James and Oliver Phelps — English identical twin actors best known for playing ‘Fred Weasley’ and ‘George Weasley’ (and their Uncles in an original Order of the Phoenix picture) in the eight “Harry Potter” films released from 2001 to 2011 — discuss their careers, reveals funny behind-the-scenes stories and answers fan questions at their enjoyable 2019 Montreal Comiccon Q&A panel.
James Andrew Eric Phelps and Oliver Martyn John Phelps (born February 25th, 1986) are British twin actors synonymous with the “Harry Potter” franchise. 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 and the Philosopher’s Stone” (2001). The Phelps went on to play the ‘Weasley’ twins in all of the subsequent “Harry Potter” films and voiced them in the video game adaptations of “Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix” (2007) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010). James even worked as a runner on the set of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009).
The brothers attended the 2009 official opening of the “Harry Potter Exhibition” in Chicago and have since followed the tour around the world to promote it. Their second tour was a solo one in and around Thailand. In January 2014, both went to the “Harry Potter Celebration” in Orlando, Florida with Evanna Lynch (‘Luna Lovegood’), Matthew Lewis (‘Neville Longbottom’) and Devon Murray (‘Seamus Finnigan’).
Some of their other notable works outside the Wizarding World include appearing as brothers in the fifth episode of the third season of the TV series “Kingdom” in 2009 and starring in “A Mind’s Eye” (2012), a short documentary film based on the philosophical ideas of Plato.