Clarke made his film debut in the commercially successful Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 when it was announced in late 2010 that he had been cast as the younger version of Severus Snape, played by fellow British veteran Alan Rickman as an adult, respectively. To date, this was his first and only professional acting role.
Then 13-years-old, he auditioned for the parts of either young James Potter or young Snape sometime in late 2009 to early 2010. In January, he was called back for a second audition (known as a recall). He subsequently received a screen test with then 10-year-old Ellie Darcey-Alden (who would be cast as young Lily Evans) at Leavesden Studios. Filming his scenes along with Darcey-Alden (young Lily), Ariella Paradise (young Petunia Dursley), Alfie McIlwain (young James Potter) and Rohan Gotobed (young Sirius Black) took place in April 2010. According to Darcey-Alden and Clarke at a 2013 LeakyCon cast junket in London, production alternated between sets at Leavesden Studios and on location shooting by the River Lea in the gardens of Hatfield Park near Hatfield House—both set in Hertfordshire, respectively. Of the river scene in particular, Clarke elaborated by saying:
- "[W]e did so many ludicrous camera angles, we had a camera up on a crane looking down at Ellie and I. And we had a camera crew coming across the river on a boat for one of those, and then they could play around [...] decide what they wanted, how they wanted to pan across the river and take a look at us. I thought it was really outstanding how they had such a ridiculous extent of angles to play with."
- —Benedict on filming The Prince's Tale
- "We only did half-and-half at Leavesden. [...] There was the actual Hatfield House there and we got to have a look around and it was really beautiful."
- —Ellie on filming The Prince's Tale
Shooting only lasted four days where one scene was shot per day.
Since completing Potter, he has appeared in many amateur short films, including lead parts in In the Wake of Sirens–a modern interpretation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies set within the confines of a locked car, is nearly 8 minutes and was completed in late 2012–and Andys. The latter was loosely based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 science fiction novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and was directed by fellow Harry Potter alum Alec Hopkins, best known for playing the teenage incarnation of Snape in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The film is a little over 10 minutes in length and while it was shot in March 2012, before Sirens, it wasn't released online via Hopkins' official Vimeo until early 2014.
He is the only son of Annabel M. Devas Carter-Clarke (b. Jan.-Mar. 1954 in Kensington, previously married in 1977 to Simon St. C. Carter) and Keith D. Clarke. He has an older (ironically ginger-haired) sister, Sophie Lilian Merryday, born 2 November 1993. Their parents wed in February 1994 after Sophie's birth.
|2011||Film||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Young Severus Snape|
|2011||Short Film||Cunningham Road||Christopher||Dir. Daniel James Gower|
London South Bank University
|2011||Short Film||Awkward Façades||David Thoreau||Dir. Ali Jardine|
Central School of Speech and Drama
|2012||Short Film||Mind Reader||Zion||Dir. Ali Jardine|
|2012||Short Film||In the Wake of Sirens||Kyle||Dir. Nathan Coetzee|
This was shot after Andys but was released before.
|2012-14||Short Film||Andys||Andrew||Dir. Alec Hopkins|
This was shot before In the Wake of Sirens but was released after.
Behind the scenes
- He has appeared at many Harry Potter events and fan conventions, including the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere on 7 July 2011 in Trafalgar Square in London, LeakyCon 2011 in Orlando, Florida,, and LeakyCon London 2013.
- He attended school with fellow Harry Potter alum Alfie McIlwain (young James Potter).
- He and late co-star Alan Rickman were not only born in the same district of Hammersmith, but both also attended the same secondary school, Latymer Upper.
- To further the Rickman connection, his father's first name is the same as the middle name of Rickman's younger brother: "Keith."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 England & Wales births 1837-2006. Print.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Noonan, Barry, comp. London, England, Births and Christening Notices from The Times, 1983-2003 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: The Times. London, England: The Times, 1983-2003.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter Film Series Cast: Benedict Clarke. MuggleNet. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Benedict Clarke Résumé. KidsCastingCallPro.com/uk. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ Benedict Clarke Résumé. StarNow. Retreived 4 Dec. 2015.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Clarke, Sophie. "Sophie Clarke Official Instagram." Instagram. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Noonan, Barry, comp. London, England, Births and Christening Notices from The Times, 1983-2003 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: The Times. London, England: The Times, 1983-2003.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005. General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Registration no. 22A. District & sub. 2311A. Entry no. 089. Print.
- ↑ Young Severus Snape & Scorpius Malfoy actors in Deathly Hallows: Part II revealed. SnitchSeeker.com. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- ↑ Video: New Potter Kid Actors at LeakyCon 2011. YouTube. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2013. Event occurs at 4:33.
- ↑ Clarke, Benedict. "When exactly did you film the scenes in DH2? (like, month/year)." Tumblr. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
- ↑ Video: Harry Potter Cast Junket @ LeakyCon – Evanna Lynch, Scarlett Byrne and More. YouTube. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Event occurs at 29:16.
- ↑ Clarke, Benedict. "How long did it take to film your scenes in Harry Potter?" Tumblr. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- ↑ Coetzee, Nathan. Video: In the Wake of Sirens (Full Film). Vimeo. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ Hopkins, Alec. "me and @benedictclarke on the set of my short film." Twitter. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ Hopkins, Alec. Video: Andys (Full Film). Vimeo. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005. General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Vol.5c, p. 1498. Print.
- ↑ England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005. General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. Vol. 231, p. 41. Print.
- ↑ World premiere for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2' set for July 7. Los Angeles Times. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- ↑ Video: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premiere London – Magical Omnibus. YouTube. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013. Event occurs at 3:52.
- ↑ Meet the Deathly Hallows actors at LeakyCon 2011! The Leaky Cauldron. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- ↑ MuggleNet's Kat Miller moderates the Harry Potter actor panel at LeakyCon London. MuggleNet. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ Alohomora! Episode 43: 'Live at LeakyCon London!' – Now Available! MuggleNet. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
- ↑ Video: Benedict Clarke Interview on Alan Rickman. Getty Images. (Archived from the original on Oh No They Didn't!) 14 January 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- ↑ Video: Alan Rickman Latymer Upper School. YouTube. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- ↑ Video: Sky News Tribute Alan Rickman. YouTube. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
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