What happened to “Harry Potter’s Harry Melling”?

“Thirty-six! But last year, last year I was 37!” In one fell swoop, Harry Melling introduced fans around the world to Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s fearsome cousin, in the 2001 big screen adaptation of Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone.

Over the next decade, Melling grew up on screen, terrorizing the boy who lived on the other side of Daniel Radcliffe. Harry Potter and the Cchamber of secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and get attacked by a Dementor in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – all before saying goodbye in Harry Potter and the DRelics of the Earthly – Part 1.

Now that HBO Max has announcement the cast will meet on New Years Day to celebrate Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts, we wondered what Melling has been doing since his days as Dudley Dursley. Keep reading to find out…

His first role in the cinema

Melling’s memorable turn as dear old Dudders was his very first film role, and it kicked off the young actor’s career, which continues to the present day. In fact, just a day after the seventh Harry potter film premiered in the UK and US, he starred in an episode of season 3 of the BBC One fantasy series Merlin, and spent the first half of the decade making appearances on BBC Likes Just Guillaume and Gallow’s Law.

Smaller roles and parts of bits

The actor’s next movie role, however, didn’t come until 2016, when he landed a small role in The lost city of Z alongside Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland. Since then he has also appeared in Netflix The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, british biopic The Guardian, Charlize Theron’s 2020 superhero movie The old guard and more, as well as numerous appearances on stage across London.

High-level projects and critical darlings

More recently, Melling has taken on a number of large-scale projects, from an appearance in Its dark materials with Lin-Manuel Miranda to reunite with Holland and Pattinson for Netlix’s 2020 psychological thriller The devil all the time.

However, it’s an Emmy-winning sensation for which Melling is most recognized by Muggles these days.

Last year he played Harry Beltik, a friend and chess competitor of Anya Taylor-Joy’s Beth Harmon in the Netflix smash. The Queen’s Gambit. While showrunner Scott Frank recently dashed all hopes for a second season of the critically-acclaimed chess drama, Melling should be doing just fine. After all, he has two films wrapped up and in post production at the moment.

Expect Joel Coen MacBeth’s tragedy to hit select theaters on Christmas Day before streaming on Apple TV + in January. Meanwhile, the 50s oiler gang drama Please baby please will likely premiere next year.

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