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Frank Dillane Biography

Frank Dillane


Date of Birth
21 December 1991, London, England, UK

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Biography
Frank trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.), graduating in 2013.

As a child he played Christopher Henderson in 'Welcome to Sarajevo' (Channel 4/Miramax/Dragon Pictures) directed by Michael Winterbottom. Aged sixteen Frank played Tom Riddle in 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and reprised the role in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1&2' (Warner Bros), both directed by David Yates.

During his first year at R.A.D.A. Frank filmed the role of James Papadopoulos in 'Papadopoulos & Sons' (Double M Films), directed by Marcus Markou. Immediately upon graduating, he played Eugene Marchbanks in 'Candida' (Theatre Royal Bath), directed by Simon Godwin. Soon after he filmed the role of Henry Coffin in Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' (Articulated Productions). Next came the role of Keyes in 'Viena and The Fantomes' (Lola Pictures) directed by Gerardo Naranjo, which is due for release in late 2017.

Frank then played series regular Shugs in Season One of 'Sense8' (Netflix) directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski. He next filmed the pilot for A.M.C.'s 'Fear the Walking Dead', playing the lead role of Nick Clark. The show was a huge success and he has subsequently appeared in all three seasons. During the hiatus between Seasons one and two, he filmed the lead role of Alex Harmann in 'Astral', directed by Chris Mul, due for release later this year.

  • Son of actor Stephen Dillane and actress Naomi Wirthner.
  • He graduated from Michael Hall School in East Sussex in June 2009.
  • He is biracial.
  • He has naturally brown eyes, and had to wear blue colored contacts for his role as Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • He has a younger brother named Seamus.
  • Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London) where he did a 3-year Bachelor of Arts in acting (2010-2013).
  • To prepare himself for the role of Nick Clark in Fear the Walking Dead he carried about Thomas De Quincy's 1821 autobiography "Confessions of an English Opium-eater".
  • He is lead singer and bass guitarist for his band Tinker Wright.
  • He has two small birthmarks in the middle of his left cheek.
  • His favorite ice cream flavors are: Tiramisu and Chocolate.
  • He and his brother, Seamus, are the sons of actress Naomi Wirthner and Game of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane.
  • He took a break from his professional acting career to train at the famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England.
  • Frank is the oldest son of actor, Stephen Dillane and actress, Naomi Wirthner; he has a younger brother named Seamus (born in 1998).
  • He made his cinematic debut at the age of six, appearing as Christopher Henderson in the 1997 film Welcome to Sarajevo.
  • Special Skills: Stage Combat (BASSC) Distinction; Good ear for accents; Singing: Bass;.
  • His favorite biscuits are Custard Creams.
  • He takes "BA (Hons) Acting" course at RADA. 2013 is the year of his graduation.
  • He has an ear piercing.
  • He has his own band called, Tinker Wright in East Sussex.
  • He has several music talents: Singing(baritone), plays the recorder, and violin.
  • He and Georgia Groome both acted in the 2012 family film Papadopoulos and Sons.
  • The Strokes, Babyshambles, Beatles, The Smiths, Bob Dylan are his favorite musicians.
  • Dillane is the stage name his famous actor father, Stephen Dillane adopted; his father was born with the surname Delaney.
  • He smokes and drinks.
  • He's not a left handed.
  • He screen-tested for the title role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). The role eventually went to Andrew Garfield.
  • Quotes
  • I'm sure there will come a time when I won't be able to walk around so easy. I don't necessarily want to be famous. It takes away from the craft a little bit, but I think it's part of the job these days, it seems to be.
  • [on his role as Nick Clark in Fear the Walking Dead (2015)] I think it's important to distinguish that Nick isn't a drug addict, he's an addict. "Drug" is neither here nor there, really. It's just a solution to a problem. I guess if you're an addict and you only really have one problem in life, which is where to get your next fix from or burst from life, that single-minded conviction and willpower would put you in good standings. He's already concerned with life and death.
  • I really liked, ummm... the one I was in 'cause I'm in it. *Laughs*
  • I read something rather odd a bit of rare magic. As I understand it... a Horcrux.

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