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Harry Melling
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    (March 13, 1989- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Portrayed Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films
    Appeared in National Theatre productions of 'Mother Courage' and 'Women Beware Women'
    Wrote and starred in the off-Broadway one-man show 'Peddling' (2014)
    Grandson of actor Patrick Troughton
    He said, 'I was fat because I got bored easily and when I was bored I would eat.'
    He admitted that he ate 'ridiculous amounts.' ('I once ate five toffee crisps at a sitting.')
    He lost a lot of weight between 'Harry Potter' installments without telling the producers, causing a brief panic when he showed up for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' looking nothing like the character he played.
    After some discussion of replacing him, he was retained as Dudley Dursley and outfitted with a fat suit.
    He said about portraying Dudley, 'When I got the part, I thought, 'Ooh, I'm in a film,' not that I was cast as fat and ugly.'
    While taking drama classes, he became worried that his weight would limit the roles he played, so he started exercising and eating sensibly.
    He said about his changed appearance, 'I can now shed the child actor thing, like the fat, and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley.'
    Fiona Shaw, who played his mother in the Harry Potter films and 'Mother Courage,' said 'I always thought he would be a marvelous character actor, but he's turned into a marvelous leading actor. Suddenly I feel I'm looking at Hamlet.'
    He said, 'The careers I admire, and aspire to have, are the ones who constantly surprise. Those chameleon actors who never remain one thing too long.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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