Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers first gained notoriety for his lead role in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), a surreal examination of 1970s glam rock in which he portrayed a sort of fictional hybrid of David ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1977 in Dublin, IE


Actor (52)

London Town 2016 (Movie)

Joe Strummer (Actor)

Roots 2016 (Tv Show)


Byrd & the Bees 2015 (Movie)

Gavin McDermott (Actor)

Stonewall 2015 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

Another Me 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Dracula 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Panda Eyes 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)


6 Souls 2013 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 (Movie)

Valentine (Actor)

Belle du Seigneur 2012 (Movie)


Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Viscount Yarrell (Actor)

A Film with Me in It 2010 (Movie)

Pierce 2 (Actor)

From Paris With Love 2010 (Movie)

James Reese (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The Tudors 2006 - 2010 (TV Show)


2008 Brit Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Children of Huang Shi 2008 (Movie)

George Hogg (Actor)

August Rush 2007 (Movie)

Louis Connelly (Actor)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

Declan (Actor)

Match Point 2005 (Movie)

Chris Wilton (Actor)

Perfect Creature 2005 (Movie)

Edgar (Actor)

Prozac Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Cassander (Actor)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2004 (Movie)

Davey (Actor)

The Lion in Winter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

George Osborne (Actor)

Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Pulse 2003 (Movie)


The Tesseract 2003 (Movie)


Tangled 2002 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

The Magnificent Ambersons 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Happy Now 2001 (Movie)

Mark Wraith (Actor)

Happy Now? 2000 (Movie)

Mark Wraith (Actor)

The Disappearance of Finbar 2000 (Movie)

Finbar Flynn (Actor)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Pitt Mackeson (Actor)

The Loss of Sexual Innocence 1999 (Movie)

Nic--Age 16 (Actor)

Titus 1999 (Movie)

Chiron (Actor)

The Governess 1998 (Movie)

Henry Cavendish (Actor)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

Brian Slade (Actor)

Samson and Delilah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Telling Lies in America 1997 (Movie)

Kevin Boyle (Actor)

The Tribe 1997 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Collins' Assassin (Actor)

The Killer Tongue 1995 (Movie)

Rudolph (Actor)

A Man of No Importance 1994 (Movie)

1st Young Man (Actor)

Bronte (Movie)


Elvis (Tv Show)


Gormenghast (TV Show)


The Maker (TV Show)


Vikings (Tv Show)

Music (1)

August Rush 2007 (Movie)

("Break") (Song Performer)


Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers first gained notoriety for his lead role in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), a surreal examination of 1970s glam rock in which he portrayed a sort of fictional hybrid of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Meyers gave captivating performances in several controversial and little-seen films including Ang Lee's "Ride with the Devil" (1999) and the screen adaptation of "Prozac Nation" (2000) before receiving a profile boost in the British hit "Bend it Like Beckham" (2004). Following an Emmy-nominated performance as "Elvis" (2005) in the miniseries of the same name, Rhys Meyers began to appear in high-profile American features "Match Point" (2005) and "Mission: Impossible III (2006). For his challenging work portraying the voracious King Henry VIII in "The Tudors" (Showtime, 2007-2010), Rhys Meyers received across-the-board accolades. However, despite his well-received work in film and television, Meyers' reputation as a somewhat troubled actor with multiple rehab stints under his belt would occasionally cast a shadow of uncertainty over his promising career, but these struggles never diminished his raw talent.


Toni Collette Actor

Appeared together in "Velvet Goldmine" (1998) Dated for one year No longer together

Reena Hammer

Studying English Literature father owns The Spain Harrods currently dating

Geraldine Myers

Raised sons Jonathan and Alan died Nobermber 20, 2007 after a short illness

Jamie O'Keefe Actor

Raised by paternal grandmother

John O'Keeffe

Father left when Jonathan was young and the family of four boys was split up

Alan O'Keeffe Song

Raised with Jonathan by mother, Geraldine

Paul O'Keeffe

Raised by paternal grandmother perform with brothers in the band Suzy's Field

Chacha Seigne Actor

Dated Dublin Socialite for four years no longer together


Left school when he was 15



Cast in the period drama "Albert Nobbs" opposite Glenn Close


Co-starred with John Travolta in "From Paris with Love"; co-written by Luc Besson


Cast as Henry VIII on the Showtime series "The Tudors"; earned Golden Globe (2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series


Co-starred with Jonathan Keri Russell and Freddie Highmore in the child-prodigy drama "August Rush"


Cast in the J.J. Abrams-helmed "Mission: Impossible III" opposite Tom Cruise


Played a former tennis pro opposite Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's "Match Point"


Portrayed American icon Elvis Presley in the CBS TV movie "Elvis"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor


Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"


Starred opposite Clive Owen in "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"


Cast in the feature based on the best selling novel "Prozac Nation"


Starred as the coach of a girls football (soccer) team in "Bend It Like Beckham" opposite Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley


Had featured role in the A&E miniseries version of "The Magnificent Ambersons"


Featured alongside Jessica Lange in "Titus," famed theater director Julie Taymor's feature directorial debut


Cast by Ang Lee in the Civil War drama "Ride With the Devil," playing a ruthless killer


Played the younger incarnation of Julian Sands' documentary filmmaker in Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Innocence"


Appeared in the British TV-movie "The Tribe"


Filmed "B. Monkey," starring as the twisted boyfriend of Rupert Everett's Paul


Starred as fictional glam-rock icon Brian Slade in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"; also performed songs for the soundtrack


Had featured role as the lovestruck teenage son of a wealthy British family in the 19th Century-set drama "The Governess"


Played Kevin Boyle, the leader of a gang that bullies Brad Renfro, in "Telling Lies in America"


Co-starred with Matthew Modine in "The Maker"; aired on HBO in the USA


Appeared in the quirky fantasy-comedy "The Killer Tongue"


First significant part, Finbar in "The Disappearance of Finbar"


Portrayed the young Samson in the TNT TV-movie "Samson and Delilah"


Landed pivotal role as the assassin in Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins"


Made feature debut in a bit role in "A Man of No Importance"

Unsuccessfully auditioned for the lead in the feature "The War of the Buttons"

First professional work, landed role in a Knorr soup commercial

Grew up in Cork, Ireland; discovered by Hubbard Casting in a pool hall there

Bonus Trivia


Rhys Meyers received the inaugural Guinness Award for Outstanding Young Actor in 1996.


Rhys Meyers, explaining how early rejections made him more driven in his pursuit of an acting career: "It drove me to madness. And it drove me to an anger, a hunger to where I wanted to prove them wrong and so I kept going for auditions. I got rejection after rejection. I thought I was fighting Michael Tyson at one point because I was just getting beaten so much, beaten so much, beaten so much. And then, I got a role. It was like punching back. I think I've knocked them out now." – from New York Magazine, Aug. 3, 1998


Rhys Meyers on how he approaches character: "As opposed to being romantic and poetic about it, I start walking hand in hand with my own honesty about myself. I would never sit down and study a character. The character is in me and all I have to do is bring it to the surface, so I look really truthfully at myself and what I am. If you're giving an honest emotion and you're not trying to fake anything, it's going to be beautiful because honesty is what people feel, essentially, and it can turn into art. Every character I play is just an aspect of who I am. Everybody has every emotion in the world. Some people aren't able to surface them and I'm lucky enough that I can." – from Interview magazine, December 1998


In April 2007, Rhys Meyers entered an alcohol-treatment program. In May 2010, he again entered a rehab facility after causing a disruption on a United Airlines flight.


Rhys Meyers was arrested by police after a drunken clash with Dublin airport staff. The star was reported to have launched into an angry tirade at on Nov. 18, 2007 after being told he was "unfit to travel." He was then charged and spent the night in jail. In June 2009, three months after checking out of rehab for a third time, he was arrested after allegedly attacking a number of staff at a bar in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. A year later, he was banned by United Airlines indefinitely from flying with them after an early May 2010 incident when he became increasingly disorderly while drinking vodka early in the morning in the first class lounge at New York's JFK airport on his way to Los Angeles. In November 2011, a French court slapped Rhys Meyers with a one-month suspended sentence and fined him roughly $1,350 for the incident at Charles de Gaulle airport.


Rhys Meyers was rushed to a London hospital on June 28, 2011 after he was found slumped on the floor of his home by paramedics answering an emergency call. He reputedly refused treatment, so the paramedics called the police, and Meyers was taken to a hospital. Meyers, who has battled drinking problems in the past, was believed to have downed pills. The U.K. tabloid The Sun characterized the reported hospitalization as a suicide attempt.