Full name: Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey in the Channel Islands to his parents, Marianne Dalgliesh and Colin Richard Cavill. His mother is a housewife and is of Irish, Scottish, and English descent, while is father was a stockbroker, is English. Henry is the second youngest of five male siblings. Henry’s interest in acting started when he was in a school play for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and playing Sonny LaTierri in “Grease”. He starred and directed the “40 Minutes” BBC Documentary for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Henry attended St. Michael’s Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire. He met Russell Crowe while he was shooting on location at Stowe School for Proof of Life when he was sixteen-years-old, where Crowe shared acting tips and later sent a package to him. Henry was discovered at school by casting directors who were looking for someone to play Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo.
Henry began his film career starring as Thomas in Laguna in 2001, also starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Joe Mantegna. The Count of Monte Cristo was released in 2002, where he won the role of Albert Mondego. He also appeared in an episode of the television series “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries” as Chas Quilter, followed by playing Soldier Colley in the television movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips. In 2003, Henry portrayed the role of Stephen Colley in I Captured the Castle, a romantic drama set in the 1930s England where Cassandra and the fortunes of her eccentric family struggle to survive in a decaying English castle. He appeared in an episode of the popular mystery series “Midsomer Murders”, as Simon Mayfield. Henry starred opposite Lence Henricksen and Katheryn Winnick in Hellraiser: Hellworld as Mike. In 2006, he portrayed the role of Melot in the romantic drama Tristan + Isolde, starring James Franco; followed by the musical Red Riding Hood, where he played The Hunter. In 2007, Henry played Humphrey in the fantasy film Stardust, starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, and Michelle Pfeiffer. He landed his first recurring role on the Showtime history drama series “The Tudors”, portraying the role of Charles Brandon, the 1st Duke of Suffolk. Henry gave the show credit for boosting his career. Entertainment Weekly named him the “Most Dashing Duke” and praised his work on “The Tudors” for displaying “charm, depth and a killer bod.”
Henry’s next film would come in the Woody Allen romantic comedy Whatever Works as Randy. This film’s about a middle-aged divorcée enters a Pygmalion-type relationship with a younger woman. Also in 2009, he starred alongside Dominic Purcell for the horror film Blood Creek, where Henry portrayed Evan Marshall. Immortals came next, where Henry portrayed the Greek king and founder of Athens, Theseus, in 2011. He starred alongside Bruce Willis, playing Will, in the thriller The Cold Light of Day. The film follows a young Wall Street trader being confronted by the people responsible for his family’s kidnapping.
In 2013, Henry would star in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel as Clark Kent, aka Superman. The film would be the first introduction of characters in the DC Extended Universe and Henry’s shot at playing the character after nearly getting the part a decade prior before he was recast with Brandon Routh for Superman Returns. Man of Steel would go on to gross over $668 million at the box office worldwide. Henry’s next film The Man from U.N.C.L.E., where he plays American spy Napoleon Solo, based on the 1960s television show, would hit theaters in 2015. The DCEU would expand, and he would reprise his role as Clark Kent, in his next film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, also starring Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, would be released the following year. In 2017, he would star alongside Nicholas Hoult in the war drama Sand Castle, portraying the role of Captain Syverson before returning to dawn the cape once more in DC’s Justice League.
2018 brought Henry into Tom Cruise’s world in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, as CIA Agent August Walker. He expressed in interviews he got to do as many stunts that he was capable of doing, but was disappointed when he couldn’t do the HALO jump. Later that year, he would star alongside Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci in Night Hunter as Marshall, a detective who gets involved in an arrest with a man who’s linked to years of female abductions and murders. In September, it was announced that Henry would portray protagonist Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series adaption of “The Witcher”. The series premiered on December 20, 2019. In September 2020, Henry portrayed the famous Sherlock Holmes in the Netflix film Enola Holmes, also starring Millie Bobby Brown and Sam Claflin. It was announced that he has signed a new contract with DC and Warner Bros. Pictures to reprise his role of Superman for three more films, after initially saying goodbye to the cape in 2018.
Henry’s upcoming projects include the long-awaited Snyder Cut of Justice League, which will premiere in May 2021 only on HBO Max. He is currently filming the second season of “The Witcher”, and it has been announced he will be voicing the character of Ryan Enright in the video game Squadron 42.
Henry is a fan of rugby, he has season tickets for his hometown club the Jersey Reds, and American football, where he roots for the Kansas City Chiefs. Henry explained his American football choice by choosing a team Clark Kent would root for. In 2018, he started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Henry has an interest in ancient history which includes Egyptology, Greek, and Roman. He has been an avid gamer since childhood and in 2020, Henry posted a video online of him constructing a gaming PC by himself.
In 2014, Henry became the ambassador for Durrell Wildlife Park and created a website and social media called #CavillConservation to help raise funds and awareness for his love of animals and conservation.