Frank Dillane

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Frank Dillane
File:Frank Dillane by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1991-04-21) 21 April 1991 (age 27)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Parent(s) Stephen Dillane
Naomi Wirthner

Frank Stephenson N. E. Dillane (born 21 April 1991)[1][2] is an English actor, known for playing Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince(2009), Nick Clark in Fear the Walking Dead (2015-), and Henry Coffin in In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

Childhood and early roles

Frank Dillane was born in London, England. He spent part of his childhood in Brixton, before moving to Forest Row, East Sussex, where he grew up in a creative environment. His mother, Naomi Wirthner, manages a theatre company called Barebones Project.[3] His father, Stephen Dillane, is an actor who has starred in numerous movies and TV series (e.g., Game of Thrones and The Tunnel),[4] and was awarded a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor on Television in 2009. Dillane made his film debut at his side as an extra in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) when he was six. He became more widely known when he portrayed Tom Riddle (a teenage Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince(2009).[5]

After passing his A-level examinations, Dillane was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art[6] (RADA) and graduated in 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. In spite of the school rules specifying that actors are not permitted to accept professional acting work for the duration of the course, Dillane was allowed to play James Papadopoulos in the independent movie Papadopoulos & Sons (directed by Marcus Markou), since it was filmed during summer holidays in 2011.[7] After Dillane was cast, his father decided to rearrange his own filming schedule to play Harry Papadopoulos (James' dad) at his side. Stephen Dillane declared it was rare to have the opportunity "to work with your children after they left home".[8]

Acting career

Since graduating from RADA, Dillane has participated in several projects. In July 2013, he played in Candida at Theatre Royal, Bath, directed by Simon Godwin.[9] In autumn 2013, Dillane filmed a role in In The Heart Of The Sea, directed by Ron Howard; Dillane played young sailor Henry Coffin in this adaptation of a novel written by Nathaniel Philbrick, about the sinking of the whaler Essex in the Pacific Ocean.[10] The film was released on 11 December 2015.

Over spring 2014, Dillane filmed the role of Keyes in a movie directed by Gerardo Naranjo (name yet to be announced), in which he will star alongside Dakota Fanning[11] Dillane appeared as Shugs in the Netflix 2015 series Sense8, directed by The Wachowskis.[12]

Dillane has also been cast in an adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy's best-selling novel Maestro, to be directed by Catherine Jarvis, in which he will play the lead character (Paul).[13] Dillane is described by the production company Bow Street Films as having an "amazing talent and screen presence".[14] Dillane is portraying drug addict Nick Clark in the horror drama series Fear the Walking Dead, which debuted in 2015.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Christopher Henderson
2009 Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Young Tom Riddle
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons James Papadopoulos
2015 In The Heart of the Sea Henry Coffin
2016 Viena and the Fantomes Keyes Completed
Astral Alex Harmann In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Sense8 Shugs Season 1 (series guest star; 3 episodes)
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Nick Clark Season 1–present (Main cast; 13 episodes)
Pending–Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
2016 Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 Nick Clark 1 web-episode


On Sunday night, May 22, 2016, Dillane was arrested after a fight with a security guard on the CBS lot in Los Angeles, during which the actor allegedly struck the guard while trying to access the studio grounds. Dillane was detained until LAPD officers arrived and cuffed him on a battery charge. The incident is under investigation.[16]


  1. Frank Dillane official website,; accessed 15 June 2015.
  2. Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  3. Hackney Citizen (29 July 2011). "African Gothic". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. Digital Spy (25 January 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Stephen Dillane, Clémence Poésy for 'The Bridge' remake". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  5. The Independent (23 July 2013). "Life after Harry Potter: Where are the graduates of Hogwarts now?". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  6. Graduates 2013 - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  7. Cineuropa (12 November 2012). "Papadopoulos & Sons: A Greek tragedy in the UK". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  8. Interview of Stephen Dillane
  9. The Guardian (27 August 2014). "Candida - Review". Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  10. The Wrap (15 July 2013). "‘Harry Potter’ Actor in Negotiations for Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  11. (5 February 2014). "Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Frank Dillane Join Dakota Fanning In Gerardo Naranjo Punk Pic". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  12. Frank Dillane's official website (biography)
  13. Variety (8 February 2014). "Bow Films Taps Frank Dillane To Topline Jarvis’ ‘Maestro’". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  14. The Hollywood Reporter (8 February 2014). "Berlin: 'Harry Potter' Actor to Star in 'Maestro'". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  15. Robert Kirkman Talks Walking Dead Companion Series
  16. Hensley, Nicole & Dillon, Nancy (May 23, 2016). "'Fear the Walking Dead' actor Frank Dillane arrested after fight". New York Daily News. 

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