Sharlto Copley

Producer, Actor, Director
In what was truly a star-making turn, South African writer, producer and director Sharlto Copley became an international sensation after his first real performance in front of the cameras, proudly adding "actor" to his ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1973 in South Africa

Filmography

Actor (13)

Free Fire 2016 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

Hardcore Henry 2016 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

The Hollars 2016 (Movie)

Ron Hollar (Actor)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

Chappie (Voice)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

Stefan (Actor)

The Snow Queen 2 2014 (Movie)

Orm (Voice)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

Europa Report 2013 (Movie)

James Corrigan (Actor)

Oldboy 2013 (Movie)

Adrian/The Stranger (Actor)

Open Grave 2013 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The A-Team 2010 (Movie)

Murdock (Actor)

District 9 2009 (Movie)

Wikus Van De Merwe (Actor)
Producer (1)

Hardcore Henry 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

In what was truly a star-making turn, South African writer, producer and director Sharlto Copley became an international sensation after his first real performance in front of the cameras, proudly adding "actor" to his multi-hyphenate status. As the central focus of the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film "District 9" (2009), Copley played Wikus Van De Merwe with such a settled savvy, few were aware that this was his first movie and that most of his dialogue was improvised. Prior to "District 9," Copley had amassed film experience with the formation of his own Cape Town-based production company and had produced commercials and short films, but had maintained little interest in acting. That all changed after the success of the sci-fi hit. He was promptly recruited to play Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock in the television-series-turned-big-screen adaptation "The A-Team" (2010), starring with Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper and proving himself to be one of Hollywood's most multifaceted talents to emerge in years.

Relationships

Donovan Copley

Brother
Leader of the South African band Hot Water

Marisa Copley

Sister
Owner of the clothing label WithOut

Jeanne-Melanie Haasbroek

Companion

EDUCATION

Redhill High School

1987 - 1991
Met his future business partner Simon Hansen at the South African private school in Johannesburg

Milestones

2015

Voiced title character in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi action/drama "Chappie"

2014

Minor role in Angelina Jolie vehicle "Maleficent"

2013

Appeared in Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake

2013

Reunited with Blomkamp for the sci-fi movie "Elysium"

2013

Featured in the space thriller "Europa Report"

2010

Cast in the role of H. M. Murdock for the feature film adaptation of the popular 1980s series "The A-Team"

2009

Played the title role of Wikus van de Merwe in the Peter Jackson produced and Neill Blomkamp directed "District 9"

2008

Together with Simon Hansen, co-wrote, produced and directed the supernatural-thriller "Spoon"

2005

With Simon Hansen co-produced Neill Blomkamp's short film "Alive in Joburg"; also made acting debut in a small role

Co-wrote and co-directed two popular viral short films, "2001: A Space Oddity" and "Hellweek"

Co-founded the media production company, Channel 69 Studios, with Simon Hansen

Hired the 14 year old future director Neill Blomkamp as a computer-graphics designer

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