[[caption-width-right:300:[[Film/ManOfSteel He's about as]] [[FakeAmerican American as it gets]].[[note]]A[[SpecialEffectFailure nd don't worry]], [[MemeticMutation he really]] ''[[MemeticMutation is]]'' [[MemeticMutation shaven here]], [[Film/JusticeLeague2017 that's not CGI]].[[/note]]]]

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (born May 5, 1983) is a British actor.

He is known mainly for his roles in ''Series/TheTudors'', ''Film/{{Immortals}}'', and for being the latest movie incarnation of Franchise/{{Superman}}, in the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''.

Also well known for his bad luck, consisting in a long string of near-misses in landing important roles before his rise to prominence.
!!His roles include:

* ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' (2002) as Albert Mondego
* ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' (2005) as Mike
* ''Film/TristanAndIsolde'' (2006) as Melot
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' (2007) as Humphrey
* ''Series/TheTudors'' (2007-2010) as Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
* ''Film/WhateverWorks'' (2009) as Randy Lee James
* ''Film/{{Immortals}}'' (2011) as Theseus
* ''The Cold Light of Day'' (2012) as Will Shaw
* Film/DCExtendedUniverse as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman]]:
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{The Man From UNCLE|2015}}'' (2015) as Napoleon Solo
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleFallout'' (2018) as August Walker

!!His works provide examples of:

* DyeingForYourArt:
** Inverted for ''The Cold Light Of Day'' where he was asked to slim down his muscle quite a bit, which he admits he would never do again.
** Played straight with ''Film/ManOfSteel'' because, [[HeroicBuild well]], ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} duh]].''
* FakeAmerican: Has been cast in an increasing number of American roles.
* FanCommunityNickname: His fans have gotten the name "The Cavillry."
* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: Inverted. While he plays an intense Superman, Henry Cavill is easygoing and even playful.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Whom do you think his incarnation of {{Franchise/Superman}} gets it from?
* MemeAcknowledgement: Cavill's having a lot of fun with the trouble his [[BadassMustache mustache]] brought to ''Film/JusticeLeague''.
* OneOfUs:
** In addition to being a big comic book fan, he also loves ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' to the point that he nearly missed out on the call offering him ''Film/ManOfSteel'' because he was playing it at the time. He also mentions playing ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. His favorite game is ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.
** [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/55213524262/genevrael-he-likes-nothing-better-he-says In his personal blog]], [[Creator/BioWare Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider]] claimed that, had he known Cavill liked ''Dragon Age'' and ''Mass Effect'' back when he was on ''Series/TheTudors'', he would have lobbied hard to have him do some voice acting in one of their games. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Alas, now that he's Superman, Gaider laments that he's out of their price range]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He became rather famous for being among the top three contenders for certain major roles, including Superman in a movie in development in 2003 (that eventually became ''Film/SupermanReturns'' with Creator/BrandonRouth), Cedric Diggory in ''Film/HarryPotter'', Edward in ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' and even Franchise/JamesBond in ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}''. Him finally getting the role of Superman was seen in the fan community as a ThrowTheDogABone moment.