The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 59min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Armando Iannucci
  • Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Benedict Wong, Paul Whitehouse, Daisy May Cooper
  • UK release: 24 January 2020

David (Patel) is an ever-optimistic orphan who’s given shelter by poor but worthy Mr Micawber (Capaldi). Iannucci brings out the lighter side of Dickens, and the result is a sprightly, breezy and colourful crack at a classic, with a fabulous supporting cast and a perfect turn by Patel as the likeable hero.

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Dev Patel felt 'alienated' by past versions of David Copperfield

23 Jan 2020

Film gossip

Dev Patel felt "alienated" by previous versions of 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' but insists his new movie is very "relatable" to audiences because of its multicultural cast. The 29-year-old actor – who is of Indian descent – plays the…

Dev Patel's movie confusion

27 Dec 2019

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Dev Patel thought he'd been asked to portray the magician in 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'. The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actor was initially baffled when he was approached for the title role in Armando Iannucci's take on the Charles…

Dev Patel's 'awkward' star status

5 Oct 2019

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Dev Patel feels "awkward" when he's called a star. The 'Personal History of David Copperfield' actor admits he finds it difficult being known as a celebrity. Speaking to BANG Showbiz, he said: "I feel awkward when people call me a star." And…

The Personal History of David Copperfield

2 Oct 20194 stars

LFF 2019: Armando Iannucci doffs his hat to Dickens with typically amusing results

Stepping away from his satirical roots, Armando Iannucci returns with his third film (following In the Loop and The Death of Stalin), paying homage to the great Victorian novelist Charles Dickens by adapting what many consider to be his masterwork.

Peter Capaldi cast in The Personal History Of David Copperfield

9 May 2018

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Peter Capaldi has been cast in Armando Iannucci's 'The Personal History Of David Copperfield'. The 60-year-old actor - who is best known for his starring role in 'Doctor Who' - has been cast by the acclaimed satirist for his eagerly awaited…

Armando Iannuccci defends Dev Patel casting in David Copperfield

19 Mar 2018

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Armando Iannucci has defended casting Dev Patel in his 'David Copperfield' adaptation. Last month, the 27-year-old actor was cast to play the titular character in 'The Personal History of David Copperfield', an upcoming movie based on the…

Armando Iannucci to keep 'spirit' of novel in David Copperfield adaptation

11 Mar 2018

Film gossip

Armando Iannucci has revealed he is determined to keep the "spirit" of the Charles Dickens novel alive when he adapts 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' into a movie. The 54-year-old filmmaker is set to helm an adaptation of the 1850 novel…

Dev Patel to play David Copperfield

15 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Dev Patel is set to star in the lead role of an upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield'. The 27-year-old actor will play the titular character in 'The Personal History of David Copperfield', an upcoming movie based on the…

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