Jeremy Irons

Actor, Assistant stage manager, House-cleaner
Classically trained stage actor Jeremy Irons enjoyed one of the most varied international film careers of his peers, going beyond the expected costume dramas to offer award-winning performances as men of all eras and ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1948 in Isle of Wight, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (104)

Assassin's Creed 2016 (Movie)

Alan Rikkin (Actor)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

La Corrispondenza 2016 (Movie)

Ed Phoerum (Actor)

Race 2016 (Movie)

Avery Brundage (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Infinity 2016 (Movie)

G.H. Hardy (Actor)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Lake 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

High-Rise 2014 (Movie)

Royal (Actor)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

Macon Ravenwood (Actor)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

Raimund Gregorius (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Borgias 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Simpsons 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Words 2012 (Movie)

The Old Man (Actor)

Trashed 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margin Call 2011 (Movie)

John Tuld (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Last Lions 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Georgia O'Keeffe 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Majestic Plastic Bag 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

Avellaneda (Actor)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Randall Bragg (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth I 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Eragon 2006 (Movie)

Brom (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Kingsley Stewart (Actor)

Casanova 2005 (Movie)

Bishop Pucci (Actor)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Tiberias (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

Michael Gosselyn (Actor)

Callas Forever 2004 (Movie)

Larry Kelly (Actor)

Dame Edna: Live at the Palace 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Merchant of Venice 2004 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen 2003 (Movie)

Valentin (Actor)

Langrishe, Go Down 2002 (Movie)

Otto Beck (Actor)

Time Machine 2002 (Movie)

Uber-Morlock (Actor)

The Fourth Angel 2001 (Movie)

Jack Elgin (Actor)

Dungeons and Dragons: the Movie 2000 (Movie)

Mage Profion (Actor)

Into the Amazon: First Contact 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Beyond the Clouds 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Chinese Box 1998 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

Humbert Humbert (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Father Aramis (Actor)

Russia's Last Tsar 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Stealing Beauty 1996 (Movie)

Alex Parrish (Actor)

Die Hard With A Vengeance 1995 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Seekers of the Lost Treasure 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Esteban Trueba (Actor)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Scar (Voice)

The Making of the Lion King 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Shakespeare: A Year With the RSC 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

M. Butterfly 1993 (Movie)

Rene Gallimard (Actor)

Placido Domingo: The Concert For Planet Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Damage 1992 (Movie)

Dr Stephen Fleming (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Tom Crick (Actor)

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

Kafka (Actor)

Larry King TNT Extra (04/29/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Host

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Opera Zebracka 1990 (Movie)

Prisoner (Actor)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Claus Von Bulow (Actor)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

Guy Jones (Actor)

Australia 1989 (Movie)

Edouard Pierson (Actor)

Dead Ringers 1988 (Movie)

Elliot Mantle (Actor)

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Talk Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mission 1986 (Movie)

Father Gabriel (Actor)

The Statue of Liberty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Un Amour de Swann 1984 (Movie)

Charles Swann (Actor)

Betrayal 1983 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Brideshead Revisited 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonlighting 1982 (Movie)

Nowak (Actor)

The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Masterbuilders 1981 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Wild Duck 1981 (Movie)

Harold Ackland (Actor)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

Mikhail Fokine (Actor)

The Pallisers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnival of the Animals (TV Show)

Narrator

Faeries (TV Show)

Voice

Last Call (TV Show)

Actor

Longitude (TV Show)

Actor

Notorious Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Ohio Impromptu (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Hollow Crown (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Classically trained stage actor Jeremy Irons enjoyed one of the most varied international film careers of his peers, going beyond the expected costume dramas to offer award-winning performances as men of all eras and motives. Leveraging his rich, haunting voice for both good and evil, Irons elicited deep-seated discomfort in films like "Dead Ringers" (1988) and "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), but romanced with charming nobility in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981) and "Being Julia" (2004). Irons earned two of his handful of Golden Globe nods while exploring British culture in the television miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (ITV/PBS, 1981) and "Elizabeth I" (HBO, 2006), but was cast as everything from artists to executives by some of the most renowned directors in the international film community, including Louis Malle, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli and Wayne Wang. Irons made his mark in everything from period films to studio blockbusters to everything in between, playing one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), an over-the-top villain in "Dungeons & Dragons" (2000), Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice" (2004), and a cold-blooded investment banking CEO in "Margin Call" (2011). Meanwhile, he made a rare turn to the small screen to give an acclaimed performance as Pope Alexander VI on the widely hailed cable series, "The Borgias" (Showtime, 2011-13 ). Regardless of the role or medium, Irons could always be counted on to deliver still waters that ran deep - often deep into the realms of great emotional anguish.

Relationships

Sinead Cusack Actor

Wife
Married March 28, 1978 Appeared together in the film "Waterland" (1992)

Julie Hallam

Wife
Briefly married 1969 Annulled 1969

Max Irons Actor

Son
Born Oct. 17, 1985; mother, Sinéad Cusack Appeared with father in "Being Julia" (2004)

Paul Irons

Father
Died in 1983

Samuel Irons Actor

Son
Born Sept. 16, 1978; mother, Sinead Cusack Appeared with father in "Roald Dahls's Danny the Champion of the World" (1989)

Barbara Irons

Mother
Died in 1999

Christopher Irons

Brother
Born in 1943

Felicity Irons

Sister
Born in 1944

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Sherbourne School

Dorset 1962 - 1966
Achieved some fame as the drummer and harmonica player in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom

Milestones

2013

Cast as Macon Ravenwood in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"

2012

Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"

2011

Joined ensemble cast of financial drama thriller "Margin Call"

2011

Portrayed Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI on Showtime historical drama "The Borgias"

2009

Re-teamed with Joan Allen for Broadway play "Impressionism"

2009

Portrayed photographer Alfred Stieglitz, opposite Joan Allen as painter Georgia O'Keeffe in Lifetime biopic "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV Movie

2006

Cast as Brom, a former Dragon Rider in "Eragon," a fantasy/adventure movie based on novel of same name

2006

Offered award-winning performance opposite Helen Mirren in "Elizabeth I" (joint HBO/Channel 4 production)

2005

Starred in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," about the 12th-century Crusades

2005

Co-starred opposite Heath Ledger in Lasse Hallström's "Casanova"

2004

Cast opposite Al Pacino and Joseph Fiennes in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearean adaptation set in 16th century Venice

2004

Cast in "Being Julia," which centers around stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge in 1930s London

2003

Joined co-star Patricia Kaas for "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen"

2002

Co-starred with Fanny Ardant in "Callas Forever"

2001

Cast opposite Forest Whitaker in "The Fourth Angel"

2000

Co-starred on British TV drama "Longitude," written and directed by Charles Sturridge

2000

Offered over-the-top villainous turn in "Dungeons and Dragons"

1998

Offered a fine turn as swashbucling Aramis, one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1997

Portrayed Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"

1996

Cast as a dying writer in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"

1995

Played the villain in "Die Hard With a Vengeance"

1994

Voiced villainous Scar in Disney's "The Lion King"

1993

Acted role of a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese performer who harbors a secret in "M Butterfly"; second film with Cronenberg

1993

Played a politician who falls in love with his son's girlfriend in "Damage"

1991

Cast in title role of Stephen Soderbergh's "Kafka"

1990

Earned acclaim and a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"

1988

Breakthrough screen role, played twins in David Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers"

1986

Teamed with Robert De Niro for Roland Joffé's "The Mission"

1985

Directed video for Carly Simon's song "Tired of Being Blonde"

1984

Played title role in "Swann in Love," adapted from Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu

1984

Broadway debut, "The Real Thing"

1983

Co-starred with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge in "Betrayal"

1981

Cast opposite Meryl Streep in "The French Lieutenant's Woman"

1980

Made film debut as Mikhail Fokine in "Nijinsky"

1979

Breakthrough TV role, playing Charles Ryder in "Brideshead Revisited" (aired on ITV in the U.K. and on PBS in the U.S.)

1975

TV debut, as Franz Liszt in BBC miniseries "Notorious Woman"; also shown on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre"

1973

Made London stage debut as John the Baptist in "Godspell" at Round House Theatre (later at Wyndham's Theatre for two years)

1970

Made stage debut in "Hay Fever" with Bristol Old Vic company; company member for three years

Bonus Trivia

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Irons was created an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1998.

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Irons helped form the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club in 1999 along with fellow actors Laurence Fishburne, Lauren Hutton, and Dennis Hopper.

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In September 2008, Irons received an Honorary-Life Membership from the Law Society (University College Dublin) in honor of his contribution to television, film, audio, music and theater.

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