JJeremy John Irons was born on September19, 1948, in Cowes, on The Isle of Wight, which is a small island off the coast of England. The son of a tax consultant, he was not very fond of figures. His parents split up when he was 15 and before becoming an actor, he considered a career as a veterinary surgeon. A lover of horses, he became an accomplished rider as a teenager. He trained at the British Old Vic School for two years before joining the repertory company where he gained much experience working in everything from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas. In 1971, he moved to London where he worked at a number of odd jobs before landing the lead role of John The Baptist in the hit musical, “Godspell.”
His early career was successful, both in the West End Theater and on television. His screen debut came in 1980 with his performance in “Nijinsky.” He received international attention in the early 1980s with a starring role in the BBC television serial adaptation of “Brideshead Revisited.” This performance cemented him as a leading man in the eyes of producers, and his film career has been steady ever since. In 1984, he debuted on Broadway opposite Glen Close in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” and won a Tony for his outstanding performance. For his work in David Cronenberg’s twisted, true-to-life tale of twin gynecologists, “Dead Ringers”(1988), he won the New York Critics “Best Actor Award”. He won an Oscar for “Best Actor” in 1990 for his superb portrayal of Claus von Bulow in “Reversal of Fortune.”
Jeremy Irons has been married to actress, Sinéad Cusak, since 1978 and the couple has two sons, Samuel and Maximilian. Known for his aggressive and industrious work ethic, Jeremy Irons continues to make as many films as he can, much to the adoration of his many, many fans.
Keep up the good work, Jeremy. Your public loves you!