Devon Michael Murray was born on October 28, 1988 in Kildare, Ireland. He started his acting career at a very young age when his parents sent him to Billie Barrie Stage School in Dublin. Within two weeks, he landed a role in a Tesco commercial, and, six months later, he broke into the film industry by starring in This is My Father in 1998. Afterward, he joined the National Performing Arts School and starred in Angela’s Ashes in 1999. From there, he went on to act in the TV movie Yesterday’s Children before landing his role in the Potter films. He is now globally known as the actor who brought Harry’s loyal but stubborn school friend, Seamus Finnigan, to life.
Outside of acting, Devon enjoys horseback riding (read more about his equestrian experience below), motor cross and quad riding, and attending football matches. He supports Manchester United and enjoys cheering them on along with his father and grandfather.
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Devon Murray played Seamus Finnegan throughout all of the Harry Potter films. Acting in This is My Father led Devon to gain other roles in the films Angela’s Ashes and Yesterday’s Children, which eventually led to his being cast as Seamus Finnegan.
In the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix DVD featurette, Daniel Radcliffe revealed that Devon had the record for breaking the highest number of prop wands in a single film. He broke a total of 10. Also, due to Devon’s interest in extreme sports, such as horse riding and quad biking, he had to sign an agreement to not do anything dangerous while filming.
In addition, Devon regularly attends various Harry Potter fan conventions, from Leaky Con to the HP Celebrations at Universal Islands of Adventure.
Devon first started riding at the age of nine. Though he would end up having a busy schedule with acting, school, and riding, Devon made it work. When it came time to take his junior exams, he instead opted to leave and study for the Equine Stages exams, as he knew he always wanted to work with horses. He bought his first horse with money he made from Angela’s Ashes, which may have played a role in him naming the horse Ashes; he’d later end up giving Ashes to his mother as a Mother’s Day present. Since he first started riding, Devon has also come to be an experienced show jumper. In an interview in May 2013 with Haynet, Devon said:
“You can’t beat the buzz you get from jumping, it’s just amazing. You feel like you are on cloud nine. I would love to jump a Puissance – the buzz must be just amazing.”
Currently, Devon owns and runs Ashe Haven Stables. Located in Rhode, Offaly, Ireland, Ashe Haven Stables horse riding lessons, pony camps, and more for both children and adults. It also caters to riders of all experience levels, plus hosts clinics, workshops, and shows.
In 2010, Devon Murray along with Tom Felton introduced two pre-release screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I on November 17 and 18 in Boulder and Denver, Colorado. This was in conjunction with the charity “There With Care,” which provides support to hospitals across Colorado.
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