Tom Felton

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Date of Birth: September 22nd 1987

English film and television actor. He is best known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, the movie adaptations of the best-selling Harry Potter fantasy novels by author J. K. Rowling.

Felton is the youngest of four brothers in his family. Felton lived in Surrey with his parents and three older siblings, Jonathan, Chris, and Ashley. He was in four choirs throughout his childhood, starting with his church choir at age seven. At age 11, he worked at a fishery in Dorking, one of his first jobs. Felton was educated at West Horsley's Cranmore School, until the age of 13. He graduated from the Howard of Effingham, a secondary school in Surrey.

Felton began acting in commercials by winning a role in a coveted advertising campaign; he won the role over 400 young actors. Another commercial role brought Felton to New York City's Times Square to shoot a production for an American company named Commercial Union. Later Felton did a series for Barclaycard. In 1995, he performed the voice of James in the television series Bugs and landed his first feature film role in 1997 when he played the part of Peagreen Clock in Peter Hewitt's film The Borrowers. Felton played witness Thomas Ingham opposite Clive Owen in Second Sight in 1999. Felton's role of Louis Leonowens in the film Anna and the King, starring alongside Jodie Foster, was also filmed in 1999. Felton made an appearance in the episode 'Hide and Seek' of Second Sight 2 followed in 2000. The Guildford Cathedral Choir also offered him a position.

By the fall of 2001, he had become known internationally for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy the bully, enemy, and foil of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. As of 2007, Felton has appeared in all of the Harry Potter films. Before landing the part of Malfoy, Felton had auditioned to play Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Of the four young actors who succeeded in getting the main roles, Felton had the most extensive film experience. Thereafter Felton's schedule began to fill with the work of filming the first four movies, premieres, contributing to articles and interviews, and receiving the Disney Channel's Kids Awards for Best DVD Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on September 22, 2003. Felton started his Official Tom Felton Fan Club in 2004 and took part in autograph signing events. His fan club was reported to have attracted so many fans that Felton had to put a temporary stop to people signing up to his fan club. The autographing session in Germany drew people from Chile and one fan in Cologne summarised: "Tom is a real nice, professional young man, always happy, smiling, laughing, full of power-a real gentleman." When the fan asked Felton what kids should do if someone like his character is bullying them, he said: "Tell someone. You don't want to keep it to yourself."

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