Does the young star of “How To Get Away With Murder” look familiar to you, but you can’t quite place his face? Don’t let the American accent fool you: If you ever saw “Harry Potter,” you saw Alfred Enoch grow up right in front of your eyes.
That’s right, Enoch’s breakout role was in the “Harry Potter” film series as Harry Potter’s Quidditch teammate and rival for Ginny Weasley’s love, Dean Thomas. After having one-off guest appearances on British shows like “Sherlock” and “Broadchurch,” Enoch is having his American TV debut as Wes Gibbons in “How To Get Away With Murder.”
If that news delights you, then you’re not alone. Creator Peter Nowalk tells Zap2it he “fought tooth and nail” to get Enoch the role of Wes, though at the time Nowalk didn’t know he was a star of “Harry Potter.
“Wes is a hard part to cast because he’s just supposed to be likable and sweet, and that’s hard to find in an actor,” Nowalk says. “We got emailed tapes from London, and there he was, and I was like, ‘Who’s that?! That’s Wes!’ I had never seen those ‘Harry Potters,’ and I find out he’s Dean Thomas.”
It was Enoch’s talent that landed him the part, not his connection to one of the biggest film franchises ever. “He’s just a special actor,” Nowalk says. “As a person, he just has this too: He’s really talented. His accent’s incredible. He’s a hard worker and he’s London theater trained — he’s just a smart cookie. Him and Viola [Davis], I think they have a very interesting dynamic that I’ll be exploring. To me, that’s almost one of the most central relationships of the show.”
“How To Get Away With Murder” premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Have a dance party over it.