Max Irons

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Max Irons
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Irons in 2014
Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons

(1985-10-17) 17 October 1985 (age 36)
London, England
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2004–present
Sophie Pera
(m. 2019)

Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons (born 17 October 1985) is an English–Irish actor and model.[1] He is known for his roles in Red Riding Hood (2011), The White Queen and The Host (2013), Woman in Gold and The Riot Club (2014), his first leading role in Bitter Harvest (2017), and The Wife (2018).[2] Irons also played the lead role of Joseph Turner in the spy thriller series Condor (2018–2020).

Early life[edit]

Irons was born in Camden, London,[3] on 17 October 1985,[4][5] the second son of English actor Jeremy Irons and Irish actress Sinéad Cusack. He has an older brother, Samuel Irons, who is a photographer. [6] Their mother's family was deeply involved with theatre: they are the grandsons of actors Cyril Cusack and Maureen Cusack.[7] Through his mother, Irons is a half-brother of politician Richard Boyd Barrett; his aunts are the actresses Niamh Cusack and Sorcha Cusack, and his uncle is theatre producer Pádraig Cusack.

Irons attended the Dragon School in Oxford,[8] and Bryanston School in Dorset,[9] before finishing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he graduated in 2008.[10] He was dyslexic and struggled in school, as the teaching methods did not suit his learning style. His father discouraged him from going into an acting career.[11] While first starting off in acting, Irons worked as a barman.[12]



In 2011, Irons played Henry in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood.[6] He was chosen to play Jared Howe in the 2013 film adaptation of The Host, based on Stephenie Meyer's science fiction novel of the same name.[13]

In the 2013 television series The White Queen, Irons took the leading role of Edward IV of England.[14] The series, based on Philippa Gregory's best-selling historical novel series The Cousins' War, was broadcast weekly on BBC One, ending on 18 August 2013.[15] Irons appeared in The Riot Club (2014), the film adaptation of the play Posh.[16] In 2016, he starred in the ITV miniseries Tutankhamun as archeologist Howard Carter. In April 2017, producers announced Irons had been cast to play Joe Turner, the role created by Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor (1975), in a television series based on the movie.[17] He also joined Lifetime's movie adaption of Flowers in the Attic.[18]

That year he starred in the film Crooked House (2017), based on a 1949 novel by Agatha Christie of the same name. Terence Stamp, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, and Stefanie Martini also are among the large cast in the film.


Irons has modelled for companies including Burberry and Mango.[19] As of 2012, he was on a modelling contract for Macy's I.N.C. collection for Fall/Winter 2012.[20] In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men.[21]

Personal life[edit]

On 30 November 2019, he married Sophie Pera, fashion director for Tatler, in Oxfordshire.[22] The two have been together since 2013.[23]



Year Title Role
2004 Being Julia Curtain Call Boy
2009 Unrequited Love Tom
Dorian Gray Lucius
2011 Red Riding Hood Henry
The Runaway Tommy Pasqualino
2013 The Host Jared Howe
2014 The Riot Club Miles Richards
2015 Woman in Gold Fredrick "Fritz" Altmann
2017 Bitter Harvest Yuri
The Wife David Castleman
Crooked House Charles Hayward [24]
2018 Terminal Alfred


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Runaway Tommy Pasqualino 3 episodes
2013 The White Queen King Edward IV Miniseries; main role
2016 Tutankhamun Howard Carter Miniseries; main role
2018–present Condor Joe Turner Main role
2018 The Little Drummer Girl Al 2 episodes
2022 Flowers in the Attic: The Origin Malcolm Foxworth Miniseries; main role[25]


  1. ^ "Questions and Answers With 'The Host' Star Max Irons". Next Movie. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ Godwin, Richard (11 March 2011). "Irons man two: Max Irons on his new life as a Hollywood heart-throb". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  3. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  4. ^ "Jeremy Irons Biography (1948–)". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Celebrity A-Z: Max Irons". Glamour. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b Nicole Berrie (9 February 2011). "Max Factor: Max Irons". Elle. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ Lipworth, Elaine (14 May 2005). "King of all his castles". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2010. ...their sons Sam, 27, and Max, 19.
  8. ^ "OD News". The OD. Vol. 1. Dragon School. 2011. p. 22.
  9. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (16 June 2013). "Max Irons: 'Work with my father? That's my worst nightmare'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Maximilian Irons". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Irons 'scared' about sex scenes". MSN. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Max Irons is Hollywood royalty". USA Weekend. 15 August 2013. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  13. ^ Sophie Schillaci (26 March 2013). "'The Host' Director Andrew Niccol Recalls the Moment Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons Became Melanie and Jared". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  14. ^ Chris Harvey (16 June 2013). "Max Irons on The White Queen and why he couldn't do another Hollywood teen flick". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  15. ^ Rhonda Richford (11 April 2013). "MIPTV: 'The White Queen' Star Max Irons Talks Power, Moats and Meeting Prince William". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Max Irons shooting new film Posh in Oxford". Radio Times. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  17. ^ Kate Stanhope (3 April 2017). "Mira Sorvino to Star in Audience Network's 'Three Days of the Condor' Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2017. Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Sorvino will play Marty Frost, an investigator who has come out of retirement to take over after an attack at Turner's office.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (17 August 2021). "Lifetime Greenlights 'Flowers In The Attic' Prequel Miniseries With Jemima Rooper, Max Irons, Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, Moren". Deadline.
  19. ^ "The People Who Really Matter". Tatler.
  20. ^ Daniel Garofali, HuffPost. Interview With 'The Host' Actor, Max Irons Launching INC by Macy's (VIDEO), by Daniel Garofali. Posted: 15 August 2012.
  21. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015.
  22. ^ Pera, Sophie. "Le Rêve! Sophie Pera's spectacular couture wedding dress". Tatler. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  23. ^ "Get to Know Scion of the Week Max Irons". W Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  24. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (13 September 2016). "Agatha Christie thriller 'Crooked House' underway". Screen Daily. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  25. ^ Petski, Denise (17 August 2021). "Lifetime Greenlights 'Flowers In The Attic' Prequel Miniseries With Jemima Rooper, Max Irons, Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, Moren". Deadline.

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