Harry Potter star Harry Melling admits he doesn't get recognised anymore after incredible weight loss

HARRY Potter star Harry Melling has admitted that he doesn't get recognised anymore thanks to his incredible weight loss.

The 31-year-old actor shot to fame as a child playing bratty Dudley Dursley in the fantasy film franchise, but he is completely unrecognisable nowadays.

Harry made his debut in the first Harry Potter movie back in 2001, and appeared all the way through until 2010's Deathly Hallows part one.

But he started shedding the pounds during filming, and was even close to being recast for the final film – having to wear a fat suit to keep his role.

He has gone on to film in several other films, including three Netflix hits that were released this year, but Harry confessed that few people realise he once played Dudley.

He has now told People that his weight loss wasn't even intentional, and he quite enjoys the surprise side effect of anonymity.

He explained: "I think it was an unconscious thing when it started to happen. I went to drama school when I was 18 and that's kind of where the weight shifted, not for any sort of major need on my side, but it's just something that just happened.

"And I've done a lot since drama school, went to do lots of theater. I think one of the blessings of that sort of stage in my life was the fact that I didn't get recognized.

"I had this history of being part of the films, but also I felt like I had the opportunity to sort of cause a new start, which I think is useful."

Harry appears in Netflix's The Old Guard, thriller The Devil All the Time, and brand new show The Queen's Gambit.

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He isn't the only Harry Potter star to have undergone a transformation since finding fame, with Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis also unrecognisable from his Hogwarts counterpart.

Matthew caused a stir in 2015 when he showed off his hunky new looked in a steamy shoot for Attitude magazine.

The star posed in his pants to debut his new look body, complete with rock hard abs.

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