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Melling during the 2018 Venice Film Festival
Harry Edward Melling
13 March 1989 (age 31)
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Known for||Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter|
|Relatives||Patrick Troughton (grandfather)|
David Troughton (uncle)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Jim Troughton (cousin)
Sam Troughton (cousin)
Harry Edward Melling (born 13 March 1989) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, based on the fantasy novels of the same name by J. K. Rowling and Harry Beltik in The Queen's Gambit.
Melling was born in London. His maternal grandfather was actor Patrick Troughton, who had the role as the Second Doctor in Doctor Who. He is also the nephew of actors David Troughton and Michael Troughton, and the first cousin of cricketer Jim Troughton and actor Sam Troughton.
In his early career, Melling performed in stage productions of The Provoked Wife, King John, Antigone, and Plenty. He appeared in five of the Harry Potter films as Harry Potter's spoiled cousin Dudley Dursley. In 2009, he starred in a revival of Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared in "The Sorcerer's Shadow", an episode of the BBC television series Merlin, playing a young warlock named Gilli who intends to use magic to help him win Camelot's legendary tournament. He also played Robert Brown in the BBC television series Just William.
In October 2009, it was announced that Melling had lost so much weight since his last appearance in Harry Potter that he was now "unrecognisable". His role as Dudley Dursley was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, but Melling reprised the role by wearing a fat suit. He commented positively about the change, "I can now shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley."
In 2014, Melling revealed his playwrighting debut Peddling, at HighTide Festival, in which he also served as the sole, lead character.
[I] came away haunted by a scattering of sights and sounds--above all, by the recitations of the limbless man, which thrum with genuine yearning. He is beautifully played, with a little help from C.G.I., by Harry Melling, who was once the odious Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. Funny how people grow up.
In 2020 Melling played Evangelical priest Roy Laferty in the Netflix thriller The Devil All The Time.
In 2020 Melling appears in a Netflix series drama The Queen's Gambit in which he plays Harry Beltik, a friend and one of Beth's competitors in Kentucky.
|2001||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Dudley Dursley|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1|
|2016||The Lost City of Z||William Barclay|
|2017||The Current War||Benjamin Vale|
|2018||The Ballad of Buster Scruggs||Harrison||Segment: "Meal Ticket"|
|The Keeper||Sergeant Smythe|
|2019||Waiting for the Barbarians||Garrison Soldier 4|
|2020||The Old Guard||Steven Merrick|
|The Devil All the Time||Roy Laferty|
|TBA||The Tragedy of Macbeth||Malcolm||Post-production|
|Please Baby Please||Post-production|
|2005||Friends and Crocodiles||Young Oliver||TV movie|
|2010||Merlin||Gilli||Episode: "The Sorcerer's Shadow"|
|2010||Just William||Robert Brown||4 episodes|
|2011||Garrow's Law||George Pinnock||3 episodes|
|2016||The Musketeers||Bastien||Episode: "Fool's Gold"|
|2019||The War of the Worlds||Artilleryman||2 episodes|
|2019||His Dark Materials||Sysselman||Episode: "Armour"|
|2020||The Queen's Gambit||Harry Beltik||4 episodes|
|2009||Mother Courage and her Children||Swiss Cheese||Royal National Theatre|
|2010||Bedroom, Dens and Other Forms of Magic||Theatre503|
|2010||Women Beware Women||Young Ward||Royal National Theatre|
|2011||The School for Scandal||Sir Benjamin Backbite||Barbican Centre|
|2011||When Did You Last See My Mother?||Ian||Trafalgar Studios|
|2012||I Am a Camera||Christopher Isherwood||Southwark Playhouse|
|2013||Smack Family Robinson||Sean Robinson||Rose Theatre, Kingston|
|2013||The Hothouse||Lamb||Trafalgar Studios|
|2013||King Lear||Fool||Minerva Theatre, Chichester|
|2014||King Lear||Fool||Brooklyn Academy of Music|
|2014||The Angry Brigade||Morris
|Theatre Royal, Plymouth|
Warwick Arts Centre
Watford Palace Theatre
|2016||Hand to God||Jason /Tyrone||Vaudeville Theatre, London|
|2016||King Lear||Edgar||The Old Vic|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Dudley Dursley||Voice|
- "Harry Melling shares his thoughts with MuggleNet on the black comedy "Smack Family Robinson" in an exclusive interview".
- Jardine, Cassandra (6 October 2009). "Harry Potter star: My life after Dudley Dursley". The Telegraph.
- Collins-Hughes, Laura (2 May 2014). "A Lost Boy, Trying to Find His Way". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
- Lane, Anthony (19 November 2018). "The Fractious, Frustrating Thrills of 'Widows' [Desperate Measures]". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 November 2018..