Josh Herdman

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Josh Herdman
Joshua Colin Marian Herdman

(1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 32)
OccupationActor, mixed martial artist
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Jessica Worth

Joshua Colin M. Herdman[1] (born 26 March 1987)[1] is an English actor and mixed martial artist, best known for playing Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter film series.[2]

Early life[edit]

Herdman was born in Hampton, London.[1] The son of actor and former professional rugby league footballer Martin Herdman and Jessica Herdman, the youngest of the four brothers.[2] He was educated at Orleans Park School.[3]


Herdman started acting when he was about 7 years old; his father found him an agent. At age 13, he was cast as Gregory Goyle, a sidekick of villain Draco Malfoy, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001). Over the next decade, he returned as Goyle in all seven sequels. He had originally been in the running to play Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter's spoiled cousin, but the role went to Harry Melling.[2]

Herdman appeared as Righteous in the 2018 film Robin Hood, alongside Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan.[2]

After five years of practising jiujitsu, Herdman began his MMA career on 23 April 2016 in Romford with a decision win over Janusz Walachowski. He said, "I chose MMA because I love the sport. It's raw, exciting and unpredictable. I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made sense to move onto MMA because of my jujitsu training. I would like a few amateur fights first to get me started and where it goes from there, who knows?"[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Gregory Goyle
2002 Thunderpants Damon
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Gregory Goyle
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2009 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2011 The Estate Film Skunk
2012 Piggy Anthony
2013 Common People Simon
2016 Sink Jason
2017 Giantland Jason
2018 Robin Hood Righteous


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2005 UGetMe Ben Recurring role, 47 episodes
2004 The Bill David Wilson Episode: "221"
2012 Wizards vs. Aliens Steve Episode: "Rebel Magic, Part 1"
2013 Coming Up Eater Episode: "Burger Van Champion"
2018 Marcella Eric Davidson 8 episodes, series two


  1. ^ a b c Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ a b c d Early, Chas (27 February 2018). "Who is Marcella star Josh Herdman? Everything you need to know about the Eric actor". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Muggle lands a wizard part". News Shopper. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Harry Potter star Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle) launches cage fighting career - BBC Newsbeat". 26 April 2016.

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