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Jeremy Irons

Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire. At the age of 13 he enrolled in Sherborne School, Dorset, where he was happy as he could practise his favorite sport, horse-riding. Before becoming an actor, he had considered a veterinarian surgeon's career.He trained at the Bristol Old Vic School for two years, then joined Bristol Old Vic repertory company where he gained much experience working in everything from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas. He moved to London in 1971 and had a number of odd jobs before landing the role of "John the Baptist" in the hit musical "Godspell". He went on to a successful early career in the West End theatre and on TV, and debuted on-screen in Nijinsky (1980). In the early 80s, he gained international attention with his starring role in the Granada Television serial adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel Brideshead Revisited (1981), after which he was much in demand as a romantic leading man. He went on to a steady film career. In 1984, he debuted on Broadway opposite: Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" and, in the mid-80s, he appeared in three lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.Once described as 'the thinking woman's pin up', he has made his name in thought provoking films such as David Cronenberg's Faux-semblants (1988), for which he won the New York Critics Best Actor Award. He gained a Golden Globe Award in addition to an Oscar for Best Actor in 1990 for his role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) alongside Glenn Close. Among his many achievements, his role as Professor Higgins in Loewe-Lerner's famous musical "My Fair Lady" mustn't be forgotten. It was in London, back in 1987.He is married to actress Sinéad Cusack, with whom he appeared in Waterland (1992) and in the Royal Shakespeare Company plays. He appeared with his son Samuel Irons and his father-in-law Cyril Cusack in the film Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (1989). His son Max Irons is also an actor.


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Born:
Sep 19, 1948 In Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
20
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series The Hollow Crown 2013-09-20

Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 25 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Hollow Crown
Poster of The Borgias
Poster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Poster of The Simpsons
Filmography
The Hollow Crown Henry IV 2 episodes, 2012 2013-09-20
The Borgias Rodrigo Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013 2011-04-03
Prohibition Unknown 2011-10-02
Elizabeth I Earl of Leicester / ... 2 episodes, 2005 2006-04-22
Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown 2004-10-12
American Chopper: The Series Unknown 2002-09-29
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
1914-1918 Siegfried Sassoon 3 episodes, 1996 1996
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Civil War Various 9 episodes, 1990 1990-09-23
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Brideshead Revisited Charles Ryder 11 episodes, 1981 1982-01-18
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
The Pallisers Unknown 1975-10-01
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21