Jeremy Irons trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and joined the Company in 1969, staying three years. In the West End he played in Godspell and Simon Gray’s The Rear Column (Clarence Derwent Award), and The Caretaker and Much Ado About Nothing at the Young Vic. He played in Wild Oats, The Rover, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and the King in Richard II for the RSC. Over sixty film credits include The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981); The Mission (1986); Dead Ringers (1988); Reversal of Fortune (Golden Globe, Emmy and the Academy Award for best Actor); Damage (1992); M.Butterfly (1993) and Lolita (1997). He voiced Scar in The Lion King (1994), and played Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). His more recent film work includes Margin Call (2011); Night Train to Lisbon (2013); The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) and the soon to be released Red Sparrow (2018). His television credits include Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited, and Lord Dudley in Elizbeth I with Helen Mirren for which he won a SAG Award, his second Golden Globe and Emmy. In The Borgias (2011) he played Pope Alexander, and portrayed Henry IV in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown directed by Richard Eyre . In Europe he has been awarded a Cesar and the Premio Europa Per Il Teatro Award. He is an Officier des Artes et Lettres. Additionally, he produced and appeared in TRASHED, Candida Brady’s award-winning environmental documentary . He played Professor Higgins opposite Kiri te Kanawa at the Royal Albert Hall and sang Noel Coward at the Last Night of the Proms. He won a Tony for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (1983) opposite Glenn Close and played in Christopher Hampton’s Embers (2006) and as Macmillan in the National Theatre’s Never So Good (2008) . His recording of the Complete Works of T.S. Eliot will be released in March this year. In 2016 he first performed the role of James Tyrone as part of the Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary. Irons is glad to be back at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, where he originally appeared in Godspell in 1972.
He is Patron of the Prison Phoenix Trust and the Hope Foundation, and Chancellor of Bath Spa University. GO BACK