Biography of Henry Cavill
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill is a British actor, star of The Tudors, DC’s Superman film franchise and Netflix’s The Witcher.
In the filmography of Henry Cavill, there are many roles, in addition to Superman
Henry Cavill was born on the island of Jersey, which is part of Insular Normandy. The boy grew up in a large friendly family. The older brothers, Pierce, Nick and Simon, were already old enough when Henry was born, so the mother, Marianne Cavill, became the best friend for the youngest son.
Henry Cavill with his mother and brothers at the premiere of “Man of Steel 2”
So it was until the baby Chuck appeared in the family. Henry liked the role of the older brother: he took care of Chuck in every possible way, and when he grew up, the guys became inseparable. They attended St. Michael’s Preparatory School together in St. Savier Parish.
Large and friendly family of Henry Cavill
The father of the family, Colin Cavill, was rarely seen by children – he served in the Navy. And when he left the service and became a financial broker, Henry was already sent to study at the boarding school Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. This became a real stress for the boy – he called his mother four times and poured tears over the telephone receiver, demanding to take him home.
Henry Cavill as a child
But the father was adamant – there can be no whiners and “mother’s sons” in the officer’s family. Moreover, the eldest sons of the Cavills were never distinguished by such effeminacy – Pierce at that time served in the armored forces, Nick in the Marine Corps, and Simon found himself in the financial sector. Therefore, the father saw the fourth son as either a military man or a financier.
Henry Cavill played rugby at school
Food helped Henry overcome stress in the boarding school, and because of his chubby cheeks and weighty sides, the guy was called “fat Cavill”. Even though he was a member of the local rugby team and trained every day, his favorite ketchup chips did the trick.
As a child, Henry Cavill (bottom row, second from left) was chubby
At that time, the schoolboy became seriously interested in the theater, he played in almost all the productions of the drama circle. Acting teachers praised Cavill, and the boy himself under the spotlight felt “an incredible rush of adrenaline and fear mixed.” When the film crew of the film “Proof of Life” arrived at the boarding school and Henry saw the whole process of creating a movie from the inside, he was carried away by the idea of becoming an actor.
Young Henry Cavill
During the break between takes, the insecure schoolboy met Russell Crowe and told about his dream, and a couple of days later he received a parcel from the Hollywood star with a postcard: “Dear Henry, remember: even the longest journey begins with the first step.”
Henry Cavill considers Russell Crowe the “godfather” of his career
Young Cavill took this step a year later. Filmmakers have again come to Stowe School in search of textured young guys to shoot in Kevin Reynolds’ new film The Count of Monte Cristo. Henry signed up for the audition one of the first. Acting lessons were not in vain – the casting manager of the project drew attention to the talented schoolboy. But there was one condition – to lose at least 10 kilograms. No one believed that “fat Cavill” would be able to fulfill the condition, but a strict diet and sports helped Henry become that very “texture guy”.
A small role as Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo made Henry a local celebrity.
Henry Cavill lost weight to star in The Count of Monte Cristo
He did not have time to really enjoy the fame, as he was immediately engaged in the film “Laguna”, where for the first time in his life the inexperienced Cavill had to play a love scene with Emmanuelle Seigner herself.
Young Henry Cavill in “Laguna”
But in the new film “I Capture the Castle”, his hero Stephen Colley behaved like an experienced womanizer, because in the two years that have passed since the debut role of Henry Cavill, he managed to light up in two more films – an episode of the series “Inspector Linley Investigates” and the film “ Goodbye, Mr Chips.” During this time, the parents came to terms with the choice of their son: “If fate gives you a chance, it’s stupid not to take it.”
Then there were roles in the experimental film “Little Red Riding Hood”, the exciting thriller “Hellraiser 8: Hell World” and the romantic drama “Tristan and Isolde”.
Henry Cavill in Tristan and Isolde
There were no failures either. Henry Cavill was rejected in the casting of the Twilight saga, although the author of the novels Stephenie Meyer considered the actor “the perfect Edward.” But the producers felt that Cavill was too old to play a 17-year-old vampire. This was doubly unfortunate, because before that, Henry had given Robert Pattinson the role of Cedrig Diggory in the Harry Potter movie. And even earlier, he was not taken on the role of James Bond in the film “Casino Royale”, considering him too young. In December 2005, Empire magazine even called the Briton “the most unlucky guy in Hollywood.”
Empire, 2005: “Henry Cavill is the unluckiest guy in Hollywood”
Therefore, a real gift of fate for the desperate Cavill was an invitation to audition for the TV series The Tudors. Henry did not really expect to get into the main cast. He thought that he would again get a minor role for a couple of episodes, but the producers offered the young man to play one of the main characters in the story, Duke Charles Brandon, and the “Tudor era” dragged on for the actor for a long four years – from 2007 to 2011.
The Tudors: Henry Cavill resting after filming an episode
Between filming, Cavill managed to light up in several more projects – Stardust, Bloody Stream with Michael Fassbender and Come What May with Woody Allen. Filming of the last season of The Tudors coincided with participation in Tarsem Singh’s fantasy action movie The War of the Gods: The Immortals, starring Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto.
Henry Cavill in War of the Gods
In 2011, Henry Cavill still managed to take revenge – he was offered the role of Superman in Zack Snyder’s Superman Returns 2: Man of Steel. In 2005, he already auditioned for the role of a superhero, and director Brett Ratner even saw him as the main contender. But then it turned out that the director’s chair was taken by Bryan Singer, who renamed the picture to Superman Returns and offered the role to Brandon Routh.
Irresistible Henry Cavill as Superman
In 2015, Henry Cavell appeared at CinemaCon, where he and Armie Hammer presented Guy Ritchie’s new film “The Agents of U.N.C.L.”
In 2016, the actor, in the company of Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson, starred in an advertisement for a new Huawei smartphone.
Ben Affleck vs Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill is not going to part with the Superman costume: the actor has signed a contract with the DC Extended Universe company to shoot four more films about the superhero. In April 2016, fans saw the first of them – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, where Ben Affleck’s Batman became the antagonist of Cavill’s character, Amy Adams played Superman’s favorite, the beautiful Gal Gadot appeared as Wonder Woman, and the main villain , Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg.
In 2017, the premiere of the continuation of the confrontation between superheroes and the forces of evil – “Justice League” took place, in 2019 “Justice League: Part 2” will be released, and in 2023 – “Superman”, the final part with the indispensable participation of Henry Cavill.
In September 2018, it became known that Cavill would play a major role in the film adaptation of the computer game The Witcher, which in turn was made based on a series of fantasy novels by Polish science fiction writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The creator of the series, Lauren Hissrich, said that from the first glance at the actor, she realized that it was he who was obliged to play the witcher Geralt. However, netizens criticized her choice – “for the lack of sarcasm and charisma in Cavill.”
Fans of The Witcher did not believe that Cavill would cope with the role
Time has shown that they were wrong. Geralt of Rivia, performed by Henry Cavill, even liked the author of the cycle of novels, Andrzej Sapkowski. “I am more than satisfied,” said the science fiction writer.
It turned out that Henry is a big fan of video games, and especially The Witcher, so when he found out about the upcoming film adaptation, he tortured his agent with questions and decided to snatch this role by all means. He approached the filming with maximum responsibility and respect for the source, and for the episode with bathing in the bath, he starved for three days. He brought a lot to the series, for example, he came up with a strange Rivia accent, which surprised the audience.
Henry Cavill in The Witcher
He earned another wave of audience love by admitting that he prefers a regular PC to the X-Box and PlayStation game consoles. True, his home computer is more like the workplace of an MCC employee.
Also, the actor could be seen in the series “Enola Holmes”: the plot will revolve around Sherlock’s younger sister (whom Henry will play). The girl is played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.
Personal life of Henry Cavill
In December 2009, a friend pulled Henry Cavill, depressed due to numerous casting failures, into a show jumping competition by almost force. The friend thought that the pompous high-society event would distract the actor, and he was not mistaken – Henry really did not take his eyes off the arena. But horses did not interest him at all, Cavill’s eyes were riveted on a single rider – Ellen Whitaker. It was love at first sight.
Henry Cavill and Helen Whitaker
Already in May of the following year, the couple announced their engagement. But Cavill was constantly filming in America, and Ellen trained in England. They failed to maintain a relationship at a distance, so in May 2012 they announced their breakup.
Henry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco
In the summer of 2013, Cavill was spotted with actress Kaley Cuoco. The couple did not hide their relationship, but the romance was fleeting, and two weeks later both actors changed their status to “free”.
Henry Cavill and Gina Carano dated for a short time
Then there was a two-year relationship with actress Gina Carano, and then again a fleeting affair with Marisa Gonzalo.
Henry Cavill and his girlfriend Tara King
In the fall of 2015, Tara King, a student at the University of Bristol, won the heart of Hollywood Superman. The girl was 13 years younger than her boyfriend, but both considered the age difference to be an insignificant trifle. The couple appeared together at the Oscars after-party and the presentation of the Mini Clubman car in China.
From 2017 to 2018, he dated stuntwoman Lucy Cork, but in February 2018, Cavill’s friends hinted that “Henry is free and ready for a new relationship.”
Lucy Cork, ex-girlfriend of Henry Cavill
In 2023, Natalie Viscuso became the actor’s girlfriend. She is a film producer, an employee of Legendary Pictures and a big fan of Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill and Natalie Viscuso
Henry Cavill now
In December 2023, Netflix premiered the long-awaited second season of The Witcher. Before the premiere, Henry, as part of the promotion of the series, gave an interview to Digital Spy, in which he said that he had gone through the third part of The Witcher many times and each time gave preference to Yennefer [в игре можно развить романтическую линию не только с Йеннифер, но и с Трисс Меригольд – прим. uznayvse.ru], intuitively feeling that Geralt and Yen are two halves of one whole. He was supported by actor Joey Batey (Buttercup), who stated that he considers himself to be “Yennefer’s team”.
It is also known that Henry Cavill will play a major role in the reboot of the Highlander franchise, which he has been a fan of since childhood. The actor once again demonstrated a truly witcher flair for big roles.