Matthew David Lewis was born on the 27th of June, 1989 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He is best known for portraying the bumbling yet lovable character of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film franchise. He was born the son of Adrian and Lynda Lewis, and has two older brothers: Chris, a television editor, and Anthony, an actor/musician. He was educated at St Mary's School in Menston, and currently resides in Horsforth, West Yorkshire.
Matt has been acting since he was five-years-old, when he played a part in the independent UK drama, Some Kind of Life (1995). He also had small roles in Dalziel & Pascoe (1996), Where The Heart Is (1997) and Heartbeat (1999) before gaining the role of Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001). He has played Neville for all Harry Potter films to date, and also provided his voice for Neville in the video game Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Matt was a fan of Harry Potter before he got the role of Neville and used to dress up as Harry for book release parties.
Since the end of Harry Potter, Matt has continued his acting career in several different roles. Shot prior to the release of Deathly Hallows, Matt plays the reporter in the upcoming independent film The Sweet Shop. He is also portraying Jamie in a five-part TV series called The Syndicate written by Kay Mellor, which is currently being broadcast on BBC One in the UK. Matt will also be playing the role as Dodd in the film Wasteland, which is written and directed by Rowan Athale.
Matt is an avid fan of both Leeds United and the rugby league team Leeds Rhinos, and enjoys cricket. His favourite musicians include Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Strokes and Velvet Revolver. He is a former member of the Air Cadets, and expressed an interest in joining the RAF, although he has developed an interest in film making.
I freakin' love Matt haha. First and foremost I loved him as Neville, my favourite Harry Potter character. I kinda watched him grow up in a way, it was interesting seeing how he changed. I loved the way he portrayed Neville, and I also liked the way he came across in interviews. He sounded like such a nice guy, very modest and always willing to meet his fans. This made him extremely attractive to me and I have liked him for a long time now. I am fortunate enough to have his autograph! A friend of mine got it for me when she went to DragonCon 2008 in the U.S; it was a lovely surprise in my mailbox :) Maybe one day I'll have the chance to meet him in the flesh, who knows?!