Jude Law

Actor
Plagued with being called a heartthrob and a Golden Boy, British actor Jude Law managed to develop into a respected actor known for tackling challenging and often flawed characters. Though he struggled a bit early in ... Read more »
Born: 12/28/1972 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (58)

Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur 2016 (Movie)

Vortigern Pendragon (Actor)

Black Sea 2015 (Movie)

Robinson (Actor)

Genius 2015 (Movie)

Thomas Wolfe (Actor)

Spy 2015 (Movie)

Bradley Fine (Actor)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dom Hemingway 2014 (Movie)

Dom Hemingway (Actor)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Young Writer (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Jonathan Banks (Actor)

360 2012 (Movie)

Michael Daly (Actor)

Anna Karenina 2012 (Movie)

Karenin (Actor)

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

Pitch (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

Alan Krumwiede (Actor)

Hugo 2011 (Movie)

Hugo's Father (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

Dr. John Watson (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007, 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Repo Men 2010 (Movie)

Remy (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

Dr John Watson (Actor)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

Imaginarium Tony 2 (Actor)

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

Milo Tindle (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Jack Burden (Actor)

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

Extras 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

Alfie (Actor)

Closer 2004 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Brad Stand (Actor)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

Lemony Snicket (Actor)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Sky Captain (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Errol Flynn (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Inman (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

Maguire (Actor)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

Gigolo Joe (Actor)

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

Vassili Zaitsev (Actor)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

Jude (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wisdom of Crocodiles 2000 (Movie)

Steven Griscz (Actor)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

Ted Pikul (Actor)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

Dickie Greenleaf (Actor)

Final Cut 1998 (Movie)

Jude (Actor)

Music From Another Room 1998 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

Lord Alfred Douglas (Actor)

Bent 1997 (Movie)

Stormtrooper (Actor)

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

Ethan (Actor)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

Billy Hanson (Actor)

Shopping 1996 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tailor of Gloucester 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Sleuth 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("A Bird in the Hand") (Director)

Biography

Plagued with being called a heartthrob and a Golden Boy, British actor Jude Law managed to develop into a respected actor known for tackling challenging and often flawed characters. Though he struggled a bit early in his career to make a name for himself, Law finally burst onto the scene full force with his Oscar-nominated performance in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). From there, he was suddenly everywhere onscreen, playing a Russian sniper battling a Nazi sharpshooter during the Battle of Stalingrad in "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), a scarred assassin fond of photography in "Road to Perdition" (2002), and a Confederate soldier presumed dead and struggling to make in home in "Cold Mountain" (2003). Though he was often the subject of tabloid fodder due his trouble-plagued relationship with starlet Sienna Miller, Law oscillated between small indies like "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004) and "Breaking & Entering" (2006) and large-scale studio movies like "The Aviator" (2004) and "Sherlock Holmes" (2009). Regardless of his personal travails, which included a cheating scandal with his nanny and fathering a child with model Samantha Burke, Law nonetheless maintained his composure on his way to becoming one of the new millennium's top box office draws.

Relationships

Samantha Burke Head of Production

Companion
Briefly dated in 2009

Sophia Burke

Daughter
Born Sept. 22, 2009; mother, Samantha Burke

Sadie Frost Actor

Wife
Met in 1993 during the filming of "Shopping" (1994) Married Sept. 2, 1997 Mother of Law's three children Divorced Oct. 29, 2003

Kim Hersov

Companion
American; worked as an editor for Britain's Harper's Bazaar Dated in 2007 No longer together

Finley Kemp

Step-Son
Born c. 1990; son of Sadie Frost and Gary Kemp

Peter Law

Father
With wife, ran a fringe theater company in France

Maggie Law

Mother
With husband, ran a fringe theater company in France

Iris Law

Daughter
Born Oct. 25, 2000; mother, Sadie Frost Accidentally ingested a tablet of Ecstasy discovered at a children's party in the London club Soho House on Oct. 5, 2002; was treated and released in good health

Rafferty Law

Son
Born Oct. 6, 1996; mother, Sadie Frost

Rudy Law

Son
Born Sept. 10, 2002; mother, Sadie Frost; was born five weeks premature; Law rushed from the set of "Cold Mountain" (2003) to London to be with his wife and newborn

Natasha Law

Sister

Sienna Miller Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Alfie" (2004) in the fall of 2003 Became engaged on Christmas Day 2004 Split August 2005 after Law publicly acknowledged that he cheated with his children's nanny Relationship was on-again, off-again in 2006 Announced split in November 2006, blaming "fundamental differences" for the end of their three year relationship Rekindled their romance in late 2009 Ended their on-again, off-again romance in February 2011

EDUCATION

John Ball Primary School

Alleyn's School

Left school at 17 to pursue acting

Kidbrooke School

Milestones

2013

Cast as a psychiatrist who treats Rooney Mara's character in Steven Soderbergh directed thriller "Side Effects"

2012

Voiced Pitch the Boogeyman in animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians"

2012

Played Alexiei Karenin opposite Keira Knightley in feature adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," directed by Joe Wright

2011

Reprised Watson role in Ritchie's sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"

2011

Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"

2011

Cast in Martin Scorsese’s family adventure "Hugo"

2010

Co-starred in the futuristic thriller "Repo Men"

2009

Replaced the deceased Heath Ledger, portraying transformations of Ledger's character, in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

2009

Cast as Dr. Watson opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Guy Ritchie’s "Sherlock Holmes"

2009

Played the title role in London's West End production of "Hamlet"; production moved to Broadway in September 2009 at the Broadhurst Theatre; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Play

2007

Played the role of Milo Tindle, originally played by Michael Caine in the adaptation of the 1970 Tony Award-winning play "Sleuth," directed by by Kenneth Branagh; also produced

2007

Joined Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman in director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"

2006

Reunited with director Anthony Minghella to star in "Breaking and Entering"

2006

Played Jack Burden, the journalist narrator in the big-screen adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel "All the King's Men"

2004

Starred as an aviation officer opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

2004

Cast opposite Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Julia Roberts in "Closer," produced and directed by Mike Nichols

2004

Has a cameo role as Errol Flynn in Martin Scorsese's "Aviator"

2004

Starred in a remake of Bill Naughton's 1966 drama "Alfie," a role made famous by Michael Caine

2003

Played the lead in "Cold Mountain"; received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor

2002

Played an unscrupulous photographer and hitman in "Road to Perdition"

2002

Returned to the stage in a London production of "Doctor Faustus"

2001

Starred opposite Haley Joel Osment in Steven Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

2001

Co-starred with Ed Harris and Joseph Fiennes in the WWII drama "Enemy at the Gates"

1999

Played pivotal role of Dickie Greenleaf in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1999

Starred opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh in "eXistenZ," directed by David Cronenberg

1999

Acted on stage in London in "Tis Pity She's a Whore"

1999

Made directorial debut with the segment "A Bird in the Hand" of "Tube Tales"; screened at the London Film Festival

1998

Played a vampire in "The Wisdom of Crocodiles"

1998

Portrayed an actor in "Final Cut" who has died and left a videotape on which he discloses his true feelings about his friends

1998

Co-starred in "Music From Another Room"

1997

Had major supporting roles in "Gattaca" as a parlayzed man who sells his DNA

1996

Filmed first U.S. movie, starring opposite Claire Danes in "I Love You, I Love You Not"

1995

Was only member of British cast invited to reprise role when "Le Parents Terribles" was produced on Broadway (retitled "Indiscretions"); nominated for a Tony Award

1994

Originated role of Michael in the London production of Cocteau's "Les Parents Terribles"

1994

Made wide impression in feature film "Shopping"

1994

Starred in title role of Euripedes' "Ion" on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company

1993

Acted in an episode of the British telefilm "The Marshal"

1992

Toured Italy in production of "Pygmalion"

1992

Film acting debut in the short feature "The Crane"

1992

London stage debut in "The Fastest Clock in the Universe"

1991

U.S. TV debut in an episode of "Sherlock Holmes" aired on "Mystery!" (PBS)

1990

TV acting debut, "The Tailor of Gloucester"

1990

TV series debut as a teenage runaway in the British serial "Families"

1985

Joined the National Youth Music Theater at age 12

Formed Natural Nylon, a production company, with Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Sadie Frost and others

Raised in South London

Played the lead in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with National Youth Music Theater

Bonus Trivia

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Law was named after the Thomas Hardy character and the Beatles' song "Hey, Jude."

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"I model each character on me, really." – Law in Interview magazine, May 1995

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"I hope I'm more realistic than cynical. For all the insults that have been hurled on Generation X, we have a huge capacity to keep going, even though our heroes kill themselves, lovemaking is dangerous and famine and war are everywhere. But I think there are reasons to be optimistic. Hope is nothing if it's not tested." – Law in Newsday, June 4, 1995

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"I will go anywhere, play any role, if the part speaks to me, or the story has something new to say. I want to be acting until I'm 80." – Law quoted in Detour magazine, November 1996

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"To be honest, I've achieved everything I could ever have possibly dreamed of achieving. That may sound terribly arrogant. But when you're young, you go to the National Theatre with your parents and think, I'd love to be here. And then suddenly you are. It's a dream come true." – Law quoted in Empire magazine, July 1998

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"Keeping people guessing is the one obligation that you have to yourself and your audience." – Law quoted in the London Times, Oct. 9, 1999

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"I think he'll be a huge movie star. He shows this interesting tension between grace and danger. He has extraordinary charisma and lust for life, but he also has cruelty in him." – Anthony Minghella quoted in Daily News, Dec. 19, 1999

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"Jude is an extremely gifted, talented actor who happens to be beautiful and is starring in movies, but that's not what it's about for him. It's not about the glamour and looking pretty on screen." – Rachel Weisz quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Feb. 17, 2001

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For his role as a cold-blooded hit man in "Road to Perdition," Law's good looks had to be tapered to make him believable. His hairline was pushed back and he was given receding gums and rotted teeth to achieve this effect.

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"Maybe I do have this passion to just play weirdos. But I relish the challenge. I figure it would always be trickier to get offered those kinds of roles than the more obvious ones that perhaps I would suit." – Law to GQ magazine, July 2002

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"Jude Law is one of the most directable actors I've ever worked with, which is not to say that he doesn't have his own mind, because he does, or that he doesn't have his own wisdom, because he does. It's simply to say that he leaves all sense of himself somewhere away from the set. He's present and willing at all times." – Anthony Minghella to Interview magazine, December 2003

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"He's very sexy, he has charisma and this great, dry wit; he's incredibly charming and truly a brilliant actor. Jude somehow got it all. And he's a well-adjusted guy; I'm very envious of how together Jude is at such a young age. If a director gets the chance to work with him, he should jump. It's like a vacation." – Charles Shyer who directed Law in "Alfie" to Premiere magazine, March 2004

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Law was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2004.

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"He is a more sexually dangerous actor than many British actors. There is a mischief in him somewhere, and it's partly because he is one of the most handsome men on the planet. He is a beautiful boy with the mind of a man, a character actor struggling to get out of a beautiful body." – Anthony Minghella, who directed Law in "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley," as quoted to Vanity Fair, October 2004

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People magazine named Law the "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2004

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"Obviously he's gorgeous. But he's so bright, and he has an innate goodness about him." – Susan Sarandon, Law's co-star in "Alfie" to People, Nov. 29, 2004

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"Following the reports in today's papers, I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I've hurt Sienna and the people most close to us. I want to publicly apologize to Sienna and our respective families for the pain that I have caused." – Law's public apology (and to Sienna Miller) after his admitted affair with his children's nanny, quoted in People, Aug. 1, 2005

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