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Who Is Henry Cavill?
Everything you need to know about the new Superman...

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Just last night it was announced that Henry Cavill will play the lead in Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man Of Steel. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, who is this Cavill guy and how did he get the chance to don the big blue tights of justice? Well, here’s your handy cut-out-and-keep guide to the man that everyone’s suddenly talking about…

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Who Is Henry Cavill? | How He Got His Start
How He Got His Start

Like his Gotham city counterpart Batman and New York's friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, Metropolis’ new Man of Steel is a Brit. He was born in Jersey in 1983 and educated at English schools, so that awfully proper accent is not a fake. He got into acting early, starring in his first film Laguna, alongside Joe Mantegna and Emmanuelle Seigner, at 18. His introduction to Hollywood proper, however, was The Count Of Monte Cristo in 2002, opposite Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.

He played the 15 year-old son of the former, who thought he was the son of the latter, and who got mixed up in the whole nasty revenge scenario between the two. Look, it’s kind of a complicated thing, and it’s enough to put a young man in therapy – so it probably wasn’t a particularly brilliant idea to follow that up a couple of years later with Hellraiser: Hellworld. Still, at least in between he appeared in the much cheerier I Capture The Castle, so it all balances out.

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