British actor born on September 19, 1948 in Cowes (Isle of Wight).
He studied at the Sherbourne School in Dorset, and began its relationship with the scene by enrolling at the prestigious Old Vic Theatre School. Two years was formed as a student and then joined the company of the school, where it was forged in the Shakespearean, but also in works of contemporary authors. In 1971 he moved to London, where would make his debut in the musical Godspell, playing Juan Baptist together with David Essex. Since then a hole in London's West End, was made at the time that began to appear on television in series such as The Pallisers (1974) or Love for Lydia (1978).
His first film appearance was in Nijinsky, a true story (1980), under the command of Herbert Ross, and the following year there would be film takeoff with the wife of the French Lieutenant (1981), adapted from the novel by John Fowles , directed by Karel Reisz. The story, which revolves around the filming of a movie set in the 19th century, was a critical and commercial success and earned five nominations to the Oscar, among which was that of Meryl Streep for best actress. The consolidation of Irons as an actor, however, came, interestingly, thanks to television; the series return to Brideshead (1981), based on the novel by Evelyn Vaughn, gave him the character of Charles Ryder, who initially was going to interpret his partner in the series, Anthony Andrews. Using as a springboard, a love of Swann (1984), a Franco-German co-production directed by Volker Schlöndorff (which won the BAFTA Award for best foreign film), Irons showed their possibilities within the drama, what made him ideal to play father Gabriel in the film from Roland Joffé, the Mission (1986), another international success that accompanied him Robert de NiroLiam Neeson and the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. Inseparable (1988), by David Cronenberg, gave him the opportunity, Furthermore, interpret two twin characters who kept the audience attentive to different personalities; the story was based on real-life twins Steven and Cyril Marcus, who were found dead in his Manhattan apartment, after swallowing a large amount of barbiturates. The fact was then picked up in the novel Twins, who wrote Bari Wood and Jack Geasland, published in 1977. Irons won the award at the Fantasporto best actor for this role. After this title other minor in nature, occurred both in cinema (Australia, 1989, Jean-Jacques Andrieu), as in television (Danny, champion of the world, 1989, who starred with his son Samuel and his father-in-law, Cyril Cusack). Mystery Von Bülow (1990), Barbet Schroeder, was based on the actual case and in the book that the Attorney for the defense, Alan J. Dershowitz wrote. The role of Klaus von Bülow the Oscar gave Irons best actor.
In the 1990s they hung up "the attractive man who liked smart women" label. Their choices were based on stories atypical, specializing not only in the drama, but in tormented characters. The Professor of the country's water (1992), Stephen Gyllenhaal, who has difficulties to engage with his students and his own wife; the Member of Parliament who falls passionately with the bride of his son in wound (1992, adaptation of the novel by Josephine Hart who directed Louis Malle); or the French diplomat who dismantles his life for love of an opera singer in M. Butterfly (1993), by David Cronenberg, china is not what it seems; they made Irons a claims and world-class actor. Actor is not private in his artistic career choose scripts that seemed to him most interesting, regardless of genre or impact. The own M. Butterfly or Lolita (1997, Adrian Lyne of the Nabokovclassic version) were not exempt from controversy. On the other hand, tempted animation lending her voice to the evil Scar King Lion (1994), Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff; and he became seasoned in the gym to embody another villain, the antagonist of Bruce Willis in the die hard III: revenge (1995), John McTiernam.
His works on the orders of European directors included the House of the spirits (1993), Bille August (adaptation of the novel by Isabel Allende) or stealing beauty (1996), by Bernardo Bertolucci, undoubtedly launch for the actress Liv Tyler vehicle. By this last Irons was nominated for the Golden Satellite for best actor. Another exotic jewel in his filmography was the Chinese box (1997), and Wayne Wang screenplay by Jean Claude Carrière, parable of the breakdown of Hong Kong with Great Britain and return to the Republic of China, embodied in the two characters played by Irons and actress Chinese Gong Li. Their titles closest to the commercial cinema in this decade were the man in the mask of iron (1998), Randall Wallace (next to an equally appealing cast, composed by John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne , or Leonardo DiCaprio); and dragons and dungeons (2000), Courtney Solomon, cinematic translation of the famous game of role.
The 21st century began to be especially fruitful for the actor, who took part in five titles, including: the machine of the time (2002), adaptation of the novel by H. g. Wells, carried out by his great-grandson, Simon Wells, who so far had been devoted to the animation; or Against the Current, which gives life to Scott Fitzgerald. And the orders of the Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli shared starring Fanny Ardant in Callas forever, a film depicting the decline of the last years of the great diva of bel canto.
Jeremy Irons is married to Sinéad Cusack, daughter of the actor Cyril Cusack, with whom he has two children: Maximilian and Samuel. With his wife he has worked in the country's water and stealing beauty.
His last works were Matilde (2004); The merchant of Venice (2004); Knowing Julia (2004), which shared the limelight with a splendid Annette Bening; and the medieval epic from Ridley Scott the Kingdom of heaven.
In May 2005, William Shakespeare (popularly known as "Will") received the award for his work in the classical theater. Precisely that same year premiered a tragicomedy of the Stratford-upon-Avon, the merchant of Venice, who refused to be brought to the big screen for cinema (his apparent anti-Semitism did not facilitate it) and that was filmed by Michael Radford; in it she plays convincingly Antonio, and is measured with a great Al Pacino in the role of Shylock.
1980: Nijinsky. 1981: The French lieutenant's woman. 1982: Clandestine work. 1983: The Wild Duck; The risk of betrayal. 1984: A love of Swann. 1985: Rabbit Ears: The Steadfast Tin Soldier. 1986: The mission; The Statue of Liberty; Kate Bush: The Whole Story. 1988: Inseparable; Lovable seducer. 1989: Australia. 1990: The mystery von Bülow. 1991: Zebracka Opera; Kafka, the hidden truth. 1992: From Time to Time; The country of water; Wound. 1993: M. Butterfly; The House of the spirits. 1994: King Lion (voice). 1995: die hard: the revenge. 1996: Stealing beauty. 1997: Chinese box; Lolita. 1998: The man in the iron mask. 1999: Poseidon completo Fury: Escape from The Lost City (voice); Faeries (voice). 2001: Dragons and dungeons; The fourth angel; The time machine. 2002: And now, ladies and gentlemen; Callas forever. 2004: Mathilde; The merchant of Venice; Meeting Julia.2005: the Kingdom of heaven; The merchant of Venice.
Works for television
1962: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.1969: Sesame Street.1971: Play Away (series). 1974: The Pallisers (series); Notorious Woman (series). 1975: The Liberty Tree. 1978: Langrise Go Down; Love For Lydia (series). 1979: The Voysey Inheritance. 1982: Return to Brideshead (series). 1983: The Captain completo Doll. 1988: Sesame Street Special. 1989: Danny, champion of the world. 1990: The Civil War (series). 1994: The Lion King: A Musical Journey with Elton John; Russia completo Last Tsar (storyteller). 1996: The Great War (series). 1999: CTS: Toronto. 2000: Longitude; Night of a Thousand Shows; The Beatles Revolution; Ohio Impromptu. 2001: The Kenneth Center Honors. 2002: Callas forever.