Jonny Lee Miller

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Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller Comic-Con 2012 (cropped).jpg
Born Jonathan Lee Miller
(1972-11-15) 15 November 1972 (age 42)
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England
Citizenship United Kingdom, United States
Education Tiffin School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s)
Children 1
Relatives Bernard Lee (grandfather)

Jonathan "Jonny" Lee Miller (born 15 November 1972) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He achieved early success for his portrayal of Simon Williamson in the black comedy drama film Trainspotting (1996), before earning further critical recognition for his performances in Afterglow (1997), Mansfield Park (1999), The Flying Scotsman (2006) and Endgame (2009); for The Flying Scotsman he received a London Film Critics' Circle nomination for Actor of the Year.[1] He was also part of the principal cast in the films Melinda and Melinda (2004), Dark Shadows (2012) and Byzantium (2013). He has appeared in several theatrical productions on Broadway, most notably After Miss Julie and Frankenstein, the later of which earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor.[2]

Miller starred as the titular character in the ABC comedy-drama Eli Stone for which he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. This was followed by another starring role in the BBC costume drama Emma and a supporting role as Jordan Chase in the fifth season of the Showtime drama Dexter. He currently stars as Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama Elementary which earned him his second Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor.[3]

Early life[edit]

Miller was born on 15 November 1972 at Kingston upon Thames, Greater London. He was born the son of Anna Lee and Alan Miller and raised in the south west of London. He attended Tiffin School as a child and was influenced by his parents to start acting; they were both theatre actors and were involved in stage productions at the BBC.[4] He appeared in several school plays such as The Ragged Child and performed as part of the Tiffin Swing Band. He then joined the National Youth Music Theatre where he met fellow actor Jude Law. He left school at the age of sixteen after taking his GCSEs to pursue a career in acting.[4] His grandfather was actor Bernard Lee, who played M in the first eleven James Bond films, but Miller has admitted he remembers little of him as he was still young when he died.[4]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Miller made his television debut with an uncredited appearance in the BBC series Doctor Who at the age of eleven in the 1982 episode Kinda. The following year he appeared in Jemima Shore and had a role as Charles Price in the serial drama Mansfield Park. He then appeared in various televisions shows throughout the 1990s. These included two separate guest roles in the ITV procedural The Bill as well as single episode roles in the BBC drama Between the Lines and the medical drama Casualty. He also featured in Keeping Up Appearances, Inspector Morse and Minder. His first notable acting role came in the soap opera EastEnders where he played Jonathan Hewitt. Miller later revealed he had been offered a contract to remain on the show but declined: "It was five week's work and I made more money there than I ever had in my life. Then they offered me a year's contract. I said no, thank God. I thought I should get out of there while I still could."[4]

In 2003, Miller appeared in the BBC modernisation of The Canterbury Tales in the episode The Pardoner's Tale, and had a starring role as Lord Byron in the television film Byron. He then starred alongside Ray Liotta in the CBS drama Smith. However, the show was cancelled after only seven episodes. Miller was then cast as the titular character in the legal comedy-drama Eli Stone. The show ran for two seasons on ABC and he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. He then starred in the BBC costume drama Emma as George Knightley. He then had a guest role as Jordan Chase in the fifth season of the Showtime drama Dexter for which he received a nomination for Screen Actors Guild Award for being part of the main cast in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In early 2010, it was reported he was set to portray Rick Grimes in the television adaptation of the comic The Walking Dead. It was later revealed Andrew Lincoln had been cast.[5] In 2011, Miller auditioned for the role of Sherlock Holmes for an upcoming CBS adaption based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. He originally turned down the part as he feared it would be too similar to the BBC version Sherlock. However, after receiving the script he accepted the part and it was officially announced he would star in Elementary alongside Lucy Liu.[6] This earned him his second Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor.[3]

Film[edit]

He first starred in the film Hackers (1995), with Angelina Jolie, whom he married in 1996.[4] Shortly after Hackers, Miller was cast as Sick Boy in Trainspotting. He was suggested for the role by Ewan McGregor.[7] The accent he used in the film was so convincing that it led many people to incorrectly believe that he was Scottish.[7] Miller has stated: "I had to do a lot of work. I read and re-read the book and I pretended to be Scottish all the time I was in Glasgow, hanging around with Scots, picking up bits and pieces on the street and in bars. Everyone's been very encouraging and Danny thinks that I've got it about right. Of course, the others are from all over Scotland and have different accents themselves, so I've tried to just pick up a general, composite accent."[citation needed]

In 1997, he played Billy Prior in the film adaptation of Pat Barker's World War I novel Regeneration. In 2000, he played the Cameron Colley in Complicity, based on the book by Iain Banks. He costarred in the film Love, Honour and Obey as Johnny, a London street kid getting mixed up with a notorious British gangster. Also in 2000, he appeared as Simon Sheppard in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000. In 2005, he was considered for the role of James Bond, replacing Pierce Brosnan. The role eventually went to Daniel Craig. The following year, Miller portrayed cyclist Graeme Obree in The Flying Scotsman.

He was considered as the third teammate to join Ben Fogle and James Cracknell in Team QinetiQ for the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race in January 2009. He participated in training for the event in Norway, which was televised for a BBC2 documentary series On Thin Ice.[8] He was not able to attend the race due to filming commitments of Eli Stone being extended for a second season.[9] In 1997, he was involved with the creation and operation of Natural Nylon with friends Jude Law,[10] Sadie Frost, Ewan McGregor, and Sean Pertwee.[11] Natural Nylon folded in 2003.

Theatre[edit]

In March 2011, at the Royal National Theatre, he played both Victor Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Monster on alternate nights, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in a stage adaptation of Frankenstein.[12] Directed by Danny Boyle, the play was broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 17 March 2011 and additional dates throughout March and April.[13] He appeared in Tim Burton's 2012 film Dark Shadows. He also appeared on Broadway in a production of "After Miss Julie", with his performance receiving very positive reviews.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Miller married actress Angelina Jolie on 28 March 1996. They separated 18 months later,[4] and were divorced on 9 February 1999. He began dating actress and model Michele Hicks in 2006.[15] They married in July 2008 in Malibu, California.[16] The couple have one son, Buster Timothy Miller, born in December 2008.[16]

He is a marathon runner, often supporting the charity Mencap. Miller was signed up to run their 2006 Marathon des Sables, but had to drop out due to shooting the film Marathon.[17] He ran the 2008 London Marathon in 3:01:40.[18] He ran the 2010 New York City Marathon with his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter.[19]

In 2014, Miller became an advocate to finding treatment for the disease Sanfilippo syndrome, following a case with five-year-old Jonah Weishaar. He is set to address the Congressional caucus in Washington on behalf of rare disease organizations, in the hopes of securing financing to fund treatment research.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Dead Romantic Paul
1992 Goodbye Cruel World Mark Television movie
1993 Prime Suspect 3 Anthony Field Television movie
1993 Bad Company Michael Hickey
1993 Olly's Prison Smiler
1994 Meat Charlie Dyce
1995 Hackers Dade Murphy
1996 Trainspotting Sick Boy
1996 Dead Man's Walk Woodrow F. Call
1997 Afterglow Jeffrey Byron
1997 Regeneration 2nd Lt. Billy Prior
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Macleane
1999 Mansfield Park Edmund Bertram
2000 Love, Honour and Obey Jonny
2000 Complicity Cameron Colley
2000 Dracula 2000 Simon Sheppard
2002 The Escapist Denis Hopkins
2003 Byron Lord Byron
2004 Mindhunters Lucas Harper
2004 Melinda and Melinda Lee
2005 Æon Flux Oren Goodchild
2006 The Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Scottish Film
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Actor of the Year
2009 Endgame Michael Young
2012 Dark Shadows Roger Collins
2012 Byzantium The Captain

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Doctor Who Kinda child (uncredited) Episode: "Kinda: Part One"
1983 Jemima Shore Investigates Boy with dog Episode: "A Little Bit of Wildlife"
1983 Mansfield Park Charles Price 2 episodes
1990 Keeping Up Appearances Youth Episode: "Daisy's Toyboy"
1991 4 Play Dennis Turnbull Episode: "Itch"
1991 The Bill Simon Cooper Episode: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
1991 Inspector Morse Student Episode: "Greeks Bearing Gifts"
1991 Minder Auctioneer's assistant Episode: "Three Cons Make a Mountain"
1992 Between the Lines David Ringwood Episode: "The Only Good Copper"
1992 Casualty Matt Episode: "Tender Loving Care"
1992 Second Thoughts Chas Episode: "Short Change"
1993 The Bill Lee Gibson Episode: "Mighty Atoms"
1993 EastEnders Jonathan Hewitt 2 episodes
1994 Mystery!: Cadfael Edwin Gurney Episode: "Monk's Hood"
1996 Dead Man's Walk (TV series) Woodrow Call 3 Episodes
2003 The Canterbury Tales Arty Episode: "The Pardoner's Tale"
2006–2007 Smith Tom 7 episodes
2008–2009 Eli Stone Eli Stone 26 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
2009 Emma Mr. Knightley 4 episodes
2010 Dexter Jordan Chase 8 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2012–present Elementary Sherlock Holmes 49 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Television Actor – Action

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Beautiful Thing Ste Bush Theatre
1999 Four Knights in Knaresborough Brito Tricycle Theatre
2004 Festen Christian Almeida Theatre
2005 Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Adam Ambassadors Theatre
2009 After Miss Julie John American Airlines Theatre
2011 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
Frankenstein's Monster
Royal National Theatre

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebecca Sun. "Jonny Lee Miller Signs With UTA". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Harri Sargeant. "Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller win joint Olivier award". Hypable. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Gregg Kilday. "Satellite Awards Nominates 10 Films for Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Vicki Reid. "Jonny Lee Miller Interview". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Mike Moody. "Jonny Lee Miller for 'Walking Dead'?". Hypable. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  6. ^ JILL LAWLESS. "Why Jonny Lee Miller Originally Said No To 'Elementary'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Waldman, Allison (21 March 2008). "Jonny Lee Miller: In the Limelight". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ On Thin Ice (2009). [TV programme]. TwoFour Productions. [Transmitted: 29 June 2009].
  9. ^ Singh, Anita (4 April 2009). "Romola Garai to Play Emma in BBC's Latest Jane Austen Adaptation". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Reid, Vicki (3 October 2009). "Jonny Lee Miller: interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (12 January 2003). "Law leaves Nylon in limbo". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "A Monster Double Act for Danny Boyle's Frankenstein". Daily Mail. 29 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Frankenstein – Productions". Royal National Theatre. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Ng, David (23 October 2009). "Sienna Miller in 'After Miss Julie' on Broadway: What did the critics think?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Jonny Lee Miller moves on". Metro. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Jonny Lee Miller and Michele Hicks Welcome Son". People. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Jonny Lee Miller pulls out of marathon so he can film 'Marathon'". starpulse.com. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Flora London Marathon 2008 Results". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Wilson, Gemma (28 January 2011). "What's up, Jennifer Carpenter? The Gruesome Playground Injuries star on not having a backup plan". Broadway.com. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Unknown Author. "‘Elementary’ Star Jonny Lee Miller Works To Solve Sanfilippo Syndrome". CBS New York. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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