Jeremy Irons
British actor
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many London theatre productions including The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Godspell and Richard II. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.
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Man of the World: Home Is Anywhere Jeremy Irons Drapes His Scarf
NYTimes - 3 months
The actor doesn’t miss his castle in Ireland. Just give him a scarf, a guitar and his trusty terrier, and he’s perfectly content.
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Star Trek to Mars--50 Years Goes By in a Flash
Huffington Post - 4 months
Fifty years ago I celebrated my bar mitzvah, the traditional coming-of-age ceremony for Jewish males at the age of 13. While its origin is spiritual, gifts--to be honest--do play a role in the day, and in my day it was an often repeated joke at such events: "Today I am a fountain pen." Truth be told, I did (and still do) like fountain pens, but I was more interested in what passed for tech in those days. At an early age, I had built my own crystal radio; I had an early version transistor radio; I was obsessed with space exploration; and I loved the local planetarium. So my number one present request--the gift I would have done anything for--was a small TV...a Sony with a 3.5-inch screen like my friend BJ had gotten for his bar mitzvah. However, my late father was the rabbi and he nixed that idea. Shrinks aside, my gifts were more of the spiritual sort. LOL...this is not a grouse piece. On the contrary, as I realized that 50 years had passed and I remembered that little T ...
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Ubisoft announces Gamescom line-up: 'South Park,' 'Watch Dogs 2,' more
Yahoo News - 7 months
French video game company Ubisoft has announced its roster for Cologne's giant annual expo, Gamescom, and it includes everything from "Watch Dogs 2" to "South Park: The Fractured But Whole," with a virtual reality "Star Trek" game also present. Ubisoft is giving the "Assassin's Creed" franchise time to breathe, but a movie starring Michael Fassbender and Jeremy Irons is set for release December 21.
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Newcomer Talitha Bateman Shines in "So B. It" Movie -- a Heartbreaking Story that Will Leave You Smiling
Huffington Post - 9 months
Talitha Bateman. Tuck that name away in your memory palace. The teenage actor gives a brave, eye-opening performance in So B. It, a poignantly sweet yet funny movie, a tale about love, loss, and reconnecting with what matters most in life -- family and being authentic. Bateman, who was 13 at the time of filming, is a dynamo, and her acting in one money shot when she falls apart bawling from the very depths of her soul will break anyone's hardened heart. So B. It, which is based on author Sarah Weeks' book, premieres at the LA Film Festival on June 7. It's directed by illustrious Stephen Gyllenhaal, and has a sterling veteran cast of performers including Alfre Woodard, John Heard and Cloris Leachman, as well as Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett and Dash Mihok. It's a great talent mix that was brought together by casting director Richard Hicks (Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity) to work on the type of "wonderful movie script that doesn't get made much anymore," suggests producer J. To ...
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Sometimes Tom Hiddleston Apologizes For Almost Punching People On Set
Huffington Post - 9 months
Tom Hiddleston is used to flashy fight sequences. In the three Marvel movies he's made (and the fourth one that will shoot this summer), these elaborately choreographed scenes are staged in front of green screens. We may panic watching Loki dangle from the side of the rainbow bridge in Asgard, but obviously no children, small animals or hunky Internet boyfriends were harmed in the making of the "Thor" films. Hiddleston's latest movie, "High-Rise," is far less action-driven, and perhaps that's why the movie's fight scene was far more dangerous. Or at least he was worried it would be.  HIddleston plays Dr. Robert Laing, a 1970s pathologist who moves into a chic, full-service London apartment tower seized by a dystopian class structure. In the 40-story building, the privileged reside in the top half, while the underclass is relegated to the bottom floors. The besuited Laing moves to the 25th story following the death of his wife, and he is quickly invited to opulent parties thrown ...
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‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ Stars on the Real Ramanujan
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons stop by the WSJ Cafe to talk about their new film.
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Jeremy Irons at your service as Alfred, a very different butler in 'Batman v Superman'
Chicago Times - 11 months
As long as there is a Batman, there will be an Alfred. And as the caped crusader transformed from Watusi-dancing crimefighter into a frightening vigilante, so did the caretaker of the cape and cowl. The first rotund, bowler-hatted Alfred introduced in the 1943 comic "Batman No. 16" would no doubt...
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That Voice -- Remembering Alan Rickman
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Not been a great week, folks. I saw a tweet this morning that suggested we should call an early end to it and head over to the pub to drown our sorrows. The news of actor Alan Rickman's passing from cancer at the age of 69 has left me inclined to agree. Between him and David Bowie earlier this week, we're losing too many of our heroes. People we were never going to meet and who never knew of our own existence but still occupy that special place in our hearts reserved for family. Alan Rickman was a compelling actor for whom no one ever seemed to have a bad word, either in regard to his work or the man himself. And yet it's surprising to know that for someone who provided so many indelible, endlessly quotable screen moments, he was never nominated for an Academy Award, never broke out of the character actor mold for a really meaty lead part, never achieved the level of stardom someone of his talents really deserved -- although by the reaction seen on social media, it's clear that he wa ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeremy Irons
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 67
    On 20 July 2016 Irons was announced as the first Chancellor of Bath Spa University.
    More Details Hide Details At the 1991 Tony Awards, Irons was one of the few celebrities to wear the recently created red ribbon to support the fight against AIDS, and he was the first celebrity to wear it onscreen. 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.
  • 2015
    Age 66
    He was also one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas at the 2015 UK general election.
    More Details Hide Details Irons, who supports a woman's choice to have an abortion having said that he believes that "women should be allowed to make the decision", nonetheless agreed with a pro-life advocate, being quoted as saying that "the church is right to say it’s a sin". He has been criticised in the British Medical Journal for his fundraising activities in support of The College of Medicine, an alternative medicine lobby group in the UK linked to Prince Charles.
    In November 2015, Irons supported the No Cold Homes campaign by the UK charity Turn2us.
    More Details Hide Details Irons was one of nearly thirty celebrities, which include 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 home warm in winter. In 1998, Irons and his wife were named in the list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party, a year after its return to government with Tony Blair's victory in the 1997 United Kingdom general election, after 18 years in opposition. In 2004, he publicly declared his support for the Countryside Alliance, referring to the 2004 Hunting Act as an "outrageous assault on civil liberties" and "one of the two most devastating parliamentary votes in the last century". Irons is an outspoken critic of the death penalty and has supported the campaign by the human rights organisation Amnesty International UK to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Among his arguments in 2007, Irons states the death penalty infringes on two fundamental human rights, the right to life, and no-one shall be subject to torture, adding that while the person accused of a crime may have abused those rights, to advocate the same be done to them is to join them.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In April 2013, Irons was asked by Huffpost Live host Josh Zepps his opinion on the fight for same-sex marriage in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Irons responded, "Could a father not marry his son?" Zepps responded with an argument that laws against incest prevent such a union. Irons argued that "it's not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed," and wondered whether same-sex marriage might allow fathers to bequeath their estates to their sons to avoid taxation. On the issue of advocates calling for same-sex marriage as opposed to civil unions, he said, "It seems to me that now they're fighting for the name," and, "I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that." He later clarified his comments, saying he was providing an example of a situation that could cause a "legal quagmire" under the laws that allow same-sex marriage, and that he had been misinterpreted. He added that some gay relationships are "healthier" than their straight counterparts.
    Irons provided the narration of the 2013 documentary "Sahaya Going Beyond" about the work of the charity Sahaya International.
    More Details Hide Details Irons is patron of London-based drama school, The Associated Studios.
  • 2011
    Age 62
    He was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    In 2010, Irons starred in a promotional video for "The 1billionhungry project" – a worldwide drive to attract at least one million signatures to a petition calling on international leaders to move hunger to the top of the political agenda.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    On 6 November 2008, TV Guide reported he would star as photographer Alfred Stieglitz with Joan Allen as painter Georgia O'Keeffe, in a Lifetime Television biopic, Georgia O'Keeffe (2009).
    More Details Hide Details Irons also appeared in the documentary for Irish television channel TG4, Faoi Lan Cheoil in which he learned to play the fiddle. On 12 January 2011, Irons was a guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called "Mask". He played Dr. Cap Jackson, a sex therapist. He reprised the role on an episode titled "Totem" that ran on 30 March 2011. Irons stars in the 2011 U.S. premium cable network Showtime's series The Borgias, a highly fictionalised account of the Renaissance dynasty of that name. Irons portrays patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, better known to history as Pope Alexander VI.
    Also in 2008, Irons was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Southampton Solent University.
    More Details Hide Details Along with his native English, Irons is also fluent in French.
    Irons was bestowed an Honorary-Life Membership by the University College Dublin Law Society in September 2008, in honour of his contribution to television, film, audio, music and theatre.
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    In 2008, two researchers, a linguist and a sound engineer, found "the perfect male voice" to be a combination of Irons' and Alan Rickman's voices based on a sample of 50 voices.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, the two actors played brothers in the Die Hard series of films. Speaking at 200 words per minute and pausing for 1.2 seconds between sentences, Irons came very close to the ideal voice model, with the linguist Andrew Linn explaining why his "deep gravelly tones" inspired trust in listeners. In 1985, Irons directed a music video for Carly Simon and her heavily promoted single, "Tired of Being Blonde", and in 1994, he had a cameo role in the video for Elastica's hit single "Connection". Irons has contributed to other musical performances, recording William Walton's Façade with Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale conducted by the composer, and in 1987 the songs from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, released on the Decca label. Irons sang segments of "Be Prepared" in the film The Lion King. After his voice gave out during toward the end of that musical number, Jim Cummings took over as Scar's singing voice.
    He made his National Theatre debut playing former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1957–1963) in Never So Good, a new play by Howard Brenton which opened at the Lyttelton on 19 March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Irons appeared on Broadway opposite Joan Allen in the play Impressionism. The play ran through 10 May 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Irons has had extensive voice work in a range of different fields throughout his career. He read the audiobook recording of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (he had also appeared in the 1997 film version of the novel), and James and the Giant Peach by the children's author Roald Dahl. One of his best known film roles has turned out to be lending his distinctive voice to Scar in The Lion King (1994) serving as the main antagonist of the film. Irons has since provided voiceovers for three Disney World attractions. He narrated the Spaceship Earth ride, housed in the large geodesic globe at Epcot in Florida from October 1994 to July 2007. He was also the English narrator for the Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic at the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. He voiced H. G. Wells in the English language version of the former Disney attraction The Timekeeper. He also reprised his role as Scar in Fantasmic. He is also one of the readers in the 4x CD boxed set of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, produced by Marc Sinden and sold in aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund.
    In 2008, Irons co-starred with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa, directed by Harris.
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    In 2008 he played Lord Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic, an adaptation for Sky One.
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  • 2005
    Age 56
    In 2005, Irons won both an Emmy award and a Golden Globe award for his supporting role in the TV mini-series, Elizabeth I.
    More Details Hide Details A year later Irons was one of the participants in the third series of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?
  • 1999
    Age 50
    To mark the 100th anniversary of Noël Coward's birth, Irons sang a selection of his songs at the 1999 Last Night of the Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, ending with "London Pride", a patriotic song written in the spring of 1941 during the Blitz.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Irons played Fredrik Egerman in a New York revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and two years later appeared as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot at the Hollywood Bowl. He performed the Bob Dylan song "Make You Feel My Love" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. In 2009, Irons appeared on the Touchstone album Wintercoast, recording a narrative introduction to the album. Recording took place in New York City, New York in February 2009 during rehearsals for his Broadway play Impressionism.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 42
    On 23 March 1991, Irons hosted Saturday Night Live on NBC in the US, and appeared as Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock Holmes' Surprise Party sketch.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After an absence from the London stage for 18 years, in 2006 he co-starred with Patrick Malahide in Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation of Sándor Márai's novel Embers at the Duke of York's Theatre.
    In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    After these major successes, in 1982 he played the leading role of an exiled Polish building contractor, working in the Twickenham area of South West London, in Jerzy Skolimowski's independent film Moonlighting, widely seen on television, a performance which extended his acting range.
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  • 1981
    Age 32
    Irons' first major film role came in the 1981 romantic drama The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details After starring in dramas such as Moonlighting (1982), Betrayal (1983) and The Mission (1986), he gained critical acclaim for portraying twin gynaecologists in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers (1988). In 1990, Irons played accused murderer Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune, and took home multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor. Other notable films have included Steven Soderbergh's mystery thriller Kafka (1991), the period drama The House of the Spirits (1993), the romantic drama M. Butterfly (1993), the voice of Scar in Disney's The Lion King (1994), Simon Gruber in the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), the drama Lolita (1997), Musketeer Aramis in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the action adventure Dungeons & Dragons (2000), the drama The Merchant of Venice (2004), the drama Being Julia (2004), the epic historical drama Kingdom of Heaven (2005), the fantasy-adventure Eragon (2006), the Western Appaloosa (2008), and the indie drama Margin Call (2011).
  • 1980
    Age 31
    Irons made his film debut in Nijinsky in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared sporadically in films during the 1980s, including the Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Mission in 1986, and in the dual role of twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers in 1988. Other films include Danny the Champion of the World (1989), Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, Kafka (1991), Damage (1993), M. Butterfly (1993), The House of the Spirits (1993) appearing again with Glenn Close and Meryl Streep, the voice of Scar in The Lion King (1994), portraying Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), co-starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996), the 1997 remake of Lolita, and as the musketeer Aramis opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1998 film version of The Man in the Iron Mask.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    He married Irish actress Sinéad Cusack on 28 March 1978.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons, Samuel "Sam" Irons (b. 1978), who works as a photographer, and Maximilian "Max" Irons (b. 1985), also an actor. Both of Irons's sons have appeared in films with their father – Sam as the eponymous hero in Danny, Champion of the World and Max in Being Julia. Irons's wife and children are Catholic; Irons has also been described as a practising Catholic. But of himself, he has stated, "I don't go to church much because I don't like belonging to a club, and I don't go to confession or anything like that, I don't believe in it. But I try to be aware of where I fail and I occasionally go to services. I would hate to be a person who didn't have a spiritual side because there's nothing to nourish you in life apart from retail therapy."
  • 1974
    Age 25
    He made several appearances on British television, including the children's television series Play Away and as Franz Liszt in the BBC 1974 series Notorious Woman.
    More Details Hide Details More significantly he starred in the 13-part adaptation of H.E. Bates' novel Love for Lydia for London Weekend Television (1977), and attracted attention for his key role as the pipe-smoking German student, a romantic pairing with Judi Dench in Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of Aidan Higgins' novel Langrishe, Go Down for BBC television (1978). The role which brought him fame was that of Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (1981). First broadcast on ITV, the show ranks among the greatest British television dramas, with Irons receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Brideshead reunited him with Anthony Andrews, with whom he had appeared in The Pallisers seven years earlier. In the same year he starred in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman opposite Meryl Streep.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    Irons married Julie Hallam in 1969 and subsequently divorced.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 13
    Irons was educated at the independent Sherborne School in Dorset from circa 1962 to 1966.
    More Details Hide Details He was the drummer and harmonica player in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1948.
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