Rupert was born on August 24, 1988, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK, and is the eldest of five children. He first performed in school productions and with the local theatre drama group. He was part of productions that include the role of the gangster Rooster in Annie and the production of Peter Pan. At school, he played the role of Rumplestiltskin in the Grimm Tales and Mystic Meg for a talent show!
He auditioned for the role of Ron Weasley in Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone after watching an appeal by the casting director on the BBC television show Newsround. Rupert hadn’t done any professional acting before but won the role of Ron Weasley, as part of his audition process he made a videotape performing a rap he had written explaining why he was the best choice for the role of Ron Weasley.
Unlike most of the other young actors Rupert was primarily appearing in the Potter films as Ron Weasley except for two other films, In between Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets he appeared in the comedy “Thunderpants” and between “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” he played Ben in “Driving Lessons” which was released in 2006 and those were the extent of his child and teen roles.
Well past his teens he continued to play Weasley in the Harry Potter films at age 20 with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He also has taken on many other feature film and TV series roles such as “Cherrybomb” (2009) and “Wild Target” in 2010. Through the years other features followed along with work in series such as “Sick Note,” “Snatch,” “The ABC Murders” and “Servant.”[addthis tool=”addthis_relatedposts_inline”]