James Andrew Eric Phelps and Oliver John Phelps are identical twin British actors, best known for playing identical twins, Fred and George Weasley, respectively, in the Harry Potter film series.
In 2000, at age 14, the twins attended the open audition for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, despite having no previous acting experience, and, after about six auditions, were cast as Fred and George Weasley in the film. They went on to portray their characters in all of the subsequent Harry Potter films. Outside of acting, James has worked as a runner on the Potter sets, and other film productions, such as The Da Vinci Code. In 2009, the twins appeared as brothers in the 5th episode of the 3rd season of the TV series Kingdom.
James and Oliver are close with several of the Harry Potter cast members, including Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Daniel Radcliffe, and Matthew Lewis. They attended Radcliffe’s Broadway performances, and often meet up with Grint, Felton, and Lewis to play golf. Both James and Oliver are supporters of the Teenage Cancer Trust. They opened one of the charity’s specialist units in Birmingham and have continued to support the charity since.