Leo Woodall’s resume from his time at London’s Arts Ed drama school is more like that of an athlete than an actor.
The newspaper said he was “very skilled” at basketball and football and boasted expertise in badminton, cricket, darts, stage combat, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.
There is no mention of his abilities on stage or screen, except for his mastery of several accents (American English, Cockney English, Estuary English) and the note that he can sing a “high baritone” when required. Almost none.
In fact, Leo, 27, is a breakout star and cult fan of the tear-jerking Netflix series One Day, which was watched by more than 15 million people in two weeks, but he was slow to make the transition to acting. .
“When I was little, I wanted to be a gym teacher or a stuntman,” he admitted recently.
But Leo’s older brother Gabriel knew from an early age that he had a star quality that drew him relentlessly into the spotlight.
Mod and Woodall have developed a ‘close bond’ and friendship since creating the hit series
From an early age, Leo’s family saw that he had star quality that drew him relentlessly into the spotlight.Pictured: with his brother Gabriel (far left), his father Andrew (far left) and his sister Connie.
Leo, 27, is a breakout star and Luffy is excited about the tear-jerking Netflix series One Day, which was watched by more than 15 million people in two weeks.
“From the moment my family and I saw Leo play Goggle the Penguin at the second-grade school play, we all said that,” Gabriel, 31, jokes.
Meanwhile, their father, Andrew, an actor who has appeared in Casualty and Grantchester, plays The Matrix and Lord of the Rings at a playground in Hammersmith, west London, where his two sons grew up. I often watched them reenacting the scene.
Ironically, Andrew, 60, tried to dissuade his son from following in his footsteps by telling him: “Whatever you do, don’t be a terrible actor.”
But acting wasn’t the only influence on Leo’s life. His mother Jane, 62, also attended drama school and became deputy headteacher at Leo’s alma mater in Chiswick.
After her divorce from Leo’s father, she later married another actor, Alexander Morton, best known for his role in “Monarch of the Glen.”
Leo’s uncle, Ed Woodall, is an actor, director, and athletic coach, and Leo’s older sister, Connie, 32, works in the industry as an agent.
Mr. and Mrs. Woodall are passionate about show business. However, nepotism has nothing to do with Leo’s rapid rise to fame.
Those who know him say he alone holds the secret to his success, with his boy-next-door charm and piercing blue eyes that have been compared to a young Brad Pitt.
In One Day, Leo plays troubled Dexter Mayhew and co-stars with Ambika Modh, who plays Emma Morley, his on-off best friend from David Nichols’ best-selling 2009 novel.
Woodall will be making his first lead role in One Day opposite This Is Going to Heart star Ambika Modh, 28.
Although Leo claims that he is nothing like Dexter (“ad***,” he declares), there are some similarities: they both come from wealthy families (Leo’s family Leo is listed in an aristocrat as his paternal grandmother was the daughter of a baronet) and, in the actor’s own words, Leo is the youngest of three children, so they are both “a bit spoiled”. Masu.
Proud sister-in-law Kelly Morton, a video creator and artist from Essex, recalls him as a “feisty two-year-old” who “destroyed every sofa in the house” as a child. . [by] Bounce on them.
Leo credits Kelly with helping him perfect the Essex accent of Jack, the character he played in the dark comic book series White Lotus, in which he co-starred with Tom Hollander. He also met his girlfriend, American actress Megan Fahey, on set.
“I’m from West London, but I definitely have a lot of people I know who are from Essex. My sister-in-law is from Essex, so it was fun to lean into that,” he said in a recent interview.
According to his family, Leo was happy until he was 11 years old. He was quiet and polite, and his father once described him as a “quiet kid.”
Leo, his younger brother Gabriel, and their mother Jane also attended drama school, where they met their father.
However, his secondary education was a struggle and he was exposed to bullying and violence. One of his classmates pushed his neck against the wall. Another punched him in the chest. Once, he threatened to stab someone at a house party if they didn’t give him gloves.
The effect on Leo was dramatic. He became reclusive and introverted at home, and was too anxious to leave the house. At his school, he says, he played his part.
“I started shaving my eyebrows,” he said. “I shaved my head. I wore a hood all the time and changed the way I spoke. I think it was kind of a survival instinct. But I wasn’t nice. I lashed out. My mom was worried. These days, Leo credits the Dark Ages for giving him material. Perhaps this is why he is often cast as an anxious and troubled young man.
Studying was not his strong suit. “He didn’t really care about his grades, so he couldn’t just go to college to study economics,” he said, and ended up working in a bar after school. He smokes pot without purpose or direction.
As I stayed up late one night watching the gangster drama Peaky Blinders, starring BAFTA winner Cillian Murphy, I realized my calling had been staring me in the face.
He enrolled at the Andrew Lloyd Webber-backed ArtsEd and graduated with a BA in Acting in 2019.
His first break was a small role in Holby City. Next up was Cherry, the Russo brothers’ 2021 action thriller starring Spider-Man star Tom Holland.
He caught the attention of directors and was cast in the spy series Citadel alongside Hollywood heavyweights Richard Madden and Stanley Tucci.
British actor Leo Woodall, 27, has been compared to Brad Pitt after winning legions of fans for his role as the charming Dexter Mayhew in the Netflix hit One Day.
Then came the Emmy Award-winning series “White Lotus.”
At his father’s urging, he actually binge-watched the first series while lying in his hotel room due to COVID-19, when he received an email from his agent asking him to audition for the second series in 2021. It arrived and I have been calling for it ever since. “The best job I’ve ever had.”
He may be a little biased. It was here that he met Duchess Meghan, 33. Duchess Meghan is a former Broadway actress from Massachusetts who also appeared on Gossip Girl and Law & Order.
Leo auditioned for “One Day” while filming “White Lotus.” He hasn’t read the book and only managed to watch the 2011 movie (starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess), barely able to slip a disc and walk.
At this stage, she was still a complete unknown, but when a casting director saw her in tears during a screen test, she knew she would get the role.
Woodall gels her long hair back every time she appears on the red carpet, just as Pitt, 60, once did.
It was difficult to adjust to the attention his newfound fame brought. Currently, he lives in London with his older brother, spends a lot of time with his family and friends, and for the most part avoids self-promotion.
He said: “I think the reason we do this is work, and… it’s fun.” But apart from that… I’m in a solid relationship with some of the best people in my life, and I don’t get too attached to the hoo-ha. plug. ”
He ended up watching “The White Lotus” with his brother, which contained several obscene scenes, but he logged into the Netflix account he shares with his mother and watched “One Day” alone. ‘ was a mistake I didn’t intend to make.
“I was very nervous about what my family would think of me as an actor,” he admits. “I’ve always felt personal pressure to achieve that. And they’ve always been great and supportive.”
So, with the actor’s family firmly supporting him and acting in his blood, what will this red-hot young star do next?
David Nichols compared him to Hollywood icons such as Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Gosling. One critic described him as a “tornado of charisma.” There are even rumors that he could be the next James Bond.
And what about Leo? When asked about his own future, he replied: “If you’re asked this question, you should probably think of an answer.”
Perhaps, as befits a boy who did not want to become an actor, he has absolutely no idea.
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