Henry William is a British actor who was born on May 5, 1983. He is well-known for playing characters such as Charles Brandon in The Tudors on Showtime from 2007 to 2010, Superman in the DC Extended Universe from 2013 to 2022, Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher on Netflix from 2019 to 2023, and Sherlock Holmes in the Netflix movies Enola Holmes from 2020 and its 2022 sequel.
With parts in the adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and I Capture the Castle (2003), Cavill launched his acting career. He has since made appearances in additional movies like Tristan & Isolde (2006), Stardust (2007), and Immortals (2011). He has played supporting roles in a number of television programs, including BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2002) and ITV's Midsomer Murders (2003). following his success as Superman on a global scale.
Cavill was born on May 5, 1983, in Saint Helier, Jersey, in the Channel Islands, as the fourth of five boys into a Roman Catholic family. His mother, Marianne Dalgliesh, who was born in Jersey and had Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry, worked as a bank secretary. His father, Colin Cavill, is a former stockbroker who was born in Chester, England. Prior to enrolling at Stowe School in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, he received his education at St. Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour, Jersey.
Cavill participated in both sports and theatre at Stowe. In a 1999 school production of Grease, he played a member of the T-Birds, and in his own Grafton house's submission, Dogg's Hamlet, he played the title role.
In Laguna (2001) and Kevin Reynolds' adaption of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002, respectively), Cavill made his acting debuts. He proceeded by making appearances in the television programs Midsomer Murders (2003), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002), and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries for the BBC. He first appeared in I Capture the Castle in 2003 and then appeared in Hellraiser: Hellworld in 2005, Red Riding Hood in 2006, and Tristan & Isolde in 2006. In the 2007 Stardust adaption by Matthew Vaughn, he played a supporting role.
Cavill viewed the Whatever Works movie premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
In the television series The Tudors on Showtime, Cavill played Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, from 2007 to 2010.