James and Oliver Phelps are twin brothers from Birmingham who earned the roles of Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. The comedic duo provided much of the laughter and light-hearted moments throughout the franchise, and the duo didn’t stop working together after the movies ended.
From 2001 until 2011, the Phelps twins, now 36, portrayed the roles of the Weasley twins, two of the older brothers, who were all known for their trademark red hair. The characters were known as troublemakers during their time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and even opened up the iconic Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes on Diagon Alley in London. Today, you can see the magic joke shop set at the Warner Brothers’ Studio Tour.
The twins had no acting experience before they decided to skip school to attend an open audition for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was clearly successful. Since then, the duo has gone on to work together in a variety of different projects, including a podcast.
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James and Oliver appeared as brothers in the third series of Kingdom in 2009. Then, in 2012, they both appeared in A Mind’s Eye. They were also involved in directing Journey along the Thames for the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Summer Olympics.
As well as this, the identical twins have continued to work together for Harry Potter projects outside the film franchise. This includes the Harry Potter Exhibition and Harry Potter Celebration in Orlando, Florida where they discussed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with fans.
More recently, Oliver Phelps appeared in 2021 movie Last Night in Soho (with Anya Taylor Joy) as a cloakroom attendant. James and Oliver also host a podcast called Normal Not Normal, where they interviewed celebrities such as Sasha Banks, Tom Hopper and Mara Wilson. They have also interviewed former, fellow Harry Potter actors such as Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas).