Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (born May 5, 1983 in Saint Helier, Jersey) is a British actor.
He is known mainly for his roles in The Tudors and Immortals, and for being the latest movie incarnation of Superman in the DC Extended Universe as well as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.
He's also well-known for his bad luck early in his career, consisting of a long string of near-misses in landing important roles before his rise to prominence.
His roles include:
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) as Albert Mondego
- Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) as Mike
- Tristan and Isolde (2006) as Melot
- Stardust (2007) as Humphrey
- Whatever Works (2009) as Randy Lee James
- Immortals (2011) as Theseus
- The Cold Light of Day (2012) as Will Shaw
- DC Extended Universe as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) as Napoleon Solo
- Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018) as August Walker
- Night Hunter (2019) as Marshall
- Enola Holmes (in production) as Sherlock Holmes
- Inspector Lynley (2002, episode "Well Schooled in Murder") as Chas Quilter
- Midsomer Murders (2003, episode "The Green Man") as Simon Mayfield
- The Tudors (2007-2010) as Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
- The Witcher (2019-) as Geralt of Rivia
His works provide examples of:
- The Charmer: His characters are usually pretty laid-back and debonair.
- Dyeing for Your Art:
- 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 Immortals, his DCEU films as Superman and The Witcher as he had to get a Heroic Build.
- He also extensively trained in swordplay with Vladimír Furdík for The Witcher. He also went so far as using the infamous bodybuilders trick of dehydrating himself for days so his skin would thin out and make his muscles more prominent.
- Fake American: Has been cast in an increasing number of American roles.
- Fan Community Nickname: His fans have gotten the name "The Cavillry".
- Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. While he plays an intense Superman, Cavill is easygoing and even playful.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Whom do you think his incarnation of Superman gets it from?
- Meme Acknowledgement: Cavill's had a lot of fun with the trouble his mustache brought to Justice League.
- Mr. Fanservice: He gets quite a few Shirtless Scenes in his works, from Immortals all the way to The Witcher.
- One of Us:
- Let's put this in perspective here. One of the most famous stories about Cavill is that he let the call informing him that he'd been chosen to play Superman go to voicemail because he was in the middle of a WoW raid.
- An interview when stumping for The Witcher made him this for the PC gamer crowd: when asked "PlayStation or Xbox?" He responds, with mild indignation, "...PC." There's also the other fact that he claimed that he played all three games to completion. Even your diehard Witcher fans cannot make that claim lightly...
- During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic lockdown, he posted an Instagram video of himself instensely painting a Warhammer 40,000 miniature. And not just some nondescript Space Marine either, but an Adeptus Custodes Warden! You can just picture him solemnly and quietly grunting in admiration of his work upon completion.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- He's been a big fan of Superman for years before landing the role. He was so excited that he actually called up his family to tell them the news and showed how much of a fanboy he was in interviews by listing various Superman comic storylines he'd like to be adapted.
- He's a big fan of video games, those based on The Witcher included. He landed the role of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's Witcher series in September 2018.
- In Total War: Warhammer II's expansion "The Warden and the Paunch", Cavill was slipped in as "Cavill, Loremaster of Hoeth" and on top of this, one of his abilities is White Wolf.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: One of the ultimate examples in Hollywood today, considering that he's 6'1 with dark hair and is strikingly good-looking, and it shows in his roles.
- What Could Have Been:
- He became rather famous for being among the top three contenders for certain major roles but always missing out, including Superman in a movie in development in 2003 (that eventually became Superman Returns with Brandon Routh), Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter, Edward in Twilight and even James Bond in Casino Royale. Him finally getting the role of Superman was seen in the fan community as a Throw the Dog a Bone moment, and it only snowballed from there.
- In his personal blog, Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider claimed that, had he known Cavill liked Dragon Age and Mass Effect back when he was on The Tudors, he would have lobbied hard to have him do some voice acting in one of their games. Alas, now that he's Superman, Gaider laments that he's out of their price range.