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James Andrew Eric Phelps and Oliver Martyn John Phelps (born 25 February 1986) are identical twin British actors, best known for playing identical twins, Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Charity work 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] James and Oliver were born in the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham, England
England
on 25 February 1986. They are the only sons of Susan (née Spare) and Martyn Phelps. James is the younger of the two by 13 minutes. Growing up, they attended Little Sutton Primary School and the Arthur Terry Secondary School. As they spent an extensive amount of time shooting for Harry Potter, the twins were tutored on set, along with their fellow school-age cast friends. Career[edit] In 2000, at age 14, the twins skipped school exams to attend an open audition, despite having no previous acting experience, and, after about six auditions, were cast as Fred and George Weasley in the film Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Philosopher's Stone. They went on to portray their characters in all of the subsequent Harry Potter
Harry Potter
films. Outside of acting, James has worked as a runner on the set of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and other film productions, such as The Da Vinci Code.[1] In 2009, the twins appeared as brothers in the fifth episode of the third season of the TV series Kingdom. In 2012, they starred in A Mind's Eye, a short documentary film based on the philosophical ideas of Plato.[2] The brothers have also been involved in the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Exhibition; they were present during its 2009 official opening in Chicago, and have since followed its tour around different cities and countries to promote it. Their second tour was a solo one around Thailand. In January 2014, both went to the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Celebration in Orlando, Florida, with Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, and Devon Murray. They also made a LiveCast, where they answered fans' questions and talked about the expansion at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the fans can go to the Diagon Alley, summer 2014. Personal life[edit] Both twins enjoy golf and play regularly. Oliver's handicap is 18 and James' is 20.[3] The twins support rival football clubs in Birmingham. Oliver supports Aston Villa, and did so alongside his late grandfather, while James supports Birmingham
Birmingham
City with his father. However, both support Gloucester RFC
Gloucester RFC
together. They both support Major League Soccer side, Portland Timbers.[4] The twins enjoy travelling. Both travel around the world to tour and attend sports games and events; Oliver also maintains his own website called JOP World, where he chronicles the various places he visits and keeps fans updated with the brothers' activities.[5] James and Oliver are close with several of the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
cast members, including Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
and Matthew Lewis. They attended Radcliffe's Broadway performances, and often meet up with Grint, Felton and Lewis to play golf. In the summer of 2013, the twins moved to Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica, California
for a while to look at different film projects. Currently, they spend time in the US and back home in the UK.[6] Charity work[edit] In January 2003, the twins planted trees at the National Forest, in Leicestershire. The wood that helped make the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
broomsticks was replanted by the boys, with the trees being birch and ash.[7] Both James and Oliver are supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust. They opened one of the charity's specialist units in Birmingham
Birmingham
and have continued to support the charity since. The twins also make public appearances in support of music and sports. Every year, they attend the V Festival, held by Virgin Media
Virgin Media
each August, as well as attending the Download Festival, a rock music festival managed and arranged by Live Nation UK
Live Nation UK
in Donington Park, England. In May 2006, they both took part in a celebrity football tournament called the "Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six."[8] They participated alongside other celebrity sports fans.[9] James and Oliver were part of the Virgin Money Giving
Virgin Money Giving
drive. Oliver focused on raising money for the RNLI lifeguards and James became involved with the "National Three Peaks Challenge," an event that challenged a climber to climb the three highest peaks in the United Kingdom in a 24-hour span.[10][11][12] On 22 November 2011, the brothers took part in a skydive for Cancer Research UK in Australia
Australia
in memory of Harry Moseley, an 11-year-old boy who died on 8 October 2011 after a four-year battle with brain cancer. By December 2011, the amount pledged for their jump stood at £2,525. On 7 September 2013, the brothers went on Pointless Celebrities
Pointless Celebrities
to win money for the charity in memory of Harry Moseley, but only managed to win the £2,500. Filmography[edit]

Film and television

Year Title James' role Oliver's role Notes

2001 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Philosopher's Stone Fred Weasley George Weasley

2002 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets Fred Weasley George Weasley

2004 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban Fred Weasley George Weasley

2005 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire Fred Weasley George Weasley

2007 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix Fred Weasley George Weasley

2009 Kingdom Callum Anderson Finlay Anderson Episode: "3.5"

2009 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince Fred Weasley/Runner George Weasley

2010 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Forbidden Journey Fred Weasley George Weasley Short film Robocoaster at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
– Hogsmeade

2010 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fred Weasley George Weasley

2011 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Fred Weasley George Weasley

2012 Ward 3 Jimmy N/A

2012 The Turn Morris Talliver N/A Short film

2013 Ears N/A Mr Ears

2014 Own Worst Enemy Constable Berrow Constable Stroyde

2014 Hogwarts Express Fred Weasley George Weasley Short film Shuttle service between destinations at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley

2015 King of the Nerds Himself Himself Guest Appearance(s) episode 7

2015 Danny and the Human Zoo Mr Brian Carter Mr Barry Carter TV film

Video games

Year Title James' role Oliver's role Notes

2007 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix Fred Weasley
Fred Weasley
(voice) George Weasley
George Weasley
(voice) Video game

2010 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fred Weasley
Fred Weasley
(voice) George Weasley
George Weasley
(voice) Video game

References[edit]

^ " Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the magical Midlanders, icBirmingham". Icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk. 15 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2010.  ^ Video on YouTube ^ "friends-funfacts". friends-funfacts.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.  ^ "Twitter". Twitter. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017.  ^ http://www.jopworld.com/ ^ Video on YouTube ^ "Potter twins plant trees". BBC News. 19 January 2003. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.  ^ "Actors James and Oliver Phelps – Pictures, Information, Biography, Quotes". Veritaserum. 25 February 1986. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.  ^ Biography – Phelps Twins Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Books and Wands (25 February 1986). Retrieved on 2 May 2012. ^ Three Peaks Challenge. Three Peaks Challenge (11 April 2012). Retrieved on 2 May 2012. ^ Virgin Money Giving
Virgin Money Giving
Fundraising James Phelps Three Peak Challenge Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Uk.virginmoneygiving.com (4 June 2011). Retrieved 2 May 2012. ^ Virgin Money Giving
Virgin Money Giving
Fundraising Oliver Phelps' fundraising page Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Uk.virginmoneygiving.com (6 June 2011). Retrieved 2 May 2012.

External links[edit]

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