Adrian Justin Rawlins (born 27th March 1958) is an English actor who is probably best known for playing Arthur Kidd in The Woman in Black (1989) and James Potter in the Harry Potter films.
Rawlins was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the son of Mavis (née Leese) and Edward Rawlins, a market trader. Rawlins was educated at Stanfield Technical High School in Stoke-on-Trent and the Stoke VI Form College. He then went on to train in art then subsequently acting at Crewe and Alsager College, now Manchester Met.
Rawlins has appeared in several films including Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, and also has a pivotal role in the Harry Potter film series as Harry Potter's father James Potter. Onstage, he has appeared in Her Naked Skin (2008, National Theatre). He played Richard Collingsworth in the 1989 TV serial version of The Ginger Tree, opposite Samantha Bond. He also starred in The Woman in Black which was made for television and aired at Christmas 1989. he has appeared in numerous more TV shows including Soldier Soldier, Midsummer Murders, Spooks, Dr Who, & Death in Paradise, in 2017 he portrayed Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding in the film Darkest Hour.
In 2017 he was appointed artistic director of the East Riding Theatre in Yorkshire, Rawlins has been involved with the theatre since it opened in 2014 and has also served as a board member. His directorial debut at the venue was the production of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s The Night Season.