- Date of Birth:
- September 19, 1948
- 6' 2"
Jeremy Irons (born Jeremy John Irons in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England on September 19, 1948) is an English actor. After training at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he began his long career as a well-decorated TV, film, and stage performer. He rose to fame in the UK in 1981, when he took on the role of Charles Ryder in the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited and starred alongside Meryl Streep in the Academy Award nominated film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. He starred in several more films throughout the decade, most notably Dead Ringers. In 1990 he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Reversal of Fortune, and he followed up with Kafka, The Lion King, and Lolita, among others. He returned to TV in 2011 as Pope Alexander VI in the Showtime hit The Borgias, which was eventually canceled after three seasons. In 2014, it was announced that Irons would be the next Alfred Pennyworth in the yet-untitled Man of Steel sequel.
Best Known For: Jeremy Irons is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Reversal of Fortune, as well as for voicing the character Scar in The Lion King. He also played the infamous Humbert Humbert character in the 1997 version of Lolita, and has appeared in numerous London theatre productions.
Jeremy Irons married Irish actress Sinéad Cusack in 1978. The couple has two children — Sam, who works as a photographer, and Maximilian, who is also an actor.