The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
“What I hope is that I don't just become Peter from 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.’ I want to try and do something else to be a good actor and a respected actor.” William Moseley
British actor William Moseley is famous for portraying Peter Pevensie, the eldest of the four Pevensie children, in the blockbuster film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005) and its sequel “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (2008). He took home a Camie Award and Saturn and Young Artist nominations for the first movie and a Young Artist nomination for the latter. Prior to “The Chronicles of Narnia” films, he had a small role in the TV film “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (2002) and was cast as an extra in the television movie “Cider with Rosie” (1998).
Moviegoers should look forward to the young actor's performance in the upcoming adventure film “Ironclad” (2010).
“I'm enjoying it and that's the best way to look at these things. If you don't enjoy it then it's not worth doing. It is hard work. At the end of the day they're working you for every mile you fly, so it's worth enjoying. It's worth relishing every moment you get.” William Moseley (on acting)
Moseley cites his dream date as being actress Jessica Alba. His favorite TV shows are “24,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Entourage.”
Childhood and Family:
William Peter Moseley was born on April 27, 1987, in Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire, England, to Peter Moseley, a cinematographer, and Julie Fleming. He has two younger siblings, Daisy (born in 1989) and Benjamin (born in 1992). Nicknamed Wizzle, William was educated at Sheepscombe Primary School from September 1991 to July 1998. He then attended Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, which he completed in 2006 after studying media studies, English and drama. He continued his studies at Marling School, which he attended for a year. William was also trained as an actor in New York with Sheila Gray and in Los Angeles with Kathleen King.
William Moseley knew he wanted to be an actor by the time he was 10 years old. During this period, a casting agent visited his school in search of actors for the film “Billy Elliot” (2000). Although there was not a role for William, the energetic child impressed the casting directors and soon landed an agent.
Moseley had his first taste in front of the cameras when he was cast as an extra in the made-for-TV film “Cider with Rosie,” which aired on ITV in 1998 and PBS in February 1999. An adaptation of the 1959 book of the same name by Laurie Lee, the film was directed by Charles Beeson and starred Juliet Stevenson as Annie Lee and Lia Barrow as Rosie Burdock. He moved on to a small role in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” a television film based on James Hilton's novel of the same name. Helmed by Stuart Orme, the film starred Martin Clunes and Victoria Hamilton and was broadcasted on the ITV Network in Britain in 2002 and on PBS' Masterpiece Theatre in the United States the following year.
However, Moseley did not receive his big break until he won the role of Peter Pevensie in the fantasy film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), which was adapted from a book by C. S. Lewis. Directed by Andrew Adamson for Walt Disney Pictures, the film was a huge commercial hit and became the second highest grossing film of 2005 behind “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” The movie also became the third highest grossing film overall in the history of Disney. For his acting job, Moseley picked up a Camie Award, which he shared with costars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes and Anna Popplewell, among others, a Saturn nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor.
“I can only hope there'll be a sequel made just because I had such an amazing time on this one. It was beyond every experience imaginable. It was basically a dream come true. For that dream to come true a second time would be quite amazing. Unfortunately I don't have the say.” William Moseley
In 2008, Moseley reprised his role of Peter Pevensie in the sequel “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” which was released in the U.S. on May 16, 2008, and the U.K. on June 26, 2008. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was still a financial success when it grossed over $141 domestically and over $419 worldwide. Moseley jointly nabbed a 2009 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast. Commenting about costar Sergio Castellitto, who played King Miraz, he stated, “I have a fight scene with Sergio Castellitto, the wonderful actor who plays Miraz and whom I have a lot of respect for. At first, when the fight scene was being choreographed, a lot of it was done by stunt doubles and then Sergio came in and did some of the fight. I didn't think he would be that good. He's kind of a small man. I didn't think much was going to happen. He's always joking and laughing but when we did the scene, his eyes lit up. He came down hard on me and he just kept going. I was ducking and diving all over. Andrew called 'Cut' and he's like, 'That was great.' Andrew asked me, 'Would you want more of those?' I was like, 'Andrew, that was real! Sergio was really trying to kill me!' I was shaking. It was definitely scary. It really made me have a lot of respect for Sergio.”
Moseley will play a role in the upcoming film “Ironclad,” for director Jonathan English. The action movie will be released in the U.S. in 2010. Costars in the film include James Purefoy, Robert Carlyle, Richard Attenborough and Pete Postlethwaite.
Character and Morality in Entertainment: Camie, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” 2006