Sharlto Copley is a talented award wining actor, director and producer born on 27 November 1973 in Pretoria to Dr. Bruce Copley, a former university professor. He rose to fame after playing the following roles; as Wikus van der Merwe in the Oscar-nominated science fiction film District 9, Howling Mad Murdock in the 2010 adaptation of The A-Team, Agent C.M. Kruger in the science fiction film Elysium, James Corrigan in the science fiction horror film Europa Report and King Stefan in the dark fantasy adventure film Maleficent.
St. Andrew’s Preparatory School in Grahamstown
Redhill School in Morningside, Johannesburg
Sharlto is married to Tanit Phoenix, an actress and a model. A year after leaving high school, Copley met director Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp was 16 and Copley was 22, and Copley provided Blomkamp with use of computers at his production company to assist the company with pitches for various projects and allow Blomkamp to further pursue his passion and talent for 3D animation and design.
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Copley starred in Peter Jackson’s and Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, where he played the lead role of Wikus van der Merwe, an Afrikaner bureaucrat assigned to relocate a race of extraterrestrial creatures unexpectedly stranded on Earth. In the film, the aliens, popularly and derogatorily referred to as “prawns”, must be moved from District 9, a military-guarded slum in Johannesburg, South Africa, to an internment camp outside the city. Copley improvised all of his dialogue in the film.