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Will Poulter is an English actor, born in London in 1993. During high school he appears in School of Comedy, which debuts at the Edinburgh Festival. The show is picked up by Channel 4 and runs for two season. He has also appeared in the films, Son of Rambow, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of The Dawn Treader, We’re the Millers, and The Maze Runner.

Oct 2014

Filming in Canada

The Revenant is due to begin filming in Alberta and British Columbia. Industry source:

It’s anticipated a shooting schedule in the October to March range. Eighty days of shooting.

Sep 2014

The Maze Runner

Poulter plays the character Gally in the Wes Ball-directed adaptation of the Thomas Dashner sci-fi thriller. In a mysterious clearing known as The Glade, a group of boys awake with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Gally clashes with their emerging leader, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), as the boys try to find their way out of the Maze that keeps them prisoner. Co-starring Aml Ameen and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

I think one of the things we really wanted to emphasize about what [author James Dashner] writes about in his books is that no one is innately bad. … Gally feels almost too villainous in the book, I think, and we just tried to make him a little more justified and rational than perhaps he is in the book. I threw out this idea that he’s just scared, that this tough guy act is just an exterior he wears to kind of mask the truth of the situation, which is that he’s a bit of a coward even if he’d never admit that.

18 Sep, 2014

Clashes with critic

Poulter clashes with Toronto-based critic Andrew Parker on Twitter about a review Parker wrote for Dork Shelf.

I considered walking out of The Maze Runner. It would have been only the second film I ever walked out of in a theatre in 18 years doing this job

11 Jul, 2014


Poulter stars as Shane in the drama directed by Gerard Barrett. Shane’s friend John, a young Dublin taxi driver, tries to save his mother from alcohol addiction. Co-starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette.

Jack Reynor is scarily talented and Gerard Barrett is a genius.

17 May, 2014

Cast in The Yellow Birds

Poulter is cast in David Lowery’s adaptation of the novel by Kevin Powers. Lowery:

It is about characters who find themselves caught up in war but who struggle to not let it define them.

2 May, 2014


Poulter plays university student Fordy in the crime comedy directed by Julian Gilbey. Fordy and his friends run a successful credit card scam until they rip off the wrong person, and plan a diamond heist to pay their debts. Co-starring Alfie Allen and Ed Speleers.

This is not a biopic by any means, but these are students who ran off with a 2 million pound heist, that happened, that’s a real thing, and it’s kind of exciting to depict.

16 Dec, 2013

Cast in Glassland

Poulter confirms he has joined the film:

14 Sep, 2013

Kids In Love wraps

Poulter confirms filming is completed.

1 Sep, 2013

NKD feature

will-poulter-nkd-mag-featurePoulter is featured in the September 2013 issue of NKD magazine. He talks about school, working with Jennifer Aniston, and learning about himself.

I don’t think you truly know yourself without any life experience. But acting definitely help me discover different parts of myself and explore my own personality.

12 Aug, 2013

Teen Vogue interview


Poulter discusses playing his awkward character:

I was never the cool kid at school, but I guess no one is quite as dorky as Kenny. I have some similarities to him; I went through an awkward stage when I was younger, as a lot of people do when they’re not comfortable in their own skin. I can also relate to the way Kenny follows David, played by Jason, like a lost puppy. It’s slightly how I treated my older brother. I totally idolized him and followed him around, so I can relate to that for sure.

8 Aug, 2013

Interview Magazine

Poulter discusses singing the wrong lyrics to Killing Me Softly, attending the same school as Robert Pattinson, starring in The Maze Runner and We’re The Millers, and his love of hip hop.

It’s crazy to then go back to auditioning and hear, “No,” and the occasional yes. I haven’t heard yes a lot; I’ve been to a million auditions and have only been in six movies. So you can imagine how many times you hear no. I love the process of auditioning and having the chance to play a million different characters in one week. I love it—it’s great.

7 Aug, 2013

Nude scene

Poulter appears naked from the waist down in a brief scene in We’re The Millers.

On Twitter, I get comments regularly saying that I’ve seen you naked, and that We’re The Millers could have done without seeing your nakedness, but some people don’t realise that none of that was mine! I wasn’t actually born with some sort of genetic defect. That was a three hour prosthetic make-up job. So when Rawson told me that nothing I grew up with would appear on screen, he did keep his promise

We’re The Millers

Poulter plays the role of Kenny Rossmore in the comedy directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Kenny is enlisted as the son of a fake family to pull off a drug shipment from Mexico. Co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Emma Roberts.

It’s a kind of comedy unlike you’ve seen in a while.

26 Jul, 2013

New York Times interview


Poulter discusses We’re The Millers and whether acting takes courage:

I suppose so, but it was always less scary to me than school. I’ll just say it: I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. Being forced to go back to school is still a fear of mine.

14 Jul, 2013

Filming complete

Poulter announces filming is complete.

15 Mar, 2013

Cast in The Maze Runner

Ball confirms Poulter’s role.

Dec 2012

Cast in Plastic

Poulter is confirmed to play the character Fordy in the crime comedy. Producer Terry Stone:

The cast is superb and bring together the right mix of intensity, intelligence and confidence required to tell this story

16 Sep, 2012

We’re The Millers wraps N.C. shooting

The film wraps initial shooting in North Carolina’s Hollywood East and prepares to move to New Mexico. Local fragrance saleswoman Karen Parker, 37, was an extra:

It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. It was something out of my element. It was really interesting.

23 Jul, 2012

Starts shooting

Poulter begins shooting his scenes.

18 Jul, 2012

We’re The Millers starts shooting

Poulter starts shooting on the comedy:

Yeah, well we definitely rehearsed as a four before we shot. We had a week in North Carolina, a read through, spent time with one another. Once we were on set, we were naturally into it. We were confined to the boundaries of the RV for a lot of the time, and the studio. Otherwise, I was seldom in a scene without Emma [Roberts], Jen [Aniston] or Jason [Sudeikis].


Auditions for We’re The Millers

Poulter auditions for the comedy:

I’ve always found that I have to audition, but that’s a process that I kind of enjoy. I enjoy the challenge, and We’re The Millers was the same. It was a long audition process that I had to go through, but I enjoyed the challenge of that.

23 Mar, 2012

Wild Bill

Poulter appears as Dean Hayward in the drama directed by Dexter Fletcher. With his father in prison and his mother missing, Dean cares for his brother until his father returns home and threatens to fall back into crime. Co-starring Charlie Creed-Miles, Liz White, and Sammy Williams.

Dean is a character who I describe as wise beyond his years. He’s been forced into the role of an adult. .. It’s interesting to me when Bill comes back into his life because it sort of turns everything upside down again. Dean is forced to confront the pain and emotions he tried to ignore because his dad is a stimulus for that. And Bill and Dean are both forced to confront their past.


Older actor chosen

Skinner says Poulter was replaced to make The Fades more adult:

[The change] was one of the things that made it feel more sophisticated…. The guys who played those parts were absolutely brilliant, and I was really happy with what they did in the pilot. But when you looked at the series as a whole, what we wanted to do was grow up the tone of the piece. And to really be allowed, in the second half of it, to push the elements of horror, push the darkness, and the questions about what a Fade actually is.


Letting Go play

Poulter plays the lead character in a production of Letting Go. Summary from the Harrodian school’s December 2010 Harrodian Eye magazine:

He falls in love with a girl (Lily Lewis) only to find her psychotic attachment to him eventually leads her to attempt suicide: she sets herself on fire with nail polish and the letters he sent her. Then we jump to his fuming wife (Alba Faggionato) who ends up sellotaping her husband and sticking letters from his suicidal ex-girlfriend from his head to his toes. Whilst we follow this unfortunate man’s life there are little sketches revolving around letters, whether it be Ellie McKenzie having a go at God or two postmen frantically delivering letters to two competing girls.

Dec 2010

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Poulter stars as Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. The unpleasant cousin of the Pevensie family, Eustace is transported with them to the land of Narnia, and learns to value others during a magical journey.

 I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was a kid. And I think it was read to me. Me and my sister both had a copy and loved the books. [I] absolutely loved them. I think most kids do. … I never in a million years would have guessed I’d be part of this. It really is so surreal to me now. I pinch myself when I see posters and boxes with our faces on them. It really is crazy.

Wild Bill role

Poulter confirms he is cast in the Dexter Fletcher-directed drama.

It’s about a disadvantaged kid living in London and he sort of looks after his little brother. His dad is in prison, and when his dad comes back, it turns his world upside down. It’s very interesting.

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