Apr. 21st, 1991
London, England, UK
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Frank Dillane (born April 21, 1991) is an English actor, known for playing Owen Coffin in In the Heart of the Sea and Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
London-born Dillane spent part of his childhood in Brixton before moving to Forest Row, East Sussex, where he grew up in a creative environment: his mother (Naomi Wirthner) manages a theatre company called Barebones Project while his father Stephen Dillane has played in numerous movies and TV series (Game of Thrones, The Tunnel) and was awarded a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor on Television in 2009. Dillane made his film debut at his side as an extra in Welcome to Sarajevo when he was six. He became more widely known in 2009 when he was chosen to play Tom Riddle (a teenage Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Having passed his A-level examinations, Dillane was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. In spite of the school rules specifying that actors are not permitted to accept professional acting work for the duration of the course, Dillane was allowed to play James Papadopoulos in independent movie Papadopoulos & Sons (directed by Marcus Markou) since it was filmed during summer holidays in 2011. After he was cast, his father decided to rearrange his filming schedule to play Harry Papadopoulos (James' dad) at his side. Stephen Dillane declared it was rare to have the opportunity "to work with your children after they left home".
Dillane appeared as Shugs in the Netflix 2015 series Sense8 directed by The Wachowskis.
The actor has also been cast in an adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy's best-selling novel Maestro, to be directed by Catherine Jarvis, in which he will play the lead character (Paul). Dillane is described by the production company Bow Street Films as having an "amazing talent and screen presence". Dillane is set to portray Nick in the horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead.
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