Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Irish actor, model
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor and model. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors. He has been the face of several advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss fragrances.
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Review: Growing Up Fast in ‘London Town’ Amid Punk and Thatcherism
NYTimes - 5 months
The music of the Clash is a driving force in this film, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers appears as Joe Strummer.
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'Dracula's' Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall'
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Match Point," NBC's "Dracula"), Ron Perlman (the "Hellboy" movies), and Joey King ("White House Down") have joined "Independence Day" and "2012" director Roland Emmerich's upcoming gay rights drama "Stonewall."
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People's Choice Awards 2014: See the Complete List of TV, Movie, and Music Winners
US Magazine - about 3 years
For the people, by the people! The 2014 awards season kicked off in earnest on Wednesday, Jan. 8, with the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards -- for which you, the people, voted on your favorite movies, TV shows, albums, artists, and actors from 2013. Stars including Sandra Bullock, Justin Timberlake, Ian Somerhalder, Kaley Cuoco, and Jennifer Hudson gathered at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. to see who would take home awards in 58 categories -- including "Favorite TV Bromance," "Favorite Movie Duo," and "Series We Miss Most." Check out the complete list of nominees and winners below. PHOTOS: What the stars wore to the People's Choice Awards Favorite Streaming Series  Arrested Development  Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis  House of Cards  Losing It with John Stamos  **Orange Is the New Black  Favorite Cable TV Drama  Downton Abbey  Pretty Little Liars  Sons of Anarchy  **The Walking Dead  White Collar  Favorite TV Gal Pals  Caroline & Max (2 Broke Girls)  Lily ...
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Drac is Back
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From Hammer to The Hunger, Twilight to True Blood, when it comes to screen memes, vampires really do seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. But I'll confess that when I heard that Sky Living were going to screen a lavish new adaptation of Dracula made for NBC, I was initially sceptical. And my cynicism only deepened on discovering that Jonathan Rhys Meyers was playing the title role, despite being a good 30 years too young and attractive for Stoker's Count. But that was before I saw the opening sequence. The breaking open of the ancient underground tomb, and the reawakening of the famished and fossilised vampire really were a tour de force. But could they keep it up? Could they really add anything new to such a tired old tale? And the answer - rather to my surprise - is yes. There is, in fact, a rather delicious contemporary knowingness about the whole thing, from the Dan Brownesque brotherhood of shady industrialists, to the sly suggestion that Jack the Ripper was really Jack t ...
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula' Salary Delayed by NBC Amid Addiction Concerns (Kim Masters/Hollywood Reporter) - over 3 years
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter: Jonathan Rhys Meyers' ‘Dracula’ Salary Delayed by NBC Amid Addiction Concerns  —  The troubled star, who's been in and out of rehab, was made to wait for a substantial part of his $100,000-per-episode pay until after production ended.  —  Dracula star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is one of the industry's more troubled talents.
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers takes a bite out of 'Dracula'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON (AP) — Sexy monsters are a bit of a specialty for Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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Dracula Q&A: Victoria Smurfit On Working With Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Squeezing Into Corsets
Access Hollywood - over 3 years
While filming NBC’s new Friday night drama “Dracula” in Budapest recently, actress Victoria Smurfit had an unusual neighbor.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘Dracula’ With Jonathan Rhys Meyers on NBC
NYTimes - over 3 years
Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the title character in “Dracula,” a new vampire drama on NBC.     
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'Dracula' Won't Suck You In -- Yet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nearly 13 years ago, one of my guilty pleasure movies hit theatres: "Charlie's Angels." It starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as Charlie's newest angels, and I loved every second of it, so much so that I own it (and its sequel) on DVD. It's fun and fluffy, sure, but then, about a half-hour or so in, viewers were treated to the flick's first fight scene (in the alley where the girls fought the Creepy Thin Man) and I remember being completely blown away because it was so unexpected. It transformed "Charlie's Angels" from cheesy remake to a bona fide action buddy flick. Something similar happens in another story, this time made for television. The timing seems right for Dracula to hit the small screen, what with the success of vampires and all, but is it too little, too late? With Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the starring role -- it's more like better late than never. Sort of. It's the 19th century, thank goodness. ("Sleepy Hollow" does modern well, but I don't know if our ...
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‘Grimm’, ‘Dracula’ webisodes tease supernatural series
LATimes - over 3 years
Eisbiber Bud, played by Danny Bruno, on “Grimm.” (NBC) NBC’s new supernatural duo of “Grimm” and “Dracula” doesn’t kick off until Oct. 25, but fans of both can get glimpses of what’s to come with new webisodes that delve into each show’s mythology. Fans of “Grimm” know that Dammerzustand, or zombies, are the newest danger in the Portland-set drama, with last season’s finale showing them overrunning the heroes. The undead invasion is spotlighted in “Grimm: Meltdown.” The series features refrigerator repairman Bud, an Eisbiber (rodent-like creature played by Danny Bruno) who faces off against zombies in his repair shop and has to call for help. It’s something many of the supernatural Wesen creatures are reluctant to do.               For “Dracula,” the show itself may not have a following since it hasn’t premiered, but the character, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is, of course, known to fans the world over, bringing its own brand of cachet to television. On the Web, “Dracula ...
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The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones: Of aliens who alienate
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is adapted from the first of the series of books by Cassandra Clare but hardly does justice to the text. Its makers should have tapped into richer human stories that we, mere mortals, can relate to. Directed by Harald Zwart, this 130-minute box office failure is set in present-day New York City and stars Clary (Lilly Collins), a young girl who discovers, after a murder at a pub, that she actually belongs to the clan of shadow-hunters, half angels, who kill demons. These supernatural beings cannot be seen by ‘mundane’ humans. A subplot is the love story: Clary’s best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) secretly harbours feelings for her. After the discovery that she is a shadow-hunter, Clary’s primary agenda is to search for her mother, also a shadow-hunter, who has gone missing. Her mission is to find the magical artifact, the mortal cup, which her mother had hidden to protect it from the villains. As Clary embarks ...
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New and notable TV shows premiering this fall
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Capsule descriptions of many of the new shows, documentaries and movies heading your way this fall: Joss and Jed Whedon team with Marvel on a fantasy action series about a team of super-agents battling aliens and other weird cases. Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), former softball all-star, is a newly single mom who takes on coaching a team of "Bad News Bears" Little Leaguers. Sitcom vehicle for Aussie comic wunderkind Rebel Wilson, who gets a new job and attracts the attention of a handsome attorney who likes large women. Somewhat darker spin-off of "Once Upon a Time," focusing on Alice's descent through the rabbit hole and into a CGI Wonderland. Malin Akerman plays the sexy, younger new wife of Bradley Whitford's character and finds herself having to deal with the baggage of his two ex-wives. Feature TV film about the first Doctor Who, William Hartnell, played by David Bradley, created as part of BBC America's celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who," to be marked with a spec ...
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Talking With Mortal Instruments Star Jamie Campbell-Bower On The Red Carpet
CNN - over 3 years
I'm getting super excited about the new movie Mortal Instruments: City of Bones after interviewing some of the stars at the Red Carpet Premier in Hollywood.  All of them gave glimpses about their characters, screen chemistry and what it takes to get this major film ready for it's worldwide fans.    Jamie Campbell-Bower batted his baby blues and I was ready to swoon over this young man who's been in major blockbusters from Harry Potter to Twilight but he's taking center stage as Jace Wayland a half-angel warrior fighting to save the world from demons as a Shadowhunter.  From what I've seen it's pretty physically demanding so I had to ask what did he do to get in fighting shape for all those fight scenes.      The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones   Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to prot ...
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New 'Mortal Instruments' Trailer: Rune The Day You Messed With Clary Fray
MTV News - over 3 years
With the August 21 release date of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" looming large, this week has been positively bursting with Shadowhunter-related releases, including the film's soundtrack listing (Demi Lovato! Jessie J! Zedd!) and an admission from star Jamie Campbell Bower that sequel "City of Ashes" will begin filming in September. Add to the list a new trailer from Yahoo!, and we couldn't ask for much more. (Except an early screening, of course. Get at us, Sony!) Now, we've reached the point in the promotion cycle where there's not much fresh footage left to reveal without giving away, you know, the entire movie. That being said, this trailer does serve up a few tasty morsels worth chewing on. For one, we've loving this close-up (above) of Clary (Lily Collins) sketching a shirtless Jace—runes included. Our heroine may not be a physical match for the Shadowhunters just yet, but if you've read the Cassandra Clare novel upon which the film is based, you know she has oth ...
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Mark Your Calendars!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NBC's 2013-2014 premiere dates are set! The Peacock network is gearing up for an action-packed TV season, kicking off at the end of September. “The Michael J. Fox Show” will debut with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Sept. 26 after an hour-long Season 6 premiere of "Parks and Recreation" at 8:00. Then, "Parenthood" moves to its new Thursday at 10 p.m. timeslot with the return of Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli, Sarah Braverman's (Lauren Graham) boss-turned-paramour. The following week, on Oct. 3, there will be half-hour episodes of "Parks & Rec" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" in their regular 8:00 and 9:30 timeslots respectively, paving the way for the debuts of "Welcome to the Family" at 8:30 and "Sean Saves the World" at 9:00. The James Spader-fronted FBI drama "The Blacklist" will debut on Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m., immediately following the Season 5 premiere of "The Voice," which will see original coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green reunite with Adam ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • 2015
    Age 37
    In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Meyers had begun filming the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, in Morocco alongside John Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Jurgen Prochnow, with Meyers in the lead role as Ari Ben Sion.
    More Details Hide Details Meyers will portray Patrick Pearse, a political activist and one of the leaders of the bloody 1916 Irish Easter Rising, in the centennial commemoration biopic film The Rising, written and produced by Kevin McCann. The film is set to be released on St Patrick's Day, 2016.
    Meyers appeared in the 2015 film Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich.
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    On October 23, 2014 he received The Irish Post Legend Award at the London Hilton on Park Lane in recognition of his remarkable achievements in Film & Television over the previous twenty years.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    It was also announced in May 2013 that Jonathan was to participate in the recording of his brothers' album entitled "Blossom" which was released on 21 April 2014.
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    In 2013, Meyers was cast as Dracula, in NBC's television series Dracula alongside Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jessica De Gouw.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    On 5 October 2008, Rhys Meyers received an Honorary Patronage from the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin.
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    In February 2008, he became a celebrity ambassador for the Cork-based charitable organisation The Hope Foundation.
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  • 2007
    Age 29
    In the 2007 music drama August Rush, he performed on-screen as singer-songwriter Louis Connelly and is credited for four songs on the soundtrack – "Break", "Moondance", "Something Inside", and "This Time".
    More Details Hide Details Of the four, "This Time" and "Break" were considered in the Best Original Song category of the 80th Academy Awards. "This Time" was not released as a single but peaked at number 84 in the Canadian Hot 100. Besides acting, Jonathan has also modelled for several clothing companies. He modelled for Club Monaco in 2001 and was chosen as the face for the Versace men's collection of Autumn/Winter 2006 and Spring 2007, and he was the face of the Hugo Boss men's fragrance range from 2006 until he was replaced with Jared Leto in 2011. He is signed to Independent Models in London.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequent projects include August Rush (2007) and The Children of Huang Shi (2008), Shelter and From Paris with Love (2010) In 2011, he starred in Belle du Seigneur (an English-language film adaptation of Albert Cohen's novel) as Solal des Solal. The movie was released in Russia on 29 November 2012 and in France on 19 June 2013 after premiering at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. A self-taught singer and guitarist, he has appeared in a number of musical roles. His first such role was as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine; two of the songs he sang ("Baby's on Fire" and "Tumbling Down") are on the film's soundtrack. He sang briefly in the TV miniseries version of The Magnificent Ambersons, performed in studio scenes of the miniseries Elvis and played the flute in Gormenghast.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    From 2004 until 2012, Meyers was in a relationship with Reena Hammer, daughter of makeup artist Ruby Hammer.
    More Details Hide Details Per unconfirmed media reports, Meyers checked into a rehabilitation facility seeking treatment for unspecified substance abuse in 2005. In 2007, Meyers' representative, Meredith O'Sullivan, confirmed that, "After a non-stop succession of filming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-treatment programme." On 20 November 2007, his mother, Mary Geraldine "Geri" O'Keeffe, died at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, aged 51, following a short, undisclosed illness. Her funeral was attended by "hundreds of mourners" including film director Neil Jordan and actors Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell. In February 2009, Meyers reportedly went into rehab again. His representative confirmed Meyers was again receiving treatment in 2010. In November 2011, Meyers was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a judgment of a suspended sentence for public intoxication 24 months earlier.
    He co-starred in 2004 in Oliver Stone's epic Alexander.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he starred in Woody Allen's drama Match Point (2005), for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.
    More Details Hide Details Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley alongside Randy Quaid as Colonel Tom Parker, but didn't sing for his role in the miniseries. The latter earned him an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win. He starred in the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors (2007) as Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role. He played a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998), a dedicated girls' football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), in Vanity Fair (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon.
  • 1996
    Age 18
    In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character's ambusher.
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  • 1977
    He was born 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland, to Geraldine (née Myers; 1957–2007) and folk musician John O'Keeffe.
    More Details Hide Details His family is Roman Catholic. His three brothers are all professional musicians. He attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School in Cork. After being expelled from North Monastery at 14 for truancy, he spent much of his time working and socialising in pool halls. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted him at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition. Although passed over for War of the Buttons, the casting agents encouraged him to pursue a career in acting. His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994).
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