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Name: Henry Cavill

Real name: Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill

Birth date: 5 of May 1983 (36 y.o.)

Place of birth: Saint-Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands

Height: 185 cm Weight: 85 kg

Birth Sign: Taurus

Chinese zodiac: Pig

Occupation: actor

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Henry Cavill’s Biography

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill – is a British actor, most widely known for his role in historical fiction television series “The Tudors” and for playing Superman in the DC Extended Universe’s “Superman” franchise.
Hanry Cavill appeared in many roles, besides SupermanHanry Cavill appeared in many roles, besides Superman

Henry Cavill’s Childhood

Henry Cavill was born in Jersey, which is a Crown dependency located near the coast of Normandy, France. Henry was born fourth into a big loving family. However, Henry’s older brothers – Piers, Nick and Simon were quite old when he was born, so his mother, Marianne Cavill, became his best friend.
Henry Cavill with mom and brothers at the “Man of Steel” premiereHenry Cavill with mom and brothers at the “Man of Steel” premiere
But that friendship lasted only until his little brother Chuck was born. Henry loved being an older brother, he loved to babysit, and when Chuck got a bit older, the boys became inseparable. They both attended St Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey.
Henry’s big happy familyHenry’s big happy family
His father, Colin Cavill, served in the Navy, so the kids didn’t see him that often. And by the time he retired from service, Henry was already sent to a selective independent school – Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire. This turned out to be quite an unpleasant experience for Henry, he called his mom several times a day, crying and begging to come home, although the father was relentless – there was absolutely no place for whiners and mama’s boys in his family. Especially, since the older brothers weren’t as soft-hearted – Piers is a former army officer, Nick is a major in the Royal Marines, Simon has just started working in financial services. That is why the head of the family wanted the fourth son to be either a military man or to work in finance.
Henry Cavill played rugby in schoolHenry Cavill played rugby in school
Food became the main coping mechanism for Henry, and as he ate his stress away, he gained a sizeable amount of weight. He was even called “Fat Cavill”! And even though he was a part of the rugby team and had to train every day, his love for French fries with ketchup did its job.
Henry Cavill was an overweight child (bottom row, second from the left)Henry Cavill was an overweight child (bottom row, second from the left)
It was at that time that Henry became interested in theater – he participated in all the plays, staged by the Drama club. His teachers praised him, however the young boy stated that being in the spotlight gave him an adrenaline rush and anxiety. But when a film crew of “Proof of Life” came to shoot on the location at Henry’s school, and he saw the filming process from the inside, he truly got enamored with the idea of becoming an actor.
Young Henry CavillYoung Henry Cavill
The insecure schoolboy got to talk to Russell Crowe in between the takes and told him about his dream of becoming an actor, and in a couple of days, to everyone’s surprise, he got a package from a movie star with a card that read: “Dear Henry, remember: a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
Henry Cavill considers Russell Crowe to be the “godfather” of his careerHenry Cavill considers Russell Crowe to be the “godfather” of his career
And the young actor took this first step next year, when the casting agents came to the Stowe School, looking for young interesting men for Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Henry was one of the first, who signed up for the audition. And his drama club experience didn’t go unnoticed – the casting manager of the project noted Henry’s performance. There was one condition, though, Henry had to lose at least 20 pounds. Everyone was highly skeptical that “Fat Cavill” would be able to do this, but by following a strict diet and exercising regularly, he managed to fulfil the condition.
Henry Cavill’s workout for the untitled Superman project

Henry Cavill’s acting career

His tiny supporting role of Albert Mondego in the adventure drama film “The Count of Monte Cristo” made him a local celebrity.
Henry lost a lot of weight for “The Count of Monte Cristo”Henry lost a lot of weight for “The Count of Monte Cristo”
However, he had no time to bask in the glory, as he was soon invited to appear in “Laguna”, where for the first time in his life, he had to do a love scene with Emmanuelle Seigner herself!
Soon love scenes were not a problem for Henry CavillSoon love scenes were not a problem for Henry Cavill
Henry had a supporting role in “I Capture the Castle” where he played a seasoned womanizer Stephen Colley. The actor got to appear in two more films since his cinema debut – he got a cameo role in one episode of a British crime drama series “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries” and in a television film “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”. His parents, who were at first against his acting aspirations, gave up and came to terms with his career choice: “When fate gives you a chance, do not miss it”.

More roles followed: Henry appeared in an American musical film “Red Riding Hood”, horror film “Hellraiser: Hellworld” and an epic romantic drama “Tristan & Isolde”.
Henry Cavill in “Tristan & Isolde”Henry Cavill in “Tristan & Isolde”
There were numerous misfortunes, of course. Henry Cavill was turned down at the “Twilight” casting, although the author, Stephenie Meyer, believed him to be the “perfect Edward”. But the producers considered Cavill to be too old to portray a 17-years old vampire. It was twice as unpleasant, as he was already denied a role because of Robert Pattinson, who got to play Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. And before that Henry Cavill was a contender for the role of James Bond in a British spy film “Casino Royale”, but because he was too young, the role went to Daniel Craig. Due to all this, Empire magazine dubbed Henry Cavill "the unluckiest man in Hollywood" in December 2005.
Empire magazine: “Henry Cavill – the unluckiest man in Hollywood”Empire magazine: “Henry Cavill – the unluckiest man in Hollywood”
Henry was about to give up, when he received an invitation for a casting for the historical fiction television series “The Tudors”. He didn’t really believe that he could make it into the main cast and thought that, at best, he’ll have a secondary role for a couple of episodes. However, the producers saw his potential and offered a role of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, one of the main characters. So Cavill’s time on “The Tudors” stretched for four years – from 2007 till 2011.
“The Tudors”: Henry Cavill takes a break in-between the takes“The Tudors”: Henry Cavill takes a break in-between the takes
While filming the television series, he appeared in a number of other projects – a romantic adventure fantasy film “Stardust”, a horror film “Blood Creek”, alongside Michael Fassbender, and Woody Allen’s comedy film “Whatever Works”. The shooting of the last season of “The Tudors” coincided with the filming of Tarsem Singh's epic mythological film “Immortals”, where Henry Cavill had a starring role opposite Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.
Henry Cavill in “Immortals”Henry Cavill in “Immortals”
The 2011 became a lucky year for Henry Cavill, as he was proposed a role of the Superman in Zack Snyder's “Man of Steel”. Henry auditioned for that same role back in 2005 and Brett Ratner, who was supposed to direct the film saw him as the main contender. But the director soon got replaced by Bryan Singer, who renamed the film “Superman Returns” and cast Brandon Routh for the title role.
Irresistable Henry Cavill as SupermanIrresistable Henry Cavill as Superman
In 2015 Henry Cavill together with Armie Hammer appeared at the CinemaCon, where they presented a new Guy Ritchie’s spy series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”.
“The Man from U.N.C.L.E”, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer
Henry Cavill has no plans of parting with the Superman costume, as he has signed a contract with the DC Extended Universe for four more movies. In April of 2016 a first one of them came out – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, with Batman (portrayed by Ben Affleck) as the main antagonist. Amy Adams portrayed Superman’s love interest, the beautiful Gal Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg portrayed Lex Luthor, a young businessman, obsessed with defeating Superman.
Ben Affleck vs Henry CavillBen Affleck vs Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill’s Personal Life

In 2009 a friend managed to drag Henry Cavill, who was quite reluctant to leave his house due to all the casting fails, to a show jumping tournament. The friend felt that this posh uptown event will get the actor out of a rut, and he was right – Henry couldn’t keep his eyes off of the arena. But it was not the horses he was interested in, but the equestrian – Ellen Whitaker. It was love at the first sight.
Henry Cavill and Hellen WhitakerHenry Cavill and Hellen Whitaker
In May of the next year, the couple announced their engagement, however Cavill was often filming in the USA, while Ellen trained in England. They could not keep the long-distance relationship and called off the engagement in May, 2012.
Henry Cavill and Kaley CuocoHenry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco
In summer 2013 Henry was seen together with an American actress Kaley Cuoco, known for portraying Penny on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. The couple didn’t shy away from the paparazzi, but it was nothing more than a fling, as they broke up only two weeks later.
Henry Cavill dated Gina Carano for two yearsHenry Cavill dated Gina Carano for two years
Then the actor was in a relationship with an actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano for approximately two years. And after the couple split he was seen with Marisa Gonzalo.
Henry Cavill with girlfriend Tara KingHenry Cavill with girlfriend Tara King
In 2015 Tara King, a 19-years old student of the University of Bristol managed to win the heart of the Hollywood’s Superman. She was 13 years Cavill’s junior, but the couple payed no attention to this. They were seen together at the Oscar’s after party and at the presentation of Mini Clubman in China.

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The follow-up to 2016's “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – “Justice League” came out in 2017, and the sequel is set to premiere in 2019, followed by the last installment of “Superman” saga in 2020.
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