'''Henry Cavill''' (born May 5, 1983) is a British actor, known mainly for his roles in ''TheTudors'', ''Film/{{Immortals}}'' and ''Film/ManOfSteel'' -- as well as his bad luck, consisting in a long string of near-misses in landing important roles before his recent rise to prominence.

! Roles include:

* [[JerkJock Humphrey]] in ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' (2007)
* Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in ''TheTudors''
* Theseus in ''Film/{{Immortals}}'' (2011)
* Will Shaw in ''The Cold Light of Day'' (2012)
* Franchise/{{Superman}} in the Film/DCCinematicUniverse (2013-present)
* Napoleon Solo in ''Film/TheManFromUncle'' (2015)

! This actor provides examples of:

* BadassBaritone: Henry's deep voice conveys how strong and determined his characters are, such as [[Film/ManOfSteel Superman]] and [[Film/{{Immortals}} Theseus]].
* DyeingForYourArt: Underwent a very intense workout regimen to look like Jim Lee's Superman in ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Inverted for ''Cold Light Of Day'' where he was asked to slim down his muscle quite a bit, which he admits he would never do again.
* FakeAmerican: In a handful of his works.
** Interestingly, he played a character who is himself a FakeAmerican in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
** For bonus irony, he's this in the upcoming movie production of ''Film/TheManFromUncle'', while the ''actual'' American is a FakeRussian.
* FanCommunityNickname: His fans have gotten the name "The Cavillry."
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Is an animal rights activist
* MrFanservice: See those works listed above? He's this in all of them. Loads of {{Shirtless Scene}}s.
* NiceGuy: Kind of a prerequisite for playing '''Superman'''. From all his interviews and fan interactions and various fan anecdotes, it becomes clear he's just as kindhearted as Clark Kent.
* 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]], [[BioWare Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider]] claimed that, had he known Cavill liked ''Dragon Age'' and ''Mass Effect'' back when he was on ''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]].
* PromotedFanboy: Loves comic books even though he admits that he didn't get to read them much growing up and will now be playing Superman.
* StarMakingRole: Playing as the iconic [[Film/ManOfSteel Superman]] really put him under everyone's spotlight.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was ''nearly'' cast as Superman a decade before in ''Film/SupermanReturns'', but lost the role to Brandon Routh. He was also one of the final two contenders for Film/JamesBond in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', but was ultimately deemed too young for the role which was given to the other candidate, Creator/DanielCraig.
** ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fans campaigned for him to be cast as Cedric Diggory in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', but RobertPattinson landed the role instead. Years later, ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' was set to become a movie, and author Creator/StephenieMeyer expressly said she pictured Henry Cavill when writing Edward Cullen, but he wasn't cast, being considered too old, losing the role to...Robert Pattinson. Again.
** In fact, he was named the "Unluckiest Man in Hollywood" by ''Empire'' due to his long series of near-misses.