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Jeremy Irons
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Irons in July 2015
Born
Jeremy John Irons

19 September 1948 (1948-09-19) (age 71)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Julie Hallam
(m. 1969-1969, divorced)
Sinéad Cusack
(m. 1978–present)
Children Samuel, Max

Jeremy John Irons (born 19 September 1948) is an English theater and movie actor. The movies in which he has starred include Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).

Early work

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Jeremy Irons 2014

Irons trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and later became president of its fundraising appeal. He performed a number of plays, and busked on the streets of Bristol, before appearing on the London stage as John the Baptist and Judas opposite David Essex in Godspell, which opened at the Roundhouse on 17 November 1971 before transferring to Wyndham's Theatre, playing a total of 1,128 performances.

Irons has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company three times in 1976, 1986–87 and 2010. After years of success in the West End in London, Irons made his New York debut in 1984 and won a Tony Award for his Broadway performance opposite Glenn Close in The Real Thing.

Charity work

Jeremy Irons - Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 2013
Jeremy Irons - Berlin International Film Festival 2013

He is the Patron of the "Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue" which is a life saving United Nations recognised disaster response search and rescue team and registered Charity. It is based in his home County of Oxfordshire, England. He supports a number of other charities, including the Prison Phoenix Trust in England, and the London-based Evidence for Development which seeks to improve the lives of the world’s most needy people by preventing famines and delivering food aid, for both of which he is an active patron.

Irons was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2011.

In November 2015, Irons supported the No Cold Homes campaign by the UK charity Turn2us. Irons was one of nearly thirty celebrities, who included Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie and Ed Sheeran, to donate items of winter clothing to the campaign, with the proceeds used to help people in the UK struggling to keep their homes warm in winter.

Personal life

Irons married Julie Hallam in 1969, but they divorced later that year. He married Irish actress Sinéad Cusack on 28 March 1978. They have two sons. Both of Irons' sons have appeared in films with their father. He owns Kilcoe Castle near Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland and had the castle painted pink. He also has another Irish residence in The Liberties of Dublin, as well as a home in his birth town of Cowes and a house and barn in Watlington, Oxfordshire. Irons is fluent in French.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Nijinsky Mikhail Fokine
1981 French Lieutenant's Woman, TheThe French Lieutenant's Woman Charles Henry Smithson/
Mike
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1981 Brideshead Revisited Charles Ryder
  • Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
  • Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1982 Moonlighting Nowak
1983 Betrayal Jerry
1984 Wild Duck, TheThe Wild Duck Harold
1984 Swann in Love Charles Swann
1986 Mission, TheThe Mission Father Gabriel Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1988 Chorus of Disapproval, AA Chorus of Disapproval Guy Jones
1987 My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
1988 Dead Ringers Beverly Mantle/
Elliot Mantle
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
  • Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
  • Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1989 Australia Edouard Pierson
1989 Danny, the Champion of the World William Smith
1990 Reversal of Fortune Claus von Bülow
  • Academy Award for Best Actor
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1991 Beggar's Opera, TheThe Beggar's Opera Prisoner
1991 Kafka Kafka
1992 Timekeeper, TheThe Timekeeper H.G. Wells
1992 Waterland Tom Crick
1992 Damage Dr. Stephen Fleming
1993 M. Butterfly René Gallimard
1993 House of the Spirits, TheThe House of the Spirits Esteban Trueba
1994 Spaceship Earth Narrator
1994 Lion King, TheThe Lion King Scar (Voice)
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Simon Gruber
1996 Stealing Beauty Alex Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1997 Chinese Box John
1997 Lolita Humbert Humbert
1998 Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask Aramis
1999 Islands of Adventure: Poseidon's Fury: Escape from the Lost City Poseidon voice actor
2000 Dungeons & Dragons Profion
2000 Longitude Rupert Gould Television series (4 episodes)
2001 Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth Angel Jack Elgin
2001 Beckett on FilmOhio Impromptu Reader/
Listener
2002 Callas Forever Larry Kelly
2002 Last Call F. Scott Fitzgerald
2002 Time Machine, TheThe Time Machine Über-Morlock
2003 And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen Valentin Valentin
2003 Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites Voice
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Himself
2004 Mathilde Pukovnik Unprofora
2004 Merchant of Venice, TheThe Merchant of Venice Antonio
2004 Being Julia Michael Gosselyn Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2005 Gallipoli Gallipoli
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Tiberias
2005 Casanova Pucci
2006 Inland Empire Kingsley Stewart
2006 Eragon Brom
2006 Elizabeth I Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • Television miniseries
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Movie
2008 Colour of Magic, TheThe Colour of Magic Havelock Vetinari Television miniseries
2008 Appaloosa Randall Bragg
2009 Pink Panther 2, TheThe Pink Panther 2 Alonso Avellaneda
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Alfred Stieglitz
  • Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2011 Margin Call John Tuld
2011 Borgias, TheThe Borgias Rodrigo Borgia
  • Television series
  • Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2013 Beautiful Creatures Macon Ravenwood
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Alfred Pennyworth
2017 Justice League Alfred Pennyworth Post-Production

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