1. He has also done voice work in the films James and the Giant Peach .
2. Thewlis has combined major motion picture work with prominent television roles, including playing Cyrus Crabb in the television miniseries Dinotopia and antagonist V.M. Varga in the current third season of Fargo.
3. As a teenager, he played in a rock band called QED, and played lead guitar with a punk rock band called Door 66.
4. He was educated at Highfield High School, a state secondary school in South Shore, Blackpool.
5. Later, he enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 1984.
6. Thewlis had a minor role in an episode of the 1980s sitcom Up the Elephant and Round the Castle. He also appeared in an episode of popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses as a friend of Rodney.
7. His first professional role was in the play Buddy Holly at the Regal in Greenwich.
8. That same year, he appeared on television as a sexual predator named James Jackson in Prime Suspect 3, opposite Helen Mirren and Ciarán Hinds.
9. During the 1990s, Thewlis appeared in a variety of films, mostly fantasy and period, including Restoration , opposite Brad Pitt.
10. Despite missing out on the first film, he was cast in 2004 as Professor Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
11. He appeared as an SS Commandant of a Nazi death camp and father of the main character in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was well received.
12. Thewlis played the late Dr. Michael Aris, husband of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, in the biopic The Lady directed by Luc Besson.
13. In 2012, he received an International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Plus Camera Award.
14. In the same year, he also played in Separate We Come, Separate We Go, directed by Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright.