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Although he is only 33 years old, Jamie Campbell Bower has been a familiar face on screens big and small for 15 years, with the British actor appearing in a list of films and TV series ranging from iconic hits to underrated gems.
With just 26 credits to his name at the time of writing, Bower has clearly taken a lot of care in cultivating his career and only picking a few projects that really speak to him. And given his popularity, it’s an approach that has definitely worked for him.
Given that his parents both work in the music industry, it’s no surprise that Bower had a side hustle in that field as well, as the frontman of London band Counterfeit from 2015 to 2020. Nonetheless, this are his acting endeavors for which he is best known.
Still, let’s say you’ve only seen him in a few projects and want to know more about what he’s been working on, what do you need to go watch? Here are the absolute best projects starring Jamie Campbell Bower that you need to check out if you’re a fan of the actor whose star is only rising.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
It’s curious that Bower’s contribution to the wizarding world is among his most famous roles and yet he barely appears on screen. On the seventh Harry Potter film, Bower appears in a brief flashback scene as a young Gellert Grindelwald. Years later, he reprized the role of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldin which the old version of the dark wizard was played by his Sweeney Todd co-star Johnny Depp. At the time of Deathly HallowsBower was also engaged to Ginny Weasley actress Bonnie Wright.
The prisoner (2009)
1960s series The prisoner is one of the most groundbreaking television series of all time. Its 2009 remake, however, is not. Nonetheless, this attempted reboot of the surreal sci-fi series – which sees a man wake up in a mysterious village where everyone has numbers for names – for the Lost the era is not without merit. Like its incredible ensemble cast, for example, which includes Jim Caviezel, Ian McKellen, and yes, our boy Bower. He plays 11-12, the conflicted son of McKellen’s main villain, 2.
Bower’s first – and, to date, only – starring role in a television series came in the form of Camelotthe short-lived attempt to give Arthurian mythology a game of thrones makeover. In this tale of myths, which features all the nudity and violence you could ask for, Bower plays the famous young king, with Tamsin Egerton as lover Guinevere, Joseph Fiennes as mystical mentor Merlin, and Eva Green as his evil half. sister Morgana. The Starz series only lasted 10 episodes before being cut.
Will be (2017)
Continuing his odd streak of appearances in TV series that had a lot of promise only to be canceled a season later, Bower was also part of the TNT cast. Will be, a new vision of the life of William Shakespeare. Opposite Laurie Davidson in the title role, Bower played famed playwright and Shakespeare’s friend Christopher Marlowe. Historical purists will balk at this one, but if you like the sounds of a punk-rock retelling of the Bard’s biography then this is for you.
The Twilight Saga (2009-2012)
Yes, like Robert Pattison before him, Bower has both the Harry Potter and Dusk franchises on his resume. The actor appeared in three of the five films – the second, New Moon, and the two parts of Twilight – in the primary role of Caius, one of the three Volturi leaders, the ancient clan of vampires that serves as the main villain of the saga. This is probably the character he was most associated with before a certain Netflix show caught up with him.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Darkness (2013)
By this point in his career, Bower had established himself as an icon of YA adaptations, so he was the perfect choice to bring the hunky Shadowhunter – a sort of monster hunter descended from angels – to life Jace in what was planned as the first of one Mortal Instruments franchise. Unfortunately for him, the star of Lily Collins city of bones bombed at the box office, with Cassandra Clare’s novels later brought to the screen as the cult favorite Shadow Hunters Television series (which featured an all-new cast).
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Bower got his big break in the industry when he landed a secondary lead role in Tim Burton’s gothic musical show Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He plays Anthony, the romantic sailor who falls in love with Sweeney’s lost daughter, Johanna, and plans to free her from the clutches of the evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). While not the most complex parts, Bower proved his talent from the start, revealing a knack for singing he has rarely been allowed to show since.
stranger things (2022-)
Jamie Campbell Bower’s ultimate role, however, may only be his stage-stealing turn in the fourth season of Netflix’s super-smash stranger things. The actor got the chance to play his best villain yet in the multi-faceted role of Henry Creel aka One aka Vecna, who happens to be the show’s ultimate villain. We’re not sure anyone other than Bower could have turned this weird brain into the internet’s favorite monster boyfriend. Expect a lot more from him in STthe fifth and final season of.