Fantastic Beast and Where To Find ThemIn 1926, Newt Scamander arrives in New York by boat, carrying a mysterious suitcase that is home to dozens of magical creatures. However, some fantastic beasts escape, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Critic Reviews of "Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them"
New YorkerNovember 21, 2016
In all, the movie is a cunning and peppy surprise, dulled only by the news that no less than four sequels await.
The AtlanticNovember 20, 2016
To its considerable credit, Fantastic Beasts is not the Potter retread it could easily-and very profitably-have been.
The New RepublicNovember 18, 2016
The film strains considerably under the weight of all its plot lines-it's never fun to be the movie with the origin story.
Christian Science MonitorNovember 18, 2016
Rowling has a voluminous imagination and Yates keeps things humming along, although, as was also true of many Potter movies, there is often too much of a good thing.
Globe and MailNovember 18, 2016
At least the monsters, when compared with their co-stars, have some personality.
Detroit NewsNovember 18, 2016
A lavish visual feast that nonetheless fails to cast any new spells over its audience.
SFistMarch 23, 2017
Towards the end, the film gets a little too action-packed, with the city of New York (once again) on the verge of destruction. But there are enough moments of magic in the rest of the movie to make up for it.
Malibu TimesMarch 09, 2017
The film wants so badly to be fun and silly, but I'm sorry to say it's an old-fashioned dud.
eFilmCritic.comMarch 01, 2017
It has been made with a lot of style and skill and comes across as much more than the simple cash-in opportunity that it might have initially appeared to be when it was first announced.
The Sunday AgeJanuary 27, 2017
The great fantasy in Fantastic Beasts is that everything can be put back how it was, no matter what happened.
San Francisco ExaminerJanuary 19, 2017
This new movie, while slight, is also dazzling, diverting and wonderful fun.
Graffiti With PunctuationJanuary 05, 2017
Like the first chapter of any story, it has the burden of making you want to come back; and not just for the desperate satisfaction of knowing what's next
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Eddie RedmayneBirth date: 6 January 1982, London, England, UKDescription: British actor Eddie Redmayne is the first, and thus far only, millennial male to have won an acting Oscar (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, a noted civil and mining engineer. He has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Redmayne is the only member of his family to follow a career in acting, and also modeled during his teen years. He was educated at Eton College before going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied History of Art. Encouraged by his parents, Redmayne took drama lessons from a young age. His first stage appearance was in the Sam Mendes production of "Oliver!", in London's West End. He played a workhouse boy. Acting continued through school and university, including performing with the National Youth Music Theatre.Redmayne's first professional stage performance came in 2002 at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in "Twelfth Night". In 2004, he won the prestigious Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his working in Edward Albee's play "The Goat". Further stage successes followed, and in 2009, he starred in John Logan's "Red" at the Donmar Warehouse in London. He won huge critical acclaim for his role, winning an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The play transferred to Broadway in 2010, and Redmayne went on to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.Alongside his stage career, Redmayne has worked steadily in television and film. Notable projects include Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). He co-starred as Marius Pontmercy in the musical Les Misérables (2012). He played scientist Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama The Theory of Everything (2014), opposite Felicity Jones, as Stephen's wife Jane Hawking. For his performance, Redmayne won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. As such, he became the first man born in the 1980s to win an acting Oscar. He received further critical acclaim for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, in The Danish Girl (2015). For his performance, he was nominated for multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor.In 2014, Redmayne married publicist Hannah Bagshawe.
Sam RedfordBirth date: 6 January 1982, London, England, UKDescription: Sam Redford is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Hurt Locker (2008) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002).
Scott GoldmanBirth date: 6 January 1982, London, England, UKDescription: Scott Goldman is known for his work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Dictator (2012) and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006).
Tim BentinckBirth date: 1 June 1953, Tasmania, AustraliaDescription: Best known as the voice of David Archer in the BBC Radio series, The Archers, Tim is also an accomplished stage, film, radio and television actor. From the swashbuckling Tom Lacey in the 80s series By The Sword Divided to starring with David Jason in 2012's The Royal Bodyguard, he has recently featured in Twenty Twelve, The Politician's Husband, Eastenders, Lucan, Gangsta Granny and plays the Home Secretary in the BBC spy series, The Game. He starred as a bank robber in the short film, Locked Up which won Best Short Film at this year's Lanzarote Film Festival.He is a top voice artist and dubbing specialist, also an inventor, writer, travel journalist, computer programmer and musician. He went to Harrow, University of East Anglia, and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.In 2012 he won Celebrity Mastermind, (specialist subject Winnie the Pooh), beat Judith Keppel head-to-head in Celebrity Eggheads, then defeated Linford Christie and and the tallest couple in Britain in Pointless Celebrities!Besides broadcasting to 5 million listeners daily in The Archers, he is the voice of James Bond in The World Is Not Enough computer game and for 15 years was strangely familiar to Londoners as the voice of "Mind The Gap" on the Piccadilly Line.He lives in London with his wife Judy, a leading hat designer, and has two sons, Will and Jasper.
Tristan TaitBirth date: 2 August 1971, Santa Barbara, California, USADescription: Tristan Tait was born on August 2, 1971 in Santa Barbara, California, USA as Tristan Hall Gabriel Tait. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Dark Knight (2008) and 28 Weeks Later (2007).
Colin FarrellBirth date: 31 May 1976, Castleknock, Dublin, IrelandDescription: Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.Farrell was born on May 31, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland, to Rita (Monaghan) and Eamon Farrell. His father and uncle were both professional athletes, and for a while, it looked like Farrell would follow in their footsteps. Farrell auditioned for a part in the Irish Boy Band, Boyzone, but it didn't work out. After dropping out of the Gaiety School of Acting, Farrell was cast in Ballykissangel (1996), a BBC television drama. "Ballykissangel" was not his first role on screen. Farrell had previously been in The War Zone (1999), directed by Tim Roth and had appeared in the independent film Drinking Crude (1997). Farrell was soon to move on to bigger things.Exchanging his usually thick Dublin accent for a light Texas drawl, Farrell acted in the gritty Tigerland (2000), directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Farrell amongst a number of other budding young actors, the film portrays a group of new recruits being trained for the war in Vietnam. Farrell played the arrogant soldier Boz, drafted into the army and completely spiteful of authority. The film was praised by critics, but did not make much money at the box office. It was Farrell's first big role on film, and certainly not his last. Farrell followed up with American Outlaws (2001), where he played the notorious outlaw Jesse James with Scott Caan, son of legendary actor James Caan, in the role of Cole Younger. The film was a box office flop and failure with the critics. Immediately, Farrell returned to the war drama film that had made him famous. Co-starring in the war film Hart's War (2002) opposite Bruce Willis, Farrell played the young officer captured by the enemy. The film was another failure. Farrell struck gold when he was cast in the Steven Spielberg film Minority Report (2002) that same year. Set in a futuristic time period, Farrell played the character Danny Witwer, a young member of the Justice Department who is sent after Tom Cruise's character. The film was a smash hit, and praised by critics.Farrell continued this success when he reunited with Joel Schumacher on the successful thriller Phone Booth (2002). Farrell played the role of the victim who is harassed by an unseen killer (Kiefer Sutherland) and is made to reveal his sins to the public. 2003 was a big year for Farrell. He starred in the crime thriller The Recruit (2003) as a young CIA man mentored by an older CIA veteran (Al Pacino). Pacino later stated that Farrell was the best actor of his generation. Farrell certainly continued to be busy that year with Daredevil (2003), which actually allowed him to keep his thick Irish accent. The film was another success for Farrell, as was the crime film S.W.A.T. (2003) where Farrell starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J. Farrell also acted in the Irish black comedy film Intermission (2003) and appeared another Irish film Veronica Guerin (2003) which reunited him with Joel Schumacher once again. The following year, Farrell acted in what is his most infamous film role yet: the title role in the mighty Oliver Stone film epic Alexander (2004), which is a character study of Alexander the Great as he travels across new worlds and conquers all the known world before him. Farrell donned a blond wig and retained his Irish accent, and gave a fine performance as Alexander. However, both he and the film were criticized. Despite being one of the highest grossing films internationally and doing a good job at the DVD sales, Farrell did not come out of the experience without a few hurts. Farrell attempted to rebound with his historical film The New World (2005). Reuniting with "Alexander" star Christopher Plummer, and also acting with Christian Bale, Farrell played the brave explorer John Smith, who would make first contacts with the Native peoples. The film did not do well at the box office, though critics praised the film's stunning appearance and cinematography.Farrell returned to act in Michael Mann's film Miami Vice (2006) alongside Jamie Foxx. The film was a film adaptation of the famous television series, and did reasonably well at the box office. Farrell also acted in Ask the Dust (2006) with Salma Hayek and Donald Sutherland, though the film did not receive much distribution. The next year, Farrell acted alongside Ewan McGregor in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream (2007) which received mixed reviews from critics. Farrell followed up with the hilarious black comedy In Bruges (2008). Written and directed by Irish theatre director Martin McDonagh, the film stars Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hit men whose latest assignment went wrong, leaving them to hide out in Bruges, Belgium. The film has been one of Farrell's most praised work, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe. As well as In Bruges (2008), Farrell acted alongside Edward Norton in the crime film Pride and Glory (2008) which was not as successful as the former film. As well as working with charity, and speaking at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007, he has donated his salary for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) to Heath Ledger's little daughter (who was left nothing in a will that had not been updated in time). Ledger had originally been cast in the film and was replaced by Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law. The film was a critical and financial success, and Farrell also played a small role in Crazy Heart (2009) which had the Dubliner playing a country singer. Farrell even sang a few songs for the film's soundtrack. As well as those small roles, Farrell took the lead role in the war film Triage (2009). Farrell incredibly lost forty-four pounds to play the role of a war photographer who must come to terms with what he has experienced in Kurdistan. While the film was finely made, with excellent performances from all involved, the film has received almost no distribution.Farrell's other leading role that year was in Neil Jordan's Irish film Ondine (2009), which had Farrell playing an imaginative fisherman who thinks he has caught a mermaid in his net. In recent years, he co-starred in the comedy horror film Fright Night (2011), the science fiction action film Total Recall (2012), both remakes, and McDonagh's second feature, and the black comedy crime film Seven Psychopaths (2012). Since the mid-2000s, Farrell has cleaned up his act, and far from being a Hollywood hell raiser and party animal, Farrell has shown himself to be a respectable and very talented actor.
Tom Clarke HillBirth date: 31 May 1976, Castleknock, Dublin, IrelandDescription: Tom Clarke Hill was born in Oroville, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Entrapment (1999) and Timesplitters 2 (2002).
Matthew SimBirth date: 31 May 1976, Castleknock, Dublin, IrelandDescription: Matthew Sim is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) and Orlando (1992).
Katherine WaterstonBirth date: 3 March 1980, Westminster, London, England, UKDescription: Katherine Waterston was born on March 3, 1980 in Westminster, London, England as Katherine Boyer Waterston. She is an actress and producer, known for Inherent Vice (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Steve Jobs (2015).
Samantha MortonBirth date: 13 May 1977, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UKDescription: Samantha Morton has established herself as one of the finest actors of her generation, winning Oscar nominations for her turns in Woody Allen's Sweet and Low Down" (1999) and Jim Sheridan's "In America" (2002). She has the talent to become one of the major performers in the cinema of this young century.Samantha Morton was born May 13, 1977 in Nottingham, England to parents who divorced when she was three years old. Peter and Pamela Morton took other spouses and made Samantha part of a mixed family of 13: She has eight brothers and sisters. She turned to play-acting early in her life, while she was a school-girl.At 13, she left regular school to train as an actress at the Central Junior Television Workshop, where she learned her craft for three years. It was at the end of her training then that she decided that a life as a professional actress was for her.She honed her skills in television roles, working her way up from series television to TV-movies and prestigious mini-series, such as Emma (1996) and Jane Eyre (1997). Her first major film role, Under the Skin (1997), won her the Best Actress Award from the Boston Film Critics Society. Woody Allen cast her as Hattie, the "dumb" (unspeaking) lover of Sean Penn's caddish jazz guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown (1999), a beautiful performance in a role that could have flummoxed a less-talented performer. Penn was Oscar-nominated for his performance, but it was Morton's Hattie that was central to the success of the film, Allen's last unqualified success. She provided the moral and narrative center of the film. It was quite a remarkable performance for a 21-year old as she had to do all her acting with her face, having been shorn of her voice. The role of Hattie won Morton a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination.Ironically, Morton had never seen a Woody Allen movie before. (She grew up watching the TV and listening to the radio.) She agreed to do the film after reading the script (as she says, well-written roles for women are hard to find), and the movie made her a hot commodity in Hollywood after she won the Oscar nomination. (She lost out to the ultra-hyped Angelina Jolie.) Morton was offered many roles, but was very choosy as she was not in acting as a game with a payoff of stardom and money.She had consolidated her reputation by following the Allen film up with work in indie features that showed that she was not only talented, but quite courageous as a performer. She played a heroin addict in the underrated Jesus' Son (1999) and gave a brilliant performance in Morvern Callar (2002), the story of a Scottish supermarket clerk coping with her boyfriends suicide.Steven Spielberg cast her opposite superstar Tom Cruise as the clairvoyant in Minority Report (2002), in which she more than held her own opposite Cruise and the special effects. (She took the role as Cruise and Speilberg are favorites of hers). As good as she was, Morton was better served by Irish director Jim Sheridan, Sheridan cast her as a character modeled after his wife in an autobiographical picture more in line with persona and that made better use of her talents. Her performance as the young Irish mother coping with life in New York City in In America (2002) won her numerous critics' awards and another Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress.At this point, one feels that the odds of her winning the Oscar are even or better. Samantha Morton continues to deliver fine work in provocative films such as Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 (2003), though she is branching out towards the mainstream, taking a role in the remake of that perennial family favorite, Lassie (2005).
Dan FoglerBirth date: 20 October 1976, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Cherubic actor and singer Dan Fogler was born October 20, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York, to Shari, a teacher of English, and Richard Fogler, a surgeon. His brother, Jason, is a clinical psychologist. Fogler established himself with his role of William Barfee in the Broadway musical hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His performance brought Fogler a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical), a Theatre World Award, Outer Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award as part of the Outstanding Ensemble Performance. He also received The Lortel Award for Spelling Bee's off-Broadway run. The show was his Broadway debut, and he played the part on Broadway for nine and one half months. Fogler, as part of The Farm Acting troupe, had helped originate the show and created the character of William Morris Barfee as the improvisational Off-Off Broadway play "C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E in 2002."The hit musical has jump-started his film career, and Fogler starred in the comedy Balls of Fury (2007) in 2007. Aside from his other film work, Dan also was honored to be the voice actor for two distinct characters in Horton Hears a Who! (2008) He has written a play, "Elephant in The Room," inspired by Ionescos' Rhinoceros (1974), which was produced by the New York International Fringe Festival 2007. Fogler also directed the production. He has in addition, written and directed his first film, Hysterical Psycho (2009), which features actors from his theater company Stage 13 where Dan serves as one of the company's Artistic Directors.Dan is married to Jodie Capes, who runs Capes Coaching, a company helping actors and artists.
Ezra MillerBirth date: 30 September 1992, Hoboken, New Jersey, USADescription: Ezra Matthew Miller was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, to Marta (Koch), a modern dancer, and Robert S. Miller, who has worked at Workman Publishing and as former senior VP for Hyperion Books. He has two older sisters. Ezra is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and German-Dutch (mother) ancestry; he has described himself as Jewish and "spiritual".As a child, Miller sang with the Metropolitan Opera and attended Rockland Country Day School and The Hudson School. His first feature film was the indie Afterschool (2008), and Miller subsequently appeared on the television series Californication (2007), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), and Royal Pains (2009), and in the films City Island (2009), Every Day (2010), Beware the Gonzo (2010), and Another Happy Day (2011).Miller drew critical praise playing Kevin Khatchadourian, the homicidal son of Tilda Swinton's character, in the dramatic thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). He subsequently played Patrick in the well-received teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), opposite Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.Ezra's upcoming roles include the period piece Madame Bovary (2014), Judd Apatow's comedy Trainwreck (2015), and the psychological thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015). He has been cast as superhero The Flash in The Flash (2020), scheduled for release on March 23, 2018.
Faith Wood-BlagroveBirth date: 30 September 1992, Hoboken, New Jersey, USADescription: Faith Wood-Blagrove is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Lego Dimensions (2015).
Jenn MurrayBirth date: 30 September 1992, Hoboken, New Jersey, USADescription: Jenn Murray is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Brooklyn (2015) and Love & Friendship (2016).
Cory PetersonBirth date: 30 September 1992, Hoboken, New Jersey, USADescription: Cory Peterson is known for his work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Crown (2016) and Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann (2013).
Lucie PohlBirth date: 1983, Hamburg, GermanyDescription: German-American actress and comedian, born in Hamburg and raised in New York City. Known for David Chase's Not Fade Away and Must Love Death. Comes from a long family tradition of actors and artists. Her father Klaus Pohl is a renown playwright and actor and her mother Sanda Weigl is a singer. Her grandfather Egon Weigl was the cousin of Bertolt Brecht's wife Helene Weigel. Lucie's cousin is Germany's Anna Thalbach. She speaks German, French, Greek,and Spanish.She studyied acting at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany.
Peter BreitmayerBirth date: 29 May 1965, Arcadia, California, USADescription: Born in Arcadia, California, and moved to Minnesota at 11 years old, Peter Breitmayer is a hybrid Californian/Minnesotan. He started his professional acting career at Dudley Riggs BraveNew Workshop (the "Second City of Minneapolis" since 1955) in 1988, as a company actor/writer/improviser. He worked in numerous professional theaters in the Minneapolis area over the next eight years, did dozens of OC and VO Commercials, and landed roles in several Hollywood produced films shooting in the state including Drop Dead Fred, Jingle All the Way, Larry Nordic and The Stranger Within, with Kate Jackson, the "smart Angel". He moved to LA in 1996 and has since worked regularly in television, film, commercials and VO, recently as Gilbert Bingley in Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Lt. Ben Schmidt in the Fargo series. Most people recognize him as the A-Nother Insurance Company idiot, Bill, in the Progressive Insurance campaign. Peter also continued his stage career, acting in award winning productions in LA as well as touring Nationally and to Dublin, Ireland with the long running hit show Triple Espresso. He Produced and was in the hit show Almost, Maine at the Hudson. He resides in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with his wife and son. He has a BA in Theology from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his esoteric thesis on Process Theodicy makes for a good casual read.
Jake SamuelsBirth date: 29 May 1965, Arcadia, California, USADescription: Jake Samuels is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Beyond the Sea (2004) and Communion (2013).
Max CazierBirth date: 29 May 1965, Arcadia, California, USADescription: Max Cazier is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2011) and Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011).
Dan HedayaBirth date: 24 July 1940, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Dan Hedaya is a familiar face from his work in films and on TV, where he often plays a villain (although he had a good comic turn as the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, in Cheers (1982) and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis (1987)). He has also done much stage work, appearing opposite Alien: Resurrection (1997) star Sigourney Weaver in "The Conjuring an Event" at the American Place Theater. Other stage performances include Broadway roles such as "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and many New York Shakespeare Festival productions.
Christy MeyerBirth date: 24 July 1940, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Christy Meyer is known for her work on A Hologram for the King (2016), Snowden (2016) and The Program (2015).
Carmen EjogoBirth date: 22 October 1973, Kensington, London, England, UKDescription: Carmen Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Ejogo grew up in London. Ejogo's television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in _Metro_ with Eddie Murphy, What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) with Martin Lawrence, and Love's Labour's Lost (2000) with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show - her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson's slave concubine in the television drama Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) as Sally Hemings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle (2012).Ejogo is also a vocalist, having collaborated with several artists in the 1990s. She wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Candles" by English drum 'n' bass DJ Alex Reece - she appeared in the music video and is listed in the production credits as 'Carmen'. She also sang vocals and duets with British artist 'Tricky' on a song called "Slowly". Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle (2012) original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and co-lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter on "Jump", "Hooked on Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".
Guy PaulBirth date: 12 September 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Guy Paul was born on September 12, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) and The Fifth Estate (2013). He has been married to Harriet Walter since May 21, 2011.
Andreea PaduraruBirth date: 12 September 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Andreea Paduraru is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Bunraku (2010) and Chaos Black (2014).
Walles HamondeBirth date: 12 September 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Walles Hamonde is an actor and writer, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
Dominique TipperBirth date: 12 September 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Dominique Tipper is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Expanse (2015) and Vampire Academy (2014).
Kevin GuthrieBirth date: 12 September 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Born in Neilston, East Renfewshire, Scotland, Kevin attended PACE Theatre Company as a youngster and decided at a relatively young age to try Acting. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.In 2013 Kevin was cast in the lead role as Ally in Dexter Fletcher's Sunshine on Leith. In 2014 Kevin was cast as lead, Ewan Tavendale in Terence Davies' screen adaptation of the Classic Scottish novel Sunset Song (2014), alongside Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan. As well as Callum MacPherson in Robert Carlyle's The Legend of Barney Thomson with Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson. Kevin plays Mr Abernathy in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Leo HellerBirth date: 27 April 2003Description: Leo Heller was born on April 27, 2003. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Miles RoughleyBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Miles Roughley was born on October 10, 2002. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Les Misérables (2012) and The Bunker (2016).
Anne WittmanBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Anne Wittman is known for her work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Proof (2005).
Erick HaydenBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Erick Hayden is known for his work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Spectre (2015) and Blood Money (2016).
Paul BirchardBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Paul Birchard is an actor and director, known for 1408 (2007), The Dark Knight (2008) and Hanna (2011).
Ronan RafteryBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Ronan Raftery is an actor from Dublin, Ireland. He attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and lives mostly in London. On screen, his debut was in indie hit Death of A Superhero, after which, Ronan went on to star in the Emmy Winning TV series Moone Boy, UK cult hit Fresh Meat and NBC's Crossing lines. He is also an experienced stage actor, performing in several major productions the West End, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare's Globe.For his American debut, Ronan recently appeared in the Broadway production of The Real Thing alongside Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Tom HodgkinsBirth date: 10 October 2002Description: Tom Hodgkins is an actor, known for Hanna (2011), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Spy Game (2001).
Jon VoightBirth date: 29 December 1938, Yonkers, New York, USADescription: Jon Voight was born on December 29, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Jonathan Vincent Voight. He is an actor, known for Mission: Impossible (1996), Heat (1995) and Transformers (2007). He was previously married to Marcheline Bertrand and Lauri Peters.
Josh CowderyBirth date: 23 December 1978, Little Rock, Arkansas, USADescription: Josh Cowdery was born on December 23, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA as Joshua Wayne Cowdery. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and Legends (2014).
Ellie HaddingtonBirth date: 1955, Aberdeen, Scotland, UKDescription: Ellie Haddington was born in 1955 in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Lawless Heart (2001) and Creation (2009).
Alison SudolBirth date: 23 December 1984, Seattle, Washington, USADescription: Alison Sudol is an actress, musician and author based in Los Angeles. Alongside a successful music career Alison starred in the 2 x Golden Globe winning Amazon hit 'Transparent', USA network's 'DIG' from the creators of Homeland and Heroes and Rafael Palacio's "The Force". Alison plays 'Queenie' in the new Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Joseph MacnabBirth date: 23 December 1984, Seattle, Washington, USADescription: Joseph Macnab is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Anna Karenina (2012) and The Borgias (2011).
Bart EdwardsBirth date: 1988, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UKDescription: Bart Edwards was born in 1988 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. He is an actor, known for UnREAL (2015), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Peep Show (2003).
Todd BoyceBirth date: 1961, Columbus, Ohio, USADescription: Todd Boyce was born in Columbus, Ohio.He was raised in upstate New York, Germany, Chicago and Brazil. At age 16 Todd moved with his family to Australia where he finished his schooling at Sydney Church of England Grammar School and promptly joined the Australian soap opera "The Restless Years". Having been accepted at USC and UCLA he planned to attend university in Los Angeles but after 12 months in the TV show he chose instead to Audition for The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from which he graduated in 1983.Todd has worked extensively in film, television and theatre in Australia, America and in the United Kingdom. His work continues to take him all over the world.
Martin OelbermannBirth date: 1961, Columbus, Ohio, USADescription: Martin Oelbermann is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Gemma ChanBirth date: 29 November 1982, London, England, UKDescription: Gemma Chan was born on November 29, 1982 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Humans (2015), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Submarine (2010).
Richard ClothierBirth date: 1966, Hertfordshire, England, UKDescription: Richard Clothier was born in 1966 in Hertfordshire, England. He is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), So This Is Romance? (1997) and National Theatre Live: King Lear (2014).
Christian DixonBirth date: 1966, Hertfordshire, England, UKDescription: Christian is an actor of stage, screen and television. Most notable works include playing lead for The Royal Shakespeare Company, featured work with The Old Vic Theatre, Royal Court Theatre,The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and work for BBC television.Trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama Winner of The Sarah Churchill Memorial Award.
Akin GaziBirth date: 15 October 1981, London, England, UKDescription: Akin Gazi was born in Edmonton, London. He attended Queen Mary, University of London studying English and Drama graduating in 2003. In 2010 Gazi secured his first film role in "The Devil's Double" directed by Lee Tamahori, this was followed by appearances in "Black Gold" (Jean-Jacques Annaud) "Zero Dark Thirty" (Kathryn Bigelow) and "The Cut" (Fatih Akin).He has numerous TV credits including ''Silent Witness'' (BBC), ''Da Vinci's Demons'' (Starz), ''Knightfall'' (History) and ''Prison Break'' (FOX).
Richard HardistyBirth date: 15 October 1981, London, England, UKDescription: Richard Hardisty is an actor and writer, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Totally Baked (2007) and ABCs of Death 2 (2014).
Elizabeth MoynihanBirth date: 15 October 1981, London, England, UKDescription: Elizabeth Moynihan is an actress, known for Agatha Raisin (2016), Modus (2015) and Vikings (2013).
Miquel BrownBirth date: 8 February 1945, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDescription: Miquel Brown was born on February 8, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Superman (1978) and French Kiss (1995).
Wunmi MosakuBirth date: 31 July 1986, Zaria, NigeriaDescription: Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Philomena (2013) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Cristian SolimenoBirth date: 27 April 1975, London, England, UKDescription: Cristian Solimeno was born on April 27, 1975 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for Rush (2013), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and La terza madre (2007).
Matthew WilsonBirth date: 27 April 1975, London, England, UKDescription: Matthew Wilson is an actor, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Brian F. MulveyBirth date: 27 April 1975, London, England, UKDescription: Taking his time to experience and observe life , Brian is emerging as one of Ireland's major talents.Born in Dublin Ireland and having travelled to many parts of the world.Brian always had a keen eye for watching people and their reactions."the most influential acting schools are outside any café or Airport , where you can see real people , real feeling " He has a natural talent for accents which he puts down to having a " listening ear " . Being born in Ireland one is never very far from the draw of the horse ,Brian says his acting career is a means to continue his love of having horses around . " If I was any good at rearing horses , they'd pay for themselves!,I need to do something to keep them ". Brian describes his acting style as subtle and low key .
Aretha AyehBirth date: 27 April 1975, London, England, UKDescription: Aretha Ayeh is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), The Quiet Ones (2014) and Worst First Date (2015).
EmmiBirth date: 27 April 1975, London, England, UKDescription: Emmi is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Ron PerlmanBirth date: 13 April 1950, New York City, New York, USADescription: Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.Ronald N. Perlman was born April 13, 1950 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York. His mother, Dorothy (Rosen), is retired from the City Clerk's Office. His father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman, now deceased, was a repairman and a drummer. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Hungary, Germany and Poland).With a career spanning over three decades, Perlman has worked alongside such diverse actors as Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Dominique Pinon, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jude Law, Christina Ricci, Federico Luppi, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott and Elijah Wood to name a few.While he has never been a bankable star, Perlman has always had a large fanbase. He started out strong as Amoukar, one of the tribesmen in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Academy Award-winning film La guerre du feu (1981), for which he earned a Genie Award nomination. Perlman teamed up with Annaud again, this time as a hunchback named Salvatore in Der Name der Rose (1986). His first real breakthrough came later when he landed the role of the noble lion-man Vincent, opposite Linda Hamilton on the fantasy series Beauty and the Beast (1987). His work in this role earned him not only a Golden Globe Award but an underground fan following. Sadly the series was cancelled in its third season shortly after Hamilton's character's death.After that, he spent time doing supporting work on television and independent films such as Guillermo del Toro's debut Cronos (1993) (where a lifelong friendship and collaboration between the director and Perlman would blossom) as Angel and his first lead role as One in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's surreal La cité des enfants perdus (1995). His first real big role in a mainstream film came when Jeunet wanted him for the brutish Johner in his first Hollywood outing Alien: Resurrection (1997). Perlman has also used his distinctive voice to his advantage, appearing in many animated films/series, commercials and he is a video game fan favorite because of his work on such games as the Fallout series.It was not until much later he received worldwide fame when his good friend Guillermo del Toro helped him land the title role in the big-budget comic book movie Hellboy (2004). Del Toro fought the studio for four years because they wanted a more secure name, but he stood his ground and in 2004, after almost 25 years in and out of obscurity, Perlman became and household name and a sought out actor. Perlman has had one of the most offbeat careers in film, playing everything from a prehistoric ape-man to an aging transsexual and will always be a rarity in Hollywood.Other notable roles include the cunning Norman Arbuthnot in The Last Supper (1995), sniper expert Koulikov in Enemy at the Gates (2001), vampire leader Reinhardt in Blade II (2002), his reprisal of Hellboy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and biker chief Clarence Morrow on the popular series Sons of Anarchy (2008).He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Opal, and their two children, Blake and Brandon.
Nicholas McGaugheyBirth date: 13 April 1950, New York City, New York, USADescription: Nicholas McGaughey was born in Portsmouth, England. He is an actor, known for Gladiator (2000), From Hell (2001) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Sean CroninBirth date: 10 July 1964Description: Sean Cronin was born in West London to an English mother and an Irish/Welsh father but has both Spanish and Sicilian in his bloodline. Destiny struck in the early nineties and Sean was badly bitten by the film bug. Due to his intense and menacing presence Sean was asked to play supporting roles in films like James Bond, The World Is Not Enough (1999), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) are just a few. Moving inevitably from the background to the foreground he more recently plays 'Cyrus' in The Thompsons (2012), sequel to the Hollywood Vampire movie The Hamiltons (2006) by the The Butcher Brothers and in Hackney's Finest (2014) 2012 he plays crazy Russian gangster 'Dellski' and The Callback Queen (2013), he plays 'east end' gangster 'Arry' and more recently 'Jacob' in The Brother (2016), and an 'Unknown Agent' in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). In parallel because of his love for all things film he became a cinematographer and director in his own right shooting dozens of high end music videos, short films, and several features including Throw of a Dice (2012). Sean also directed the award winning An Unfortunate Woman (2015) and is set to direct the beautiful period drama Irongate and the heart rending semi-biopic life story of disabled Paul Hodgson Give Them Wings. Sean has developed his craft both in acting and film making and is well as being an eclectic and talented film maker he is fast becoming one of the most convincing and sinister 'adversary's' in modern day cinema.Sean has his own production company 'Magnificent Films'.
Zoë KravitzBirth date: 1 December 1988, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of half African-American (from her father's mother and her mother's father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father's father and her mother's mother) descent. Zoe's love and interest in acting developed from classes she began taking while in school. Wasting little time, Zoe started working on two films during her senior year in high school; No Reservations (2007), directed by Scott Hicks, where she worked alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, and The Brave One (2007), directed by Neil Jordan, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.In 2008, Zoe completed work on Assassination of a High School President (2008), alongside Bruce Willis. She worked with Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan on The Greatest (2009), which debuted at Sundance. Zoe has just wrapped on the latest Joel Schumacher film, Twelve (2010), co-starring Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts, which will be released in 2010. She recently wrapped shooting in New York on her first lead roles in the films, Beware the Gonzo (2010), opposite Amy Sedaris, Campbell Scott and Ezra Miller, and Yelling to the Sky (2011), the story of "Sweetness O'Hara", who has a sometimes-absent father and a present but mentally unstable mother.Outside of her film endeavors, Kravitz has kept busy with various projects. She served as lead singer and co-writer with her band, "Elevator Fight". Kravitz is also the new face of Vera Wang's "Princess" perfume. The campaign launches in November 2009. Zoe starred in 2008 in Jay Z music video for his single, "I Know", off his "American Gangster" album. She was also featured with Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Tyrese Gibson, George Lopez, John Leguizamo and several other celebrities in Will.i.am's "We Are the Ones" video during Barack Obama campaign.Zoe resides in New York City.
Arinzé KeneBirth date: 1 December 1988, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.Kene was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Hackney, London. He spent his gap year gigging as lead vocalist in a jazz band, and nurturing his hobby: acting. He went on to university studying Physiotherapy but dropped out after only two months to pursue acting full time.With roles in 2008's West End production of Daddy Cool and Lion King, and 2009's Been So Long (in which he led the play to scoop an Edinburgh Fringe Award), within a relatively short time Kene was able to show off his exceptional talent and ability on both stage and screen alike. His first major on-screen performance came in 2010 in the Kolton Lee directed film Freestyle. Hopefully the near future will bring an influx of more varied lead roles for black actors so that Kene can continue to astonish his colleagues and fans alike with the intensity of his skill.
Jane PerryBirth date: 1 December 1988, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Jane is of Irish/English descent, born and bred in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.She is classically trained and has worked on stage in both the UK and Canada, including 5 years at the prestigious Shaw Festival in Ontario, Canada.She appears regularly in film and TV. Her humble beginnings include the honour of playing a character of historical import: Dorothy Bahnsen, an FBI secretary with a creative filing system and the one we can thank for the "X-Files" being called the "X-Files".Jane also works as a motion capture artist and is engaged in on-going voice over work for a number of computer games.She is based in London, England.
Johnny DeppBirth date: 9 June 1963, Owensboro, Kentucky, USADescription: Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15, and fronted a series of music-garage bands, including one named 'The Kids'. However, it was when he married Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp) that he took up the job of being a ballpoint-pen salesman to support himself and his wife. A visit to Los Angeles, California, with his wife, however, happened to be a blessing in disguise, when he met up with actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to turn to acting, which culminated in Depp's film debut in the low-budget horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), where he played a teenager who falls prey to dream-stalking demon Freddy Krueger.In 1987 he shot to stardom when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular TV series 21 Jump Street (1987).In 1990, after numerous roles in teen-oriented films, his first of a handful of great collaborations with director Tim Burton came about when Depp played the title role in Edward Scissorhands (1990). Following the film's success, Depp carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike. He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity by appearing in many features before re-joining with Burton in the lead role of Ed Wood (1994). In 1997 he played an undercover FBI agent in the fact-based film Donnie Brasco (1997), opposite Al Pacino; in 1998 he appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), directed by Terry Gilliam; and then, in 1999, he appeared in the sci-fi/horror film The Astronaut's Wife (1999). The same year he teamed up again with Burton in Sleepy Hollow (1999), brilliantly portraying Ichabod Crane.Depp has played many characters in his career, including another fact-based one, Insp. Fred Abberline in From Hell (2001). He stole the show from screen greats such as Antonio Banderas in the finale to Robert Rodriguez's "mariachi" trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). In that same year he starred in the marvelous family blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), playing a character that only the likes of Depp could pull off: the charming, conniving and roguish Capt. Jack Sparrow. The film's enormous success has opened several doors for his career and included an Oscar nomination. He appeared as the central character in the Stephen King-based movie, Secret Window (2004); as the kind-hearted novelist James Barrie in the factually-based Finding Neverland (2004), where he co-starred with Kate Winslet; and Rochester in the British film, The Libertine (2004). Depp collaborated again with Burton in a screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and later in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Dark Shadows (2012).Off-screen, Depp has dated several female celebrities, and has been engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. He was married to Lori Anne Allison in 1983, but divorced her in 1985. Depp has two children with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis: Lily-Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002. He married actress/producer Amber Heard in 2015.
Directors of "Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them"
David YatesBirth date: 8 October 1963, St. Helens, Merseyside, England, UKDescription: David Yates was born on October 8, 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is a director and producer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly H...
Creators of "Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them"
J.K. RowlingBirth date: 31 July 1965, Yate, Gloucestershire, England, UKDescription: Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowlin...