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William Jack Poulter (born 28 January 1993) is an English actor known for his work in the films Son of Rambow
Son of Rambow
(2007), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), We're the Millers (2013), The Maze Runner (2014), The Revenant (2015), and Detroit (2017). For his work in We're the Millers, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early Work (2007–2012) 2.2 Mainstream recognization and further work (2013–present)

3 Filmography 4 Awards and nominations 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Poulter was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline Poulter (née Barrah), a former nurse, and Neil Poulter, a Professor of Cardiology, as well as cousin of the legendary piper Charles Barrah, son of Alison and Mark Barrah.[2][3] William's mother was raised in an Anglo family in Kenya, where her father was a game warden. Poulter studied at Harrodian School.[2] Career[edit] Early Work (2007–2012)[edit] Poulter played various acting roles before landing the role of Lee Carter in the 2007 movie Son of Rambow, which was released to positive reviews, and praise for the performances of Poulter and his co-star Bill Milner. He also performed with other young comedic actors in School of Comedy,[4] which aired its pilot on Channel 4's Comedy Lab on 21 August 2008. School of Comedy
School of Comedy
was then commissioned for a full series by Channel 4,[5] which began airing on 2 October 2009. The programme finished after a second series. In 2009, he was selected to play the role of Eustace Scrubb
Eustace Scrubb
in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (filmed in Queensland, Australia), and was accompanied by some members of his family. The movie was first screened on 10 December 2010. The film opened to mixed reviews, but Poulter's performance was well received.[6][7] In 2010, he appeared in the BBC Three
BBC Three
pilot The Fades, a 60-minute supernatural thriller written by Skins writer, Jack Thorne. The pilot has been commissioned to be written as six-part series with almost entirely a new cast.[8][9] Poulter began filming a small British independent film called Wild Bill, directed by Dexter Fletcher, at the end of 2010.[10] It centres around Bill Hayward, played by Charlie Creed-Miles, who, on parole after spending eight years in prison, finds his two sons, Dean (Poulter) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams), living alone abandoned by their mother. With the attention of social services now focused on the boys, Bill struggles to play good dad while keeping out of jail as Jimmy gets in trouble with some dangerous acquaintances of Bill's past.[11] The film was released on 23 March 2012 to extremely positive reviews, with praise for Poulter's performance.[12] In 2011, Poulter appeared with the popular British blogger and his School of Comedy
School of Comedy
co-star Jack Harries on his YouTube channel by the name of JacksGap in a video called Jack and Will. Mainstream recognization and further work (2013–present)[edit]

Poulter at the London
London
premiere of We're the Millers
We're the Millers
in August 2013

In 2013, he played Kenny in We're the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. While the film opened to mixed reviews, the performances of the cast were well-received, especially Poulter, who found mainstream recognization with his showy, comedic work in the film. He also appeared as a caretaker in the music video for Rizzle Kicks' song "Skip to the Good Bit". Though he loved the script and auditioned for the role of Augustus Waters, he was declined the part in The Fault in Our Stars.[13] In 2014, he played Fordy in the crime film Plastic, directed by Julian Gilbey and starring Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza
Sebastian De Souza
and Emma Rigby. The film was critically panned on release. The same year, he played Gally in the film adaptation, The Maze Runner, alongside Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
and Kaya Scodelario. The film was a critical and commercial success, with the performances of the cast being praised. Poulter went on to describe the film and his role in it, as "a turning point" in his career.[13] In 2015, Poulter starred as Shane in the Irish indie film Glassland, directed by Gerard Barrett and co-starring Jack Reynor
Jack Reynor
and Toni Collette. The film was a critical success, with many reviewers praising Poulter's performance in particular as being his most diverse role to date. In an interview with BBC
BBC
Radio 1, Poulter stated the film was "the proudest I've been to be a part of a movie".

Poulter in 2014

In 2014, Poulter won the BAFTA Rising Star Award, voted for by the public.[14] Other actors nominated for the award were Lupita Nyong'o, George MacKay, Léa Seydoux
Léa Seydoux
and Dane DeHaan.[15] The same year, he also won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with his co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts) for his performance in We're the Millers.[16] In 2014, Poulter was chosen as one of 23 upcoming actors to feature in July's issue of Vanity Fair, with all actors being named "Hollywood's Next Wave". Other actors featured included Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
(Poulter's co-star in The Maze Runner), Jack Reynor
Jack Reynor
(Poulter's co-star in Glassland), and Tye Sheridan
Tye Sheridan
(Poulter's co-star in The Yellow Birds).[17] Poulter played Jim Bridger
Jim Bridger
in the revenge-thriller The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film centers on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.[18] In 2017, he played a racist police officer in the film Detroit, about the 1967 Detroit riots. His work was praised with one critic calling it "towering" while another deemed it "terrifyingly confident".[19][20] Poulter was initially cast as Pennywise the Clown in the 2017 remake of the Stephen King
Stephen King
miniseries It. However, it was announced in June 2016 that Bill Skarsgård
Bill Skarsgård
was cast instead, since Poulter was forced to drop out, due both to scheduling conflicts (the film was set to shoot at the same time as Poulter was set to begin work on Detroit), as well as the departure of its initial director, Cary Fukunaga.[21] Poulter reprised his role as Gally in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the second sequel of The Maze Runner and the final installment of the Maze Runner film series. Filmography[edit]

Film

Year Title Role Notes

2007 Son of Rambow Lee Carter

2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Eustace Scrubb

2012 Wild Bill Dean

2013 We're the Millers Kenny Rossmore

2014 Plastic Fordy

The Maze Runner Gally

A Plea for Grimsby Jone Short film

Glassland Shane

2015 The Revenant Jim Bridger

2016 Kids in Love Jack

2017 War Machine Rick Ortega

Detroit Philip Krauss

2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Gally

The Little Stranger Roderick Ayres Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes

2007 Comedy: Shuffle Find Your Folks Presenter

2008 Comedy Lab Various

Lead Balloon Sweet Throwing Boy

2009–2010 School of Comedy Various

2010 The Fades Mac Pilot

Voice

Year Title Role Notes

2015 The Incredible True Story Christopher Smith Album

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

2008 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Son of Rambow Nominated

2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performers Shared with Bill Milner Nominated

2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Nominated

2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Shared with Georgie Henley
Georgie Henley
and Skandar Keynes Nominated

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated

London
London
Film Critics' Circle Young British Performer of the Year Nominated

2013 Wild Bill Nominated

2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Shared with Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
and Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
We're the Millers Nominated

MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Won

Best Kiss Shared with Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
and Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Won

Best Musical Moment Nominated

British Academy Film Awards EE Rising Star Award Won

Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Nominated

2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Dylan O'Brien) The Maze Runner Won

References[edit]

^ "Bafta Film Awards 2014: Full list of winners". BBC. 16 February 2014 ^ a b Son of Rambow: ready for action at www.telegraph.co.uk (accessed 22 June 2008) ^ Hello. "Scotland". Scotsman.com. Retrieved 2017-05-22.  ^ Lee, Robin (16 August 2007). "School of Comedy". The List. Retrieved 24 January 2014.  ^ "Comedy Labs on Channel 4".  ^ Will Poulter
Will Poulter
Cast as Eustace Scrubb
Eustace Scrubb
at www.narniaweb.com (accessed 22 June 2008) ^ Will Poulter
Will Poulter
Cast in Narnia 3 at www.comingsoon.net (accessed 22 June 2008 ^ "ScreenTerrier: The Fades". Screenterrier.blogspot.com. 5 June 2010. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2013.  ^ Sibayan, Genevieve. "Touch – A new supernatural drama series for BBC3 TV ". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-17.  ^ "Narnia stars switch on London's Christmas lights!". The Hollywood News. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2013-04-17.  ^ http://wildbillthefilm.com/[dead link] ^ "Approximate Release Date for Wild Bill – The Unofficial Will Poulter Fansite". Willpoulterfans.webs.com. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2013-04-17.  ^ a b Tao, Anna Peele,Mei (20 December 2017). "Detroit's Will Poulter Talks Making Out with Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
and Being Miserable with Leonardo DiCaprio".  ^ "Bafta Film Awards 2014: Full list of winners". BBC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.  ^ Reynolds, Simon; Harris, Jamie (8 January 2014). "BAFTA Film Awards 2014 – nominations in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 January 2014.  ^ "Will Poulter, Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
& Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Win MTV Best Kiss". Hollywood life. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.  ^ Smith, Krista (11 June 2014). "Hollywood's Next Wave". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 June 2014.  ^ Kroll, Justin (25 June 2014). "We're the Millers" Will Poulter
Will Poulter
Joins Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
in 'The Revenant' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ " Will Poulter
Will Poulter
gives a towering performance in Detroit".  ^ "'Detroit' is a nightmarish history lesson about trauma". 23 July 2017.  ^ "Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Finds Its Pennywise the Clown (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 

External links[edit]

Will Poulter
Will Poulter
on IMDb

Awards for Will Poulter

v t e

BAFTA Rising Star Award

James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2006) Eva Green
Eva Green
(2007) Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
(2008) Noel Clarke
Noel Clarke
(2009) Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
(2010) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2011) Adam Deacon
Adam Deacon
(2012) Juno Temple
Juno Temple
(2013) Will Poulter
Will Poulter
(2014) Jack O'Connell (2015) John Boyega
John Boyega
(2016) Tom Holland (2017) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2018)

v t e

MTV Movie Award for Next Generation

Best Breakthrough Performance

Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong
(1992) Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
(1993) Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone
(1994) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(1995) George Clooney
George Clooney
(1996) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(1997) Heather Graham
Heather Graham
(1998) James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek
& Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
(1999) Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment
& Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
(2000) Sean Patrick Thomas & Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen
(2001) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
& Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore
(2002) Eminem
Eminem
& Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner
(2003) Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Ashmore
& Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan
(2004) Jon Heder
Jon Heder
& Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
(2005) Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher
(2006) Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith
(2007) Zac Efron
Zac Efron
(2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale
(2009) Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
(2012) Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson
(2013) Will Poulter
Will Poulter
(2014) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
(2015) Daisy Ridley
Daisy Ridley
(2016)

Best Breakout Star

Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
(2010) Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz
(2011)

Next Generation

Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2017)

v t e

MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss

Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky
& Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin
in My Girl (1992) Christian Slater
Christian Slater
& Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
in Untamed Heart
Untamed Heart
(1993) Demi Moore
Demi Moore
& Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
in Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
(1994) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
& Lauren Holly
Lauren Holly
in Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber
(1995) Natasha Henstridge
Natasha Henstridge
& Anthony Guidera in Species (1996) Will Smith
Will Smith
& Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox
in Independence Day (1997) Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
& Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
in The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer
(1998) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
& Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
in Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1999) Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar
& Selma Blair
Selma Blair
in Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions
(2000) Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
& Sean Patrick Thomas in Save the Last Dance
Save the Last Dance
(2001) Jason Biggs
Jason Biggs
& Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott
in American Pie 2
American Pie 2
(2002) Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
& Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
in Spider-Man (2003) Owen Wilson, Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra
& Amy Smart
Amy Smart
in Starsky & Hutch (2004) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
& Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
in The Notebook
The Notebook
(2005) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
& Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
in Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2006) Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
& Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2007) Briana Evigan
Briana Evigan
& Robert Hoffman in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in Twilight (2009) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2012) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
& Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
in Silver Linings Playbook (2013) Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
& Will Poulter
Will Poulter
in We're the Millers (2014) Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort
& Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
in The Fault in Our Stars (2015) Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson
& Adam DeVine
Adam DeVine
in Pitch Perfect 2 (2016) Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome in Moonlight (2017)

v t e

MTV Movie Award for Best Fight

Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
vs. Bob Barker
Bob Barker
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore
(1996) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
vs. Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney
– The Craft (1997) Will Smith
Will Smith
vs. Cockroach – Men in Black (1998) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
vs. Puffy the Dog – There's Something About Mary
There's Something About Mary
(1999) Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
vs. Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
The Matrix
The Matrix
(2000) Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi
vs. Entire bar – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2001) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
vs. Hong Kong gang – Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2
(2002) Yoda
Yoda
vs. Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
– Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2003) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama
– Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2004) Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
vs. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah
– Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2005) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
vs. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
– Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2006) Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler
vs. Robert Maillet
Robert Maillet
– 300 (2007) Sean Faris vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
Never Back Down
Never Back Down
(2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Cam Gigandet
Cam Gigandet
– Twilight (2009) Beyoncé
Beyoncé
Knowles vs. Ali Larter
Ali Larter
– Obsessed (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
vs. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
and Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel
– The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
and Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson
vs. Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig
– The Hunger Games (2012) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
and Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
vs. Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
– The Avengers (2013) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
and Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly
vs. Orcs – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014) Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien
vs. Will Poulter
Will Poulter
– The Maze Runner (2015) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
vs. Ed Skrein
Ed Skrein
- Deadpool (2016)

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