Jeremy John Irons (born September 19 1948) is an English film, television and stage actor. He has won an Academy Award, a Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
The role which brought him fame was that of Charles Ryder in the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited in 1981. 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.
Almost as a 'lap of honour' 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.
In 2005, Irons won both an Emmy award and a Golden Globe award for his supporting role in the TV mini-series, Elizabeth I. A year later Irons was one of the participants in the third series of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? In 2008 he played Lord Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic, an adaptation for Sky One.
He is also known for playing the evil wizard Profion, along with Bruce Payne as Damodor, in the 2000 film, Dungeons and Dragons, from Time Warner studio New Line Cinema. The film was also based on the Tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons.
He played the Über-Morlock from the movie The Time Machine (2002). In 2004, Irons played Severus Snape in Comic Relief's Harry Potter parody, "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan". Irons and Alan Rickman (who plays Snape in the Harry Potter film series), played the Gruber brothers, Simon and Hans, respectively, in the Die Hard film series.
In 2005, he appeared in the films Casanova opposite Heath Ledger, and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven. He has co-starred with John Malkovich in two movies; The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and Eragon (2006), though they did not have any scenes together in Eragon.
One of his best known film roles has turned out to be the voice of Scar in The Lion King (1994). Irons has since provided voiceovers for two Disney World attractions. He narrated the Spaceship Earth ride, housed in the large geodesic globe at Epcot, and voiced H.G. Wells in the English version of the former Disney attraction The Timekeeper.
He was originally to star as the Phantom in a 2006 French musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera, though the project was canceled. He will be the narrator for Val Kilmer and Bill Pullman's brand-new Lewis and Clark movie from Revolution Studios.
Research to find 'the perfect voice' has indicated that Irons's voice is one of the best.
Irons has contributed to other musical performances, recording William Walton's Façade with Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and in 1997 the songs from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, released on the Decca label.
Jeremy Irons also has a full song named "Be Prepared" that takes part in the movie The Lion King. This song can be found in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie.
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.
He is also the patron since 2002 of the Thomley Activity Centre, an Oxfordshire non-profit activity centre for disabled children. Irons owns Kilcoe Castle (which he had painted a rusty pink) in County Cork, Ireland, and has become involved in local politics there. He also has another Irish residence near Kilmainham, Dublin. Irons is a patron of the Chiltern Shakespeare Company. He is a fan of English football club Portsmouth F.C..
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 of which he is an active patron.
|1981||The French Lieutenant's Woman||Charles Henry Smithson/Mike||BAFTA Award nomination|
|1981||Brideshead Revisited||Charles Ryder||BAFTA Award nomination|
|1983||The Wild Duck||Harold|
|1984||Swann in Love||Charles Swann|
|1986||The Mission||Father Gabriel||Golden Globe nomination|
|1988||A Chorus of Disapproval||Guy Jones|
|Dead Ringers||Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle|
|1990||Reversal of Fortune||Claus von Bülow||Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama|
|1991||The Beggar's Opera||Prisoner|
|1992||The Timekeeper||H.G. Wells|
|Damage||Dr. Stephen Fleming|
|1993||M. Butterfly||René Gallimard|
|The House of the Spirits||Esteban Trueba|
|The Lion King||Scar||voice; Annie Award for Best Achievement for Voice Acting|
|1995||Die Hard: With a Vengeance||Simon Gruber|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||Aramis|
|1999||Poseidon's Fury: Escape from the Lost City||Poseidon||voice|
|2000||Dungeons & Dragons||Profion|
|2001||The Fourth Angel||Jack Elgin|
|2002||Callas Forever||Larry Kelly|
|2002||Last Call||F.Scott Fitzgerald|
|2003||The Time Machine||Über-Morlock|
|And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...||Valentin Valentin|
|Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Himself|
|The Merchant of Venice||Antonio|
|Being Julia||Michael Gosselyn|
|Kingdom of Heaven||Tiberias|
|2006||Inland Empire||Kingsley Stewart|
|Elizabeth I||Robert Dudley||television miniseries|
|2008||The Colour of Magic||Havelock Vetinari||television miniseries|
|The Magic 7||Thraxx (voice)||recorded in the early 1990s|
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