|Born||Jeremy Philip Northam
1 December 1961
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Liz Moro (April 2005 – div. 2009?)|
He is best known for his roles in the films Gosford Park, Emma, Amistad, The Winslow Boy, Enigma, Martin and Lewis, Happy, Texas, The Golden Bowl, Creation and as Thomas More in the Showtime series The Tudors. Most recently, he starred in the BBC Two drama White Heat.
Northam was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, the youngest of four siblings. His mother, Rachel (née Howard), was a potter and professor of economics, and his father, John Northam, was a professor of literature and theatre, as well as being an Ibsen specialist and lecturer (first at Clare College, Cambridge and later at Bristol). Northam was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Bedford College, University of London (BA English 1984) now part of Royal Holloway, University of London, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He married Canadian film/television make-up artist Liz Moro in April 2005, though they later divorced.
Screen and stage
Northam performed at the Royal National Theatre – he replaced Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of Hamlet (1989), and won the Olivier Award in 1990 for "most promising newcomer" for his performance in The Voysey Inheritance.
He made his American film debut in The Net, but has appeared frequently in British films such as Carrington (1995), Emma (1996), The Winslow Boy (1999), An Ideal Husband (1999), Enigma (2001) and as Welsh actor and singer Ivor Novello in Gosford Park (2001).
In 2002 he starred in the film Cypher alongside Lucy Liu. That same year, he portrayed singer Dean Martin in the CBS film Martin and Lewis and golfer Walter Hagen in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius in 2004. In 2007 and 2008, he portrayed Thomas More on the Showtime series, The Tudors. He played John Brodie Innes in the 2009 film Creation, based on the life of Charles Darwin.
His audiobook work includes The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis for Harper Audio and A Death Divided by Clare Francis for Macmillan. For SilkSoundBooks, he recorded The Real Thing and Other Short Stories and The Aspern Papers, both written by Henry James. He recorded the audio book Dark Matter, a ghost story by Michelle Paver, in September 2010. It was released on 21 October 2010, by Orion.
In the Gosford Park soundtrack, Northam sings the Ivor Novello songs "And Her Mother Came Too", "What a Duke Should Be", "Why Isn't It You", "I Can Give You the Starlight" and "The Land of Might Have Been" accompanied by his brother Christopher on piano.
- Edward Voysey, The Voysey Inheritance, National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1989
- Also appeared in productions of School for Scandal and The Shaughraun, National Theatre Company.
- Osric, then later title role, Hamlet, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1989
- The Three Sisters, 1991
- The Way of the World, 1992
- Philip, The Gift of the Gorgon, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit (theatre), London, 1992
- Elomire, La Bête, Really Useful Theatre Company, 1993
- Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1994
- Mr. Horner, The Country Wife, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, 1994
- Obstetrician, Certain Young Men, Almeida Theatre, London, 1999
- Old Times, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2004
- Jeremy Northam at the Internet Movie Database
- Jeremy Northam at the British Film Institute's Screenonline