Lewis MacDougall as Conor

Lewis MacDougall was 12 years old when he filmed A Monster Calls. He is now 14 years old.

His transition from being a junior drama club member in his home town of Edinburgh, Scotland to being in major motion pictures happened quickly. His club drama teacher saw his potential and suggested that he join the more advanced acting group. On his first attendance, the casting director Orla O’Connor visited scouting for young talent to be in Joe Wright’s Pan. After a lengthy audition process spanning several weeks and several audition sessions, Mr. MacDougall was cast as Peter’s best friend Nibs, who features in the early orphanage sequences of the movie. He enjoyed the stunt training and learning a Cockney accent for the role.

He was signed at that point by an agent who subsequently brought him to the attention of the casting director of A Monster Calls. Whilst filming in Barcelona, Mr. MacDougall, a huge football (a.k.a. soccer, in the U.S.) fan, was lucky enough to see Barcelona play on their home ground.

He has since completed filming the movie Boundaries, written and directed by Shana Feste, in which he portrays Vera Farmiga’s character’s son, and the grandson of the character played by Christopher Plummer.

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Video | "Break The Windows" Clip
Video | "In The Eyes" Clip
Video | "Messily Ever After" Clip
Video | "I've Come To Get You" Clip
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news | Sigourney Weaver on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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bio | Lewis MacDougall as Conor

The role of Conor is a very demanding one, physically and emotionally. Lewis was so courageous, so present, so truthful.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER
ON LEWIS MacDOUGALL

MacDougall is fantastic in what should be considered an Academy Award-worthy performance.

JAMES OSTER
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Felicity Jones is absolutely devastating.

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Photo | Determination: Connor [Lewis MacDougall] and The Monster [Liam...
Photo | Change: Struggling to understand one another, love must carry Connor...
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social | Early Concept Art by Daniel Carrasco
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Photo | Connor: In just his second on-screen role, young Lewis MacDougall portrays Connor - a boy determined not to lose his mother.
news | Patrick Ness Named One of "Hollywood's 25 Most...
news | BTS: A Look at A Monster Calls' Animated Sequences
social | Concept Art by Daniel Carrasco Jabalera
bio | Felicity Jones as Mom

And if you need to break things, then by God, you break them good and hard. And I'll be right there. You might not see me, but I'll be right there, breaking 'em along with you.

Mom
Photo | Faith: A boy confronted with a monumental shift in what he once considered "normal", Connor [Lewis MacDougall] will stand tallest when atop the shoulders of The Monster [Liam Neeson].
bio | Liam Neeson as The Monster
Photo | Illustrated: Connor [Lewis MacDougall] brings his imagination to life...
social | Illustrator Andreu Zaragoza's Monster

One of the best films of 2016.

STEVE WEINTRAUB
COLLIDER
bio | J.A. Bayona, Director
social | Monster Building

I saw this as a powerful and important story to tell as a movie – an adventure that anyone can relate to.

J.A. BAYONA
DIRECTOR
bio | Sigourney Weaver as Grandma
Photo | Life: Director J.A. Bayona brings Patrick Ness' novel A Monster Calls to life with beautiful, signature scenes lensed by cinematographer Fernando Velázquez.
bio | Toby Kebbell as Dad
Photo | Origin: J.A. Bayona directs A Monster Calls from a script by the novel's author Patrick Ness. The novel was awarded 2012's Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.
Photo | Escape: No matter the level of fear, anger or confusion, Connor...

Belief is half of all healing. Belief in the cure, belief in the future that awaits. Your belief is valuable, so you must be careful where you put it. And in whom.

The Monster