Jeremy Irons

75, from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

Artwork for Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeImage of Jeremy Irons

Biography

Jeremy John Irons (born 19 September 1948) is an English actor and activist. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969 and has appeared in many West End theatre productions, including the Shakespeare plays The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard II. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, receiving the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Irons's break-out role came in the ITV series Brideshead Revisited (1981) and is frequently ranked among the greatest British television dramas as well as greatest literary adaptations. It would earn him a Golden Globe Award nomination. His first major film role came in the romantic drama The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. After starring in dramas, such as Moonlighting (1982), Betrayal (1983), and The Mission (1986), he was praised for portraying twin gynaecologists in David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Dead Ringers (1988). Irons has won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of the accused attempted murderer Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune (1990).

Irons had roles in Steven Soderbergh's mystery thriller Kafka (1991), the period drama The House of the Spirits (1993), the romantic drama M. Butterfly (1993), voiced Scar in Disney's The Lion King (1994), played Simon Gruber in the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1997) and Aramis in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). He starred in the action adventure Dungeons & Dragons (2000), played Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (2004), appeared in Being Julia (2004), the historical drama Kingdom of Heaven (2005), the fantasy-adventure Eragon (2006), the Western Appaloosa (2008), and the indie drama Margin Call (2011). In 2016, he appeared in Assassin's Creed and portrayed Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021).

On television, Irons appeared in the historical miniseries Elizabeth I, receiving a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. From 2011 to 2013, he starred as Pope Alexander VI in the Showtime historical series The Borgias. In 2019, he appeared as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias in HBO's Watchmen. He is one of the few actors who have achieved the "Triple Crown of Acting" in the US, winning an Oscar for film, an Emmy for television and a Tony Award for theatre. In October 2011, he was nominated the Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Timeline

2024Aged 76

  • Poster for The Beekeeper

    Wallace Westwyld

  • Poster for The Immortals: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio

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2023Aged 75

2022Aged 74

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    Neville Chamberlain

  • Poster for The Way of the Cheetah

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  • Poster for Living With Big Cats: Revealed

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  • Poster for Eye of the Leopard: Revealed

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  • Poster for Napoleon: In the Name of Art

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  • Poster for Birds Like Us

    Mi (voice)

  • Poster for Franco Zeffirelli: Rebel Conformist

    Self

  • Poster for Prisoners of Our Own History: The First Four Films of Roland Joffé

    Self (archive footage)

2021Aged 73

  • Poster for Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Poster for The Architects of Ancient Arabia

    Narrator

  • Poster for Armin Mueller-Stahl - Ein Gaukler in Hollywood

    Self

  • Poster for Marina Cicogna - La vita e tutto il resto

    Himself

  • Poster for Napoleone - Nel nome dell'arte

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    Rodolfo Gucci

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    Executive Producer

2020Aged 72

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  • Poster for Love, Weddings & Other Disasters

    Lawrence Philips

2019Aged 71

  • Poster for The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders

    Self - Host / Narrator (voice)

2018Aged 70

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    Vladimir Korchnoi

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    Garrison

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    Atticus

2017Aged 69

  • Poster for Their Finest

    Secretary of War

  • Poster for Justice League

    Alfred Pennyworth

2016Aged 68

  • Poster for I Wish For You

    Grandfather

  • Poster for Correspondence

    Ed Phoerum

  • Poster for DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League

    Self

  • Poster for Race

    Avery Brundage

  • Poster for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Poster for The Man Who Knew Infinity

    G. H. Hardy

  • Poster for The Sultan and the Saint

    Narrator

  • Poster for Assassin's Creed

    Alan Rikkin

2015Aged 67

2014Aged 66

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2013Aged 65

2012Aged 64

2011Aged 63

  • Poster for Margin Call

    John Tuld

  • Poster for The Last Lions

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2010Aged 62

2009Aged 61

  • Poster for The Pink Panther 2

    Avellaneda

  • Poster for The Chronoscope

    Narrator

  • Poster for Waking Sleeping Beauty

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Georgia O'Keeffe

    Alfred Stieglitz

  • Poster for The Power of the Powerless

    (Unknown)

2008Aged 60

2007Aged 59

  • Poster for Lynch 2

    Self

2006Aged 58

2005Aged 57

  • Poster for Gallipoli

    Narrator

  • Poster for Kingdom of Heaven

    Tiberias

  • Poster for Revisiting Brideshead

    Self

  • Poster for Casanova

    Pucci

2004Aged 56

  • Poster for Being Julia

    Michael Gosselyn

  • Poster for The Merchant of Venice

    Antonio

2003Aged 55

  • Poster for Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

    Self

  • Poster for The Hittites - A Civilization that Changed the World

    Narrator

2002Aged 54

  • Poster for The Time Machine

    Über-Morlock

  • Poster for Ohio Impromptu

    Reader / Listener

  • Poster for Last Call

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Poster for And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...

    Valentin Valentin

  • Poster for Callas Forever

    Larry Kelly

2001Aged 53

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    Jack Elgin

  • Poster for The Short Life of Anne Frank

    Narrator (English version)

2000Aged 52

  • Poster for Longitude

    Rupert Gould

  • Poster for Dungeons & Dragons

    Profion

1999Aged 51

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    The Shapeshifter (voice)

1998Aged 50

  • Poster for The Lolita Story

    Himself

  • Poster for The Man in the Iron Mask

    Aramis

1997Aged 49

  • Poster for Lolita

    Humbert Humbert

  • Poster for Chinese Box

    John

1996Aged 48

  • Poster for Stealing Beauty

    Alex Parrish

1995Aged 47

  • Poster for A Night to Die For

    Himself

  • Poster for Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Simon

  • Poster for The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies

    Self

1994Aged 46

  • Poster for Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for The Making of the Lion King

    Self

  • Poster for The Lion King

    Scar (voice)

1993Aged 45

  • Poster for M. Butterfly

    René Gallimard

  • Poster for The House of the Spirits

    Esteban Trueba

1992Aged 44

  • Poster for Waterland

    Tom Crick

  • Poster for Earth and the American Dream

    Reader (voice)

  • Poster for Tales from Hollywood

    Odon Von Horvath

  • Poster for Damage

    Dr. Stephen Fleming

1991Aged 43

  • Poster for The Beggar's Opera

    Prisoner

  • Poster for Kafka

    Kafka

1990Aged 42

  • Poster for Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Silly!

    himself

  • Poster for Reversal of Fortune

    Claus von Bülow

1989Aged 41

  • The Dream

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Danny the Champion of the World

    William Smith

  • Poster for A Chorus of Disapproval

    Guy Jones

  • Poster for Australia

    Edouard Pierson

1988Aged 40

  • Poster for The Making of Dead Ringers

    Self - Actor

  • Poster for Dead Ringers

    Beverly / Elliot Mantle

  • Poster for Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special

    Self

1986Aged 38

  • Poster for Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary

    Self

  • Poster for The Mission

    Father Gabriel

1985Aged 37

  • Poster for Night of 100 Stars II

    Self

  • Poster for The Statue of Liberty

    Self (voice)

1984Aged 36

  • Poster for Swann in Love

    Charles Swann

  • Poster for The Wild Duck

    Harold

1983Aged 35

  • Poster for Betrayal

    Jerry

1982Aged 34

  • Poster for Moonlighting

    Nowak

1981Aged 33

  • Poster for The French Lieutenant's Woman

    Charles Henry Smithson / Mike

1980Aged 32

  • Poster for Nijinsky

    Mikhail Fokine

1979Aged 31

1978Aged 30

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