Born on April 21, 1991, in London, England, Frank Dillane was born into a family already seasoned with an actor and actress in the form of his father and mother, Stephen Dillane and Naomi Wirthner. He attended the Michael Hall School, noted for its Waldorf based education which is said to place emphasis on developing artistic expression. He is best known for his breakout performance as Tom Riddle, Jr. in Half-Blood Prince. After completing his A-levels he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he starred in numerous productions. He graduated with a BA in Acting after three years. He has since made his theatre début in Candida at Theatre Royal Bath and continues to pursue a career in both the theater and film.
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Dillane is reported to have landed the part of Tom Riddle after attending the open auditions held in Earl’s Court, London. He won over Thomas James Longley who was also a supposedly strong contender. Luckily this occurred before Dillane enrolled at the RADA as it typically prohibits student involvement with major external productions while a student. For his role he was required to wear blue contact lenses because this colour was deemed more suitable to conveying a wide range of emotions, instead of the red colour that appeared in the novels. Although not much is known about Dillane’s process for acquiring the role of Tom Riddle, Jr. in the Half-Blood Prince he did have this to say in an interview with The Independent:
Harry Potter was my first job. I went along and auditioned with everyone else. Although I grew up around movies, I don’t know that I assumed I was going to be an actor. But back in the day, if your father was a tailor then you would usually be a tailor, too.
I only appeared from the sixth film, so I wasn’t too attached to it in the way Daniel Radcliffe was. I could do it, then leave, unburdened by all the other stuff. I’ve been recognised once, I think, but I look a lot different in the film. I was mainly locked away with Jim Broadbent [Professor Slughorn] while filming – an absolutely great person to be locked away with, but I didn’t have scenes with anyone else and I don’t keep up with any of them.
- Father is Stephen Dillane, the Tony Award winning actor best known for his roles as Anthony Hurndall in The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, Glen Foy in Goal! and Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones.
- Immediately took a gap year after completing filming in the Harry Potter series.
- Spent most his time while filming for the Half-Blood Prince confined to Jim Broadbent [Professor Slughorn]. Consequentially he is not in communication with any of the cast.
- One of his favorite roles includes portraying Peter Pan at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).
- Trained with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat (BASSC).
- Some of the other productions he has been involved with while attending RADA include Jedermann, The Merchant of Venice, Love for Love and Blue Stockings.
- He was a serious contender shortlisted for the role of Peter Parker in the reboot The Amazing Spiderman.
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