Jason Flemyng

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Jason Flemyng
Jason Flemyng.jpg
Jason Flemyng, 2011
Born Jason Iain Flemyng
(1966-09-25) 25 September 1966 (age 47)
Putney, London, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Elly Fairman (2008-present)

Jason Iain Flemyng[1] (born 25 September 1966) is an English actor.

Flemyng is known for his film work, which has included roles in British films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), both for Guy Ritchie, as well as Hollywood productions such as Rob Roy (1995), the Alan Moore comic book adaptations From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He has also appeared in prominent roles in both theatre and television in the UK. Flemyng can speak fluent French, and has made three films in that language.[2] He won the Best Actor Award at the Geneva Film Festival for his role in 1996's Alive and Kicking.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Flemyng was born in Putney, London, the son of Scottish television and film director Gordon Flemyng.[2] He decided he wanted to become an actor after appearing in theatrical productions at his school, Christ's Hospital in Sussex. "I always wanted to be an actor," he later told the BBC. "From the time I fancied a girl who played Dorothy in the school production of The Wizard of Oz. I auditioned for the role of the scarecrow so that I could have the most stage time with her, but she ended up running off with the tin man!"[4]

In the 1980s, he was involved with the National Youth Theatre and the political organisation the Young Socialists.[2] He also became involved with the Labour Party's Militant tendency, and was expelled from Labour in 1987 for selling the Militant newspaper.[2] Flemyng has subsequently claimed that both his theatrical and political activities at this time were simply a way of meeting girls.[2] In 1990 he was admitted to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where he was a classmate of Hermione Norris.[4] Following his graduation from LAMDA in the early 1990s he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.[2]

Television and film work[edit]

One of his first prominent roles on screen was a guest appearance in the American television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1992.[5] He was then a regular in the ITV drama series Doctor Finlay from 1993 to 1996.[2]

His first film appearance was in the 1994 version of The Jungle Book.[2] His first major cinema role was in Angela Pope's 1996 drama Hollow Reed, where he played a child abuser, followed by a main role in Guy Ritchie's popular 1998 London gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Flemyng later claimed to have lost so much money while playing poker with the film's backers in between takes on set that he had to work on the four days of re-shoots the film required for no fee.[6] He went on to appear in films such as The Red Violin and Deep Rising (1998), Snatch (2000), George A. Romero's Bruiser (2000) and Rock Star (2001).[5] Flemyng also starred in the short film Feeling Good, written by Dexter Fletcher, whom he met while working on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

In the early 2000s he featured in two big-budget Hollywood films which were adaptations of Alan Moore comic books; as John Netley in 2001's From Hell, with Johnny Depp, and 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with Sean Connery, in which Flemyng played Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.[7] The latter film was not a success, but Flemyng commented that: "It was a bit of a nightmare... the film cost a fortune and didn't make back the money it was meant to... But I still get a huge kick out of doing films like that and From Hell. Any day you walk onto a set and Sean Connery or Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt is there has to be a good day."[7]

In parallel with his film career, Flemyng has continued to take various television roles. He told BBC News Online in 2004 that: "Of the 40 feature films I've made, 15 of them failed to make it onto the screen and have only ever been seen by cast and crew. It is very frustrating when a film you really believe in remains unseen. That's not a problem with television. If you're a painter you don't paint a picture and then stick it under the bed – you want people to see it."[7] In 2005 he played the famous science-fiction role of Professor Bernard Quatermass when digital television channel BBC Four produced a live remake of the 1953 serial The Quatermass Experiment.[8] In 2005 he also played the part of Dimitry, a Russian ex-biological weapons specialist, in Transporter 2, where he was briefly reunited with Jason Statham.

In 2009, Flemyng joined the cast of the ITV science fiction cult drama series Primeval during its third series, as maverick ex-policeman Danny Quinn.[9] He received top billing as the series' new star, taking over from Douglas Henshall. In March 2010 Flemyng earned a lead role as Cpl. Callow in the war/horror film The 4th Reich.[10]

On 15 August 2010, it became public that he had been cast in the role of Azazel in the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn.[11]

In 2011, Flemyng reprised his character of Danny Quinn in the last episode of Primeval 's fourth series, it is said that he would return as Danny Quinn one last time before the finale of the shows fifth series.

In 2012, he starred in I Give It a Year (released in Feb 2013), as the bride's brother-in-law in a British romcom by Working Title.[12]

After two years Jason just completed work on the feature film 'The Journey' on which he also serves as Producer, in which he plays Ozzy. The film was written especially for him and took two years to complete, it was filmed in Greece and London and is directed by Lance Nielsen [13][14]

Personal life[edit]

For nine years, Flemyng and actress Lena Headey ("300", "Game of Thrones", "Dredd") were a couple; the relationship ended in 2001.[15] Flemyng married Elly Fairman in the summer of 2008, in Tuscany, Italy.[16] Flemyng enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Doctor Finlay Dr. David Neil TV Series: 12 Episodes
1994 The Jungle Book Lt. John Wilkins
1995 Rob Roy Gregor
1996 Stealing Beauty Gregory
1996 Hollow Reed Frank Donally
1996 Alive and Kicking Tonio originally released as Indian Summer
1997 The James Gang Frank James
1997 The Life of Stuff Willie Dobie
1997 Spiceworld: The Movie Brad
1997 The Temptation of Franz Schubert Franz von Schober TV
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Tom
1998 The Red Violin Frederick Pope
1998 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Alec D'Urberville TV
1998 Deep Rising Mulligan
1999 Alice in Wonderland The Knave of Hearts TV
1999 Tube Tales Luke Segment: Mr Cool
2000 Snatch Darren
2000 Bruiser Henry Creedlow
2001 Anazapta Nicholas
2001 The Body Father Walter Winstead
2001 From Hell John Netley
2001 Mean Machine Bob Likely
2001 The Bunker Cpl. Baumann
2001 Rock Star Bobby Beers
2002 Below Stumbo
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
2004 Lighthouse Hill Charlie Davidson
2004 Aaltra L'Anglais à la moto
2004 Atomik Circus – Le retour de James Bataille James Bataille
2004 When I'm 64 Little Ray TV
2004 Drum Jim Bailey
2004 Layer Cake Crazy Larry
2004 Seed of Chucky Santa
2004 Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Lawrence Redding TV
2005 A Woman in Winter David
2005 Faith Martin TV
2005 Transporter 2 Dimitri
2005 The Quatermass Experiment Professor Bernard Quatermass TV
2005 The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag Jim Corbett TV
2006 Pu-239 Vlad
2006 Rollin' with the Nines Capt. Fleming
2006 Losing Gemma Zac TV
2006 Telling Lies Jack Munro
2006 Backwaters Jason Weiss
2007 Stardust Primus
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Brian Cervier
2007 The Riddle Don Roberts CEO
2008 Mirrors Larry Byrne
2008 Shifty Glen
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Thomas Button Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 Solomon Kane Malachi
2009 Primeval Danny Quinn TV Series: 9 Episodes (2009–2011)
2009 City of Life Guy Berger
2010 Clash of the Titans Acrisius
2010 Kick-Ass Lobby Goon
2010 The Social Network Spectator Uncredited
2010 Ironclad Beckett
2011 Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors Narrator TV series documentary
2011 X-Men: First Class Azazel
2011 Jack Falls Damien
2011 Hanna Sebastian
2011 Lost Christmas Frank
2012 Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation Rob Hart Swedish film
2012 Great Expectations Joe Gargery
2013 I Give It a Year Hugh British film
2013 Welcome to the Punch Harvey Crown British thriller
2013 Sunshine on Leith
2014 Viy Jonathan Green Russian-Ukrainian film
2014 The Musketeers Vadim Series 1 Episode 2 "Sleight of Hand"
2014 Top Dog Dan
2014 Gemma Bovery Charles Bovery Post-production
2014 The Missing Mark

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Covell, Adge (2004). "Martin – Jason Flemyng". StainforthOnline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 April 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  3. ^ Jason Flemyng biography and filmography: Mirrors Actor. Tribute.ca. Retrieved on 30 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Jason Flemyng plays Little Ray". bbc.co.uk. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Brett, Anwar (10 October 2003). "Jason Flemyng – The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Jason Flemyng". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c Bishop, Tom (4 August 2004). "Actor Flemyng tackles age drama". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "The Quatermass Experiment". bbc.co.uk. 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Ben Miller ('Primeval')". Digital Spy. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  10. ^ Jason Flemyng Goosesteps His Way to The 4th Reich
  11. ^ Mortimer, Ben (15 August 2010). "Jason Flemyng Joining X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "I give it a year next year". www.stephenmerchant.com. Nov 22, 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ thejourneythemovie.com
  14. ^ http://www.discoveraegina.gr/en/aegina-blog/2369/
  15. ^ lena-headey.com
  16. ^ News from Jase, 1/31/08 in Messages from Jason Forum. Jasonflemyngfans57164.yuku.com. Retrieved on 30 April 2011.
  17. ^ Inside Story: Marathon Man

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