Tom Felton is the British actor who played Draco Malfoy in all eight ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. He is the original DracoInLeatherPants, inspiring many a FanGirl to sigh over [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the richest bad boy in Hogwarts]].

Felton is one of the young actors in ''Harry Potter'' who actually acted professionally prior to the series, starting off in commercials at the age of eight. His first film role was a major supporting part in the 1997 version of ''Film/{{The Borrowers|1997}}'', in which he played an AnnoyingYoungerSibling to Arrietty Clock. A couple years later he played Creator/JodieFoster's son in ''Film/AnnaAndTheKing''. When ''Harry Potter'' rolled around, he originally auditioned for the part of Harry and, failing that, went for Ron before finally ending up as Draco. For most of the series, Malfoy was a two-dimensional cowardly bully, but in ''Half-Blood Prince'' he joins the ranks of Voldemort's followers and learns the hard way that EvilIsNotAToy. This gave Felton a chance to show that HeReallyCanAct.

In 2011, Felton appeared in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' in a role not too far removed from Draco. It remains to be seen how TypeCast he is, though Felton has said he enjoys playing evil and won't mind if he spends the rest of his career playing villains.
!!Tropes that apply to this actor include:

* DyeingForYourArt: And how! To play Malfoy, Felton had to bleach his hair to make it blonder than it already is for ten years. Felton has claimed that he doesn't even remember what his natural hair color is.
* FakeAmerican: He does a very good American accent in ''Rise of the Planet of the Apes''.
* HeReallyCanAct: [[InvokedTrope Most consider]] ''Half-Blood Prince'', where he subtly shows Draco Malfoy's suffering and descent into a complete and utter nervous breakdown, to be one of the best performances he's ever done.
* IAmNotSpock: He gets a chance to spoof it in his cameo from ''GetHimToTheGreek''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Off-screen, Tom is a close friend of DanielRadcliffe and RupertGrint and is a very easy-going guy.
* OneOfUs: Has, on his Facebook/Twitter account, a picture of himself holding a sign saying [[AVeryPotterMusical "PIGFARTS IS REAL"]].
** Although [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwNYYhZPYOY he apparently wasn't aware at first]] that Draco was [[CrossCastRole played by a girl]].
* TypeCasting: In ''RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', his first major post-Potter role, he plays a {{Jerkass}} ape shelter staff who does everything he can to mistreat the apes, especially any that seem smart. He keeps his job because his father runs the shelter. He's also got a dimwitted friend, and bullies the ambiguously mentally handicapped other staff member.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned above, he auditioned for the roles of Harry and Ron.