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Actor Matthew Lewis caused a stir with raunchy magazine shoot

Published 18/10/2015 | 15:16

Matthew Lewis played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films
Matthew Lewis played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films

Former Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis said his raunchy magazine photo shoot resulted in some courtroom drama for his magistrate mother.

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The 26-year-old, who played Neville Longbottom in the fantasy films, went viral on the internet after his transformation from geeky child star to pin-up was captured on the front page of Attitude magazine earlier this year.

The actor said he "got stick from everyone" when he posed in just a pair of briefs for the shoot - including Harry Potter creator JK Rowling. The author offered maternal advice when she tweeted: "I will always support you whatever you want to do, Matthew. Now go put some clothes on."

But it was Lewis's own mother who appeared to be most embarrassed.

The actor, who was the special guest at London's Heathrow airport to meet children taking part in the Dreamflight charity holiday, said: " You forget how wide the audience is when you do these things.

"It's for a magazine, and you don't appreciate that once it's on Twitter it's a global thing or a national thing. Jo (Rowling) was a bit ... well, you know what her reaction was.

"My mum was worst - she had no idea until it was on the internet.

"My mum's a magistrate and she was going into court and all her colleagues were going like ... have you seen this?!"

He added: " I got it (stick) from everyone.

"In the end the photographer did a wonderful job, it were nowt to do with me. And I've done it now, I don't have to do it again."

Lewis has just finished filming Me Before You, in which he plays the jealous boyfriend of Game of Thrones heroine Emilia Clarke - who had some male grooming advice for her co-star.

"She recommended that I waxed my legs," he said.

"I saw (Olympic cycling champion) Chris Hoy do it so I thought I should do that, it's kind of the thing my character should do.

"Emilia said I should just wax them, not shave them because then it's just once. I didn't in the end, I shaved them in make-up and it was awful."

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