An actor from London, England, Henry Cavill is perhaps best known for playing Superman in the superhero film, Man of Steel. Of Irish, Scottish, and English descent, he appeared on screen for the first time in the 2001 drama thriller, Laguna at the age of eighteen. From there, he starred in the movies, The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and I Capture the Castle (2003), both of which garnered him some degree of attention.
Born on May 5, 1983 in Jersey, Channel Islands, Henry Cavill is the son of Marianne Dalgliesh and Colin Cavill, who worked as a secretary and stockbroker respectively. As a teen, he went to St Michael’s Preparatory School, after which he attended Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England. Following his high school graduation, he kick started his film career with a small role in Laguna (2001).
More work soon followed in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002), and Goodbye Mr. Chips (2002). After playing a few minor roles, he was cast as a supporting character in Tim Fywell’s I Capture the Castle (2003). From there, he appeared in Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Tristan & Isolde (2006), and Red Riding Hood (2006).
How Henry Cavill Became Famous
In 2007, the actor landed a lead role in the historical drama, The Tudors. Set in England during the 1500’s, the plot followed the reign of King Henry VIII. While Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the part of the Monarch, Cavill portrayed the role of Charles Brandon, the first Duke of Suffolk. Other members of the main cast include Maria Doyle Kennedy, Natalie Dormer, Callum Blue, Sam Neill, among many others.
His first “big role”, The Tudors quickly proved to be extremely successful. The highest-rated debut on Showtime in three years, its series premiere drew in close to one million viewers in the United States. As expected from a popular series, it was renewed for multiple seasons; after a four-season run, the drama’s finale aired in November 2010.
Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series in 2007, The Tudors also yielded Cavill his first accolade- a NewNowNext Award nomination for “Cause You’re Hot” in 2012.
Henry Cavill’s Later Film Roles
Since the end of The Tudors, Cavill hasn’t played any other roles on television; instead, he’s focused his efforts on film.
After participating in several titles such as Immortals (2011), and The Cold Light of Day (2012), he landed his Hollywood breakthrough in the superhero film, Man of Steel as the role of Superman.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie served as a modern reboot of the original Superman film series from the late 70’s. A highly anticipated release, it later debuted in theatres on June 14, 2013. A major success at the box office, Man of Steel grossed a total of $668 million worldwide by the end of its theatrical run. Though reviews from critics were mixed, it garnered several awards including a Golden Trailer Award, an a MTV Movie Award, both of which went towards the actor.
For playing the titular role, Cavill also received a Saturn Award nomination, a Teen Choice Award Nomination, as well as an Annie Award nomination.
A year later, he reprised his role as Superman in the next superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). The second instalment in the DC Extended universe, it also starred Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, and Laurence Fishbone.
Released on March 25, 2016, it made a total of $186 million during its opening weekend in the US and Canada. One of the biggest openings for Warner Bros., it later went on to gross $873 million worldwide. Despite being a commercial success however, the movie was not well received. Still, it garnered several awards including two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award nominations and two Teen Choice Award nominations for Cavill.
Most recently this spring, Cavill returned as a main character in the Netflix film, Sand Castle (2017). Directed by Fernando Coimbra, it centred around the life of Matt Ocre, a young solder in the US Army who is tasked with restoring water to an Iraq village. Based on true events, the film was released online on April 21, 2017. In the movie, the actor played as Captain Syverson, the special forces officer responsible for running the operation.
Awards Received by Henry Cavill
Named “World’s Sexiest Man” by Glamour Magazine in 2013, Cavill has received several recognitions for his work over the years. For instance (as mentioned earlier), his portrayal of Superman earned him a MTV Movie Award (e.g. Best Hero) in 2014.
As far as nominations go, he’s been nominated for two NewNowNext Awards (e.g. Cause You’re Hot), four Teen Choice Awards (e.g. Choice Movie Actor, Movie Star, Liplock), and three Kids’ Choice Awards (e.g. Favourite Movie Actor, Butt-Kicker, Frenemies).
Henry Cavill’s Philanthropic Efforts
In 2014, the actor supported the ALS Association by taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge (while dressed in his Superman costume).
The ambassador for The Royal Marines Charity, Cavill is also the spokesman for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, an organization that strives to save species from extinction.
Henry Cavill’s Love Life
At one point, the actor was engaged to Ellen Whitaker, a professional show jumper from England; they later separated in 2012.
As of 2017, he is in a relationship with a woman named Lucy Cork.
Henry Cavill’s Snapchat Name – henrycavil
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Henry Cavill’s Other Social Media Accounts
Henry Cavill’s Facebook Account
If you want to follow the star on Facebook, go give him a like over at his official page @henrycavill, where he’s already gotten over 800,000 likes!
Henry Cavill’s Instagram Account
If you’re interested in seeing some behind the scene photos from the actor himself, be sure to add him on Instagram- his official account is @henrycavill.
Henry Cavill’s Twitter Account
For now, it does not seem like Henry Cavill himself is on Twitter. Having said that, you can stay atop of his news and announcements at @henrycavill (unofficial account).
Henry Cavill’s Youtube Channel
Unfortunately fwhat we can tell, Henry Cavill is currently not active on Youtube.