|Alias|| Alex Rider
Kevin Blake (movie only)
|DOB||February 13, 1987|
|Family||John Rider (father); Helen Rider (mother); Ian Rider (uncle)|
|Affiliations||Jack Starbright (friend); MI6 (employer)|
Behind the Scenes
In the 2006 Stormbreaker film directed by Geoffrey Sax, Alex Rider is played by Alex Pettyfer, a rising British actor. Pettyfer was chosen from 500 hopefuls for the role of Alex.
Anthony Horowitz, who was the scriptwriter for the film as well as the author of the novels, recommended Pettyfer to play Alex Rider after seeing him in Tom Brown's Schooldays. Horowitz gave Pettyfer intense guidance on becoming the character of Alex Rider, expressing him and bringing his athletic talents, intellect and charm to the screen.
The role of Alex Rider was said to be the most physically demanding ever taken by a child actor. Pettyfer undertook martial arts training with Hong Kong martial arts choreographer Donnie Yen, as well as horseback riding. Pettyfer did most of his own stunts in the film, and underwent major physical preparation for the role.
Pettyfer was fifteen years old at the time of the film's shooting, just one year older than his character.