David Tennant, Bill Nighy and Jason Isaacs: the bad boys of English cinema we saw in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter film saga, which returns to Spanish cinemas to celebrate 20 years since the premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone’ introduced us to young actors like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

However, it also served the younger audience to meet great names in British theater and cinema such as Maggie Smith, Ralph Finnes or Gary Oldman. Also, if you start to analyze the movies of the universe of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry You will discover that to a greater or lesser extent stars also participate in more secondary roles such as Emma Thompson or Kenneth Branagh.

The Harry Potter saga has brought together new actors with established stars. (Amazon Prime Video)

An almost infinitive list, because in the eight films of the Harry Potter film saga we could see many well-known actors. Although today we want to focus on three names in particular: David Tennant, Bill Nighy y Jason Isaacs.

All three are very popular for their roles outside of the world of Harry Potter, almost always playing ‘bad’ and in fact perhaps many of you do not remember that we could see them as charismatic villains in these stories. That is why we remember who these ‘les enfants terribles’ are (referring to the famous film by Jean-Pierre Melville).

Jason Isaacs at the premiere of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ in London (EFE / Andy Rain)

We start with Jason Isaac, the actor who has had weight in the Harry Potter saga throughout the different films. Beneath the incredible blonde mane of Lucius Malfoy we met this interpreter from Liverpool.

Also known for his antagonistic characters such as Colonel William Tavington ‘The Butcher’ in Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Patriot’, Captain Hook in PJ Hogan’s version of ‘Peter Pan’ or voicing Lex Luthor (Superman’s arch nemesis) in ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’.

Jason Isaacs with his characteristic Lucius Malfoy blonde hair with his wife and son in Harry Potter: Helen McCrory and Tom Felton. (Instagram @therealjasonisaacs)

However, his personal life has little to do with the Machiavellian character of the follower of Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes in the cinema). Born into a family of Jewish origin, despite being born in Great Britain, he spent his childhood in a Jewish community in Israel founded by his grandparents. At the age of 11 he moved with his family to London, where he began his secondary studies although he would move again to study Law at the University of Bristol.

However, his professional path was not the law, since after starting in amateur theater saltó a la Central School of Speech and Drama de Londres after graduating as a lawyer. A change of course in which he succeeded, since since 1988 his career has not stopped. Precisely in that same year he married actress Emma Hewitt, with whom he has 2 daughters: Lily and Rubi.

Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton have crossed the barriers of Harry Potter with their friendship. (Instagram @therealjasonisaacs)

Although, as he explained in an interview for the Digital Spy portal his daughters have never enjoyed Harry Potter: “Oh god no, my daughters don’t see anything I’m in. I have ruined it. They would rather eat their own toes than see something in which their father appears. ”

Not forgetting his tendency to play a villain. “Putting Harry Potter aside for a second, in everything I’ve done on film they would also see their father or have sex or murder people. In fact, sometimes both at the same time. It is not something they would like to treat, except in therapy“He explained with amusement in the same interview. With whom if he has enjoyed the most of the Potterian universe is with his son in the fiction Tom Felton, with whom he maintains an incredible relationship as shown on social networks very often.

Bill Nighy during the 70th Berlin Film Festival, the Berlinale. (EFE / Clemens Bilan)

While his character in Harry Potter He is not a classic villain, but a character on the side of the good guys, but who doesn’t always do the right thing or what we would expect, the Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour has become one of the most hated characters in the series. His appearance in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ featured Bill Nighy to interpret it.

A surprise for all the followers of the British actor, since his career is also an expert in interpreting baddies of the seventh art. Thus, in addition to his role in Harry Potter, he is known as Viktor in the Underworld film franchise, Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean or General Fallon in Bryan Singer’s ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’.

Bill Nighy in his role as Rufus Scrimgeour in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’. (Warner Bros.)

Despite these roles, his multi-award winning career (with a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award among others) has also led him to do comedies, such as his remembered role in ‘Love Actually’, theater, dubbing and television. An intense and extensive trajectory that is much calmer on a personal level.

Bill Nighy was born in Caterham, a town in the Tandridge district of Surrey, of a Catholic family of Irish descent. Very young he began to be interested in acting, which led him to start a career in the theater in the 80s. It was precisely there that he met his great love, at least in duration: English actress Diana Quick.

Bill Nighy as rocker Billy Mack in ‘Love Actually’. (Universal Pictures)

The couple met in 1981, co-starring in a play at London’s Royal National Theater. A courtship that lasted more than 27 years, since they never married, and that ended in 2008 after a daughter in common. Mary Nighy She followed in the interpretive footsteps of her parents, and is a well-known actress, screenwriter and director with her participation in titles such as ‘Marie Antoinette’ or ‘Alice, darling’.

Although over the last year he has been associated with fashion editor Anna Wintour. Regarding your hobbies, Bill Nighy is a football fan, especially from Crystal Palace Football Club (a team from South London) with whom he collaborates to promote the sport among the most disadvantaged children. Although it is not his only work as a philanthropist, since he also colabora con la ONG Scene & Heard to help the little ones through the theater.

David Tennant at the ‘Camping’ Series Premiere in Los Angeles. (REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni)

Lastly, we couldn’t forget David Tennant. At the age of 3, little David McDonald (later changed his stage name in honor of the singer Neil Tennant, since there was an actor registered with his name) said he wanted to be an actor. His father was Minister of the Church of Scotland and former Moderator, what has marked his character as he himself has recognized in several interviews.

After a adolescence with roles in school plays, he jumped to la Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama being one of his youngest students. Despite his beginnings in classical theater, his rise to fame came from the hand of Barty Crouch Jr. in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. The tormented son of Barty Crouch Senior, from the Department of International Magical Cooperation, is a Death Eater who manages to escape from Azkaban prison.

David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. (Warner Bros.)

A role like great villain of the Harry Potter saga after which the role that has marked his career would follow: the Tenth Doctor in the mythical science fiction series ‘Doctor Who’. However, we cannot forget about the murderer Dennis Nilsen in ‘Des’, The Purple Man or Dr. Zebediah Killgrave and ‘Jessica Jones’ from the Marvel universe and with a much funnier nuance as Michael Sheen’s diabolical antagonist as the demon Crowley in ‘Good Omens’ and the dubbing of the Machiavellian Lord Commander of ‘Final Space’.

Although we must return to the famous Doctor Who to talk about his personal life, since thanks to him David Tennant found love. After a two-year relationship with actress Sophia Myles, he began dating the actress. Georgia Moffett. A courtship that ended in a wedding, since they were married on December 30, 2011, giving rise to one of the favorite couples of the fans of the mythical science fiction series.

David Tennant with his eldest son Ty Tennant at the premiere of the film ‘Tolkien’ in London. (EFE / Facundo Arrizabalaga)

The two met in 2008 when Georgia came to a special fiction show to play the daughter of Doctor Who, as a wink because his father in real life Peter Davison had also served as the famous Time Lord on television. There the spark arose with David, initiating a strong relationship with five children between the ages of 19 and 2. Ty being the eldest of them, son of Georgina Moffett but adopted by Tennant.

Despite maximum discretion that he maintains about his private life, in the podcast of the announcer Gaby Roslin if he expressed: “You reach a point in your life where you are looking for someone and It is fortunate that the version of that perfect couple passes you in front of you“.

The actor couple formed by David Tennant and his wife Georgia Moffett. (Instagram @georgiatennantofficial)

Thus, although their roles in film and television have led them to play the villains of history in the Harry Potter saga, that air of a rebel remains only in fiction in the case of David Tennant, Bill Nighy y Jason Isaacs. Everything seems to indicate that they would never say the famous spell of “avada kedavra” outside of a movie set.

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David Tennant, Bill Nighy and Jason Isaacs: the bad boys of English cinema we saw in Harry Potter