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Harry Potter’s Harry Melling admits no one recognises him after weight loss

Harry Potter actor Harry Melling confessed it’s a “blessing” no one recognises him anymore.

He’s best known for playing the role of Dudley Dursley in JK Rowling’s fantasy film series but these days he is unrecognisable.

The British actor, 31, made his debut in the Harry Potter films back in 2001 and he has since gone on to star in three huge Netflix hits – although it seems nobody realises he is the same person.

He made appearances in action film The Old Guard, thriller The Devil All the Time, and brand new show The Queen’s Gambit which have all aired on the streaming giant’s site throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

During filming for Harry Potter, the actor lost a huge amount of weight which he believes could be the reason he is not as widely recognised by fans anymore.

Also, the actor revealed he was close to being recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One but managed to keep his role by wearing a fat suit instead.

He told PEOPLE : “I think it was an unconscious thing when it started to happen. I went to drama school when I was 18 and that’s kind of where the weight shifted, not for any sort of major need on my side, but it’s just something that just happened.

“And I’ve done a lot since drama school, went to do lots of theater. I think one of the blessings of that sort of stage in my life was the fact that I didn’t get recognized.

“I had this history of being part of the films, but also I felt like I had the opportunity to sort of cause a new start, which I think is useful.”

Since his successful run on Harry Potter, the star has appeared in roles for The Lost City of Z and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Harry also admitted he hopes no one is “bored” of seeing his face on their screens.

But he’s happy fans can rely on Netflix to keep them entertained during the global pandemic.


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