Jared Francis Harris
24 August 1961
Jared Francis Harris (born 24 August 1961) is an English-American actor. His roles include Lane Pryce in the AMC television drama series Mad Men, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; David Robert Jones in the science fiction series Fringe; King George VI in the historical drama series The Crown; Anderson Dawes on the science fiction series The Expanse; Captain Francis Crozier in the AMC series The Terror; and Valery Legasov in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He has also had significant supporting roles in films such as Mr. Deeds (2002), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Lincoln (2012), and Allied (2016). In 2021 he will play a main role in the Apple TV+ science fiction series Foundation.
Harris was born in Hammersmith, London, one of three sons of Irish actor Richard Harris and his first wife, Welsh actress Elizabeth Rees-Williams. His younger brother is actor Jamie Harris, his older brother is director Damian Harris, and his maternal grandfather was politician David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore.
Harris was educated at Ladycross School, a former preparatory boarding independent school in the coastal town of Seaford in East Sussex, as were his brothers Jamie and Damian. He says, "They were famous for discipline, with cold showers every morning", and that "You were never known by your first name there. You were either called by your number, or your last name. Since there were three of us, Damian was 'Harris Ma' for major. I was 'Harris Mi' for minor, and Jamie was 'Harris Minimus,' being the youngest and the smallest". He then attended Downside School, a Catholic boarding independent school in the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse (near the market town of Shepton Mallet) in Somerset, in South West England. He went on to Duke University in the U.S., graduating in 1984 with an MFA in drama, then returned to England to train as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1989.
Harris began his film career directing Darkmoor (1983), an unfinished feature-length film for Duke University's Freewater Films. His first film appearance as an actor was in The Rachel Papers (1989). He played the role of the aged Will Robinson in the movie adaptation of the television series Lost in Space. Harris played Dr. Charles Ashford in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Benmont Tench in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and Kenneth Branagh's character's doppelgänger in How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog.
Other notable roles include King Henry VIII in the 2003 film adaptation of the novel The Other Boleyn Girl. He also portrayed Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol and John Lennon in the television movie Two of Us (2000). He played Vladimir in the black comedy drama film Happiness (1998), written and directed by Todd Solondz. He played the gruff Captain Anderson in the BBC2 adaptation of To the Ends of the Earth; Mac McGrath in the movie Mr. Deeds; Eamon Quinn on the FX series The Riches; and David Robert Jones on Fringe. One of his more recent film roles was Ulysses S. Grant in the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln. He played Lane Pryce in Mad Men from 2009 until 2012 and returned to the series to direct the 11th episode of season 7, which aired in 2015.
His portrayal of King George VI in the first season of The Crown received praise from critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who stated that despite the series' large ensemble, "Harris still manages to communicate the character’s understated sensitivity and awareness of his circumscribed role in England’s drama so poignantly that one can’t help being moved by the performance".
He played Captain Francis Crozier in the 2018 series The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons novel of the same name that provided a fictional account of the fate of Franklin's lost expedition. In November 2018, Harris was one of the first recipients of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Louie Kamookak Medal, awarded "for making Canada's geography better known to Canadians and to the world", for his portrayal of Captain Crozier. Harris said that he was "gratified" that the series inspired curiosity about the real expedition, remarking, "It’s sort of fitting that history will recall that it was the RCGS that first recognized The Terror, and that we as the recipients walked in the footsteps of Louie Kamookak."
In 2019, Harris played Valery Legasov in the acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl, which revolves around the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and the cleanup efforts that followed. For that role he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. The series was produced by HBO in the United States and Sky UK in the United Kingdom.
In March 2019, Harris joined Jared Leto in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Morbius. He will play the developer of psychohistory "Hari Seldon" in the upcoming Foundation television series produced for Apple TV+ (2021). In March 2021, Harris was announced to have joined the cast of the biographical drama film Rothko, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Harris married Jacqueline Goldenberg in 1989; they divorced in the early 1990s. On 16 July 2005, Harris married actress Emilia Fox, the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David, and filed for divorce in January 2009; the divorce was finalised in June 2010.
In April 2009, Harris met Allegra Riggio, a lighting designer and TV host, at a comedy club where a mutual friend was performing. They married on 9 November 2013. Harris resides in Los Angeles.
|1989||The Rachel Papers||Geoff|
|1992||Far and Away||Paddy|
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||British Lieutenant|
|1992||The Public Eye||Danny the Doorman|
|1994||Natural Born Killers||London Boy|
|1995||Dead Man||Benmont Tench|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Jimmy Rose|
|1995||Tall Tale||Head Thug Pug|
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Andy Warhol|
|1996||Gold in the Streets||Owen|
|1997||White Lies||Jacob Reese|
|1998||B. Monkey||Alan Furnace|
|1998||Lost in Space||Older Will Robinson|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Alvin Shine||uncredited|
|1999||Lush||W. Firmin Carter|
|1999||The Weekend||John Kerr|
|2000||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||False Peter|
|2000||Shadow Magic||Raymond Wallace|
|2002||Mr. Deeds||Mac McGrath|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Russel|
|2003||I Love Your Work||Yehud|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Basher's Engineer|
|2004||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||Dr. Charles Ashford|
|2005||The Notorious Bettie Page||John Willie|
|2006||Lady in the Water||Goatee Smoker|
|2006||Cracked Eggs||Joe||Short film|
|2008||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Captain Mike|
|2008||From Within||Bernard Wilburn|
|2009||Tales of the Black Freighter||Ridley||Voice|
|2010||Extraordinary Measures||Dr. Kent Webber|
|2010||The Ward||Dr. Gerald Stringer|
|2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Professor James Moriarty|
|2012||Lincoln||Ulysses S. Grant|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Hodge Starkweather|
|2013||The Devil's Violinist||Urbani|
|2014||The Quiet Ones||Professor Joseph Coupland|
|2014||The Boxtrolls||Lord Charles Portley-Rind||Voice|
|2015||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Adrian Sanders|
|2016||Certain Women||William Fuller|
|2016||The Last Face||Dr. John Farber|
|2019||Robert the Bruce||John Comyn|
|1995||New York Undercover||Seth Baines||Episode: "The Highest Bidder"|
|2000||Two of Us||John Lennon||Television movie|
|2003||Without a Trace||Father Walker||2 episodes|
|2003||The Other Boleyn Girl||King Henry VIII||Television movie|
|2005||To the Ends of the Earth||Captain Anderson||3 episodes|
|2006||Coup!||Simon Mann||Television movie|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Robert Morten||Episode: "Svengali"|
|2007||The Shadow in the North||Axel Bellmann||Television movie|
|2008||The Riches||Eamon Quinn||5 episodes|
|2008–2012||Fringe||Dr. David Robert Jones||9 episodes|
|2009–2012||Mad Men||Lane Pryce||26 episodes |
Directed episode "Time & Life"
|2013||Axe Cop||King of England||Voice|
Episode: "An American Story"
|2015–2017||The Expanse||Anderson Dawes||7 episodes|
|2016||Robot Chicken||James Bond Villain||Voice|
Episode: "Joel Hurwitz Returns"
|2016–2017||The Crown||King George VI||6 episodes|
|2018||The Terror||Francis Crozier||10 episodes|
|2019||Chernobyl||Valery Legasov||5 episodes|
|2019||Carnival Row||Absalom Breakspear||8 episodes|
|The Beast Must Die||George Rattery||Miniseries|
|1991||Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2||Henry "Hotspur" Percy||The Public Theater|
|1992||'Tis Pity She's a Whore||Soranzo||The Public Theater|
|1995||Ecstasy||Len||John Houseman Theater|
|1996||King Lear||Edmund||The Public Theater|
|2001||More Lies About Jerzy||Jerzy Kosiński||Vineyard Theatre|
|Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey|
|2003||Humble Boy||Felix Humble||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2005||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Vicomte de Valmont||Playhouse Theatre, London|
|2006||Period of Adjustment||Ralph Bates||Almeida Theatre|
Awards and nominations
- Nast, Condé. "Jared Harris's Charmingly British Reaction to Chernobyl's Emmy Noms: "Obviously One's Thrilled"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Gilbert, Gerard (11 March 2012). "Mad about the boy: Jared Harris divulges a few secrets from the set of Mad Men". Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Tight genes: Richard Harris's son finds his theatrical 'Voice'". The Irish Echo. 1 July 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- Hattenstone, Simon (1 May 2019). "Chernobyl's Jared Harris: My wife can't believe how I keep getting bumped off!". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
- Boedeker, Hal (17 November 2012). "'Lincoln': Look at all those TV actors; did you love the surprise?". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012.
- Seitz, Matt Zoller (3 November 2016). "Netflix's The Crown Is Tedious, But Anglophiles Will Like It". Vulture. Vox Media, LLC. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
- Pope, Alexander (5 November 2018). "Actor Jared Harris awarded RCGS' Louie Kamookak Medal". Canadian Geographic. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- Littleton, Cynthia. "HBO Sets 'Chernobyl' Miniseries to Star Jared Harris". Variety. Archived from the original on 12 May 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
- N'Duka, Amanda (5 November 2018). "Jared Harris Joins Jared Leto In Sony's 'Spider-Man' Spinoff 'Morbius'". Canadian Geographic. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- Wiseman, Andreas (5 March 2021). "'Rothko': Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct Art-World Drama With Russell Crowe, Aisling Franciosi, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, More — EFM Hot Package". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
- Paton, Maureen (22 November 2003). "Dad loved the anarchy that children bring". Telegraph.
- "The Fox Club". demon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
- "The Curious Benjamin Button Divorce". TMZ. 13 January 2009.
- October 30, Michela Lombardi-Published; Pm, 2013 at 12:03 (30 October 2013). "Allegra Riggio Reveals Exclusive Details About Being Miserable with Fiancé, "Mad Men" Star Jared Harris". Earn The Necklace. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- Riggio, Allegra (29 April 2021). "It's our 12th anniversary of "we met" today!". Twitter. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
- "Jared Harris Marries Allegra Riggio". PEOPLE.
- Jen Yamato (4 September 2013). "Jared Harris Joins 'Poltergeist' Reboot". Deadline.
- Stanhope, Kate (29 September 2016). "Jared Harris to Star in AMC Anthology Series 'The Terror'". THR. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Petski, Denise (12 October 2017). "'Carnival Row': Alice Krige & Jared Harris Set To Recur On Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
- Nissen, Dano (5 September 2019). "Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
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