Jonathan Rhys Meyers
|Jonathan Rhys Meyers|
Meyers in 2013
|Born||Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe
27 July 1977
|Residence||Los Angeles, London|
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors. He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns.
In 2013, Meyers appeared as the villain Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare's novel, City of Bones. He also starred in the NBC drama series Dracula as the titular character. Meyers appeared in the 2015 film Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich.
He was born 27 July 1977 in Dublin, Ireland, to Geraldine (née Myers; died 20 November 2007 at the age of 50) and folk musician John O'Keeffe. His family is Roman Catholic. His three brothers are all professional musicians.
When Meyers was three, his parents separated. His mother raised him and his brother Alan "Ali" in a council flat in Cork, while the other two boys, Jamie and Paul, went to live at their paternal grandmother's home with their father. He also has two half sisters. Meyer's mother drank heavily, and Meyers has spoken in interviews about how close he was to her and their living in poverty. He briefly attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School but was expelled at the age of 14.
Soon after, he left home and began working in a pool hall. There, he met a wealthy dairy farmer, Christopher Croft, who invited Meyers to live with him and his three children to work on the farm. Croft was his mentor and father figure, but in 2007, Croft was convicted of sexually abusing a homeless boy and sentenced to one year in prison.
After being expelled from North Monastery at 14 for truancy, he spent much of his time working or hanging out in pool halls. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted him at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition. Although passed over for War of the Buttons, the casting agents encouraged him to pursue a career in acting. His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994). In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character's assassin. In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.
Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley alongside Randy Quaid as Colonel Tom Parker, but didn't sing for his role in the miniseries. The latter earned him an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win. He starred in the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors (2007) as Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.
He played a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998), a dedicated girls' football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), in Vanity Fair (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon. He co-starred in 2004 in Oliver Stone's epic Alexander. The following year he starred in Woody Allen's drama Match Point (2005), for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III. Subsequent projects include August Rush (2007) and The Children of Huang Shi (2008), Shelter and From Paris with Love (2010)
In 2011, he starred in Belle du Seigneur (an English-language film adaptation of Albert Cohen's novel) as Solal des Solal. The movie was released in Russia on 29 November 2012 and in France on 19 June 2013 after premiering at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. A self-taught singer and guitarist, he has appeared in a number of musical roles. His first such role was as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine; two of the songs he sang ("Baby's on Fire" and "Tumbling Down") are on the film's soundtrack. He sang briefly in the TV miniseries version of The Magnificent Ambersons, performed in studio scenes of the miniseries Elvis and played the flute in Gormenghast.
In the 2007 music drama August Rush, he performed on-screen as singer-songwriter Louis Connelly and is credited for four songs on the soundtrack – "Break", "Moondance", "Something Inside", and "This Time". Of the four, "This Time" and "Break" were considered in the Best Original Song category of the 80th Academy Awards. "This Time" was not released as a single but peaked at number 84 in the Canadian Hot 100.
Besides acting, Jonathan has also modelled for several clothing companies. He modelled for Club Monaco in 2001 and was chosen as the face for the Versace men's collection of Autumn/Winter 2006 and Spring 2007, and he was the face of the Hugo Boss men's fragrance range from 2006 until he was replaced with Jared Leto in 2011. He is signed to Independent Models in London. In February 2008, he became a celebrity ambassador for the Cork-based charitable organisation The Hope Foundation.[dead link] On 5 October 2008, Rhys Meyers received an Honorary Patronage from the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin.
In 2013, Meyers was cast as Dracula, in NBC's television series Dracula alongside Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jessica De Gouw. It was also announced in May 2013 that Jonathan was to participate in the recording of his brothers' album entitled "Blossom" which was released on 21 April 2014.
In February 2015, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed that Meyers had begun filming the spy thriller, Damascus Cover, based on the novel by Howard Kaplan, in Morocco alongside John Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Jurgen Prochnow, with Meyers in the lead role as Ari Ben Sion.
Meyers will portray Patrick Pearse, a political activist and one of the leaders of the bloody 1916 Irish Easter Rising, in the centennial commemoration biopic film The Rising, written and produced by Kevin McCann. The film is set to be released on St Patrick's Day, 2016.
Per unconfirmed media reports, Meyers checked into a rehabilitation facility seeking treatment for unspecified substance abuse in 2005. In 2007, Meyers' representative, Meredith O'Sullivan, confirmed that, "After a non-stop succession of filming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-treatment programme."
On 20 November 2007, his mother, Mary Geraldine "Geri" O'Keeffe, died at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, aged 51, following a short, undisclosed illness. Her funeral was attended by "hundreds of mourners" including film director Neil Jordan and actors Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell.
In February 2009, Meyers reportedly went into rehab again. His representative confirmed Meyers was again receiving treatment in 2010. In November 2011, Meyers was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a judgment of a suspended sentence for public intoxication 24 months earlier.
|1994||A Man of No Importance||First Young Man|
|1996||The Killer Tongue||Rudolph|
|1996||Disappearance of Finbar, TheThe Disappearance of Finbar||Finbar Flynn|
|1996||Michael Collins||Collins's assassin|
|1996||Samson and Delilah||Young Samson||Television film|
|1997||Maker, TheThe Maker||Josh Minnell|
|1997||Telling Lies in America||Kevin Boyle|
|1998||Velvet Goldmine||Brian Slade||Nominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year|
|1998||The Governess||Henry Cavendish|
|1998||Tribe, TheThe Tribe||Adam|
|1999||Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe Loss of Sexual Innocence||Young Nic|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||Pitt Mackeson|
|2001||Happy Now||Mark Wraith|
|2002||Bend It Like Beckham||Joe|
|2002||The Magnificent Ambersons||George Amberson Minafer||Television film|
|2003||Tesseract, TheThe Tesseract||Sean|
|2003||I'll Sleep When I'm Dead||Davey Graham|
|2003||The Emperor's Wife||Chamberlain|
|2003||The Lion in Winter||King Philip II||Television film|
|2004||Vanity Fair||Captain George Osborne|
|2005||Elvis||Elvis Presley||Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2005||Match Point||Chris Wilton|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Declan Gormley|
|2007||August Rush||Louis Connelly|
|2008||Children of Huang Shi, TheThe Children of Huang Shi||George Hogg|
|2008||A Film with Me in It||Pierce 2||Cameo|
|2010||Shelter||Adam / David / Wesley||Re-released in 2013 under the title 6 Souls.|
|2010||From Paris with Love||James Reese|
|2011||Albert Nobbs||Viscount Yarrell|
|2012||Belle du Seigneur||Solal|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Valentine Morgenstern|
|2014||Another Me||John Moffatt|
|2015||Damascus Cover||Ari||Screened at 2015 Cannes Film Festival|
|2007–2010||The Tudors||King Henry VIII||38 episodes
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2008–09)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2009–11)
Nominated—Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor on Television (2009–11)
|2013–2014||Dracula||Dracula / Alexander Grayson||10 episodes
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
Awards and nominations
|1999||London Critics Circle Film Awards||British Newcomer of the Year||Nominated||Velvet Goldmine|
|2002||Venice Film Festival||Canal Grande Award for the Best Young Promising Actor||Won||The Magnificent Ambersons|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Won||Elvis|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated||Elvis|
|2005||Cannes Film Festival||Outstanding Newcomer||Won||Match Point|
|2006||GQ UK||Men of the Year Awards / Lab Series Man of the Year||Won|
|2006||Golden Globes Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Won||Elvis|
|2008||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor – Drama Series||Won||The Tudors|
|2008||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television||Won||The Tudors|
|2008||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2009||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor – Drama Series||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2009||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2009||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2010||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2010||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor – Drama Series||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2011||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor – Drama Series||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2011||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television||Nominated||The Tudors|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actor in a New TV Series||Nominated||Dracula|
|2014||The Irish Post Awards||Legend Award||Won|
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