‘Harry Potter’ star Matthew Lewis shocks fans with topless TV appearance

By Gemma Strong

Neville Longbottom has really grown up – or rather, Matthew Lewis! The former Harry Potter star has certainly shed his child actor image this week with a handsome appearance in a new ITV drama called Girlfriends. Viewers took to Twitter to share their shock – and delight – as the 28-year-old star stripped off in the show, revealing his impressive muscular physique. "Matthew Lewis gets better looking every time I see him!" one fan wrote. Another added: "The weird moment you realise you fancy Neville Longbottom", while a third agreed: "Aaaaand Neville Longbottom continues to be the hottest alumnus of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. #Girlfriends."

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Mathew Lewis topless on screen of Girlfriends
Matthew Lewis caused a stir as he stripped off on ITV drama Girlfriends

Viewers were also thrilled to see Matthew reunited with fellow Harry Potter star Zoe Wannamaker, who played Madam Hooch in the franchise. The pair last appeared onscreen together in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – and Zoe now stars as Matthew's mother in Girlfriends. Zoe recently admitted she was taken aback by Matthew's transformation, telling What's On TV: "I haven't seen Matthew since he was in Harry Potter, so it was a shock when I saw him. This gorgeous hunk," she admitted. Referring to his appearance as a youngster, she added: "And this little round face, with ears like that. It was hysterical."

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Another peek at Mathew Lewis topless on screen of Girlfriends
The former child star found fame playing Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom

Matthew's 'transformation' first came to public attention when he stepped out for the world premiere for the final Harry Potter film in 2011. He previously told Attitude magazine, "I was 21, I was like, 'Yeah, this'll be cool!' It was never meant to be a 'Hey everyone, look at me', but it was nice to be able to go and be myself. And then obviously a lot of attention focused on it, which I didn't expect at all. I've never considered myself to be good-looking at all. Just average."

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Mathew Lewis as a teenager on the red carpet for Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban
Matthew at the 2004 premiere of Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban

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