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Jeremy Irons Actor Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons works in both theatre and film. In 1971 he joined Bristol Old Vic repertory company where he gained experience working in everything from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas. He landed role of John the Baptist in the hit musical Godspell. He went on to a succesfull early career in the West End theatre and on TV. His work in the West End and at Stratford culminated with his performance of Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1980 the BBC offered him a starring role in the TV serial adaption of Evelyn Waugh’s ”Brideshead Revisited”. He starred opposite Meryl Streep in the The French Lieutenants’s Womas (1981), and played a Polish blue collar worker Moonlighting (1982). In 1984 he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s ”The Real Thing” opposite Glenn Close, for which he won both the Drama League Award and the Tony Award for best actor. In the mid 80’s he and his wife appeared in three lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In David Cronenberg’s thriller Dead Ringers (1988) he portrayed two twin gynecologists who slowly but surely drifts into psychological illness. This won him the New York Critics Best Actor Award. He then won the Academy Award for best Actor for his portrayal of suspected killer Klaus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). He went on to play paranoid insurance clerk in Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller KAFKA (1991), appeared together with his wife as a history teacher plagued by childhood memories in Waterland (1992) and a conservative English politician who has a very unhealthy affair with his son’s girlfriend in Damage (1992). Jeremy Irons has played a variety a roles from his portrayal as a Hispanic aristocrat in The House of Spirits (1993) alongside Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, to the delightfully sinister voice of scar in Disney’s animation The Lion King (1994). Most recently he has starred in The Merchant of Venice (2004), alongside Al Pacino and Joseph Fiennes. When he is not working Jeremy enjoys horseback riding, sailing, skiing and motorcycling. He is also partron of the Prison Phoenix Trust, the Archway Foundation and Action for Sick Children.

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