Henry Cavill

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill is a British actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the DC Comics character Superman in the DC Extended Universe, as well as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series The Witcher based on the novel series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Cavill began his career with roles in the feature adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo and I Capture the Castle. He later appeared in supporting roles in several television series, including BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, ITV's Midsomer Murders, and Showtime's The Tudors. He has since appeared in numerous major Hollywood films, such as Tristan & Isolde, Stardust, Blood Creek, and Immortals.
Cavill gained prominence and international recognition with his introduction as Superman into the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Man of Steel, which was followed by ', and Justice League, a role he did not reprise in Shazam! yet will reprise in future films. He went on to star in the action spy films The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and '.

Early life

Cavill was born the fourth of five boys on Jersey in the Channel Islands to a Catholic family. His mother, Marianne Dalgliesh, was a secretary in a bank, and his father, Colin Cavill, was a stockbroker. He was educated at St Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.


Cavill began his film career with a role in Laguna and Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He continued with appearances in BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, the television film Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and the television series Midsomer Murders. In 2003, he had a supporting role in I Capture the Castle, followed by ', Red Riding Hood and Tristan & Isolde. He had a minor role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Stardust.
From 2007 to 2010, Cavill had a leading role in Showtime's television series, The Tudors, as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The series was well-received: it was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy in 2008. Cavill gave the show credit for bolstering his career: "It's done the most for me to date. Now that there's an audience somewhere in America that's aware of who I am, I have more sell-ability, because of The Tudors." Entertainment Weekly named him the "Most Dashing Duke" and praised his work on The Tudors for displaying "charm, depth and a killer bod".
Cavill had been set to play Superman in McG's 2004 film, Superman: Flyby. McG pulled out of the project and direction was taken over by director Bryan Singer, who recast Brandon Routh as the lead in Superman Returns. Cavill was also the cause of a write-in effort from fans to see him cast as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The role eventually went to Robert Pattinson. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was outspokenly in favour of Cavill playing the character of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film, calling him her "perfect Edward". However, by the time production of the film began, Cavill was too old to play the character, and again the role went to Pattinson.
In 2005, Cavill was a final choice for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale. The producers and director Martin Campbell were torn between him and Daniel Craig; reportedly Campbell supported Cavill but the producers preferred an older Bond. Craig ultimately landed the role. Despite reports that he was a contender for Batman in Batman Begins, Cavill confirmed that he never auditioned for, nor was offered, the role. He starred in director Joel Schumacher's horror film, Blood Creek, and had a supporting role in Woody Allen's comedy film, Whatever Works.
Cavill played the lead role of Theseus in Tarsem Singh's mythological film, Immortals, released 11 November 2011. Cavill starred, alongside Bruce Willis, in The Cold Light of Day released in 2012.
On 30 January 2011, it was announced that Cavill had been cast in the role of Clark Kent / Superman in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Snyder called Cavill "the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield." Entertainment media applauded Henry Cavill on his road to success. On being chosen for the role, Cavill commented, "In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honoured to be a part of his return to the big screen." Cavill reprised the role of Superman in
', a 2016 sequel which featured a crossover with Batman and Wonder Woman. In 2017, Cavill returned as Superman in Justice League. According to his manager Dany Garcia, Cavill is working on a new standalone Superman movie. Shortly after the release of Justice League, Cavill revealed he is under contract to play Superman in one more film.
Cavill has expressed interest in taking over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig gives it up. He co-starred with Armie Hammer in the film version of spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con in disguise to surprise the cast of Suicide Squad.
In 2018, Cavill co-starred as August Walker in the action spy film . Also that year, he starred in the psychological thriller Night Hunter. On 4 September 2018, it was announced that Cavill will be portraying the protagonist Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. The series premiered on 20 December 2019. The series had its early premiere on Służewiec Racetrack in Warsaw on 18 December 2019.
On 27 June 2019, it was announced that Cavill is set to portray Sherlock Holmes in Legendary Entertainment's upcoming film adaptation of The Enola Holmes Mysteries with Millie Bobby Brown in the titular role.

In the media

In December 2013, Cavill was named "World's Sexiest Man" by British Glamour magazine. The same year, Empire magazine placed him third on their list of "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars 2013".
In early 2008, Cavill became the face of the British fragrance Dunhill. A television commercial for the brand featured a suited-up Cavill walking through the Union Jack, before boarding a helicopter. A second television commercial featured Cavill driving a car through a deserted London at night, and meeting a young woman.

Charity work

Cavill is a spokesman for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and an ambassador for The Royal Marines Charity. He launched the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge and took part in The Gibraltar Rock Run 2014.
In August 2014, Cavill took part in an Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Association where he was soaked with six large buckets of water, while wearing his full Superman costume.

Personal life

Cavill resides in South Kensington, London with his American Akita dog, Kal.
In 2018, Cavill started practising Brazilian jiu-jitsu, having been seen training at Roger Gracie's academy in London.
He's been an avid PC gamer since childhood, missing the call to play Superman because of World of Warcraft and crediting his experience playing The Witcher video game series before the show was in production as his motivation to seek out the role of Geralt. He has also named the Total War series of turn-based strategy games to be among his favourites, and in May 2020 it was announced that a new character based on Cavill and his Witcher character Geralt would be added to via DLC; Cavill, Loremaster of Hoeth.
He's a fan of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. Cavill is also an avid fan of rugby, and he's a season ticket holder for his hometown club Jersey Reds.
Cavill also enjoys the Warhammer 40,000 series of games and fiction, saying he "genuinely can't get enough of the lore they have built over the decades."



Denotes films that have not yet been released

2001LagunaThomas Aprea
2002The Count of Monte CristoAlbert Mondego
2003I Capture the CastleStephen Colley
2006Tristan & IsoldeMelot
2006Red Riding HoodThe Hunter
2009Whatever WorksRandy Lee James
2009Blood CreekEvan Marshall
2012The Cold Light of DayWill Shaw
2013Man of SteelClark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2015The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Napoleon Solo
2016'Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2017Sand CastleCapt. Syverson
2017Justice LeagueClark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
2018August Walker / John Lark
2018Night HunterLt. Walter Marshall
2020Enola HolmesSherlock HolmesPost-production
2021Zack Snyder's Justice LeagueClark Kent / Kal-El / SupermanPost-production


2002'Chas QuilterEpisode: "Well-Schooled in Murder"
2002Goodbye, Mr. ChipsSoldier ColleyTelevision film
2003Midsomer MurdersSimon MayfieldEpisode: "The Green Man"
2007-2010'Charles BrandonMain cast, 38 episodes
2019-presentGeralt of RiviaLead role; 8 episodes

Video games

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2012NewNowNext AwardsCause You're HotThe Tudors
2013NewNowNext AwardsCause You're HotMan of Steel
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice Summer Movie Star: MaleMan of Steel
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice Liplock Man of Steel
2014Critics' Choice Movie AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieMan of Steel
2014MTV Movie AwardsBest HeroMan of Steel
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice Liplock Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2017Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActorBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2017Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Butt-KickerBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2017Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Frenemies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2017Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst ActorBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2017Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Screen Combo Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2018Teen Choice AwardsChoice Action Movie ActorJustice League