British Showjumper Ellen Whitaker in August 2012.
London, United Kingdom: Attending the dinner in honour of Gucci's Frida Giannini hosted by Alexandra Shulman at the Saatchi Gallery. [April 2009]
New York, United States: Attending the Tribeca Film Festival "Whatever Works" Premiere. [April 2009]
London, United Kingdom: Attending the "Sucker Punch" Premiere. [March 2011]
Dublin, Ireland: Attending the "Stardust" Premiere. [October 2007]
Los Angeles, United States: Attending "The Count of Monte Cristo" Premiere. [January 2002]
Los Angeles, United States: Attending the "Immortals" Premiere. [November 2011]
New York, United States: Attending the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party. [April 2009]
San Diego, United States: Attending the Comic Con Convention to promote "Man of Steel". [July 2012]
London, United Kingdom: Promoting Dunhill London Fragrance at Heathrow Airport. [March 2008]
New York, United States: Attending the "Fighting" Premiere. [April 2009]
New York, United States: Attending the Tribeca Film Festival Chanel Dinner. [April 2009]
San Francisco, United States: Attending WonderCon to promote "Immortals". [April 2011]
Paris, France: Attending the International Gucci Masters Competition. [December 2009]
New York, United States: Attending the Tribeca Film Festival Direct TV Press Day 1. [April 2009]
New York, United States: Attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala. [March 2008]
Madrid, Spain: Attending "The Cold Light of Day" - Photocall. [September 2010]
Shanghai, China: Promoting "Man of Steel" [June 2013]
New York, United States: Attending "The Tudors" Season 2 Premiere. [March 2008]
San Diego, United States: Attending the Comic Con Convention to promote "Immortals". [July 2011]
Dubin, Ireland: Attending "The Tudors" Season 4 Premiere. [November 2010]
London, United Kingdom: Promoting Dunhill London Fragrance at Selfridges. [January 2008]
Dublin, Ireland: Attending the "Deathproof" Premiere. [September 2007]
Ranked the #1 "Sexiest Man" by Glamour (2013).
Voted as one of the "World's Sexiest Men" in a poll by Attitude (2013), behind Tom Daley.
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 after their conversation, he received a box of gifts from Crowe that included a signed picture of him in Gladiator (2000) with the words, "Dear Henry: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" written on it. Crowe would later play Henry's father in Man of Steel (2013).
He is the first actor since Christopher Reeve to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman in more than one film.
Stephanie Meyer based the description of Edward Cullen in her Twilight novels on Henry and even lobbied for him to play the role before Robert Pattinson was cast.
Good friends with Amy Adams.

Personal Quotes (11)

With Twilight (2008), there were all sorts of rumors going around, [but] I was never sent a script, never asked to be in the film... I think Stephenie Meyer wanted me initially when she saw me in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), but by the time the movie went into pre-production I was too old. Batman ( Batman Begins (2005) ), I may have been spoken about in a room at some stage, but never auditioned or screen-tested. Superman ( Superman Returns (2006) ), yes, that came very close. And Bond ( Casino Royale (2006) ) came very close as well.
[on not being able to get into contact with his friends, girlfriend or family after winning the role of Superman]: I thought to myself this is ridiculous! I just won the role of a lifetime and nobody's answering their bloody phones!
[on understanding the importance of playing Superman] Very much so, yes. It's important to do the role justice. There are a lot of people relying on me to do this well. I gladly accept that responsibility, and it's a great one to have because it's a wonderful opportunity. I don't let the pressures get to me because that's going to hinder my performance and, therefore, let people down. So I choose to ignore the pressure side of it and focus on doing justice to Superman.
[on how he got his eight pack for _Immortals (2011)_] You can train and train until you are blue in the face but you've got to diet, you've got to have that leanness because if you are not lean, your abs won't show. Of course the training has to be put in, but then you've to shed all the fat and keep the fat off. And that's how you get an eight pack.
[on the anxiety he faced before the filming of his shirtless scenes for Immortals (2011) where he was required to show a perfectly ripped eight-pack]It's very stressful waking up Monday morning and saying, 'Can I still see that vein in my abs?' You get the fear every morning, 'Do I look good enough?' And of course you do. But in your own head, you never look good enough. I had a big sense of pride. I was like, 'No shading. I don't want you to draw abs on me. I don't want you to put dirt in the right places. I just want to do it myself. I want to have the body.' It's a pride thing.
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.
[on the 'Man of Steel' version of Superman] We've given him a very human essence. As much as he's not susceptible to the frailties of the human physical body, he's very much susceptible to the frailties of the human psyche, and that is what really keeps us in touch with someone else, makes us go, 'I know your pain', or 'Yeah, I've felt that happy before'. We've brought that to the character.
[explaining the current fascination with super-heroes in tne movies] It's the same thing we've always needed, which is that sense of hope. There's always something wrong in the world. It just shifts depending on the generation. And it's always nice to have that fantasy where there's someone who's going to fix everything. It's beating the odds, and that's been the same with mythological characters since the dawn of time, since we could think up gods.
[on the Program he followed to achieve his Superman physique] It was work... a lot of work! I have always loved sports and physical activities, but I have never worked out like this before. To become Clark Kent, I had to be the best friend of Mark Twight, my trainer! The program involved three stages. The first was to gain weight/mass. So I spent weeks eating nearly 5000 calories daily while lifting extremely heavy, to grow bigger. I love eating, so this stage was not difficult for me, even though I can understand that some people end up having enough of drinking protein shakes 1000 calories a glass. At the end of this stage, I looked like a swole bodybuilder, and I felt like I was going to explode. The second stage was to lose fat to sculpt the muscles. I had to do hours and hours of cardio to burn all the fat. And in the last stage, we targeted specific areas of the body. Mark helped me to make my abs bulge out and my muscles more defined. The workout program was designed according to the needs of the film. The only thing I did not like is the rowing machine, a machine that simulates the movement of rowing. It is torture!
[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.
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.

Salary (1)

Man of Steel (2013) $14,000,000 (+ Box Office Gross)

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